Music storage/playback media HDD vs SDD vs Flash

dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
I've Googled the crud out of this but I still can't find a satisfactory/obvious conclusion so I'll ask here. And I realize there are likely various other parameters that have to be considered in the whole scheme of things, but generally speaking, and please just assume all other hardware/software in the path are perfect just for the sake of this argument, and all it comes down to is the choice of music storage/playback media, has anyone experimented with a computer based music playback system using these various storage/playback media options and been able to discern a preference/difference. Strictly talking about storage/playback via internal or external HDD, SSD, Flash memory or whatever else you might have tried.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,209
    IMO, it shouldn't matter since it's all going into a buffer before/during playback. Therefore the storage medium that the file lives on and gets read from shouldn't be a contributor toward the sound quality.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,667
    Flash is best, then solid state, then HDD.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 17,849
    DSkip wrote: »
    Flash is best, then solid state, then HDD.

    Why?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,209
    Yes, would like to know your source/reference for this conclusion as well.
    DSkip wrote: »
    Flash is best, then solid state, then HDD.

    Why?

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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
    I assume the one that introduces the least noise into the signal is best. Maybe flash is better because it doesn't use any cables that don't matter?
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    Self Control is over rated.
    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    Clipdat wrote: »
    IMO, it shouldn't matter since it's all going into a buffer before/during playback. Therefore the storage medium that the file lives on and gets read from shouldn't be a contributor toward the sound quality.

    In theory but that's the conundrum ;^ )
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,667
    edited April 3
    There's electrical noise and mechanical noise. Both can be filtered down the line into the system. Obviously the HDD is a mechanical device so it will have the highest mechanical noise. Also, it will require more power to operate thereby possibly increasing the electrical noise.

    I'm not sure why Flash is better than SSD but every report I've seen agrees with the sentiment. I assume maybe it needs less power supply to operate so maybe there is less electrical noise? I'm just taking a guess there.
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  • RobbyKYRobbyKY Posts: 32
    >>Flash is best, then solid state, then HDD.
    >>Why

    Lots of factors at play there. Flash & SSD both use NAND memory however there are two versions that make a big difference. SLC & MLC. SLC is “Single Level Cell” and can only hold one bit state, a “1” or a “0”. MLC is the “Multi Level” version designed to increase storage density for the same real estate on the die and thus can hold multiple bits in multiple states. Example a 2-level cell can hold two bits at “00”, “01”, “10” or “11” states. Trouble is MLC can suffer some corruption due to the different charge levels in the same cell so SLC is the most “reliable” and is typical of a Flash or Thumb drive while most all SSD use MLC architecture.

    Then there's the problem of the way an SSD stores data. First, NAND actually wears out over time based on number of reads and writes a cell gets. This is getting better and better but all SSD’s still use advanced processes to manage it. Second, pages of data get written into blocks that can’t be overwritten on the fly like a traditional hard drive. If you erase data, the erased cells can’t be reused automatically due to the nature of the way they must be refreshed. Older SSD would thus get completely filled up before the controllers could start reinitializing erased blocks for new data so they would slow down over time. A new SSD was noticeably faster than a used version of the same drive that had been in your computer for six months.

    Newer SSD models overcomes this by using an advanced on-board micro controller and even separate memory blocks to manage optimization of data flow. It will do something called “Garbage Collection” and “Wear Leveling” among other things where it keeps track of unused blocks, spends idle time resetting the cells containing “garbage” (a high power consumption process) and then trying to distribute new page writes into blocks evenly based on historical usage of each block . Doing this, it can read data from a block, store it in a new location and then rewrite it to a more efficient or less used location or block. On top of all this, it has to manage any detected errors and employee ECC techniques to recover.

    So, best thing to do is write all music files to either Flash or SSD once and only once and then only perform read operations when you play your music. My guess is the low tech Flash controller will add way less variation (errors?) than the complex SSD controller that will still be running it’s wear leveling protocols and still doing block shuffling over time.

    No where near an expert on this but just a guess on where the “Flash is better than SSD is better than HDD” rating originates. I’ve used all three and mainly got tired of my host computer introducing “crap” due to all the other processes it was running in the background - thanks Microsoft. Was using a Dragonfly DAC and realized room for improvement existed there as well. Switched to Synology NAS with multiple 8TB “Red” drives feeding my 2-channels systems through Oppo 95/103/105 DAC’s and been very happy with performance and quality. (The 95 seems to sound best to me while the 103D is used with my HT rig)

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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    edited April 11
    ^^^
    Actually, most current flash devices (removable types) are TLC (Tri Level Cell), which is significantly less reliable than MLC. SLC is more expensive to produce and usually only found in enterprise SSD or industrial NAND devices.

