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  1. I just changed the connection between my Antipodes DX3 server and PS Audio Directstream from USB to Ethernet in order to take advantage of the Bridge II's MQA. So I no longer need two excellent condition premium USB cables: (1) Excellent condition 1.5 meter dual end Audience AU24 SE. The dual ends separate power from data, improving resolution. List is $1050. Selling for $525. Comes in original box with paperwork and sealed tube of DeoxIT de-oxidizer. Great review from the Absolute Sound, which considers this a no-compromise analog sounding cable. https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/audience-au24-se-usb-cable/ 2) Excellent condition 4 foot WyWires Platinum USB. List is $899. selling for $450. Cable personally recommended to me by Ben Zwickel of Mojo Audio as the best USB cable he's heard and what he uses to demo his equipment at shows. Balanced, exciting life-like mid-range and vocals. There aren't a lot of reviews of the WyWires USB cables on the web. (I wouldn't have bought it without Ben's recommendation. After all, he does know a bit about servers and DACs). But found this. http://av2day.com/2013/11/my-experience-with-wywires-part-i/ "Then I connected the WyWires USB cable to the Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 and I regretted it within 20 seconds – it knocked out my reference USB cable (which I had just bought!). Immediately I noticed better separation overall and more details in the bass region. I felt so flabbergasted that I actually did A-B testing with my reference USB cable several times just to make sure my initial impressions were not wrong. In the end, I noted that my reference USB cable could match the WyWires only in midrange neutrality. The WyWires USB cable was clearly better in the bass and treble regions." I used and loved them both.
  2. Hi, thanks for your interest. I sent you a private email and we can work through the details. If you didnt receive it, please send me one or write me at [email protected]
  3. Mint condition 2 meter Starlight Cat 8 Ethernet Cable in original box with end clips. $270 new, selling for $190. Considered the best value in Ethernet cables, see the reviews. Dynamic, with deep controlled bass. If you're connecting components via Ethernet (e.g., server to streamer) a good Ethernet cable is essential. Selling because I'm upgrading to the platinum. Reviews https://www.audiostream.com/content/wireworld-starlight-cat8-ethernet-cable The Starlight CAT8 is very different sounding Ethernet cable when compared to my AudioQuest Diamond or Vodka Ethernet cables. The Starlight CAT8 is more extended sounding at the high and low end. This cable has a bit of midrange presence that I liked and didn’t find to be annoying in terms of brightness. The retrieval of high-end detail is outstanding. The midbass of the Starlight CAT8 is very controlled as is the low end. Dynamic contrasts, both micro and macro, are beautifully rendered and very easy to hear. The Audioquest Diamond and Vodka have smoothness at the high end that some, no doubt, will prefer. But I find the Starlight CAT8 to be the more revealing cable. The soundstage rendered by the Starlight CAT8 is the largest I have heard extending far beyond the lateral borders of my speakers. There is also very good depth reproduction if captured on the recording. The Starlight CAT8 reminded me sonically of what I heard when I reviewed the Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0 Cable. If you like this USB cable, I suspect that you will love the Starlight CAT8. Incidentally, for those of you that feel that there are no differences between Ethernet cables, I did some comparisons with a CAT6 Belden Ethernet cable and the Starlight CAT8. The Starlight CAT8 trounced the Belden in terms of sound quality. https://forum.psaudio.com/t/ethernet-cables-yes-im-going-there-i-was-a-skeptic-and-i-was-wrong/4393 ...Back and forth and back and forth… I would rank the Wireworld as a distant winner, this was a night and day difference that no one can miss. Smooth highs, nice body, a new full midrange that was previously lacking, and a live sound! 2nd is a draw between the $20 Belden and the $365 Cardas… these are different but I’m not sure which is better. Last is the Vodka which was a music killer for me… analytical way too agressive with the highs… sibilance off the charts. I don’t know why the WW sounds so different. It could be the Cat8 but I’m also suspecting the non-twisted geometry and use of triple shielding. They say it reduces skew in the signal. Who knows, I just know this is the equivalent as a power cable change or greater to my ears in my system going with the Wireworld. The difference between the Cardas and Belden was maybe much more subtle… and the AQ was awful which I was not expecting.
  4. Mint Mytek Manhattan ll. 6 months old, original everything, new remote in box. $4300 obo True MQA, headphone amp, latest firmware. Incredible punch. Used it with an Antipodes DX3. Paired with Tidal, the MQA is breathtaking. Stereophile A+. https://www.stereophile.com/content/mytek-hifi-manhattan-ii-da-preamplifier-headphone-amplifier Widely considered one of the best DACs available, many feel on par or better than DACs twice the price. Great pre-amp, choice of analog and digital, and world-class headphone amp. Incredible punch and presence. I've compared it to Bricasti M1, Auralic Vega, CHORD DAVE, and CHORD 2Qute. Preferred it to all. Selling because of a move. Other components and cables available: ATC CA1 pre-amp Audience SE24 2-headed 6ft USB Antipodes DX Telluirum cables Buyer pays any payment/PayPal fees.
  5. Hi I’m interested in the Diamond Ethernet. Please contact me.
  6. I liked the Mojo Audio Joule and Illuminati power supplies better than the ones you listed and the Sonore Signature. You can get a used Joule V or Illluminati I perhaps from $400 to $650. A good deal considering the cost of the Sonore Signature.
  7. I think you posted on Audiogon as well. I’m interested. Any comparisons to other DACs you might make? Also, would you accept $4200?
  8. Perfect condition Auralic Vega S/N 62xx. . Smooth, analog sounding DAC with great bass extension.Stereophile A+.The Absolute Sound Editor's Choice.Here's the Stereophile article:https://www.stereophile.com/content/auralic-vega-da-processor.Latest firmware. Selling because I upgraded to a Mytek Manhattan 2. Not sure I needed to, I almost listed the M2 instead. Didn’t because of MQA.The Vega is an amazing sounding, great DAC. A great value. $1500. I'll pay for US shippingOriginal double box, remote, manual, etc
  9. Thanks, I haven’t heard a difference either. i used the M1 SE. i had the M1 a while ago and not all the components were the same. So it’s difficult to compare. I liked the M1. I reluctantly got rid of it because 1) it didn’t seem to work well with the Antipodes DX, frequently couldn’t be found. 2) When I sent it back to Bricasti they were kind of jerky I think they’re similar. Perhaps the Manhattwn is a bit more full bodied? The M1 maybe a little sweeter at top? But I think they’re very close The MQA is a real benefit for the Mamhattan. .
  10. I am not using their network card. However, I’m interested in your impression of their filters.
  11. Thanks. Yes, i ageee the DAC sounds great out of the box. It will get better after burn in! Are you using an external preamp? For me, that has made a positive difference. But it might be because I have powered speakers that are picky about preamps. As for the filters, according to the Stereophile review the filters make a big difference. But I don’t hear any difference between any of them. When I owned a Bricasti the difference was quite noticeable. I wrote Mytek and followed their instructions but it hasn’t made a difference. I’ve asked them if it’s possibly the unit, but they don’t seem to think so. Maybe it’s my hearing? When you start playing with the filters please let me know what you hear. I’d really appreciate it!
  12. I just purchased a Manhattan 2. I’ve been playing with the filters in non-MQA mode. Does anyone have experience with these? I don’t hear a difference.
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