Why some streamers sound better

July 2, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

12 comments on “Why some streamers sound better”

  1. Isn’t that really funny: there is benign “audiophile” noise called dither to improve sound quality (digital processing) and there is all kind of malign noise generated and emitted by all power supply modules, turntable-motors and CD-drives, routers, digital boards, mobile phones, mains power supply, etc..Hey, isn’t there a huge market potential for noise-killer-devices?

  2. Firstly, Airlens appears not to be out yet as has been said above. Perhaps Paul thought it would be available by now when he made the video ( I know he makes them in batches, well in advance ).
    Secondly I agree entirely on streamers. I went from a Chromecast Audio ( great for the price and sadly missed ) to an Auralic Aries Femto ( much better ) and now an Auralic Aries G2 ( best source I have ever had ). Clear improvements each time.
    Also I too find Qobuz the best service, ahead of Tidal and Amazon ( I don’t use Apple ).

  3. And Paul could not address everything, but the audio section is critical… it is analog.
    In my searching for an SACD player, I went thru several – Denon, Marantz, Toshiba, Cambridge Audio.
    The analog character is what I looked for.

  4. I significantly improved the sound of my DSD DAC by switching from the ethernet input to the USB input. The USB input from my computer is intermediated by a cheapo USB hub (to support the run I needed) and, close to the DAC, a good USB reclocker. Fwiw, my reclocker was made by Ciunas in Ireland. It runs off a battery, which is charged by a 5V input fed by my P600. Among other things, the bass was improved.

    It would be interesting to compare this to the Air Lens.

  5. Never heard PS Audios Airlens but I have the Optical Rendu system that does exactly what Paul is talking about. It has an optical module that takes in the ethernet and converts to Optical fiber. The next box converts the optical (now without noise) to an HDMI out that goes to my PS Audio DAC. It is way better sounding then the Bridge II it replaced

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