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12/07/17 at 14:12:13
 
Greetings Fellow Forum Members,

In a quest to transition from a CD/SACD to computer/DAC set up, I recently purchased a dedicated music PC from Lonely Raven (Eric) to accompany a ZDAC2 digital audio converter.  I think the rave reviews of the latest version of AKM chip equipped DAC's and Tidal music streaming SQ led me to make the move to add these new source components.

After some brief back and forth messaging with Eric, I settled on a PC equipped with a 512GB Samsung SSD hard drive and built-in WiFi.  Eric downloaded Tidal, Roon, Exact Copy, and Splashtop software to the computer ensuring everything was plug in ready/capable before shipping the computer.  He also provided a keyboard and mouse to help complete the set up.

Upon arrival, I hooked up a monitor with keyboard and mouse then linked the computer to my home WiFi.  Enabling Spalshtop software on my Samsung tablet allowed me to remotely control the dedicated music PC.  So I no longer needed the somewhat cumbersome keyboard, mouse and monitor in my listening room.  The whole set up took me about 30 minutes - easy peasey.

After setting up the PC, I powered up the ZDAC up converting the TIDAL (Master setting for highest SQ) to DSD. Well all I can say is "HOLY CRAP".  Lonely Raven's super quiet PC and Steve's new ZDAC2 tethered with decent quality USB cable is producing exceptionally detailed, toe-tapping music through my Omega SAHO XRS speakers.

The SQ of this combination already exceeds my previous TRL modified Sony CD/SACD player by a long shot.  Keep in mind that the ZDAC2 and USB cable have less than 40 hours of burn in at this point.  I expect things will get even better at the 200 hour mark or so.

So if you are a computer technology neophyte like me looking for a GREAT PC sourced music system, consider dropping Lonely Raven a PM.  I highly recommend his dedicated music PC's.

HK
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Reply #1 - 12/07/17 at 16:55:15
 

Thanks so much for your kind words! And I'm so glad everything went so smoothly! That was my goal to make these easy, powerful, and as inexpensive as I could - especially for the Decware forum family.  :)

After some further use, if you have any suggestions for improvements, please drop me a line - I'm always wanting to make things better, and I get that what I like and how I use the computer might not be the same for others.

I've sold 5 of these and I'm hoping the others will chime in as well. I'll have a few more built and ready to ship by the weekend.

Thanks again HK - I'm smiling a big smile right now knowing that you're pleased and it's sounding good.
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Reply #2 - 02/10/18 at 07:35:20
 
That is an easy choice in my system as well. LR sold a dedicated computer to me as well, and the results made sense for digital, surpassing any Cd player that I have owned. The only thing that cripples me is the computer ignorance that gets in the way at times.
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Reply #3 - 02/16/18 at 16:24:58
 

Thanks for that 4k!

Yeah, the computer savviness (or lack) is exactly why I built these. I tried to make them as plug and play as possible. You'd be throwing it out a window with all the trial and error I went through to get it where you have it now.
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Reply #4 - 06/08/18 at 18:09:23
 
My experience with Eric and his computer have also been beyond good. I computer skills are also challenged so he made me able to get a nice setup going. I'm curious about recommendations on the USB cable. I'm sure I could upgrade it if I knew what to get.
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Reply #5 - 06/10/18 at 05:57:18
 

Thanks guys! I'm glad I can make things a little easier for you and help you get into digital.

I've been away from the forums for a few weeks, busy with family stuff - I happen to be sitting down to listen to my music PC and Mystery Amp for the first time in a long while...and it all reminded me to see what's going on in the forums!

I still have some PC hardware available if anyone else needs some. The Price of SSDs has dropped a bunch, so they are even more affordable now!
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