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  • AfterDark. changed the title to The development of Buffalo BS-GS2016 SFP+ 10G Cascade x Giesemann OCXO Black Modernize Edition
On 3/9/2021 at 3:14 AM, AfterDark. said:

The story of development

AfterDark. is looking for better solution, when we modified and design the new product line. Since we become Sponsored in Audiophilestyle.com, we meeting a lot of old friends where they shares their way to improve sounding with the highly modified network switch. We remember I have a night to visit Hols's place in Hong Kong, when we are dealer for Denafrips R2R DAC. @Hols is a well known audiophile in Hong Kong.  Therefore, after reading the below sharing, he is using Buffalo BS-GS2016 in Cascade connected with SFP Optical Fiber cable. So, we tried to build one with heavy modified - AfterDark. Project ClayX Giesemann OCXO Black Modernize Edition 

 

His impression on Buffalo BS-GS2016 Cascade OCXO.

 

"I would prefer the 2016 than the S100 because of its richer presentations. Using one 2016 already gives you the same character but using two is definitely a revelation. Everything just seems to be present around you. The presence is much better with two 2016." by Hols

 

Why Buffalo BS-GS2016?

 

What is so special about this switch? We are selling DELA S100 Switch and modified version. Just looking at the two motherboard, DELA S100 is using the same motherboard as Buffalo BS-GS2016. This make us quite curiosity on how to improve Buffalo BS-GS2016.  So, we purchase two units from Japan market and see how Buffalo BS-GS2016 compared with DELA S100 (Estimate Price USD1600). So, let us open the metal box and have a look. This will be a steal if the performance is comparable with DELA S100. Will GS-2016 Cascade outperform vs DELA S100? And how good will the BS-GS2016 OCXO optimized?

 

Purchase Link for Buffalo BS-GS2016 Giesemann Edition:

 

***For existing Buffalo BS-GS2016 user, we will have upgrade option for full service of modification up to Giesemann Edition.

 

"There is an easiness in the sound and everything come up so sure so accurate and fluent. There is no hint of any slowness or muffled sound or harshness that are sometimes associated with over-cleansing. And can I take out the SOtM? Yes I can and still live very happily with the sound. There is only very slight diminished high frequency only noticeable on critical listening."

 

"Overall very impressed with the clock-modded 2016." by Hols

 

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There is large silver heat sink at the middle, and the switching power supply at the right corner. The motherboard is secured with more than 13 screws. The LED indicator board is at the top right. We trying to locate the 25Mhz clock under the heat sink...

 

DELA S100 is quite amazing network switch, it is very well made with the heavy and good looking chassis, it sound really good when we compared with other switch.

 

Let's compare with DELA S100 with open box now. 

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This version is AfterDark. Black Modernize Edition with modified capacitor by Floyt Germany with Carbon Fiber replace the aluminium top plate.  

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The internal cable is replaced with Dueland Audio Cable. As you see their is extra Capacitor section compared with the Buffalo GS-BS2016. We replaced the Japan capacitor with larger Floyt Audio Capacitor from Germany.f.thumb.jpg.ecc22783240c51fc3a3cf9b51db679b5.jpg

 

We can now confirm the motherboard of DELA S100 is the same as Buffalo GS-BS2016. Someone may noticed that the DELA S100 is only with 8 ports, which is different to Buffalo GS-BS2016 having 16 ports. Actually DELA S100 actually hide the top 8 ports nicely with the back plate and was disabled those port in admin page. The LED can be switch off to eliminate noises. The DELA S100 has external DC port which allow customer to use their Linear Power Supply (LPS) to power them in 12V 1A 

 

So we are quite excited to open up the large heat sink and have a look what is inside. 

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The inside is opened,  both Buffalo GS-BS2016 and DELA S100 is using BROADCOM BCM53343A, the internal clock is near the silver Broadcom. The excessive size of Aluminium heat sink is good to work 24x7 in commercial. As you may know, the lower the heat, the music representation will be more relax and laid back.

 

The rich representation on sounding and lush airly high may be due to proper sofware implementation and high specification on motherboard,  and using a very low jitter re-clock high performance switch with BROADCOM BCM53343A. 

 

How we design a modified Buffalo GS-BS2016?

