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  1. Interesting that although our systems are different we seem to have had the same baffling problem and solution following a power cut (see my posts above). Keep fingers crossed . . .
  2. Thanks. Will do, but please see also my reply to Alex in the Uptone. Forum.
  3. Yes, so strange that it borders on the IMPOSSIBLE, or so I thought. So I got to work on this thought and at one point was able to reproduce the problem with the ultraRendu powered by the Uptone brick. Which leaves me to conclude that the issue lies not with any Uptone or Sonore equipment, but with the WiFi network. Why should this be a problematic link after working without a glitch for six years? At first I thought the power cut may have damaged the router or the WiFi bridge. So, I reconnected the Uptone LPS-1.2 to the ultraRendu and tried again. It played beautifully all files, including DSD (in DoP format). It has been playing just fine since 9:00 pm last evening uninterruptedly. Which could not happen, presumably, if anything was damaged by the power cut. Correlation is not causation! as I used to tell my graduate students. So, for now I have to assume that something temporary happened to the WiFi. If the problem should happen again, I may have to consider running a long Ethernet cable from my upstairs office to the ground floor music room, which I'm reluctant to do given that we live in a 1906 house the walls of which are full of surprises. But it was great to to talk to you, Alex. Thank you so much for all your prompt attention to this confusing issue. I'll keep you posted on any developments.
  4. It was a pleasure talking with you on the phone. And congratulations on the new deck! We have a big one here that needs some basic structural work so I can feel your pain with replacing the old one. The etherREGEN is definitely innocent. But the source of the problem appears to be the LPS-1.2. I removed the latter from the chain and powered the ultraRendu from the Uptone brick and DSD played with no problem at all. So it seems that the sudden power cut and equally sudden re-power (surge?) did something bad to the LPS-1.2. Strange, though, that it affects only DSD files. Everything else, including 24/192 stuff plays fine. Where do we go from here?
  5. Here is the rest of the DAC diagnostics, which had gotten chopped off somehow: Benchmark DAC2 Benchmark DAC2 USB Audio 2.0 at usb-ci_hdrc.1-1.1, high speed : USB Audio Playback: Status: Running Interface = 1 Altset = 1 Packet Size = 144 Momentary freq = 95998 Hz (0xb.fff0) Feedback Format = 16.16 Interface 1 Altset 1 Format: S32_LE Channels: 2 Endpoint: 1 OUT (ASYNC) Rates: 44100, 48000, 88200, 96000, 176400, 192000 Data packet interval: 125 us access: RW_INTERLEAVED format: S32_LE subformat: STD channels: 2 rate: 96000 (96000/1) period_size: 960 buffer_size: 3840 Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Sw',0 Capabilities: pswitch Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right Mono: Front Left: Playback [on] Front Right: Playback [on] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Sw',1 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined Playback channels: Mono Mono: Playback [on] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Vo',0 Capabilities: volume Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right Limits: 0 - 127 Front Left: 127 [100%] Front Right: 127 [100%] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Vo',1 Capabilities: volume volume-joined Playback channels: Mono Capture channels: Mono Limits: 0 - 127 Mono: 127 [100%] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Internal Clock Validity',0 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined Playback channels: Mono Mono: Playback [on]
  6. [I am posting this on both the Sonore and Uptone threads as it involves both manufacturers' equipment] Here is my digital chain: modem, NAS, and WIN 10 desktop, all plugged into router. From router, WiFi bridge to Uptone etherREGEN (CAT6a) switch powered from Uptone "brick", to Sonore ultraRENDU (CAT6a) end point powered from Uptone LPS-1.2 energized from Uptone "brick", to Benchmark DAC 2D (Phasure Lush^2). Playback (Squeezelite) controlled with SqueezePad on iPad Air) Everything worked perfectly until yesterday when the local utility suddenly cut power for about two minutes. When power came back, nothing worked and multiple attempts to restore the system were unsuccessful. Eventually, power cycling everything starting from the DAC backward did succeed in restoring music. HOWEVER, attempting to play DSD files (DoP encapsulated) resulted first in bricking everything again and later in "playing" music (as shown from progress in SqueezePad) but with no sound. Every other file plays fine. The DAC diagnostics seem OK (see below) Jesus R., Alex C., anyone else? Any suggestions for fixing this issue will be greatly appreciated. Benchmark DAC2 Benchmark DAC2 USB Audio 2.0 at usb-ci_hdrc.1-1.1, high speed : USB Audio