    Overall, flash devices are much more prone to corruption than any SSD. The controller, cache, firmware, wear leveling, and higher quality NAND all help to make SSD faster and more reliable. I've only had 1 SSD out of 20 go bad in the last 5 years. I've had countless USB thumb drives go bad, often after only a few dozen uses.

    Overall, it really depends how you are storing the music, how it interfaces with the final DAC, and how much potential electrical interference can get into the final analog stage.

    I would say that a music stored on remote network storage feeding a small fanless PC type device with an SSD, NOT running Windows (ie Linux or Mac OS), set to bit perfect playback, by asynchronous USB to a high quality DAC will win out every time.


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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
    So an Auralic Aries Mini.
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    Self Control is over rated.
    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    afterburnt wrote: »
    So an Auralic Aries Mini.

    Ha ha :^ )
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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    OK, thanks guys....I learned a lot right there. I'm using a NUC7i5 with an Intel 760P M.2 SSD for the OS and JRiver on a 2nd partition ...Windows 10 LTSB stripped down as much as possible....no networking at all..... Just USB out to an Intona USB Isolator then into the USB input of my Directstream. I'm currently using a cheap ADATA external SSD to store my music connected via USB. My goal is to get a better drive solution for the music storage, preferably externally powered with a good LPS and potentially even power the NUC via LPS (Uptone JS-2 would power both nicely).
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    OK, thanks guys....I learned a lot right there. I'm using a NUC7i5 with an Intel 760P M.2 SSD for the OS and JRiver on a 2nd partition ...Windows 10 LTSB stripped down as much as possible....no networking at all..... Just USB out to an Intona USB Isolator then into the USB input of my Directstream. I'm currently using a cheap ADATA external SSD to store my music connected via USB. My goal is to get a better drive solution for the music storage, preferably externally powered with a good LPS and potentially even power the NUC via LPS (Uptone JS-2 would power both nicely).

    The biggest improvement you could make would be to get away from using Windows. Don't be afraid of networking either. Network data transfer by a SAMBA or NFS share would be more reliable than running a USB drive, and also reduce nearby electrical fields. Look into one of the stand-alone Linux based audiophile OS, like Daphile, Roon embedded, Audiophile Linux, or Volumio. A little bit of learning curve, but in the end, they will be tru bit-perfect playback if configured correctly.

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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    Yeah, I'm looking at Linux but figured I'd try Windows 10 LTSB which much leaner than regular Windows. I'm done with the networking solutions. Everything is in my man cave and the NUC fits in the rack. I had it connected via ethernet for years and just started playing around with USB which I like way better so far but still tweaking.
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    The problem with Windows is not that its bloated, but its audio output is corrupted by default, from an audiophile standpoint anyway. Directsound messes with everything you are trying to do with respect to bit-perfect playback. Yes, you can improve somewhat if you have ASIO drivers available for your device, but none of that is needed with Linux or Mac OS.
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
    @billbillw any thoughts on Foobar and Fidelizer on Windows?
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    Self Control is over rated.
    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 557
    Question.....Why do you need an OS if you are just using a drive for playback?

    I have a 4TB NAS connected to my network and my Pioneer N-50 just reads those tracks that I have stored from there. My Squeezebox LMS runs off a micro Dell system via wifi to 6 other Touches I have in the house. If you have catalog your music with proper Tags your Oppo should be able to read them without a issue.
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    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Pioneer 8" sub Panamax M5300-EX
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
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    Dungeon: Dancer Mini-Two Diamond*Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*North Star Intenso DAC*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*Wireworld Aurora power cables*IFI nano IDSD bl*Pangea Silver USB*Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Headgear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S* Sennheiser 6xx

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spare sortta: Usher N-6361* ifi iDsd nano*Marantz 1504* RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Usher N-6361


    Self Control is over rated.
    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    Question.....Why do you need an OS if you are just using a drive for playback?

    I have a 4TB NAS connected to my network and my Pioneer N-50 just reads those tracks that I have stored from there. My Squeezebox LMS runs off a micro Dell system via wifi to 6 other Touches I have in the house. If you have catalog your music with proper Tags your Oppo should be able to read them without a issue.

