I need to thank Rob (Exocer) for his endless patience into guiding me in some areas for achieving better SQ thru the server.
I've been following his findings the most close I can, and without a doubt he is a great contributor to this forum.
One area that has increased the SQ of my system to a whole different level, is isolating the server from the access point, adding an Edge Router to the chain, I purchased the Edge Router from Rob suggestion some time back, but it was not until now that i decided to go that route.
My System is:
- Denafrips ATHENA Preamp
- OPPO 205 via UPnP (wifi) for now --- Denafrips Terminator DAC (2018 version)
- KINKI EX-M7 Amp
- PMC Twenty5 26 - Speakers
- Tellurium Ultra Black II speakers and XLR
- Paul Hynes SR7T (19v & 12v) for Server + TAIKO DC-ATX (19v goes to TAIKO & 12v goes to CPU)
- Paul Hynes SR5T (12v & 12v) for ER & External Clock for ER
- Paul Hynes SR4T (5v) for JCAT USB XE
- P.I. Audio Group Uber Buss with Uber Puertos
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS HERO XIII Z590
- Intel i7-10700K
- TAIKO DC-ATX
- Apacer 2666 Industrial (8GB)
- Optane 58GB (Euphony OS & Music)
- Startech NIC PCIE card
- JCAT XE USB PCIE
- ALL Cabling is NEOTECH 7N JSSG360
Bye Bye Terminator, hello back OPPO 205 (via USB)
I sold my Terminator DAC last month in order to find (later on with patience) a better DAC for my system and i cleaned the dust of my beloved OPPO 205 to cover the DAC department in the meanwhile; as to expect, sound became a little bit thiner and close the soundstage a bit too, the sensation of "Big sound" reduced a little , it lacked that little bit of more organic presentation of the T-1. but all and all not a too dramatic change.
After selling the T-1, I got a Sablon USB 2020 cable which replaced an Oyaide Neo and became clear since day one, even without 5 minutes of use that SABLON was the better cable, suddenly when turning on the server during those days, the screen showed that " USB DEVICE OVER CURRENT STATUS DETECTED !! " and after several checks and with a friend of mine we could determinate that all PCIE slots on the MoBo worked perfectly and that the problem was neither the MoBo, CPU, SR4T, or SABLON cable, there was some kind of short circuit between the JCAT XE USB card and the OPPO USB input, no matter what, once you inserted the JCAT with or without the SR4T powering it, the message was showing and also the USB input on the OPPO stopped reading the entry cables, so I swapped the JCAT and put a Startech USB card instead and although the server turned on without an issue confirming that only with the JCAT was the issue, OPPO would not read it.
Edge Router taking the stage:
I added this wonderful piece creating VLANs for my access points so the server be isolated from wifi, to my surprise...
While we were testing the equipment suddenly sound started playing with UPnP on OPPO started playing automatically thru wifi and to my surprise the level of SQ was much more better in every aspect compared with T-1 and USB connection with JCAT/SR4T/ SABLON, and only with wifi on the OPPO, I am amazed that the isolation on the server thru the Edge Router is a huge leap for streaming, now I can listen to the goods of the SR7T/ TAIKO TX among other things that did and upgrade in the first place but not a t this dimension, this has made that all the good ingredients in my server to finally shined and showed their true credentials, Im now wondering with this kind of isolation on the server and the SQ that im hearing, if it would be worth to fix the JCAT card re-connected with my SR4T and go as planned with my " better " DAC, including the SABLON, would that kind of equipment and investment on that chain would worth it ?, and the answer is yes I will give a try and once is in the USB chain as it was BUT NOW with the EdgeRouter isolation on board.
First thing i will do is put an ethernet cable on the OPPO and see how much is the gap between this isolated WiFi and the cable.
Im buying an additional good ethernet cable, I dont have left, so i will have to wait at least a week for that.
Has anyone experience this before ? cause i wanted to share this as it came by surprise for me