  7. [I am posting this on both the Sonore and Uptone threads as it involves both manufacturers' equipment] Here is my digital chain: modem, NAS, and WIN 10 desktop, all plugged into router. From router, WiFi bridge to Uptone etherREGEN (CAT6a) switch powered from Uptone "brick", to Sonore ultraRendu (CAT6a) end point powered from Uptone LPS-1.2 energized from Uptone "brick", to Benchmark DAC 2D (Phasure Lush^2). Playback (Squeezelite) controlled with SqueezePad on iPad Air) Everything worked perfectly until yesterday when the local utility suddenly cut power for about two minutes. When power came back, nothing worked and multiple attempts to restore the system were unsuccessful. Eventually, power cycling everything starting from the DAC backward did succeed in restoring music. HOWEVER, attempting to play DSD files (DoP encapsulated) resulted first in bricking everything again and later in "playing" music (as shown from progress in SqueezePad) but with no sound. Every other file plays fine. The DAC diagnostics seem OK (see below) Jesus R., Alex C., anyone else? Any suggestions for fixing this issue will be greatly appreciated. Benchmark DAC2 Benchmark DAC2 USB Audio 2.0 at usb-ci_hdrc.1-1.1, high speed : USB Audio Playback: Status: Running Interface = 1 Altset = 1 Packet Size = 144 Momentary freq = 95998 Hz (0xb.fff0) Feedback Format = 16.16 Interface 1 Altset 1 Format: S32_LE Channels: 2 Endpoint: 1 OUT (ASYNC) Rates: 44100, 48000, 88200, 96000, 176400, 192000 Data packet interval: 125 us access: RW_INTERLEAVED format: S32_LE subformat: STD channels: 2 rate: 96000 (96000/1) period_size: 960 buffer_size: 3840 Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Sw',0 Capabilities: pswitch Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right Mono: Front Left: Playback [on] Front Right: Playback [on] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Sw',1 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined Playback channels: Mono Mono: Playback [on] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Vo',0 Capabilities: volume Playback channels: Front Left - Front Right Capture channels: Front Left - Front Right Limits: 0 - 127 Front Left: 127 [100%] Front Right: 127 [100%] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Audio 2.0 Output Playback Vo',1 Capabilities: volume volume-joined Playback channels: Mono Capture channels: Mono Limits: 0 - 127 Mono: 127 [100%] Simple mixer control 'Benchmark DAC2 Internal Clock Validity',0 Capabilities: pswitch pswitch-joined Playback channels: Mono Mono: Playback [on]
  8. Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord (+ Organ Pieces). Played with singular synergy by Henryk Szeryng (violin) and Helmuth Walcha (harpsichord and organ). Very fine Redbook sound from a Qobuz download of an Urania recording (2:20:50).
  9. Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 4, 5 & 6. Brilliantly played by Tanja Tetzlaff. Oh, and sandwiched between the Suites she plays two (mercifully short) pieces for cello and tape by Thorsten Encke. Excellent sound from a 24/96 Qobuz download.
  10. . My deepest sympathy for your predicament. You certainly went the extra mile in trying to make the ER work for you. But if a direct connection to the router produces the engaging sound you prefer, why not just live with it and concentrate in the music? Alternatively, if the ER is still promising to be doing something you like, you may consider looking into your analogue system for a possible source of the treble problem. Best of luck in your quest.
  11. I've had the EtherREGEN playing continuously for over 500 hours. My impressions parallel those others have posted in eloquent detail, so I won't repeat them here, but I can say this: For me, there are two domains in which the ER brings significant enhancements: clarity and accuracy of timbres. These contribute in no small measure to the enjoyment of music. On a well recorded album, the effect is simply stunning, but even on run-of-the-mill tracks it makes for a major improvement in the realistic reproduction of a musical event. Of course, there is a downside. The shortcomings of a poor recording become even more apparent. My setup is simple: Comcast Cable Modem, HP Desktop (Windows 10), and Vortexbox Appliance NAS (Squeezelite), all plugged into a TP-Link Archer C7 Router. Then WiFi to a D-Link DAP 1522 WiFi Bridge, to the ER, to a Sonore ultraRENDU, to a Benchmark DAC2 and on to the analogue system. Ethernet cables are all Monoprice CAT 6a, USB cable is Phasure Lush^2. By the way, I found that choice of Ethernet cable is important to best complement the ER's virtues. Kudos to John Swenson and Alex Crespi for another brilliant design made available at a reasonable price!
  12. Thank you for such a quick response. Looking at this too quickly gave me impression that the plugs had metal jaws. My bad.
  13. Jud: At the moment, I'm using monoprice CAT 6 (not 6a) with plastic connectors between ER and ultra RENDU. I could not find any monoprice CAT 6a with plastic connectors. Do you know a source? Thanks.
  14. Count Basie + Louis Bellson & Ray Brown: Kansas City 3 - For The Second Time. Excellent sound from a 16/44 Qobuz download.
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