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  1. I would leave DSD as DSD as TedB said. I tried the new EC modulators and was able to up convert them to DSD128. As I heard someone describe it the middle sounded richer. But I still prefer the PCM as PCM.
  2. You are welcome. I know it sounds like heresy but following the original advice of @ted_b I am also am not using DSD. The PCM tracks sound better as PCM. Hi I am using AudioLinux with HQPLAYER embedded. For icing on the cake I am using a Singxer SU-1, that I consider the ultimate SU-1 because it was modified by @Energy
  3. I would like to bump this question again please. When I use the AL menu function to create a back up thumb drive, do I need to format it first? If I do, how do I format the thumb drive?
  4. Hi - I hope everyone is enjoying the music🙂 While we’re on the subject of formatting USB drives for AL. I have yet to make a back up of my AL system on a new USB drive. I know there is an option in the menus for a back up drive. Do I have to format the drive first? Or does the menu option do everything for you? I am also not remembering how to format the drive If required? There was also a recommendation for a minimum speed USB drive. What is the recommendation for the drive? Is it 32GB we are using? I have a scandisk USB drive that I use and it gets very hot is this typical? Thank you Please enjoy your day
  5. Hi I have a Spring 1 and I was considering upgrading the USB board or using a SU-1. I would probably power the SU-1 with a UpTone LPS-1.2. Has anyone done this comparison after the new firmware update? Thank you Bill
  6. Hi Mr. S.🙂 I built a six outlet power strip and have it connected to an ultra-isolation transformer. I have two dedicated circuits and have bonded the grounds together. I currently have everything plugged into the power strip, except for the power supplies for my LPS-1 and 1.2. Which methodology is more important, the everything in one strip or if you have a non-audio side, like above, to separate out the power supplies. I have a 300W HDPlex ATX LPS that I would like to separate out with my other power supplies. Thank you
  7. Hi Alex It sounds like time to turn off all work related things and enjoy some music. And, I am sure, some well deserved rest.
  8. I read about trying to make my system sound better for a couple of hours every day, unfortunately this is more time than I get to listen to my system. 😕 Do that every day for a few years and some of the references get lost. And I’m sure some of the metaphors get mixed. I remember reading about link aggregation but I’m not sure if that’s the basis for a better sound? I thought it was kind of a wacky idea, which is why I asked the question here. I was wondering if you could use or how you could use a switch in conjunction with the bridge I would try my idea, but I’m having a couple of technical difficulties in my system is not conducive to critical listening at the moment. When I try it I will let you know. I am surprised that no one else has tried it up to this point. I am not sure how the link to the JS article proves my point. I cannot find a correlation after reading it. Would you please explain what you’re thinking? I have learned that I should try the switch after the server rather than before it. Although the switch before it did increase the SQ. I think the increase in SQ is because the ethernet cable from the router to the server is 30 feet long and it benefited from the signal regeneration. Thank you
  9. I thought about this because of two reasons. 1. Let me please preface this with the fact that we read a lot of things here connected to audio. I thought that I had read somewhere regarding ethernet connections that more Ethernet connections made for a better sound. But I could not find the reference. From my memory the person had two ethernet ports on their server and they connected them both to their switch and because of the increased data flow the sound was better. I was assuming that possibly one ethernet cable would be used for the incoming signal and the other ethernet cable would be used for the outgoing ethernet signal. Then either by pontification or test the theory was if you had two cards with 4 ethernet ports that 4 cables made even better sound. I ask the question because I wondered if anyone here had actually tried it? 2. The other reason I am asking this question is because I am doing my homework to be prepared for the EtherRegen. If there is complete isolation from one side of the switch to the other then there may not be a detriment to hooking up multiple cables.
  10. I understand that a bridge is a virtual switch inside your computer. I am currently using a bridge, Port one in from my switch, port two out to my endpoint. What I’m asking about is a little bit of out-of-the-box thinking. What if you do what I have in the sketch? Keep the bridged connection configured on your server and connect both ends to the switch. Is anyone doing it? Does it work? How does it sound!
  11. Is anyone using this configuration? How does it sound? What did you compare it to? What switch are you using?
  12. Thank you for your reply. Although it leaves me a bit confused. Are you saying that with the sNH-10G as the switch, using the bridged connection (2 ethernet cables) to the switch sounded better. Here is a sketch of what I am asking about. (I am having trouble inserting this simple sketch as an image, into the post, how do I do it?) Server Bridge to Switch.tif
  13. Let me ask a bridging question that will be applicable to more systems. If I understand correctly the typical bridging typology is a server with two ethernet ports, one port is in from the router/switch and the other out directly to a NUC or NAA. If you are using a fancy switch or something like the EtherRegen, do you continue to use your bridge? Where as, you have two ethernet cables out from your server to the switch and then a separate cable out to your NUC? Will the switch use one ethernet cable for incoming data and the other for outgoing data? I thought that I had read that more ethernet connections made for a better sounding system. Can anyone confirm that? I plan to test this with my switch but I am having a few issues at the moment that I want to resolve before I try it. In theory I could use two cables out of my NAS and two cables out of my Pipeline server. Then later when I have an endpoint I could add one more cable, out to the end point.
  14. If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? How does my different typology sound compared to other systems; I may never know? I am glad that we are talking about the impact of the NAS. I tried to bring this up previously and the subject did not get traction. If a NAS does not have a fan, is fed clean power and has no SSD, is it still considered noisy? My old NAS used to be located in a separate closet. I did not use it with my system. My CAPS Pipeline had a SSD with my music and Roon Server with Tidal. The closet with the FIOS router & Netgear GS108, is 30 feet away. The 30 foot Ghent JSSG ethernet cable was connected directly to the Pipeline server. I installed a Cisco switch near my equipment rack, connected the 30' cable to it and then a 3 foot cable to the Pipeline and it was a nice increase in SQ. I purchased a QNAP HS-453DX fanless NAS and installed it in the closet. (I did not install the SSD) Music from the NASs HDDs did not hurt SQ. I moved the NAS into the rack so I could connect it directly to the Cisco switch and had a bump up in SQ. I removed the SSD from my Pipeline, installed AudioLinux to run from RAM, I moved Roon to the NAS to lighten the load on the Pipeline and of course after all that, there was an increase in SQ. The NAS has two ethernet ports, 10Gb & 1Gb, they look different so they are easy to identify. The NAS has a utility to create all types of bridges. I created a bridge using the 1Gb connected directly to the Pipeline and the 10Gb to the switch and got a very nice increase in SQ. I added a custom Sean Jacobs regulator for the NAS and this is icing on the cake. I wonder how this sounds compared to other systems? I am looking forward to the Uptone EtherRegen to replace the Cisco Switch. I will connect both bridged cables the EtherRegen and run a third cable from the "clean" output to the pipeline. The Cisco switch does not allow for an easy power upgrade, the AC cord is hardwired. The Cisco switch is connected to my Ultra-Isolation transformer. Which would you consider nosier, the switch or the NAS? I am not sure if I have the will power to test it and may just wait for the EtherRegen. My Pipeline has two ethernet ports. Do you think that there would be value in bridging them and connecting them both to the EtherRegen. (I can find how many ports it will have) My plan is to eventually add an endpoint to this setup. Something like the SOtM motherboard with one of these high-power low watt Intel CPUs that are coming out. I have added a sketch incase anyone would like to make a suggestion. Thank you Bill
  15. Has anyone tried or read about the new Singxer SU-6 with their Holo Spring?
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