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In Reply to: RE: I heard 'better' and more expensive clocks? posted by AbeCollins on May 31, 2017 at 15:11:27
All other things being equal (PS, etc), does it sound better than the Raspberry Pi?
If it does, (and I'm guessing it does as you could just as easily use a Pi and I recall you mentioning you had built one in the past) then why would you infer that any improvement in sound between the uRendu and the ultraRendu might be merely imagined?
The uRendu is clearly a superior design technically but I cannot say that it sounds better than the current generation Raspberry Pi. My Pi was older and not running the most current OS for audio. So IMHO the uRendu certainly has the potential to sound better. But does it? Ask E-Stat as he owns a current Pi and the uRendu.
Based on current information the uRendu is not significantly different than the ultraRendu.
I'm pretty sure HE can tell the difference.
The question would be CAN YOU?
The uRendu delivers a "just noticeable difference" (JND) over the RPI.
The LPS-1 delivers a JND over the HDPlex 100.
Starquad DC power cord for the LPS-1 delivers a JND over the generic one.
The ARC DAC8 delivers a JND over the DAC7 it replaced.
Balanced interconnects deliver a JND over the previous single ended ones.
The Sound Lab PX panels deliver a JND over the previous panels.
Using twin 20A dedicated AC lined delivers a JND over using shared lines.
Running all the sources through a conditioner delivers a JND over not.
Using aftermarket cabling delivers a JND over generic stuff.
Higher resolution systems represent an accumulation of JNDs. After the a while, they tend to add up for improved musical results! :)
As Charlie Hansen would say, this is based upon my opinion and systems and not that of my sprinkler guy or masseuse.
I'm sure the overall effect is cumulative but is every discrete JND step also a JN-Improvement?
I want to know what your sprinkler guy thinks. And how many JND are needed to equate to a $17K W20? ;-)
I have, however, purchased some stuff in the past that I found wanting so they were either sold or mothballed. The Jameco linear, for example, didn't improve the sound quality over my charger batteries.
Joey (TSG) is more a live theater kind of enthusiast. I see him and his family at the local university summer dinner series. :)
And how many JND are needed to equate to a $17K W20?
Most likely, a bunch . I would definitely be in our resident fisherman's boat as to the necessity of a home evaluation over one of those!
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