    Well, I'm not actually sure what you are trying to say. You have a Dell but it doesn't have an OS? And I don't have an Oppo in my 2-channel system nor would I want one in that capacity. You have a network player and I don't. I mean, you've got to have an OS there somewhere.
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  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    afterburnt wrote: »
    @billbillw any thoughts on Foobar and Fidelizer on Windows?
    I use Foobar on my Windows PC. Haven't tried fidelizer. However, that is just my 'desktop' system. A pair of BA bookshelf powered by a Sony UDA-1. I don't consider it to be bit-perfect, and even if it was, I don't think I could hear the difference on that system.
    Fidelizer may have some improvement, but overall, I think simpler is better with digital playback...that is why my nod goes to Linux/MacOS. They get it right without adding additional layers of software.
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    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 557
    edited April 13
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Question.....Why do you need an OS if you are just using a drive for playback?

    I have a 4TB NAS connected to my network and my Pioneer N-50 just reads those tracks that I have stored from there. My Squeezebox LMS runs off a micro Dell system via wifi to 6 other Touches I have in the house. If you have catalog your music with proper Tags your Oppo should be able to read them without a issue.

    Well, I'm not actually sure what you are trying to say. You have a Dell but it doesn't have an OS? And I don't have an Oppo in my 2-channel system nor would I want one in that capacity. You have a network player and I don't. I mean, you've got to have an OS there somewhere.

    I have two setups for my home:

    1. 4TB NAS with no OS that acts as my main backup for everything Cell phone pic's doc and music. It is connected via cat5 to my router. The Pioneer N-50 uses that NAS to playback music

    2. I have a mini form factor Dell with Win7 on it in the garage that servers as the music source for my Squeezebox system ( I have 6 Touch's) to run the LMS for the system it has 2TB external Drive. that system works via wifi.

    Sorry for the confusion,

    From my experience any of the above drives system you suggest will work fine for music and the speed of each drive will not effect the playback ability. I would be only looking at storage space, and conventional drives are so cheap now days you can get 4TB for under $100.

    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Pioneer 8" sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Acoustic Audio sub Panamax 5100
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    dragon1952 wrote: »
    Question.....Why do you need an OS if you are just using a drive for playback?

    I have a 4TB NAS connected to my network and my Pioneer N-50 just reads those tracks that I have stored from there. My Squeezebox LMS runs off a micro Dell system via wifi to 6 other Touches I have in the house. If you have catalog your music with proper Tags your Oppo should be able to read them without a issue.

    Well, I'm not actually sure what you are trying to say. You have a Dell but it doesn't have an OS? And I don't have an Oppo in my 2-channel system nor would I want one in that capacity. You have a network player and I don't. I mean, you've got to have an OS there somewhere.

    I have two setups for my home:

    1. 4TB NAS with no OS that acts as my main backup for everything Cell phone pic's doc and music. It is connected via cat5 to my router. The Pioneer N-50 uses that NAS to playback music

    2. I have a mini form factor Dell with Win7 on it in the garage that servers as the music source for my Squeezebox system ( I have 6 Touch's) to run the LMS for the system it has 2TB external Drive. that system works via wifi.

    Sorry for the confusion,

    From my experience any of the above drives system you suggest will work fine for music and the speed of each drive will not effect the playback ability. I would be only looking at storage space, and conventional drives are so cheap now days you can get 4TB for under $100.

    Sounds like you have at least 3 OS mentioned there. The NAS actually does have an OS...it is likely a Linux based OS that provides DLNA/SAMBA/NFS.
    The Dell has to have something running, LMS? That's a linux OS. The Squeezebox touch, also have OS, based on Linux. Heck, even the Pioneer player has an OS, built in...also, likely based on Linux. Just because you don't see a login screen and desktop, doesn't mean it isn't using an OS.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 557
    edited April 13
    The NAS was wiped clean before use to be used as a simple storage device.
    The Dell has Win7 as I stated (please read)
    The Pioneer N-50 reads the info as files just as it does from the USB port

    https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/2-Channel+Components/N-50#videos
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Pioneer 8" sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Acoustic Audio sub Panamax 5100
  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    The NAS was wiped clean before use to be used as a simple storage device.
    The Dell has Win7 as I stated (please read)
    The Pioneer N-50 reads the info as files just as it does from the USB port

    https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/2-Channel+Components/N-50#videos

