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  1. Congrats on your upgrade. I'll admit to being confused by how you're using this router. You have a wireless modem which of course has an ethernet port. You run your CATx cable to the Ubiquiti. Your Ubiquiti sends a CATx to the "A" side of the ER, correct? I have a Motorola Modem, the 6800 which supposed to be the best sounding modem according to tests from audiophiles from somewhere, I forgot. That feeds a TP-Link AX6000 WiFi 6 Router. I send a CAT6 to the ER which feeds my NAS, my small green computer that hosts the Roon Core, a Dlink router that feeds other local devices and a NAD M17V2 prepro. The "B" side feeds the Lindemann Musicbook DSD. I use the Supra CAT8 cables on all the critical paths to audio except from TP-Link router to ER. That's a 45ft cable which costs some serious dollars. So now if I understand you correctly, if I replace my Dlink network switch (which sits alongside the ER and feeds other network devices) with a Ubiquiti router, take the CAT6 long run from my TP-Link router and plug it into the Ubiquiti, then feed the ER with a CATx from the Ubiquiti, I should realize another bump in performance? You know this is madness right? As it is now, the sound is heroic. There's so much texture, clarity, nuance that it feels like my music is playing at half speed. Wife is amazed at what the ER had done to our system. Best upgrade for the money EVER.
  2. View Classified VPI Scoutmaster with Periphery Ring Selling my VPI Scoutmaster. I give it an 8 of 10 for a few minor blemishes and age. No Cartridge. JMW9 Memorial tonearm. It does have the uber expensive periphery ring I do have a Dynavector XX2 MKII but it needs a visit to Soundsmith for retipping. Not included in price. I was selling locally but found a good box to ship. I have taken the VPI apart for safe shipping (if there is such a thing). 30 minutes and it's back together. I need a preamp and I bought a Rega P10. Don't need 3 turntables. I have video's that detail the condition of this VPI. Thanks for looking - Michael Seller MichaelHiFi Date 07/08/20 Price 1,450.00 USD Category Analog Components  
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    Selling my VPI Scoutmaster. I give it an 8 of 10 for a few minor blemishes and age. No Cartridge. JMW9 Memorial tonearm. It does have the uber expensive periphery ring I do have a Dynavector XX2 MKII but it needs a visit to Soundsmith for retipping. Not included in price. I was selling locally but found a good box to ship. I have taken the VPI apart for safe shipping (if there is such a thing). 30 minutes and it's back together. I need a preamp and I bought a Rega P10. Don't need 3 turntables. I have video's that detail the condition of this VPI. Thanks for looking - Michael

    1,450.00 USD

  4. Interresting. I may be falsely assuming that the grounds are connected at both ends of the Supra CAT8 cable. In the UpTone ER manual, it stated that you don't want to carry a ground on the ethernet cable to the "A" side of the ER. Did you cut the shield on the Supra? Clock was $135 on EBAY. Is there a better price on a clock? Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll keep folks updated as the ER burns in and the Supra cable upgrade when they show up which maybe tomorrow.
  5. Interesting Martin. It looks though that you're using a Mutec and a BG together. Don't fully understand how that works. Is there a good result just using the BG? One left on EBAY. I must have ~400 plugged in power cords... 🤔 Good thing I have solar.
  6. Received my ER yesterday. Plugged her in and via a CAT6 of no remarkable quality but straight from my router to the "A" side of the ER. The B side used another unremarkable CAT6 to my microrendue which inputs to a Lindemann Musicbook DSD 25. Roon core resides in Sonore Small Green computer. It is/was a very fine sounding digital system. Listening through the ER I had little expectation other than noting late last year, ears I trusted described more than subtle improvements in SQ, so I ordered one. What I heard was not what I expected. I sat in my seat and said "huh". Hard to describe. Clarity, color, space and decay. All were improved. But the bass. WTF. Bass was already stellar coming from the 11" Eaton woofers hidden inside the lower cabinets of the Ushers, but this was something different. Again, hard to describe but the bass was fuller yet tighter and more defined. It pressurized the room. Just as interesting was that I was listening at volume ~50. I listen loud. My wife listens louder. 50 is loud but not that loud in our system. Music was flowing. I was really pleased, then decided hey, I can turn this up louder, so I did. Louder until I hit 80. That's concert level folks and what blew me away is that that was no breakup, no harshness just an image of the band as I was playing "Over now" by Alice in Chains. I was laughing hysterically. Moving to different Genres, it was more of the same. Greater insight into the recordings, better spacial cues and the bass... My wife came home from work so I asked her to have a listen. She couldn't believe what she was hearing. She wanted to hear Sarah Brightman's "Angel". Not my favorite recording for sure but behind the ER the recording was somehow different. Clean with the smeary, woolly bass removed and yet deeper and more resolved. She just sat back with her eyes closed and was transported into the music. I could go on but only having a day of listening it's not really fair to access what I'm hearing objectively. But I'm loving what I'm hearing. From what I've read, the ER needs breaking in. Most everything in the Audio equipment world does. But this is what I'm hearing from a unit with just a handful of hours on it!!! I ordered some Supra CAT8 cables as my dealer friend noted a definite improvement as others to had noted with these almost affordable cables. I may have jumped the gun. These cables have a great deal of shielding built in to them. Reading the ER manual, I noted that shielded CATX's can bring eddy currents with them through the RJ45 shell. I may have to "operate" on these cables at least on the "A" side to severe the shields. Nuts. Anyone with experience with these cables? Should post this as a separate topic, I know. Thanks!
