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AfterDark. Constellation Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) Network Cable is designed to connect the lan port B of EtherREGEN.

 

The very last mile for Audiophile Grade Network Cable to connect music steamer and audiophile network player. 

 

Purchase Link for EtherREGEN Special Edition

 

The design is based on the unique material on outer layer, selection on lan cable, the wiring arrangement for 100M designed for EtherREGEN, the grounding arrangement and the brand selection on the RJ45 plug to provide the best contact on the Lan Port for EtherREGEN etc.  The cable is balance in sounding, no excessive mid and bass. The mid-range is focus with a lot of details. Soundstage is deep and instrument opened up nicely on music, the bass is just right. Overall this network cable is very musical. Highly recommended. 

 

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What is special about EtherREGEN Special Edition?

 

  • The cable is tailor made to use 4 wires for 100M instead of 8 wires for 1000M. This is important to know the Port B (isolated port) on Uptone EtherREGEN is running only 100M. So, the extra 4 wires is not used and may create cross talk / any EMI or current which creates interference when the data signal is being transfer from devices.

 

  • The braid of the cable for grounding is eliminated by isolated the grounding to touching the metal Telegartner Lan Plug. This arrangement can provide the cleanest isolated port B on UpTone EtherREGEN, most of the audiophile gear, network streamer can be improve sounding immediately without "ground loop" which is from grounding on chassis. The noise floor will be much quieter and details on background will improves. 

 

  • Extra Ground Cable for Audiophile on Telegartner MFP8 Plug (Made in Germany) each network cable can be tailor made and add  extra 0.8 meter Duelund Audio grounding cable to connect Audiophile Ground Box, the noise will feed to the Ground Box. 

 

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Why use Ground Box's ?  (Quoted from Entreq) 


You will get an improvement in dynamic's, a lower noise floor and more natural flow in the sound.

  • For us a clean and effective ground point is one of the most important factor's in ensuring the best possible sonic platform for any hifi system!

 

  • We normally say 220V 50Hz alternative110 V 60Hz. But in our opinion there are a lot more frequence on the power net. These is caused by the way we connect zero and protective ground together in the main central/fuse boxes.Most things these days run on electricity. Current goes in and current goes out of devices and lighting fixtures of every kind. All of these make the current messy. Not least computers with their switched power units, chargers for e.g., mobile telephones, all the halogen and LED lighting, dimmers etc. all cause a great deal of high-frequency noise and stay voltages. This noise always seeks the easiest path to the earth. And since this can be everything from 50-60 Hz to very high-frequency, but weak, currents, it is not always certain that the path of least resistance is via the protective earth. These currents instead can find dishwashers, laundry machines, counter tops with water pipes, your HiFi rack and your stereo set with all the cables and devices as more attractive paths to the earth. Moreover, these stay voltages often generate very large magnetic fields that absolutely have influence on the sound reproduction.

 

  • One big problem is that the protective ground many time are overloaded or not constructed for handle this pollutions. It can handle a real "bang" of 110-220Volt and X  Watts without any problems, but when it come to this small currents of some mV with very high frequency it don't catch them. So instead these will flow around in the power system searching for a place to ground. And in fact the protective ground can leak back a lot of pollutions to the power net that instead go to feed your HiFi system with all the cables and magnetic fields and load up and rest there in their search for ground.Our ground boxes / Eartha cables are designed to resemble and work like a bit of Mother Earth in concentrated form and offer the simplest and fastest route for this high-frequency noise to reach a earth point. Since such are very high-frequency weak currents, it is not necessary to have a lot of mass;  but it is important that the cables are optimised for these high frequency and the ground box be a purely attractive earth point.The construction and choice of materials in the earth box has a crucial effect on the result. In part, the minerals and metals involved have an effect, but the relationship of proportion and distance between them also affects the result.   

 

  • The EMI shielding material will be place inside the Telegartner MFP8 Plug, the high frequency and emi noise from the cable connector areas will absorb by the EMI shielding material made by KAMET Corporation. 

 

  • Carbon Fiber Woven material will use for outer layer. This material can provide protection and lower the emi noise  to get into the cable signal path. 

 

 

Purchase Link for EtherREGEN Special Edition

 

 

 

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 Technical Specification:

  • First Layer of aluminum foils for 4 pairs of AWG23 0.57mm core cables, each pairs was covered by layer of aluminum foils with providing 100 % coverage to eliminate the interference between each pairs of core cables.

