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  1. @craighartley built in, using Sonore's OpticalRendu as NAA. I can check for you by going line-out later to see if you have that issue with HQPlayer (popping), if that helps? BTW, have made the upgrade to be11 - seems to be SQ improvements with it too!
  2. I think we need to tread carefully here. The opticalModule, opticalRendu and ER do some kind of signal regeneration / clean up process. I imagine other switches are doing similar via reclocking too. I have tried the off-the-shelf FMCs such as recommended StarTech, not nearly as capable.
  3. Not best for ER, certainly much improved on oM+oR but found the planet variants sounded less mechanical with the oM+oR too.
  4. There was an interesting post on WBF at some point where someone had a 30m fiber in coils using long distance (80km in this case) SFPs. They then tidy'd things up (nice straight lines). And with it, found the sound deteriorated. Those coils were adding attenuation to the path which resulted in better sound quality! Nice easy one to test...
  5. Apparently not supposed to mix/match; let us know if you hear any improvements. But yes quite an improvement for what is quite little spend, especially those planet SFPs.
  6. @Steffenegede I believe the Shanti dual outputs are galvanic isolated, and both can run the oM no problem (tested both). Seems good so far, though not compared to much else but a ground shunted IFI ipower at 5v. It is however passing on changes upstream from the ER which I've just added an MPAudio HPULN LSIB type less than 24hrs ago, so guess its doing a decent enough job.
  7. @Johnseye they sound better, more dynamic, and the planet variants less mechanical. Tried multi mode TPs that came with Sonore equipment with multi mode cable... back in the box they went.
  8. NAA over Fibre (opticalModule + ER atm). For me at least I hear a more relaxed sound, less "hash", wider soundstage, better depth placement etc.
  9. Interesting, I've not used CUDA GPU support in HQPlayer for a while now as it has a negative effect on SQ, even when the GPU is mildly (<20%) loaded. Not a mild effect either with 1080 GTX btw. Anyone else noticed similar?
  10. I did use attenuators for the 80km SFPs, but for the 20km Planet variants I've not had to / tried with attenuators. Attenuators are very cheap if you want to try it yourself. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EN33JZM/
  11. A few off the shelf ICs do have a NOS mode, when they're accepting a high enough input sampling rate.
  12. Other than supporting higher DSD/PCM rates, and NOS filter for PCM side, how does this differ to the DAC8DSD?
  13. You'd have to compare their Signature Optical range, ideally with tier ii (+ turbo PSU) - which uses the same opticalRendu PCB. I tried to get ahold of one in the UK, but its a real struggle hence went for the oR and will recase and apply a heatsink to it's SoC. Lots of reviews, though. Edit: opticalRendu PCB is the same in all Signature SE Optical ranges, its the modifications (fuse, EMI shielding and Turbo PSU) that differentiates it. These days they simply have 1 offering (thankfully).
  14. Not at all (toe stepping). I'd honestly forget about the Windows situation to be honest. Makes sense. I'm (often) when powering the DAC on, and defaulting to the OPT setting finding its having trouble picking it up as a PCM stream (changing filters = DSD on screen). A few switches between inputs and its fine after that. My OPT socket is not in the best of states, so I don't think its necessarily the firmware or even PCB at fault.
  15. Out of interest, any fibre in your system's network? Agreed - use as works best for yourself, that's all that matters.
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