  7. It just occurred to me. My backup database is very secure on my Sonic linux computer for which I can't get to. I only backed up my alternative PC which is not my "normal Roon database".
  8. Yes I can backup to the internal drive but that is temporary storage. Thanks
  9. Sorry folks to post looking for answers. I found a way to backup to DropBox (gee, another cloud server I seemingly have to pay for )
  10. Time for me to backup Roon. Well, 2 hours later trying every option I know of I've failed. The easy way I thought was to stick a USB thumb drive into the Sonic Transporter (the computer with no limbs) and use Roon to point Linux to the thumb drive (I mean, how would I mount a thumb drive with only the brain?) and hit backup. Well, nothing got backed up on my thumb drive. I tried numerous paths through Linux and Roon with no luck. Then I tried to use a network share thinking I'd be clever. Well I'm not. Then I tried backing up to Google Drive opening that path for sharing. All I got were error mesaages. I've searched the web endlessly. I think I'm not savvy enough for the Sonic Transporter. Wait, maybe I could use my PC as the head and backup from there?
  11. We've playing playing with this combo for nearly a month now. I was waiting for breakin and learning optimal settings. That and I had upgraded the cross-over components in the speakers so those needed to settle in as well. Some of my findings have been startling and I hate sharing those as I have thin skin, but for the few it might be well served to share. I use dedicated AC service through very high quality outlets that in turn feed a modded BPT isolation transformer. All of my sources are plugged into this transformer although I can go direct into wall outlet. I've been using the Auralic Altair, the Lumin T1, Lumin A1, NAD M51 and I have an Emotiva XMC-1 with DIRAC. Also of note is a VPI Scoutmaster feeding a Rogue Audio Ares phono preamp. The BMC S1 amp does the heavy lifting. I also have the MusicBook's 55 amp on hand, still not broken in, but early on I felt the BMC as has been the case for years against other amps is just sounds better to our ears. The Musicbook DSD all by itself to this point is perhaps the finest piece of audio gear I've ever purchased. I'm in my 60's and started this hobby at 10. I've owned some gear. The MR + Sonic transporter take the MB to a different level. I say different level in that the MR + ST allow me to use Roon and if needed, to correct for bass issues, an important attribute. I was first amazed at how easy and logical the Musicbook was to setup and, how consistent it has been once setup to simply, play music. I have NOT been plagued with network issues but that's another story. Can I say crap network cables plagued my home? With every input the MB presented a wealth of information and multilayered layered soundstage that depending upon what it's sitting on, could go beyond the width of the speakers. It's been mesmerizing as my wife and I have been playing music evening after evening along with experimentation with setup and cables and vibration control. Today we'll put the speakers on furniture dolly's to try to diminish some bass issues that have plagued my speakers from day 1. That's another story. So by itself the MB as a DAC I can find no faults just rediscover our music collection in a good way. Adding the MR and Sonic transporter gave us roon as I mentioned. I finally have a source that's powerful and easy to use. Easy to use and it works. Initially, in setup the MR +ST found the Musicbook no problem. But then I probably changed a setting and lost the Musicbook. This was extremely frustrating and it was only by accident that I realized there's the app called the music switcher that I had switched to some other source. Learning curve in play. The sound. What this combination added in sound was even greater clarity, deeper stage, micro and macro dynamics like I've never heard. Having a few power supplies sitting around, a 9 volter from Welborne labs and a huge 12 volt supply called the "Kora" just heightened the aforementioned attributes. This system was playing in some serious territory! We were playing old and new, crappy recordings, great recordings, throwing everything at it and it just played somehow, seemingly true to the source, It didn't etch things as I've heard so often, nor did it pronounce certain frequencies but as a audiophile buddy of mine noted, it would scale vocals and instruments extremely well. Vocals in our setup with this formidable combination are typically more recessed behind the plane of the speakers. Image is very stable, not etched in space but believable. My wife having adopted this crazy hobby of mine added these rather large look like handballs that sith inside a plastic cup under the Musicbook. This gained even more air, a crazy amount of space and that was "fun" to listen too. Ultimately though, the performers it seemed had gone on a diet and the wood instruments lost some body so out with the balls. I then tried Isopods under the MB and that was