  1. Improve the outlook which make it more like a audiophile gear
  2. We love the ideas of Cascade of Buffalo GS-BS2016
  3. The device should be powered externally with audiophile grade LPS
  4. The power section should be enhanced with more exotic audio capacitors
  5. The Giesemann OCXO 25Mhz will be optimised to Cascade of Buffalo GS-BS2016, the power supply will be independent powered with Linear Power Supply, this can avoid the interference further. The Giesemann Clock will be in module, to supply the cleanest clock signal to the board. 
  6. Two of the Buffalo GS-BS2016 should be fit into one single box
  7. The internal wire with optimised with Duelund Silver Cable, and solder with Audio Note 
  8. The chassis will be using Carbon Fiber to tailor made for fitting two motherboard at once, or there will be single version of Buffalo GS-BS2016. 
  9. The use of SFP Single Mode Optical Fiber will give you another isolation to connect Cascade of Buffalo GS-BS2016
  10. The additional functions may utilised the function of Giesemann Clock Module to output 10M Master Clock for connecting Mutec MC3-USB
  11. The EMI shielding from KAMET corp. will apply to the RJ45 ports
  12. Enhancement on Industrial Grade Thermal material from Shin-Etsu  (Made in Japan) will apply to CPU again.

 

 

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This is the first version with tailor made 3mm Carbon Fiber material from Japan. It provide the best isolation from external EMI when compared to Aluminium. It simply eliminated the trouble of stacking the two metal case of Buffalo GS-BS2016.

 

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By using the larger chassis, this make modification and enhance more easily. This MIFLEX Audio Capacitor is over sized at 70mm x 40mm and placed on DC power section. It take quite a long time to burn in. After run-in for 7 days, the soundstage open up and so much airly, the sounding is just more relax and rich representation when we compared with other switch.  

 

The KEMET Aluminium Capacitor is another big plus to improve the micro details and darkness.

 

Miflex KPCU-01 Copper Foil Paper / Polypropylene in Oil

"Check out the new Miflex caps, the copper version are amazing.  I've been replacing all of the coupling and/or output caps in all my amps from the Jupiter copper to the Miflex caps.  IME the Miflex have better tonal density, more punch, more detail and present a blacker background.  In almost every respect that I care about, the Miflex are a serious step up. "

 

Do Buffalo GS-BS2016 needs OCXO optimised?

We have same impression with member @Cool_Chris, the OCXO brings a very good sounding Buffalo GS-BS2016 to other levels. 

 

"This clock simply adds something that is unreachable in normal switches. It is so calm, fluid and transparent that nothing compares to that. No wonder Jord is installing this clock in his best designs. In short it is mine best switch too and I can't imagine to listen without it.

 

 

New Giesemann OCXO Module developed for Buffalo GS-BS2016

The new designed of Giesemann Clock OCXO 10Mhz Clock Modules can synthesizers any frequency from 1-100Mhz. For example, two Buffalo motherboard required to receive two 25Mhz from a Giesemann 10M Master Clock. The last output can be customised to 10M Master Clock.  All Giesemann Modules can outputs 3 channels.  

 

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Features 

  • The product uses the selected audio grade SC cut OCXO, and through long-term calibration to select and install equipment with excellent stability.
  • Ultra High Quality Large Factor 5151 SC Cut OCXO, very low phase noise and frequency stability compared to others small size OCXO specification 
  • SC Cut refers to stress compensated (SC) cut crystal resonators, which is more advance on performance of Frequency Vs Temperature changes, longer Crystal Aging. The pro is expensive to made and size is larger then normal OCXO. 
  • Then Large Factor size 5151 is around 5cm x 5cm dimension vs small factor 3cm x 2cm, 2 times bigger with better phase noise performances. 
  • OCXO are available in tailor made on various audio frequencies on special request. 
  • The module can be used on motherboards, and network switch, where the common frequency is 24 and 25 Mhz oscillators. 
  • Every Giesemann OCXO Clock (GOC) Modules is square wave out and thus quite suitable for direct connection for Network Switch, Motherboard, USB, Audiophile Network Card. 
  • EMI material from KEMET EMI Shielding is placed on top of OCXO, to isolate EMI factors for maximizing OCXO performance . 
  • Carbon Fiber material top cover, solid anti-vibration to provide solid EMI/ magnetic coverage.
  • Advanced instrument Symmetricom 5125A calibrated with plotted characteristics. The phase noise, and Allen Derivation defines different grades of the OCXO. 
  • Available frequencies: 20Mhz / 22.569Mhz / 24Mhz /24.576Mhz /25 Mhz or customize rate from (1-100Mhz) 
  • Total 3 channels per module. For example: OUT1: 25Mhz OUT2: 25Mhz OUT3:10M 