 

  • Superior dual-layer isolation, 1st Layer of aluminum foils for High Frequency (HF) Effective shielding. SFS-PE (Foam-Skin Polyethylene) insulated and 2nd layer of copper wire braiding. This will prevent external noise from getting to the signal conductors, shields the shield of the cable to further prevent the ingress of noise (RFI, etc.) into the signal wires.

 

  • Third Layer of Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) Woven for EMI shielding, Carbon Fiber Woven outside protection provide the highest standard of shielding material which mainly used for industrial and most demanding engineer on special project.  

 

  • “Extra Arrangement on Grounding Wire” the grounding braid outside of the lan cable was covered by 3M electric tape for insulated the braid touching the metal Telegartnar RJ45 Plug. This method is according to the best approach for UpTone EtherREGEN. 

 

  • Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) conductors, 4 x 2 AWG 23/1, solid twisted single core pair.

 

  • High speed low-loss SFTP LSZH insulation: high quality insulation for cables that has less impact on the signal and insulates the conductors well. LSOH IEC 60332-1, Outer Dimension : 7.8mm

 

  • Category 7 RJ45 connector: Telegartner MFP8 Plug (Made in Germany) gold-plated conductor pins enclosed inside the extruding solid spring steel, safety pressured plug not only tighten but also provide moderate contact force for mission critical device,  the highest standard for Audio Grade connector. 

 

  • All hand Made in Hong Kong by AfterDark.

 

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Review:

 

  • AfterDark Constellation (CFS) CAT 7 Lan Cable is designed for critical application with extremely low-jitter, bit-perfect communication which can only be made by hand carefully one by one.

 

  • As we know audiophile who required their music production to have better sense of space in the soundstage with exceptional clarity and delicate resolution reproduction. The digital source and the path of the network play an important roles even, it cannot be fully explained with modern computer engineering theory. 

 

  • Shop owner was very aware of how important a clean ground plane is in digital audio. Because it acts as the reference for every calculation of voltage in the digital audio system, the cleaner you can keep your ground plane, the cleaner your audio will sound thanks to the prevention of significant amounts of jitter and noise. As a result, we have introduce the Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) technology for our product line from power cable to digital cables. 

 

  • The Constellation (CFS) CAT 7 Lan Cable is a big step to apply the CFS to keep the signal cleaner and eliminate the noise by apply third layers of shielding, just to ensure the digital signal is always in optimal level. 

 

  • “Connecting The Constellation Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) Network Cable brought a depth and timbre presentation to my music that I haven’t heard before” The audiophile after listening with the cable. 

 

  • “Definitely, the Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) do have very positive impact on any digital cables, like network cable and USB cable” 

 

  • After applying Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS) to the cable, the signal is unchanged in its overall character / signature, but everything just got clearer and more open. There was more space in the sound, both in the overall size of the soundstage, but also in terms of the space around each instrument / sound.

 

  • By apply Carbon Fiber Shielding (CFS), it improve isolated ground plane allowing every sound to be more accurately transfer with no hash / background noise to muddy the end signal.

 

  • The Constellation (CFS) CAT 7 Lan Cable can help to prevent noise from reaching your network player so an audiophile DAC will benefit from a carbon fiber shielding cable upgrade. In fact, any affordable DAC will generally handle noise worse than an expensive DAC so the good network cable may be even more important. 

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

DAC: Goldmund 21D Convertor Mono Block x 2 

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

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Rovox PR99 MKII Open Reel

Digital Player: AfterDark. Rosanna Network Bridge x Roon Bridge OCXO Edition x JS-2

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Cybershaft, Pachanko Studio, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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  • AfterDark. changed the title to AfterDark. Constellation Network Cable Special Edition for UpTone EtherREGEN
Just now, GMG said:

Looks great,

I see the shortest option is 1m,

Can you add shorter options? 30cm? 50cm?

 

Hi! GMG, 

 

Thanks for your interested. 

 

Yes, we can made to order with any length. Certainly 30cm and 50cm length can be customised too.

 

Let me update the option today. 

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark. 

 

 

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

DAC: Goldmund 21D Convertor Mono Block x 2 

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

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Rovox PR99 MKII Open Reel

Digital Player: AfterDark. Rosanna Network Bridge x Roon Bridge OCXO Edition x JS-2

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Cybershaft, Pachanko Studio, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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50 minutes ago, GMG said:

Thanks Adrian,

 

Can you also explain what is this option?

