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by OscarH
2020-03-22 20:52
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Spotify on Hakai? (wired; headless)
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: Spotify on Hakai? (wired; headless)

Yes and no... The Snakeoil OS Spotify Connect player works perfect. The streamer is cabled to the network and controlled via Spotify app on any mobile device. The ‘no’ is that I never managed to get it to work on the actual Hakai. The gigabyte motherboards don’t allow onboard audio to be disabled in...
by OscarH
2020-03-17 15:36
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Radikal connection question
Replies: 11
Views: 587

Re: Radikal connection question

TMV wrote:
2020-03-17 15:30
longgone wrote:
2020-03-17 15:27
I have an LP12, with a Kandid and a Radikal.
No Urika.
Will the Radikal connect to the MM phono stage of a McIntosh (4100) receiver?
No
To elaborate - it's not about the Radikal. The Kandid is an MC cartridge and thus needs an MC phono stage.
by OscarH
2020-03-13 21:20
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: Playlist
Replies: 272
Views: 134728

Re: Playlist

Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’. Seemed fitting.
by OscarH
2020-03-10 16:24
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

You're a unique cinnamon bun Oscar :) Haha! I do appear to have a knack for encountering challenges that everybody else have managed to avoid. But, as my wife has wisely pointed out, I wouldn’t have learned much from the process if everything had “just worked”. There’s an ever increasing body of kn...
by OscarH
2020-03-09 09:28
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Odd indeed that two separate builds using different motherboards run into the same, unusual issue. Glad it’s solved! Checked the Hegel DAC interface for sake of good order and that’s at 100%. This warrants new DAC comparisons - being digitally reduced to 41% is unlikely to have worked in the Gigapo...
by OscarH
2020-03-08 12:00
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Odd indeed that two separate builds using different motherboards run into the same, unusual issue. Glad it’s solved! Checked the Hegel DAC interface for sake of good order and that’s at 100%. This warrants new DAC comparisons - being digitally reduced to 41% is unlikely to have worked in the Gigapor...
by OscarH
2020-03-08 09:00
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

I’ve just finished another build, using an intel DN2800MT motherboard to use as a dedicated Spotify Connect player. This unit also plays “not loud” through the Gigaport. Tinkering will continue... That aside, I found the positive response to the Hakai + Hegel DAC in the playground very interesting....
by OscarH
2020-03-07 17:31
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

I’ve just finished another build, using an intel DN2800MT motherboard to use as a dedicated Spotify Connect player. This unit also plays “not loud” through the Gigaport. Tinkering will continue... That aside, I found the positive response to the Hakai + Hegel DAC in the playground very interesting....
by OscarH
2020-03-07 16:40
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Haha, off course!

I’ll have to settle for copper spray paint for the Hakai and NAS ;)

I suppose what I’m getting at is that besides the DAC chip there’s an analog output stage to consider which surely can’t be neglected?
by OscarH
2020-03-07 16:36
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI build for n00bs - lessons learned
Replies: 1
Views: 1136

Re: HAKAI build for n00bs - lessons learned

One further lesson learned: While building a similar player using an Intel DN2800MT motherboard I found I couldn’t make navigate properly or make changes in the BIOS. To use this unit for its intended purpose I had to disable onboard audio (Spotify Connect as implemented in Snakeoil OS will always p...
by OscarH
2020-03-07 16:20
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

I’ve just finished another build, using an intel DN2800MT motherboard to use as a dedicated Spotify Connect player. This unit also plays “not loud” through the Gigaport. Tinkering will continue... That aside, I found the positive response to the Hakai + Hegel DAC in the playground very interesting. ...
by OscarH
2020-03-07 16:12
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 3198
Views: 347181

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

beck wrote:
2020-03-07 15:13
Great clips and very interesting indeed.
+1

I enjoyed all of them.
by OscarH
2020-03-05 15:03
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 11006

