Hi, I haven’t been writing in this forum before. Although I have had a DirectStream for many years (I upgraded to DirectStream from the old version when the DirectStream was launched). I have now decided to upgrade parts of my system, mainly the steaming part (the DAC I will definitely keep J). So far I have been using a NUC sized PC as a streamer.
After reading a lot of positive comments in this forum I bought the Matrix X-SPDIF 2 (but I could find a Wireworld platinum cable, which many recommended, so I had to settle for an old Wireworld Silver Starlight 5.2 which also sounds great). The Matrix made a huge improvement in SQ, and I haven’t used an externa PSU with it yet! I also have a JCAT USB Isolator in front of the Matrix which makes the sound a little bit calmer and gives a more quiet background, which makes the music even more enjoyable to listen to.
I have also grew very fond of Roon (I have compared Roon with Audirvana and there is absolutely no deferens in SQ in my system, none). So, as I think the user interface in Roon is very good (but it comes at a price J) I will keep Roon as long as the SQ doesn’t suffer to much compared to other solutions.
Next step will be to upgrade my streamer. The streamers I have been looking at are: Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra, Volumio Primo, SOtM sMS-200 Ultra Neo, Lumin U1 mini and Lumin U1.
As you can see there is a huge spread, and the reason for this is the following question: Does it really matter which streamer I use, or is the SQ more or less already set and defined by the Matrix.
As a lot of people in this forum have been using the Matrix with the DirectStream I would be very interested in hearing your thoughts and opinions about the choice of streamer in this set up, does it makes a difference in SQ. This might already have been discussed in this forum but I can’t find it.