    All have an OS. What do you think the Pioneer firmware is? Also, the NAS must have an OS. How else would you be able to access the files over network?
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
  • recoveryonerecoveryone Posts: 557
    I posted the Pioneer link, I could not find a name for it, so maybe you can show me or are you just guessing? DNLA is not an OS, so make sure we understand what you are calling an OS.
    Family Room HT 7.2/i]:
    Vizio P55-E1UHD Pioneer Elite SC-LX502 Pioneer Elite BDP 85FD Pioneer Elite N-50 Panamax M5300-EX
    Living room 2ch:
    Integra ADM 2.1 Teac EQ MKII Squeezebox Touch Fluance SX Speakers Panamax M5100-EX
    Upstairs media room:
    Vizio D1 32" Pioneer Elite VSX 32 Sony PS4 Squeezebox Touch Polkaudio Rti 6's fronts Polk CSR Center Pioneer 8" sub Panamax M5300-EX
    Master bedroom:
    Vizio VF550M Pioneer Elite VSX 33 Pioneer Elite BDP 80FD Squeezebox Touch Polk audio Monitor 40 II fronts, Rears Optimus LX5s Jensen CCS center Acoustic Audio sub Panamax 5100
  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,368
    Doesn't really matter guys.
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    2 channel - Parasound A21 amp, PS Audio DirectStream, Intona USB Isolator, Asus EEEBox running JRiver, Tom Tutay modded EE Minimax pre, Furman Elite 15 Pfi power conditioner, Martin Logan Electromotion ESL speakers, Kimber 4TC speaker wire, Gabriel Gold Reflection V2 IC's, VH Audio Flavor 4 x 2, Flavor 2 and Pepster power cords
    Computer - Windows 7/JRiver, Grant Fidelity TubeDac 11, Fostex PMO.4n monitors
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
    Yeah, at this point what difference does it make?
    Parlor: ifi iDSD Micro*Yamaha RX-A2030*Parasound Halo P5*Parasound Halo A-31*Parasound 2250v2*Emotiva XPA-200 Gen1*LSiM707 Fronts*LSiM706c Center*LSiM702f/x Surrounds*Monitor70 Series II Rears*Monitor40 Series II Presence*SVS PB2000 Sub X2*OPPO BDP-103D*Sony PS3*Samsung-55" LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV UN55H7150AFXZA*TEAC TN-300*Wireworld Solstice cables* Wireworld Stratus power cables*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*BJC Silver-Plated IC's* Bens Silver IC's

    Dungeon: Dancer Mini-Two Diamond*Auralic Aries Mini*Dayens Ampino Preamp*Dayens Ampino Monoblocks*North Star Intenso DAC*Wireworld Oasis cables*Wireworld Oasis IC's*Wireworld Aurora power cables*IFI nano IDSD bl*Pangea Silver USB*Cambridge CXU*

    Panamax MR5100*Panamax M8-AV-PRO*Furman PST-2+6

    Headgear: Sennheiser HD 558*Audio-Technica ATH-M40x*Sennheiser HD 598 Cs*Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7*Philips SHP9500S* Sennheiser 6xx

    Hello Kitty boombox

    Spare sortta: Usher N-6361* ifi iDsd nano*Marantz 1504* RX-A1040*Emotiva XPA-1L Gen2 X2*Emotiva XPA-3 Gen2*CSiA6 Center*Monitor40 Series II*SVS PB1000 Sub*Sony BDPS6500 Blu-ray player*POS 37" LCD*Douglas Connection Furez 12 AWG 2 Conductor*Blue Jeans Cable LC-1's IC's*Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray*Usher N-6361


    Self Control is over rated.
    Mr. Sharpe wrote: »
    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • billbillwbillbillw Posts: 5,773
    Sorry guys. Got carried away.
    Main 2-ch:
    Sony SS-M9; LSA Statement Amplifier; VPI HW-19 Mk3/Sumiko Premier FT-4/Audio Technica AT15SA; Pass Labs DIY Pearl Phono; Sony SCD-C333ES SACD Changer; TEAC UD-301 DAC; Dell/WYSE 5010 (running Daphile); Sony ST-SA5ES Tuner; Nanotec Golden Strada speaker cables (SR+#79 Shotgun); Audioquest Coral interconnects
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