Re: Cables

I'm a fan of cinnamon buns, had great ones in Malmö and Copenhagen. Which ones did you prefer? For those who haven’t visited the wonderful Swedish-Danish border region (extreme bias alert) I might add that the Danish variety is typically a (you guessed it) danish, i.e. using puff pastry, whereas th...
by OscarH
2020-03-05 12:56
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: Cables
Replies: 29
Views: 11006

Re: Cables

Interesting review of Supra Ethernet Cable: https://audiobacon.net/2017/05/31/supra-cat8-ethernet-cable-review-an-amazing-spotify-and-tidal-experience/3/ I've seen them... reasonably priced (at least 'round here) and (unsurprisingly) available from the same place that sells the Supra USB cables. I ...
by OscarH
2020-03-04 09:32
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72311

Re: HAKAI playground

Good morning, Thank you all for your contributions. Again, I have not made any attempts to hide that I'm a complete Tune Method novice. Input from more experienced members is much appreciated. There have been two sets of clips; ONE vs TWO and then four vs five vs six. As you will soon see the respon...
by OscarH
2020-03-03 17:12
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72311

Re: HAKAI playground

Yeah, I’m holding back the reveal a bit longer, hoping for a few more players to join.

What I can reveal is that I find these comparisons very difficult myself.
by OscarH
2020-03-03 10:26
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

The plot thickens... With a windows PC into the Gigaport it’s plenty loud. The Hakai into another USB DAC is also loud. The Hakai into the Gigaport isn’t. Black magic territory... Edit: the Hakai+Gigaport volume is sufficient for the vast majority of circumstances. But something strange is going on.
by OscarH
2020-03-03 10:12
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Having done a few initial experiments the only firm conclusion is that the Gigaport has a rather low output volume. To the point where I’m running out of amplifier if I’m in a party mood. I guess you can only do so much with a 5V power supply. No it doesn't have a low output volume (and 5V is more ...
by OscarH
2020-03-03 09:23
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Having done a few initial experiments the only firm conclusion is that the Gigaport has a rather low output volume. To the point where I’m running out of amplifier if I’m in a party mood.

I guess you can only do so much with a 5V power supply.
by OscarH
2020-03-03 08:57
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 3198
Views: 347181

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

Lots of clips over in the Hakai playground for those who simply cannot get enough ;)
by OscarH
2020-03-03 08:56
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72311

Re: HAKAI playground

Another set of clips... a three-way tie... I can assure you the subwoofer is off, that Bassline just isn’t easy to handle for the poor iPhone. Again, there are changes to electric components so while I’ve done my best to match volumes you’ll have to try to see past the slight variations. https://www...
by OscarH
2020-03-02 22:12
Forum: Me and My system
Topic: Oscar's system and first world problems
Replies: 25
Views: 2759

Re: Oscar's system and first world problems

A few before/after clips up in the Hakai playground today.

First post updated with digital section.
by OscarH
2020-03-02 20:21
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: HAKAI playground
Replies: 543
Views: 72311

Re: HAKAI playground

Time to test the new Hakai on the block. This first one is just to benchmark the previous digital playback solution (little HP laptop into the Hegel H80 amp’s built in DAC) against the no-frills Hakai (3050N-D2P MB, else exactly to spec, but no cable upgrades etc). EDIT: I should add that the HP pla...
by OscarH
2020-03-02 12:38
Forum: HAKAI
Topic: DAC discussions
Replies: 65
Views: 24322

Re: DAC discussions

Just out of curiosity - which DACs have people actually tried? I certainly don't doubt that the ESI Gigaport recommendation is well founded, but since I have a number of USB DACs at home I won't be able to resist testing them with the Hakai anyway... Maybe the comparisons will be futile, maybe there...
by OscarH
2020-03-02 09:08
Forum: HiFi
Topic: Playground for practical listening exercices
Replies: 3198
Views: 347181

Re: Playground for practical listening exercices

Things are happening so fast in this thread, I hope I don't step on any toes with this post! Here's a couple clips comparing a change I made to the speakers. The change is permanent so I hope you agree it's an improvement! Clip 1: A: https://youtu.be/KdzGwA99H0Y B: https://youtu.be/G9Y6zok6IRc Clip...