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  1. Please do not make us do searches, then spoon feed you. Go to the search box, and search: first "JSSG" to understand John Swenson's articulation of a cable shielding approach using a floating drain wire connecting the 2 ends of the shield then "JSSG 360" where @lmitche extended JS's idea, where the drain "wire" is now a second cylindrical shield (hence the 360º). See this post With the Lush^2 cable, @PeterSt takes this approach further, as outlined in the early posts on this thread.
  2. Obviously, we won't know until the ER is shipped and in our hands. Here is my experience with the sNH-10G, using not HQP but Roon. It helps to think of the switch not for its switching functions, but as a cleanser/isolator. Obviously, you want to test multiple configurations, but the one I'd start with is this: upstream <-> (Ethernet port 1) bridged server (Ethernet port 2) <-> (dirty side) reclocking/isolating switch (clean side) <-> endpoint <- USB -> DAC if you have a NAS, it can either be somewhere upstream, or attached to the dirty side. This seems to be a personal preference thing. I prefer my NAS far away upstream in another room. When used with Roon Core on the server and Stylus EP on the endpoint (both on Euphony OS), bridging the server definitely still sounded better. The unbridged case looked like this: _________ upstream <-----------> | Switch | <---------------> endpoint -------------- ^ | server <-------------------------| When the Switch == sNH-10G, I found the bridged case to sound distinctly better. Only time will tell if this result holds for the ER.
  3. I've been traveling, so just got a chance to try this configuration. A few hours in, but I have to agree with you and others: this one is a definite keeper. To be clear, I'm only replicating the shields, i.e. A:WYR, B:WYR. I can't be bothered messing with jumper configurations. In my case I have a vertical jumper on the pin with the red dot, and a second jumper spanning the 2 free pins on the far right. Interestingly enough, I recently bought a 2nd Lush^2 cable to replace an existing JSSG360 Lush cable. I wanted to replace this: custom server > Lush^2 > tX-USBultra > JSSG30 Lush > Hugo M Scaler with custom server > Lush^2 > tX-USBultra > Lush^2 > Hugo M Scaler After receiving the 2nd Lush^2 from Peter, I was disappointed to find my server and DAC would not connect with both Lush^2's in the path. After I tried this latest WYR combo, on a whim I again tried the second Lush^2 in the path, and this now works. I can't even begin to explain why. Perhaps floating the connectors (wire B) on both ends solves some issue... I don't know. Either way, the combination of 2 Lush^2's in the path, and the WYR combo is just fantastic! Thanks for your experiments, @kurb1980
  4. I remember my first external DAC back in the mists of time was the Audio Alchemy DAC-in-the-Box! Did Peter design that too?
  5. I thought this was a different configuration, not just jumper changes. It looks to me to be: - A:W-Y-R - B:W-Y-R. Am I misreading the picture?
  6. I just received ship notification of my SR4-19s. Ordered: Mar 19 Slated for: May batch Shipped: Jul 12
  7. I don't typically respond to randos on the interwebs, but in your case, I'll make an exception. I'm surprised to hear this criticism. Perhaps if you review the article again, you'll notice everything related to upstream optimization is confined to the 3 sections: Effect of the Upstream Chain - USB Effect of the Upstream Chain - Ethernet What about I2S? The rest of the review, relating to listening impressions with the various DACs, is completely self contained. I organized the article this way on purpose, so that those who roll their eyes at the upstream stuff could just skip past it. I know many people find these sections valuable, so I am not going to please everyone. Next time, I might add some "nothing to see here" verbiage for the skeptics.
  8. I do rank MTT/SFS's Mahler's cycle as my favorite, because BOTH the recordings and the performances are wonderful, but there are exceptions for individual symphonies. For the 8th, Solti's version, for me, beats all others on the sheer beauty of the performance. Yes, the 70's Decca recording is - adequate - but I will say that the 24/96 remaster on the Blu-ray release does have much better SQ.
  9. I'm not going to get into a headphones vs. speakers debate here - plenty of threads like that already on AS. I'll only draw your attention to two things - a) the headphones used were TOTL, and b) I also did listening on a speaker-based system, described in the Associated Equipment section. Unlike my previous reviews, I didn't write a specific section on speaker-based evaluations. Instead, my impressions are an amalgam of both headphones and speaker listening. I think the only head-to-head comparison I didn't do on speakers was with the QX-8. Still, I don't want to oversell this. The bulk of my listening was indeed on headphones, and if that negates the value of the review for you, so be it. As mentioned a few posts back: Well said.
  10. That made me recall - didn't I report on something like that at some point? Turns out, I did! Have a look at this post from Jan 2018. Look at "Finding 4."
  11. Just enjoy the music! I am so glad that with streaming services, it's possible to create a public playlist. I too like to listen to the music mentioned in reviews, so I resolved to make it super easy for readers of my reviews. Now it's true - some may not care for my musical tastes or choices, but at least you will have a sonic reference to go with the words in my review. I used to feel self-conscious about revealing my music tastes, but in fact I find it's one of the most interesting things about a person. My daughters are in their early 20s, and they both have an evolving playlist called "Music for Dad" that they keep updating with their current top 20-30 songs. It's been a tremendous bonding experience for us, as I get to hear what they like.
  12. It's a fair comment, but let me turn it around to you and ask - what would you have liked to have upstream of the DACs (both the DS DAC and the ones used for comparison)? My rationale is simple: by optimizing the upstream, I am enabling the DACs under test to deliver the best SQ possible in my system.
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