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Hi All

 

I currently have an sotm front end, Network switch 10g, ultra 200 streamer, and tx USB. I have it connected to my Hegel H390 integrated Amp via USB. I was considering getting the sotm master clock forl the sotm boxes but then I though about maybe a new DAC like the Terminator plus or also the Denafrips GAIA D/D convertor ( im not sure what this does exactly ).

 

Where do you think the best bang for buck would be and I should upgrade first.Also on a separate note is it possible to connect 2 network switches together say the 10g and ether regen for example to get double the impact, I think I read someplace of 2x sotm 10g switches connected yield really great results.

 

Thanks 

Sean

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Hi Abyss Man

 

Thanks for the reply I appreciate that. Yes my wallet has taken massive collateral damage 😝!!! but I am getting some decent sound for the first time. Interestingly I was messing around with my system and changed up the way I had everything connected and I got a decent improvement just by changing how everything was connected. I ran a Lan cable with the sotm isolation transformer from my router into the NUC rather than using it up the chain into the 10g switch and the results were very noticeable. Yes all my sotm gear is maxed out and has the BNC connections. I didnt hear much adding the sms 500 and as you say I might change out. Can you give me some info on the "trifecta to evox cap and silver internal cables" maybe this is the maxed out option you get at purchase,also did you find a big improvement in running two 10g switches over 1.

 

I think I will try to get the TP as my DAC first and then add quality LPS to everything, then if funds allow the sotm master clock and cables later.

 

Thanks for help and advise.

Sean 

 

 

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Hi Sean,

If your soTm are using Silver cables and evox caps with ebs damping material then u are fully loaded. As for running double switch, yes it’s a worthy upgrade and worth every penny. Personally I connect them using optical, which I prefer compared to ethernet.

 

what ethernet cables are u using? Get some good USB cables too. My entire digital front is soTm including 4 runs of dcbl cat-7 cables with 3 iso cat 6. My USB are Tellurium Silver Diamonds.

 

Take it slow Sean, don’t rush. Enjoy the journey.

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Hi Abyss Man

 

I have read good things about he ether regen switch I might add it to the 10g.

https://uptoneaudio.com/products/etherregen

 

My ethernet cables are pretty good ( I think ) https://www.elecson.com/2780-1977-viard-audio-silver-hd12-ethernet.html

And my USB is Curious cable and sotm that came with USB reclocker. 

 

How do you like your FARAD LPS I was looking at them or Paul Hynes ,long wait for the PH and might not be any better than FARAD.The only other supply I have tried is the sotm sms500 I use it with Y cable for streamer and Usb clock. I can't hear much with it to be honest.

 

To be honest its an endless journey I think and does one ever get there ? are you even meant to get there? I just want to get the basics fairly bang on and add a few tweaks as I go. LPS could be the good place to go I have no power conditioning or anything done with power..What do you think yourself you seem to have things figured out and help advise is very much appreciated.

 

Thanks 

Sean

 

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Hi Abyss Man

 

Yes good idea on the Y cable and then work up to an individual LPS for each device ( its a lot of supplies ). I will check if ER do a return option. 

 

I was looking at a dedicated line but some are saying better results from a conditioner or regenerator and others say the exact opposite.To me the line makes sense but I'm no expert here. As far as conditioners go I was looking at the 156 which seems to be getting good reviews and doesn't clamp dynamics on amps.

http://www.puritanaudiolabs.com/products/master-purifiers/psm156/

I have also read no need for a conditioner if using an LPS, do you know if this is correct?

 

What power cord would you recommend, are the cords from farad any good, have you tried.

 

I have a NUC running Roon and I stream all my music

 

Weekend again time for some music to relax after hectic week. 

 

Thanks for your replies here btw , really appreciate you taking the time 👍

Sean

 

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Sean,

The trifecta is used as a collective word for the sms-200, Txusb-ultra and the sps-500. Actually I was wrong in using that word cause I don’t use the sps-500, all my LPS are now Farad 3. The Bricasti is a DAC with built in ROON ready function. I have never heard it though but reports say it’s very good at what it does and pricey too. 

 

Maybe @ducatiridercan chip in with his FR of the Bricasti. Btw, which model Ducati are u riding sir?

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4 minutes ago, johndoe21ro said:

You should upgrade the LPS first (although, as I understand, the sPS-500 in not a linear power supply). tX-USBultra and sMS-200 Ultra scale a lot with a good LPS, power cable, fuse, etc. That's also the cheapest upgrade. A DAC is definitely costlier! 

You are very right the sps-500 is a SMPS and a very good one at that, but, there is always something better out there. You are also spot on with how the soTm gears scale with good quality PSU and the power cords and DC cables feeding them. The evoxcap, silver wiring and ebs upgrade is also a very worthwhile upgrade if u are using the basic unit. I just upgraded my upgrade from a soTm silver wiring to Audio Sensibility Silver cable. It’s still early days, but it sounds like a winner.

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5 hours ago, Abyss Man said:

Sean,

The trifecta is used as a collective word for the sms-200, Txusb-ultra and the sps-500. Actually I was wrong in using that word cause I don’t use the sps-500, all my LPS are now Farad 3. The Bricasti is a DAC with built in ROON ready function. I have never heard it though but reports say it’s very good at what it does and pricey too. 

 

Maybe @ducatiridercan chip in with his FR of the Bricasti. Btw, which model Ducati are u riding sir?

 

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Thank you for your interest. My former ducati was a Foggy Monster S4 which I loved as much as my audio. Unfortunately a driver decided he wanted my lane more than his and now it’s no longer. I ride an MV Brutale Dragster now and it’s not nearly as refined as the much older Duc. 
In the past I mistakenly thought all chip based DACs sounded the same so I thought FPGA or bespoke silicon DACs were the way to go. But the creamy 3D Bricasti changed my mind. It doesn’t sound like any other chip based DAC. And now they are available with Ethernet bridges so you no longer need USB conditioners and lps’ I am tempted to go this way to free up real estate on my rack. 

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Hi all

 

Thanks for all the input and advise. I will add LPS to my current sotm set up and see from there. 

 

Appreciate the help/advise here. I will report back my findings/results.

 

Thanks 

Sean

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