"Adds on Duelund Audio Ground Cable"

 

Hi! GMG,

 

Thanks for your interested. The new options was updated.

 

"Adds on Duelund Audio Ground Cable"

  • This version will have extra cable made from Duelund Audio solder to the Network Plug, which you could connect to the Ground Box like Entreq. So the device connecting the Lan cable will benefit too. 

 

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

DAC: Goldmund 21D Convertor Mono Block x 2 

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

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Rovox PR99 MKII Open Reel

Digital Player: AfterDark. Rosanna Network Bridge x Roon Bridge OCXO Edition x JS-2

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Cybershaft, Pachanko Studio, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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1 minute ago, MartinT said:

Hi Adrian

 

Can you make an even shorter option of 15cm as my EtherREGEN and ultraRendu are very close to each other?

 

Hi MartinT,

 

Certainly we can made to order with the length of 15cm. Let me include this option at the web site now. 

 

https://www.adark.co/collections/audiophile-grade-networking-system/products/afterdark-constellation-cfs-cat7-telegartner-mfp8-edition

 

Thanks for your purchases and have a nice day.

 

Best Regards,

Adrian

AfterDark.

 

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

DAC: Goldmund 21D Convertor Mono Block x 2 

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

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Rovox PR99 MKII Open Reel

Digital Player: AfterDark. Rosanna Network Bridge x Roon Bridge OCXO Edition x JS-2

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Cybershaft, Pachanko Studio, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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Thanks, Adrian.  Now ordered.

TP-Link MR6400 4G router > Uptone EtherREGEN reclocker > Sonore ultraRendu streamer > Mutec MC-3+ USB reclocker > LKS MH-DA004 DAC > Burson AB-160 XLR buffer > Belles SA-100 power amp > Usher Dancer Be-20 speakers. AfterDark Giesemann master clock. PS Audio P3 & P10 regenerators. Coherent, Mad Scientist, Belden & Canare cables.

https://theaudiostandard.net

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3 hours ago, MartinT said:

Well, this short 15cm cable beast has proven to be another star buy.  I have previously tested several 12cm ethernet links and had found significant differences in sound quality.  This one I can describe as having more 'clockiness' (my new word).  It's as if I have reduced the phase noise from my AfterDark Giesemann King by a few more notches.  All the normal improvement areas are there, but especially notable is the incredibly potent and vibrant bass.  Such differences from such a short link!

 

Beware that the cable is not very bendy or twisty, so plan your cable run carefully.  For me, the close coupling of my EtherREGEN and ultraRendu are perfect. Highly recommended if you can accommodate it.

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Hey what do you have zip tied to some of your cables? Just interested . They seem to be dc power cables .

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5 minutes ago, R1200CL said:

Is this a Belden cable?

 

No, not a Belden cable 

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

DAC: Goldmund 21D Convertor Mono Block x 2 

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

Playback: Goldmund PH3 Phono Amp, Linn LP12, Rovox PR99 MKII Open Reel

Digital Player: AfterDark. Rosanna Network Bridge x Roon Bridge OCXO Edition x JS-2

Dealer: SMSL, Gustard, Cybershaft, Pachanko Studio, UpTone Audio, Waversa, DELA

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3 hours ago, Tinknocker said:

Hey what do you have zip tied to some of your cables? Just interested . They seem to be dc power cables .

 

They are Mad Scientist Magic Tubes.  A nice addition to DC power cables lowering the noise floor a little further.

TP-Link MR6400 4G router > Uptone EtherREGEN reclocker > Sonore ultraRendu streamer > Mutec MC-3+ USB reclocker > LKS MH-DA004 DAC > Burson AB-160 XLR buffer > Belles SA-100 power amp > Usher Dancer Be-20 speakers. AfterDark Giesemann master clock. PS Audio P3 & P10 regenerators. Coherent, Mad Scientist, Belden & Canare cables.

https://theaudiostandard.net

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10 hours ago, MartinT said:

Well, this short 15cm cable beast has proven to be another star buy.  I have previously tested several 12cm ethernet links and had found significant differences in sound quality.  This one I can describe as having more 'clockiness' (my new word).  It's as if I have reduced the phase noise from my AfterDark Giesemann King by a few more notches.  All the normal improvement areas are there, but especially notable is the incredibly potent and vibrant bass.  Such differences from such a short link!

