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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 4th, 2020, 7:22 pm 
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I have compared the pi as streamer to my win 10 machine running either foobar or JRiver and the differences to me are minimal, but in my old age I have not gotten excited about small changes for awhile.
I need to dump the pi and my twisted pear dac for professional reasons


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 5th, 2020, 11:19 am 
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I bought this little Sony for my bedroom a while back. It's lovely, nice clear midrange, very musical:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-2-0-c ... Id=6187501


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 5th, 2020, 12:50 pm 
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Is this an amazing world $150 100/ch with phono


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 5th, 2020, 2:08 pm 
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Yes, it's a great deal, and it's also very "discreet"-- very few lights, and you can turn them off.


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 5th, 2020, 9:36 pm 
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Grover Gardner wrote:
I bought this little Sony for my bedroom a while back. It's lovely, nice clear midrange, very musical:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-2-0-c ... Id=6187501



I replaced the Denon receiver with Sony for the midrange in the HT. I figure most of the background noises will come from FM. So, I am looking at stuff with solid FM/AM reception.

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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 5th, 2020, 9:50 pm 
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Is that why the Denon was in the basement?


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 6th, 2020, 9:54 am 
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I did something that gave me great AM and FM reception. I had a Blaupunkt San Francisco car receiver that I took out of my Miata before I sold it and use it as my source at my computer. That receiver got great reviews for it's FM reception and while in the car it had no reception problems. It feeds two Polk bookshelf speakers and works great for background music. It runs from a 12V 7AH gel cell battery that has a smart charger. I used the antenna up signal from the receiver to activate a relay that powers the charger when the radio is on. The charger can provide more current than the receiver draws so it is always charged. The receiver also has an aux input so I have an external switch so that I can feed my computer sound directly to some small speakers or if I'm playing something more substantial I can redirect the signal to the aux input of the receiver to feed the Polks.


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 6th, 2020, 4:17 pm 
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Show a picture of that setup.


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 6th, 2020, 5:45 pm 
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Here are three pictures. One is the receiver in a wood case I made for it with the selector switch in a box next to it. Another is one of the Polk bookshelf speakers. The third is the box I made containing the battery and relay with the charger resting on top. The banana jacks are for the charger input. The blue cable connects the 12V power to the receiver and also carries back the 12 volts from the antenna up circuit to switch the relay. There is a 120VAC IEC socket to provide power to the switch contacts of the relay and also a NEMA 5-15 socket to provide switched 120VAC to the charger.


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 Post subject: Re: Desktop Stereo
PostPosted: April 6th, 2020, 8:55 pm 
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Is that basically a power brick with a UPS battery?


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