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  1. Keep in mind the optical transducer cartridges from DS audio. The entry level E1, with their equalizer, is money but not too much to exclude consideration. There are many good reviews. https://www.ds-audio-w.biz/ds-e1-【new】/
  2. In September 2020 I switched from a moving iron cartridge to a DS-W2, optical transducer, cartridge from DS Audio, https://www.ds-audio-w.biz/ A different type of phono stage is required and I am using an EMM Labs DS-EQ1. There is a less expensive cartridge, DS-E1, and future equalizers will be less expensive. Hi-Fi News has been following the development of DS Audios cartridges for a few years. Optical cartridges were developed about 40 years ago but heat from the light source ruined the elastomer in the cartridge. Now with LED source the heat problem is solved.
  3. Stephen, an excellent device to record LP, or any source, is the Tascam DA-3000. I record DSD128 to memory card, edit with Vinyl Studio Pro, and output 192/24 for playback.
  4. USB-2 at 480 mbps can deliver all formats of audio but the cost is noise in the receiver and from the cable. Cable shielding makes a difference, look at the Lush^2 and Lush^3 discussions for experiences. I now have no USB in the signal path and am using AES/EBU into the DAC and would use optical, not Toslink (phase noise too high with cheap connector) if my DAC supported it.
  5. I have a Bryston 10B that does not react well to brownouts or power outage. I introduced an SPS but found the waveform it generated while offline caused severe problems for the 10B. I now have a better SPS, always a sine wave output when online or offline, and the 10B is not affected by power brownout or outage/restoration. The URL is for a Canadian supplier. Likely the same unit can be found in other markets. The 10B is the only component I have that needs an SPS to survive. Others have no problems or simply shutdown when power is a problem. https://www.amazon.ca/CyberPower-
  6. For A/D I use a Tascam DA-3000 recording DSD128 to a memory card. I then process the recordings on my workstation. Since I generally record vinyl the software I use on Windows 10 is VinylStudio (pro). DSD is converted to PCM 192/24 for editing but can be left as DSD if only doing track splitting. If I record something to keep it is processed with VinylStudio and put on my NAS. If the recording is temporary, ie recorded FM broadcast, I playback from the DA-3000.
  7. IMHO good vinyl playback setup is desirable if you have a significant collection of LPs worth listening to. For me vinyl playback is as good as high resolution digital with 15k$ digital playback. I do not know where this comparison goes if one has a 35k$ digital chain. Some artists now release material only at CD quality or on vinyl. The master is likely high resolution digital so the vinyl sounds much better than the CD, possibly because the low pass filter used for CD is not needed for vinyl. Good vinyl playback is not cheap, nor is good digital playback. One need
  8. Windows has APIs that enable third party authors to develop software that aid user and corporate productivity eg. single signon. One of the core concepts is the injection of a dll into another user's address space. These same APIs are used by criminals. I browse and check e-mail with an iPad and only visit trusted sites with Windows. Real time operating systems have been around for a while. The first one I recall is QNX from the late 80s. If a government can afford to go into space then it can write an operating system for the purpose.
  9. There is a heading problem near the end of the review, "Other Ayre Acoustics Product Options".
  10. That orphans the tx and the switch as they need clocking from the sms, so not at this time.
  11. For sale are a SOtM sMS-200ultra with Neo capacitor, tx-USBhubEX, Netgear switch and clock cables. See pictures and details at https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649587553-sotm-sms-200ultra-neo-cap-sotm-tx-usbhubex-modded-netgear-switch-two-clock-cables-uptone-audio-uspcb/ tx and switch are clocked by the sMS. Note, the price is in Canadian dollars.
  12. Equalizers introduce phase shifting which leads to a loss of clarity. We also have this with the low pass filter used in A/D conversion for 44.1k and 48k digital.
  13. Please try the EtherREGEN with the REF10 as the only switch in comparison to the other two switches in series. I have an EtherREGEN on order and plan to use an LPS 1.2 and Cybershaft OP13 with it. In my temporary setup I can hear the OP13 effect as you describe.
  14. The Phasure Lush^2 USB cable is used by many on AS. €275 for one metre.
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