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HUBER+SUHNER SMA Shielding Cable to transmit the 25Mhz clock signal from Giesemann Clock to Buffalo GS-BS2016 (Made in Switzerland)

 

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The crimp terminal Cu/Zn/Ag - HELLA from Germany , the best contact point for power supply for Giesemann Clock Module

 

AfterDark. Black Modernize R-Core Transformer power supply 

  • This device is designed to operate with R-Core Transformer for power supply. 

  • The Module will come with 35W R-Core Transformer is Audio Grade with great dynamic and provide stable 15AC voltage for the Linear Power Supply (LPS).
  • The power section is design with Ultra Low Noise LDO low-phase voltage LT1963 for the first voltage.
  • LDO + Ultra Low Noise / low-phase voltage LT3045 for the second voltage
  • We believe the better the power supply , the Giesemann clock will perform much better with music flow, so smooth which makes music more organic with authority on BASS. 

Phase Noise

GRADE Phase [email protected] 10Hz Phase [email protected] 1Hz
PRINCE -131 -100
QUEEN -132 -103

 

Giesemann OCXO Clock have two grades to choose, the specification is better than Pink Faun Ultra OCXO (Phase Noise -130 dBC at 10Hz)

 

The Giesemann OCXO Clock Module is greatly benefit with independent Linear Power Supply and located away from the Buffalo motherboard. Therefore, the phase noise is much better when compared with Paul Faun modules requires the power fitting from motherboard, which creates create interference with power noises. 

 

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AfterDark. Project ClayX Constellation SFP Module + Single Mode optical Cable

 

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AfterDark. Project ClayX Cisco SFP+ Optical Cable connecting two Buffalo GS-BS2016

 

The first listening impression on Buffalo GS-BS2016:

  • This switch is the most natural sounding switch, there is nothing more on the cleaning on signal, so there is warm, and rich representation. Music flow is smooth as silk, treble is lush and fill up the listening areas with a lot details and decay. 
  • When we compare to DELA S100, sound is more polite, when compared to Buffalo GS-BS2016. On the other hands, Buffalo is on the real performer, the music is real and right at the right places. 
  • The Giesemann OCXO start to open up and perform after 3 hours and soundstage is much wider and mid range is so sweet, this may happened because the capacitor inside started to burn in. 
  • After 24 hours powers on, playing music via ROON, my first impression is sounding become so fluid and transparent, the characteristics which other switch do not have. The noise floor is so low, so the micro details can fill the listening areas easily. In addition, we found  the bass is more authority, punchy and control. 
  • The Cascade of Buffalo GS-BS2016 can amplify the improvement with wider soundstage, this may due to re-clocking of the switches, which makes it happened. 

 

Some reviews from audiophile: 

 

"The SR7 and Buffalo are still running in - however there is an obvious improvement in the quality of the sound produced already. The flow of music seems more liquid, greater sense of space particularly on live recordings and the dynamic range appears to be extended." by dctom


"But the true game changer in my system was the addition of Pink Faun Ultra clocks to the Buffalo 2016Lets call it PFU Buffalo. Nenon was the first to try to use this clock in Buffalo 2016 switch and he really likes it.He was stacking them for better results upto 6 of them. Austinpop (Rajiv) was tesing this switch (PFU Buffalo borrowed fron Nenon) extensively and it was a clear winner in his precise testing Against the other switches he had including Sotm . Additionally Nenon retested PFU Buffalo against the Telegartner M12 and he would still prefer the PFU Buffalo (60%) than Telegartner M12(40%).That is a very good news ." by KRIS

 

To give you the real audition, we shall record some YouTube in 2-3 days.  

 

To be continue....

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Adiain,

 

Something news? Are the YouTube video’s already available?

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Ethernet::4x Bonn Silent Angel 8P, Afterdark Emperor Doublr  Crown Masterclock and Cybershaft 75 Ohm,Mini Circuits convertor,Uptone EtherRegen with 75Ohm. SOTM Cat CAT 7.

