I’ve just upgraded my NAS from an old single core device to a device with a much more recent 4 core CPU and with double the clock speed (it’s a Synology DS218Play) because I wanted to run some other applications on it. Well that worked fine, it’s also more responsive and it scans it’s disk a lot faster.
However, what I didn’t expect was an improvement in SQ from the 272.
OK, it’s not night and day and the blackness isn’t dramatically more inky; but the sound is definitely a little ‘cleaner’, with less background smearing of details.
I don’t know for certain why this should be, but there’s a possibility that with the four cores available it’s able to give significantly more even response times to the 272’s requests for more data, thus giving a smoother feed to the streamer. I know that S-i-S found that a more even flow of data packets to the streamer sounded better, so this possibility fits.
Anyway, just an observation with my system.