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Logitech Squeezebox Touch with EDO and hiFace1 based USB DACs/converters

I spotted this blog over the weekend http://www.aysabtu.dk/blog/.

It explains, in detail, how to connect to a Squeezebox Touch to install a suitable Linux driver to enable a M2Tech hiFace or EDO to work connected to the SBT’s USB socket.

The performance when connected this way  using my hiFace 1 is significantly better than I was getting using the S/PDIF output from my SBT.

There were two elements that confused me: one was forgetting that case is sometimes important in http links and the other in logging in as root.

Here is the original instruction in italics and below it my suggestion of what to do

▪         Open a root SSH session (default password: 1234)  and execute the following 5 commands all followed by “return” (newline). The last one will reboot your SBT. Please be aware of any non-intended line-breaks inserted by your browser formatting the text.

▪          ssh -l root “IP Address of Player” <Return>

▪         root password (default is 1234) <Return>

Next I’d like to try the hiFace 2 as a comparison.  It should be even easier as it doesn’t require a special driver under Linux (or Mac).

Let me know how you get on.

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Naim Launches NDS: a New High-End Network Player

Sound and Vision Show Bristol, 24thFebruary 2012.  Naim today demonstrated its new high-end NDS network player for the first time publically and confirmed an estimated delivery date of May 2012.

The brief to Naim’s R&D was simple: design a network player that is demonstrably superior to the award-winning NDX.
As a result, the NDS is a network player capable of the finest musical performance yet.  A player that delivers more music with CD rips that most players do with hi-res sources.
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Focal launches Spirit One Headphones

Delivering performance aligned with the Focal brand and reflecting the values of Focal Utopia, the world’s best loudspeaker series, The Focal Spirit One headphone is available from February 2012.

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Naim Label releases first Super Hi Definition download

Naim Label releases Meet Me In London – the label’s most successful recording – as a 24bit/192kHz download.

An early downloader can win a Naim ND5 XS network player

Some 14 years after the original recording was released as a Naim Label CD, Meet Me In London by world-renowned guitarist Antonio Forcione and sublime singer Sabina Sciubba is being reborn, but this time as a super hi definition download.

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Multi-award-winning Naim HDX gets SLC SSD

May 6 2010 High-End Show, MOC, Munich. Naim confirms, in an aggregate of abbreviations, that the multi-award-winning Naim HDX is to be offered with a 16GB Enterprise grade, Single Level Cell (SLC), Solid State Drive (SSD). This totally silent drive will contain the operating system and includes space for future upgrades. This and the performance upgrades are an upgrade option for existing HDX owners.

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hiFace m2Tech part 2

Marco at M2Tech generously sent me the new Mac drivers for 10.6. The file is called hiface 1045106.dmg. What a surprising difference. The edginess that had been concerning me – an all pervading roughness that flattened the stereo illusion of depth and took away from the delight of female voices – was far reduced.

Performance is now really rather good and for the price it’s excellent.

But it is still not a high end solution.  The Firewire output from my Mac into the TC Konnect 8 is still significantly better in virtually every way: More detail, better low end, sweeter voices and the list continues.  There is a price difference of course: The Konnect 8 with a modified Naim PSC is around £500 making it around five times the cost of the hiFace.  The question is, are you trying to save money or are you an audiophile?