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  • Almost Perfect – The iFi Audio NEO iDSD DAC/AMP/PREAMP

    Quite frankly, the DAC/Analog Output section is the main highlight of the NEO iDSD in my setup and test configuration. I hooked everything I could possibly to the NEO iDSD from my Intel NUC and Raspberry Pi to my NAD and TEAC CD Players.

  • Black Friday Sale 2020 – Synology DS220j + Seagate Ironwolf 6TB

    The Synology DS220j replaces a used 4-bay Buffalo LinkStation LS-QVL/E-AP. Slow, bulky and occasionally noisy, I never seemed to be able to get the Buffalo to work in my network properly. It was my first introduction to setting up a home NAS and an important one – software and GUI on the backend matters. In my research for a replacement NAS, it came down to either Synology or QNAP while considering ASUSTOR from time to time.

  • Battle of the Giant Killers – iFi Audio Zen Phono vs. Schiit Audio Mani

    For anyone familiar the Schiit Audio and their range of product offerings, their budget DAC & AMP combination such as the Modi 3 & Magni 3 are well reviewed and often recommended as starter combinations. For folks who are into LP, Records or Vinyl playback, the Schiit Mani is something they would have come across […]

  • 11.11 Singles Day 2020 – Grab #1: Audio-Technica M40x Professional Monitor Headphones

    Decide what holds priority for you. I really do not think you can go wrong with either of these 2. For flat frequency response for mixing or tracking and detachable cables go with the Audio-Technica ATH-M40x. For comfort over extended periods and almost as stellar frequency response, the Sony MDR-7506 are trusted by professionals for more than 40 years

  • Budget Kings – Philips SHP-9500 and Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

    In the meantime, I’m relying on my Cooler Master MH751 at $89 USD and a separate UGREEN USB External Sound Card for $15 USD; both of which I picked up for work calls to bridge the gap of no available headphones at the moment.

  • iFi Zen Dac + Intel NUC 7PJYH

    With the current work from home arrangements most of us are familiar with, I moved my desk from the Master to the Music Room. My main stereo setup is in the same room on the wall to the right of my desk. Undoubtedly, it would be simpler to have just one setup for my music, […]

  • Change of Stereo (and Desktop) Setup

    foobbar2000 v1.5.5

    A few months have past since my last post. My current stereo setup is 75% new and still evolving. While I would have loved to post some of those changes as they happened, the lack of a personal PC kind of got in the way. I finally got a mini PC up and running; the […]

  • nimophile is back!

    DIY Speakers vs. DALI

    Welcome to nimophile. Yup, I am back having just signed up for a 3-yr hosting plan with Dreamhost over the Black Friday Weekend. Fingers crossed all this pans out well. Will get my first proper post out so do check back soon.