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  1. We started out with many posts for great tweaks that were not necessarily expensive and nearly always remarkably useful. It was Spring Time! The thread has definitely moved in a new direction. I would liken it to our space program. It can be argued that the program has produced many discoveries that have trickled down to help tax payers in everyday life but it is very, very expensive. Perhaps that will eventually happen again here... You may need to look at either earlier posts in the thread or at some of Chris's seminal posts for dedicated audio PC's. Those servers wer
  2. Assuming that you own an ER. Have you had any problems related to heat with your own unit?
  3. Thanks for the link. Blue Jean Cables got back to me and confirmed true 75 ohm Canare BNC plugs.
  4. Thanks. I have an email in to BJ Cables asking about the connectors that they use...
  5. Hi. I use a Mutec REF10. Would you mind saying where you bought your clock cable for your ER and what it cost? Blue Jeans has a Canare LV-77S built cable at a very good price($18) but other "Pro" shops sell them for well over $100. Very marked up! Do your cables have true 75 ohm BNC connectors? Thanks!
  6. Supra, Wire World Ultraviolet, AudioQuest Cinnamon, Blue Jeans USB. Mostly "bang-for-the-buck" cables. All that I can really say is that I like it in my system and that it sounds better to me than those that preceded it. It is easily possible that other wire used in their configuration might sound better. To be honest I have stepped off of the treadmill for a while and am mostly just doing listening.
  7. I tried the Ghent ethernet cable last year to use between my endpoint and ER. To be honest I probably did not leave it in long enough to break in. I pulled it out rather quickly and used it upstream to put some hours on it. I have not retried it yet. More to the point. I found it to be remarkably stiff and thick especially in a short length, so much so that I could only use it by turning my ER upside down with a very heavy weight on it. It was a bit like the tail wagging the dog. I recommend either not buying a very short length or else specifying connector types and orientation th
  8. It has been a while but I believe that I ran AO first and then ran it once more to enable the shell replacement.
  9. Good to hear. It could be that my 10 year old Pioneer Elite Plasma TV and older streaming devices(Apple TV and Roku) are not current enough to benefit. And that my audio system is pretty revealing. The nice thing about this thread is that we honor subjective appraisals! Thanks for the report!
  10. When I listen to music I do not have my TV or streaming boxes powered on. I think that the issue probably comes from grounding pollution. My audio system is basically all using one unfiltered power strip connected to AC through an isolation transformer. When I plug other devices from my "dirty" side into the ER "A" side along with my audio server it probably still adds noise or introduces additional ground currents. This is just a theory or guess. All I know is that in my system and with my own ears when I plug in these other devices to the ER it degrades the sound. Giv
  11. I tried it both ways and decided that having other equipment connected through the "A" side other than just the direct connection to my music server degraded the sound noticeably, probably due to polluting the server. For a while I would unplug the other devices from the ER when listening to music but that was a pain. Since I did not really note an improvement in my video and video sound anyway I plugged those connections back into the small upstream 8 port Cisco switch which was common to all. A fiber LAN connection to the ER with only my music server on the "A" side would probably be best bu
  12. I am pretty sure that I used a part number that someone had posted here that seemed likely to work with my 3 year old system board that uses older DDR3 non-ECC memory. It does work without any issues however I cannot say that it improved sound quality in a noticeable way.
  13. I was able to find Apacer memory on eBay that worked for one of my endpoints and also my music server, both of which use the same system board. These were pulls but have run perfectly for months and were MUCH cheaper than any of the sources for new stock.
  14. Sorry. I guess that I was projecting. I thought that you were defending against my idea that there was not much innovation on AS these days. I sincerely apologize. I have too much time at home with my keyboard.
  15. I have been here over 10 years and have benefited from a ton of innovation. I check in almost daily to see if something interesting has popped up. I have already gone down the fiber route and did not find it to sound better in my system. Did you have reason to believe that I had not tried it? I am a network engineer by profession and usually watch for network related tweaks with interest. When I find albums on Qobuz that I like I cache them on my server which is isolated from my Roon endpoint by an EtherRegen so few files actually stream through my ISP and LAN. I do not use Wi-fi f
  16. Well this is certainly encouraging. If tweaking the server OS brought magic back to the Taiko system then it seems as if magic does reside in Roon (or they have returned it) so we just need to understand what in our own systems can enable/uncover it (assuming we were dissatisfied with it). For many years I have used Audiophile Optimizer on my music servers. Perhaps that is why I have not found Roon lacking. I also need to admit that since adding the EtherRegen to my system I have lost a lot of interest in the "thrill of the chase". The music just sounds good to me. Guilty. I am cer
  17. Thanks for identifying yourself as an industry participant in your signature. When I tried to go to your web page I got an error: "Unreachable IP". Can you re-post the link or share something about your professional audio life? As a "Pro" What exactly do you do or sell? I assume that you have no affiliation with Taiko or sell/develop your own audio software or hardware? Also your profile has no details regarding your own system. It would help us gain context for your expertise and opinions if you can tell us a bit about your own listening environment. Transparency is good here for industry par
  18. I agree about Roon. I think that for most true audiophile systems it can give top end performance. Combined with Qobuz it is a gift. While I find the Taiko discussions interesting , given that it costs more than most true audiophiles spend for their whole system I think that it probably lives on a very flat section of the price/performance curve. I look forward to a bit of trickle-down tech for the rest of us. Learning of tweaks to Roon would be nice.
  19. Thanks Chris. I did not see them but can easily imagine 🙂 And thanks to those who offered their personal take on physical storage. If it were not for Qobuz I would not have tossed the CDs. @Confused. Thanks for the remark regarding format. If I had to burn an entire collection again I would not use ALAC either, I would use FLAC. Using ALAC was just easy and accessible at the time... For those who have not been drawn to use HiDef downloads in favor of CDs, I actually agree. Most of my favorite music came from a burned CD. Having said that, my music file
  20. Folks. I was just wondered if anyone else had decided to purge their music hardcopy. It was just a practical question. BTW. I must apologise. For those who were confused by finding the word "not" in the OP please substitute "now". Although English is my first language I am an execrable typist. For those who want to rail against the establishment: I am thinking that no one read this part of my original post: "I am not so much looking for a legal discussion, just wondering what others have done or are considering." Please consider starting yet another copyrig
  21. I went for it and "recycled" all of my ~1000 CD's. Since they were already burned to files and backed up in multiple locations I have not lost the music. It felt great to get rid of the clutter. For the last ten years I have only spun a CD to burn it anyway. I can still do that. I just will not keep hard copy any longer. I mostly listen to Qobuz now which gives me a world of new music to explore along with my own burned files via Roon.
  22. This one is easy. I stopped buying CD's😉 Now that I have Roon with Qobuz I have a world of new music that I will never,ever work through in my lifetime. I still have close to 1000 albums in Roon itself but I now mostly explore Qobuz rather than just replaying my very small handful of favorite CD's for the 100th time. After looking through all of my physical CDs and verifying my several backups in multiple locations I tossed them. I did not sell them or donate them since I still have the files. I do still need to arrange for an off-site backup. This was a very freeing ex
  23. Sweet. Nice to see these DIY "Howto" posts showing up again.
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