better. Better bass, a little warmer in character, gave up some air but good. Then we added them under the power supplies as well but really had to back and forth to tell a difference. They stayed. There was so much change when plying with feet and isolation we thought we'd place the musicbook on a large maple block. That change was much better as the bass went deeper (although I noted some stuff was rattling in the room) the stage grew again and the overall tone was brilliant, solid foundation, lots of room around the instruments, really pleasant . Adding the Isopods under the MB took it backwards. We continued with various techniques of isolation even under the amp, including maple plus the Isopodes. This really softened the system. It was as if I changed my SS amp to tubes and well, I love tubes but the music lost it drive and some clarity. It was just too slow for us so out went the Isonodes again. The Isonodes just couldn't find a home. Point I'm making is that in my system, the source components I believe are so good, that response to tuning is not trivial. It really affects the overall sonic picture. In the past, isolation was the last thing I'd do if at all, but these components appear to be very sensitive to their surroundings. (My wife wants me to lose the maple under the amp but I like the warmth ;). I really didn't want to write this as yet as I like throwing other DAC's in the mix in real time (not that anyone cares). I'm hopeful to get an iggy and a Minerva and should have the Lumin A1 this weekend. I had found the Lumin too soft which was very surprising to me. I just couldn't listen to it. But I know it's a world class DAC so I need another direct comparison. As a footnote the Musicbook as a volume control for my vinyl setup was the most enlightening experience yet. My 6 year old looked at me after about 1 minute of spinning Neil Young's "Prairie Wind", "Dad, this is so clear and so amazing, will you give me your vinyl when I grow up?". Actually I think he said when I die He has been very enthusiastic with Musicbook MR + Transporter. He's already got a good start on his playlist. I'll try to attach a few pics.
  12. Lindemann Musicbook DSD. I am completely amazed at what I'm hearing through this extremely intelligent little box. I've had a number of impressive DAC's in my home The Vega, the Altair, Lumin T1 I owned, The Lumin A1 I tried before I bought the Lindemann, NAD M51, I owned, I have an Oppo 105 and I've listened to the Lampizator 7 at my buddies house. I'm hopeful to get a Minerva in the house soon and possibly a Yggdrasil. But this Musicbook is killing it. I thought I'd try it and sell it. It's staying. No I2S out. I'm coupling it USB Audio with the microrendu and Transporter i5. But all of its inputs are really very good! Good luck on your search.
  13. I replaced another old network cable to CAT7. Unfortunately, I failed to reconnect to the Lindemann. I now realize that the first connection concerning the Microrendu/Transporter to Lindemann was pure luck. The day after, yesterday, I'd spent 1.5 hours with my IT buddy attempting to reconnect and only seemed to accidently reconnect after we'd given up. Today, I'm into now another 1.5 hours of rebooting, settings, more reboots, disconnecting connecting, prayers and again failed to gain a handshake. Maybe I'll sleep on it but it shouldn't be this difficult. I'd rather just listen to music...
  14. Thanks for the detailed explanation. Most helpful. So the files residing in the NAS get outputted either to the Lindemann directly which performs all of the decoding or, The Transporter takes the NAS files using the Roon brain which can decode files while add whatever flavor app one wishes to further process the file, then to the Microrendu which I believe reclocks the data and scrubs the power which is why I also believe why a quality external power supply is so beneficial. The audio file journey continues with it's new makeover to the Lindemann via network cable. If I got this right, this is where it gets interesting. The Lindemann has all the decoding solutions built-in. I would have not been surprised to hear little difference between the Lindemann/NAS vs the Microrendu except for Lindemann's USB Audio source allowing for higher DSD sampling. But there was a significant difference. And that difference maybe in the way I'm decoding the files. Having the MR perform the decoding vs the Lindemann. That will be the first thing I'll try when I get home. I'm guessing I just output PCM to the Lindemann. I think in all my fiddling around with the settings I may be sending DSD through DoP from the MR. Lindemann audio has no knowledge regarding the use of the MR/Transporter feeding their Musicbook. So I thought I would be the beta tester on this setup. but I need to get this right. It would be cool to get the HQplayer involved as I'd like to room correct the lower registers of my woofers. For as long as I'd been doing computer audio, I'm amazed at what I still don't know.
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