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  1. Yes, sir. Exactly. Call me simple, but I still believe that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. I fed the ER in a few other configs, but this was my primary config, and the one I had it burning in on. I wanted to see if that vibrating Xfinity modem was giving off unknown fits or not. But you know, I'll close here. There never has been a one-size-fits-all audio device of any kind that I can think of. There has to be thousands of DACs by now. How many amps? Wheeew! How many USB reclocking devices? The list is pretty much endless, and what may be good for one
  2. No, no, no...absolutely no. I totally dropped out of that conversation about the EtherREGEN after two posts, I believe, both of which did not seek answers. One post expressed for people to cool out on both sides of the argument. The other expressed my curiosity about amplifier measurements, whereupon I moved out of that thread and started talking amps. So...no. ...and no, I love my Linn. I don't care what anybody says. It's paid for, so why not keep it?
  3. I certainly don't want to flog a dead horse (if it's indeed dead), but my copper chain is very small. I've got coax from outside, leading directly to my listening room. No other splitters or anything in that chain. That coax feeds right into my Xfinity modem, which, by the way, vibrates like a sonuvabitch - the modem, that is. From there, everything sits on my Symposium Ultra Platforms. There are two short runs of Cat6a that chain my SonicTransporter i5 to my modem, and then out again, right into my Linn. Talk about a short copper run! So, if happiness is predicated o
  4. Yeah, I didn't know about previous attempts. Some things in the audio world I'm on the lookout for so, some things not. That doesn't negate my questions, though, does it? Unless we are saying that Uptone is "improving" on an already existing idea. But then we're saying that Uptone had a certain amount of faith in the principle behind the "SOTM" in order to come up with their own. Where did this faith come from? You know, it probably doesn't matter. I'm simply wondering why I didn't hear anything from the EtherREGEN, while others did. I'm a bit jealous of oth
  5. Design Thinking ~ So, really, I'm asking honestly without ulterior motive, how does one even begin to design something like the EtherREGEN? Most designs, inventions, etc. come out of necessity. One old example is the guy whose mother found it difficult in old age to work a potato peeler, so he designed a better handle for the peeler. This design was then used for a lot of other products with a handle. Or, if you check out the evolution of bridges, it's quite fascinating, as we get into holding more weight with less mass. I'm just sitting here wondering wh
  6. I think the key part is the above quoted exchange between me and Dutch. Trying the ER in and out of the chain was imperative to get a full grasp of what the EtherREGEN was, or was not, doing. We often hear our own systems at first, yet slightly skewed by expectations, when really we are simply praising the merits of what we've already established. I'm not saying that's the case with the EtherREGEN, but I am saying, what I perceived as the EtherREGEN settling in, curiously corresponded with me setting the headroom in Roon to -3DB. I really don't think it goes any deeper
  7. Okay, so after 100+ hours of "burn in," I got to spend all afternoon with the ER in and out of my system. I invited my wife to come and hear the difference. I invited my audiophile buddy to come over and hear the difference. Everyone's jaws dropped...when I told them I had paid $640 for something that nobody could detect a difference in SQ with. I mean, that's just the way it goes sometimes. I guess it can be chalked up to system dependency - as a lot of things are in this goofy hobby - but at least now I have further confirmation that there is little wrong with my syst
  8. But, playing devil's advocate here, you can see where they are coming from, right? They want to use the scientific method to be able to replicate something in audio, again and again, only proving to be fact upon repeated replication. Well, I don't find anything wrong with that. It's how shit gets done. Things get discovered. But it's just one approach to things. There are people on his side - people in the business - who cannot fathom anything other than bits being bits, packets are packets, etc. I understand that. I think issues occur when people don't want to understand the the
  9. I may, when the ER finishes its burn in. After all, I would remiss if I didn't do a before and after comparison in my system.
  10. Putting it that way, yeah, what I wrote sounds silly. On the same token, though, I've had the clipping indicator for the last couple of years and never saw so much as a blip in the red. It's always in sight when I'm listening to music. Moreover, I'm not talking about brickwalled recordings either. We've got nice, easy wavs with peaks and valleys. Anyway, it's probably a non-issue. There's nothing wrong with a little added headroom, anyway. My question was more like, "That can't be happening, can it!?" 😵
  11. So, I'm only 30+ hours in now. If anyone has been reading, I mentioned some distortion in Betty Carter's voice...A possible NOTE TO ROON USERS. Since I'm running a pretty straight line: SonicTransporter i5 -> Modem -> ER -> Linn KDS/3. The signal was clipping! I had the clipping indicator on in Roon, but my headroom manager was set to 0db, because I never saw it clip; I just left it on to monitor my signal. Now, when I was playing music, the clipping indicator would show in the red with the ER in. So, I went into the headroom manager and reduced it by -3db. The clipping went away. No
  12. And this may be what I'm hearing. I just walk into my listening room and listen to whatever is playing. At one point David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans" was playing, and I don't remember the song sounding so good. It still wasn't "audiophile" by any stretch, but it was pretty crystal clear. A great sound. By contrast, Ray Charles and Betty Carter were singing, "Everytime You Say Goodbye" from their 1961 album. Ray's mic sounded fine. Betty's, for the first time I hear what sounds like light distortion in her voice, as if it was recorded too hot. Reveal
  13. So, was it Uptone that recommended a "burn in" time? I mean, this thing runs pretty hot, so I fail to see how pushing bits through it is going to do anything. Otherwise, I've had music running through it for near 24 hours. I haven't been listening much (because of yeah, this "burn in" thing, but there are two initial observations. Note, however, that I won't get a full grasp on SQ differences until I take the ER out of my system, and put it back in, etc., etc., #1 There seems to a be a purity of tone. Something extra pure now? I walked into some Strauss playing, whereup
  14. So, I got mine today (the day before my birthday). I'm simply going from my SonicTransporter i5 into a combo modem/router from Xfinity. Then from modem/router (A-Side) into the ER then into my Linn KDS/3 (B-Side). After resetting my the SonicTransporter and remounting the HD in the Roon server software, the ER came right online. I mean, I'm giving the ER the dirtiest signal that I can imagine, straight from a modem/router, right into the ER. According to what the ER is supposed to do, it should totally scrub everything upstream, so it shouldn't matter what config comes
  15. I'll be getting mine on the 12th, the day before my birthday, so such a wonderful birthday gift (I hope). I'm geeked for the jams!
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