 

Beware that the cable is not very bendy or twisty, so plan your cable run carefully.  For me, the close coupling of my EtherREGEN and ultraRendu are perfect. Highly recommended if you can accommodate it.

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nice installation.
What did you put above your devices? especially on the RE? I see a wedge door but the plate etc. ???? a closer photo?
no affect the heat of the ER?

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There is a strong endorsement of this Cable embedded in my report on the AfterDark Triple Emperor Double Crown here:

 

My system is ethernet-based (RedNet/Dante) but strictly offline. I don't stream music from the internet.

System here

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On 5/5/2021 at 7:36 AM, MasterWarzombie said:

What did you put above your devices? especially on the RE? I see a wedge door but the plate etc. ???? a closer photo?
no affect the heat of the ER?

 

Both the ER and uR have a heatsink, granite coaster and Schramm door stop weight on top.  Every other component has a Schramm on top.  Nice and heavy and wonderful value from Amazon.

 

The ER runs cooler than before with the heatsink, the uR even cooler still.

TP-Link MR6400 4G router > Uptone EtherREGEN reclocker > Sonore ultraRendu streamer > Mutec MC-3+ USB reclocker > LKS MH-DA004 DAC > Burson AB-160 XLR buffer > Belles SA-100 power amp > Usher Dancer Be-20 speakers. AfterDark Giesemann master clock. PS Audio P3 & P10 regenerators. Coherent, Mad Scientist, Belden & Canare cables.

https://theaudiostandard.net

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9 hours ago, nichino said:

Thanks to the detailed findings by @Iving in the Afterdark Master Clock for Mutec MC-3 + Smart Clock USB clock thread, I belatedly realised that the AfterDark Constellation Network Cable is directional - the plain cable end is meant to be connected to the 'B' side of the EtherRegen, while the cable end with "AfterDark" wording printed is meant to be connected to the recipient device (in my case the Sonore Ultrarendu).

 

I have confirmed this separately with @AfterDark.as well. 

 

The sonic differences with the cable oriented the right way was quite stark - the sound cleaned up immediately with a blacker background. 

Thanks....I had mine orientated the wrong way as well.

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Yes Adrian should indicate that better.

I also had this with the project clay BNC cable and the DC cable.

After questions to Adrian, these turn out to be directional too!

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25 minutes ago, Johnnydev said:


I just got the AfterDark Constellation Network Cable Special Edition for EtherREGEN ordered.

 

I am very curious!

 

What will it replace? Against what might you be able to compare it?

 

I'm very impressed with the Constellation cable. Miles ahead of an AQ Cinnamon in body etc. Won't need to buy a 2020 Sablon to match my ER A-Side. I'd love to know what qualities make the Constellation shine. The 4-wire (2 pair) config? Insulation? Shield/Grounding design and g wire option?

 

Wired plug end mates with ER! ['AFTERDARK' at device/endpoint end]

My system is ethernet-based (RedNet/Dante) but strictly offline. I don't stream music from the internet.

System here

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3 minutes ago, Iving said:

What will it replace? Against what might you be able to compare it?

For now it replace the linear solution LAN cable.


I have now in my house overhere:

- Audioquest Vodka.

- Supra cat8 Diy (screen connected on only one side)W

- SOTM Cat 7 special edition black cable.

- Linear solution 

 

Before that i had the audioquest cinnamon, forrest cat 700 and the carbon Cat 700 and almost everything qua LAN from SOTM. Etc.

the Carbon cat 700 is replaced by the supra cat8 Diy.

 

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Quick research suggests (very approx):

Linear Solution LAN cable $200

AQ Vodka $400

Supra Cat 8 $50

SOTM Cat 7 $500

Is this about right?

What have you got on the ER A-Side?

You have the Linear Solution on the B Side right now?

wrt ER B Side it would be very interesting to rank the AD Constellation SQ in your hierarchy. We can conclude what we will about SQ/$.

 

imo the Constellation cable ($150 approx.) is very high SQ/$. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets many great reviews.

My system is ethernet-based (RedNet/Dante) but strictly offline. I don't stream music from the internet.

System here

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On 5/10/2021 at 5:04 PM, Johnnydev said:

Yes Adrian should indicate that better.

I also had this with the project clay BNC cable and the DC cable.

After questions to Adrian, these turn out to be directional too!

Do you mind sharing the correct orientation for AfterDark's dueland DC cables? Which end is for the LPS?

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