Hans reviews a lot of the kind of network equipment we constantly talk about but just to be clear he does review other components too - it’s just he seems to have reviewed a lot more network audio components (streamers, switches, bridges etc) than anyone else that I have come across.
He has a very humble style. He doesn’t do anything flashy. His videos are short and to the point. He also gives nice simple explanations of things.
I don’t agree with everything he says (he is a big proponent of MQA) but it is hard not to like the guy and I find it to be one of the most useful channels on Youtube.
I’ve made multiple purchases based on his reviews and have not been disappointed.
Dutch, may I say proudly. He says things like they are, straight to the point. One never has to agree with everything a blogger says, but he truly provides useful information. A bit static though, but that is his style
I have watched his reviews too sometimes, and i am interested also about SOtM sms200 ultra ( vs Lumin,Melco,Nucleus etc…). He very clearly presented a couple of times that it makes the best sound he has ever heard. Quess it would be good choice,only problem is buying it blind. So any advice would help regarding of sound/usage. Can´t find too many SOtM based forum posts.
That is so sad but true here too. Luckily a few good shops close by, but trend is that many are in problems.
What comes to SOtM, im interested to hear your comments after you get them up and running. Looking to get rid of pc streaming,but not sure what to get and that´s when Beekhuzen,Darko and others come to play. Well,lets see.
I’ll definitely post but since I’ve bought a lot of accessories (cables and the like) that need running in it will be a while before I put it all in the system.
The thing is you will still need a computer (unless you use an external hard drive which I’m not sure is great in terms of noise if you connect it directly) to use with the Sotm to stream your local files. I’m looking to see if I can use it to replace the use of the Bridge II card in the Directstream in a more sonically clean way. I already have my Nucleus + connected optically to my network using the Sotm switch which improve things a lot and am currently using the USB from the Nucleus going into a Matrix to the DAC via I2S. I’m still deciding if I prefer the connection over the network into the Bridge II or the Matrix I2S. Initially the Bridge was better (after adding the Sotm switch) but the Matrix is catching up as it runs in.
When the Ultra Neo arrives there will be even more things to compare! If it does work better than the Bridge II (whether with or without the Matrix) I will likely remove the Bridge card from the DAC altogether (why have an extra source of noise).