Audio: Auralic Vega G2.1, Cambridge Edge W, Kef Reference 3 speakers.  
Power: Farad super 3 (2x) , Keces P8 ( 2 Uptone LPS1.2 ) Afterdark 5V: 

Cables:Meicord Opal, SOTM Cat7 with filtering, Ghent Audio DC , Farad Level 2, Sharkwire speaker cable

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10 minutes ago, ambre said:

Adiain,

 

Something news? Are the YouTube video’s already available?

 

Hi! Ambre, 

 

Yes, we just burn-in the Buffalo GS-BS2016 for a week. The optimal stage is ready to record YouTube next week. Very exciting with the Finisar SFP+ Modules, they do make a lot of differences. 

 

Thanks and have a nice weekend.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian 

AfterDark. 

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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  • 1 month later...

The feedback from AS members you are quoting are for the Pink Faun modded Buffalo and/or Paul Hynes power supply.  This is a little misleading. I'm interested in your switch so I'd like to see real feedback on it.  Perhaps you should send one out on a roadshow to get real reviews from AS members? I'd definitely be interested.

 

Youtube videos are interesting but never conclusive.

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On 4/23/2021 at 6:39 AM, Mouna said:

Hi Adrian, can you please contact me about the buffalo switch

best

Michael

 

Hi! Michael,

 

Thanks for your purchases. We shall hand build the Buffalo Cascade - Giesemann Edition next week.

 

Have a nice weekend.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark. 

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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40 minutes ago, sbilotta said:

Hi Adrian,

is there a switch, either the Buffalo or the CLAYX GIESEMANN NETWORK SWITCH X OCXO 10M MASTER CLOCK that is without internal LPS i.e. that is fed by external LPS with 2.1/2.5 plugs?

 

Thanks

Stefano

 

HI! Stefano, 

 

Thanks for your questions. This Buffalo switch is modified and required to power by external LPS in 12V 5A, the DC plug is 2.1mm. 

 

Have a nice day.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark. 

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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12 minutes ago, AfterDark. said:

 

HI! Stefano, 

 

Thanks for your questions. This Buffalo switch is modified and required to power by external LPS in 12V 5A, the DC plug is 2.1mm. 

 

Have a nice day.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark. 

 

Thanks Adrian, but I see an IEC connector on the Buffalo.

Is this image another version?

 

Thx

Stefano

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1 hour ago, sbilotta said:

 

Thanks Adrian, but I see an IEC connector on the Buffalo.

Is this image another version?

 

Thx

Stefano

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Hi! Stefano, 

 

The AC Inlet is for powering the LPS for Giesemann OCXO modules. The left side of the switch on the other hand is DC input for Buffalo Switch. This separated power design is quite unique, which can avoid the noise get polluted to the Giesemann OCXO module. 

 

Thanks for your interested. 

 

Best Regardsm,

Adrian

AfterDark. 

 

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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  • 1 month later...

Hi! 

 

We just recieved some positive feedback from customers. Upgrade the ocxo clock from Queen to Emperor Double Crown., the result is immdiately noticeable.

 

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Have a nice weekend. 

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark.

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hello!

 

We have some positive and technical review from Germany audiophiles, he shared the software tweaks on managed switch functions of Buffalo GS-BS2016, cascade edition, separate VLAN isolated domain for HQplayer server, Roon, Video for ultra lower latency and optimise sounding:

 

 

The complete Audiophile guide to optimise Buffalo GS-BS2016 in 3 steps: 

https://www.open-end-music.com/forum/händlerforen/grigg-audio-solutions/high-performance-audio-pc/615789-afterdark-switch-2-x-buffalo-bs-gs2016-mit-giesemann-ocxo-in-der-praxis#post619816

 

Have a nice weekend.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark.

Amp: Goldmund 27+ EVO Preamp, Goldmund 29M Power Amp, Goldmund AC-Curator

DAC: CH Precision C1.1 Digital Convertor,  Studer D19 DAC

Digital: Mutec MC3-USB,  AfterDark. Giesemann OCXO 10M Master Clock Giesemann EVA 

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Studer A807 VU MKII Open Reel

Network Switch:  AFTERDARK. PROJECT CLAYX BUFFALO BS-GS2016 CASCADE X GIESEMANN OCXO BLACK MODERNIZE EDITION x Farad Super3 LPS

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Farad Power Supply, Cybershaft, Thixar, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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