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  1. Sorry for this tardy post offering my thanks to @Blackmorecand @justubesfor those thoughts. I thought I had posted it days ago, only to find a draft still sitting in the editor when I logged back in today. As I do not have a master clock, and as my tX-USBultra does not have master clock input, it would seem that trading in my Zenith SE, a Chord Hugo TT 2 (not getting much use) and my tX-U for a Statement might be a cheaper way of getting more performance than adding master-clocking to my current setup. i am hopeful of getting a loan of a Statement at some point over the next two weeks, which will allow me to compare with my SE in my own system. Just downloaded issue 169 of HiFi+, which probably means issue 168 with the Statement review is now available in the States.
  2. No guarantees a difference will be heard by those trying this, let alone a significant difference. These are not night and day differences by any means. I would expect the level of significance to diminish, and perhaps preference to change, with warmer headphone/cable combos and with higher crossfeed and warmer filter settings (I might be wrong but I've gained the impression from reading Rob's posts over the last 2-3 years that he likes neutral to warm headphones, crossfeed set to 3, and green filter). The difference was significant enough for me to clearly prefer Hi-Gain with both my Utopia and HE1000v2 headphones on crossfeed 0 or 1 and with the analytical filter. I was less certain what setting I preferred with the Meze Empyrean I had on loan, which I felt benefited at times from the slightly more open and transparent, but leaner, Lo-Gain setting. I first mentioned the differences I was hearing between Lo- and Hi-Gain settings on Head-fi back in October. One or two others subsequently agreed that they were hearing the same.
  3. Thanks for these further thoughts. The thing is I want better sound quality ideally with fewer boxes/cables and without me having to pay too much more for it. I want my system to look good (or at least tidy) in the equipment rack placed unobtrusively away in the corner in my lounge - I listen exclusively through headphones these days. The ideal for me would be just server, M Scaler and DAVE with the appropriate interconnects, power supplies and power cabling. I don't do much streaming so have little interest in audiophile switches. I was never much of a tinkerer, and am even less so today. I am prepared to try different interconnects and power cables but do not want to be opening boxes and running additional wiring into them, not least because I have little technical knowledge and probably wouldn't know what I was doing. This rules out the sclk ex approach for me, even though I have read countless times from those who have done this and obtained great results. I also have my doubts over how much additional performance (if any) I would get from the external USB reclocker Innuos plan. Would it be likely to deliver better performance than my standard tX-U (powered by a Paul Hynes SR4), or an upgraded tX-U with silver dc wiring, Evox caps, master clock input and emi absorbing paper? I cannot imagine the Innuos unit costing less than £1,500, and it could well cost substantially more. There is also the cost of a quality power cable and interconnect to consider (£500-£1k?). Would it have the 1cm thick aluminium casing that would allow it to be stacked? At the end of the day it still wouldn't be as good as the Statement. If I stay with what I've got but upgrade the tX-U (£600) and add a REF 10 (£3,100), the cost of doing this would still be significant and might not exceed the performance of the Statement, or by very much, and I would have even more boxes and cables than I have now. From all of this, I could conclude that trading in and getting the Statement is the best option for me. But it is still easily the most expensive option, which for the moment is holding me back.
  4. My thanks to @Blackmorecand @justubesfor those thoughts. As I do not have a master clock, and as my tX-USBultra does not have master clock input, it would seem that trading in my Zenith SE, a Chord Hugo TT 2 (not getting much use) and my tX-U for a Statement might be a cheaper way of getting more performance than adding master-clocking to my current setup. Just downloaded issue 169 of HiFi+, which probably means issue 168 with the Statement review is now available in the States.
  5. It’s still early days and there won’t be many Statement owners out there yet, but I wonder if anyone has personally tried an external USB reclocker with the Statement, or heard of someone else trying this. I’m curious to learn whether a USB regenerator/reclocker like the SOtM tX-USBultra (with of without Reference Clock control) can improve on the Statement’s internal reclocking.
  6. Recent talk of SR7s and fuses coincides with my current ponderings on whether to continue trying to order an SR7, upgrade my 5v-12v SR4 to the 9v-19v model, or stick with what I've got. I would be grateful for any thoughts on what generally speaking would now be considered the more useful of the two SR4 voltage ranges. My current needs are relatively simple and would be met by either SR4 option. My system is: ISP Modem/Router->Zenith SE->standard tX-USBultra (SR4 9v)->M Scaler (smps)->DAVE. I am currently using the SR4 on the tX-U at 9v, and could also use it to power the M Scaler at 12v (should I ever be prepared to risk the warranty). But I think there is potential for the 9v-19v model to sound even better with both devices. There should be less stress powering the tX-U at 12v (which I can take it up to with internal switch adjustment) and there seems to be a growing weight of evidence suggesting that 15v would be the sweet-spot for the M Scaler. Paul Hynes has quoted me a very modest price for upgrading my unit to 9v-19v (the cost of postage is not prohibitive as I live the in the UK) and that would seem to be a good choice for me at the moment. But what of the future. I don't think it likely I will ever go down the NUC road but if I get back into using renderers and maybe get an audiophile switch would I find my options limited through having lost the 5v-7v power options? I notice that Sonore usually recommend 7v with their products (with a qualified approval of 9v). But then items with similar function from SOtM seem fine at 9v and above. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  7. I would encourage those who get or who audition a TT 2 to also experiment with the Lo- and Hi-Gain settings using their preferred headphones. With my analytical and highly revealing Focal Utopia/Prion4 combo I can clearly hear a difference between Lo- and Hi-gain, with both Amp and DAC setting. For me, Lo-Gain is a little lighter, more open and transparent, while Hi-Gain delivers a slightly darker, fuller and more solid sound. These differences are less clear on my warmer HE1000v2/Lazuli Reference combo.
  8. Yes, I imagine most of us have few if any good C8 cables to try. The purists will scoff at use of such cheap adapters but I found this £6 investment to be worthwhile - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BRTN7YZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I’ve yet to listen critically with this adapter but I already know from a quick tryout while changing things around in comparing different bnc cables that there are differences to be heard with the M Scaler’s smps.
  9. Excellent review, Rajiv. As an owner of both M Scaler and TT2 I was particularly interested in your comments on use of the SR7. I was not surprised by your findings with the TT2 given the role of the super-capacitors but was interested to learn how important running the SR7 at 15V was to getting a significant bump in performance with the M Scaler. You didn't mention so I guess you did not try the SR4 used elsewhere in your chain, but from your experience would you hazard a guess that it (the 5V-12V version) probably wouldn't deliver a significant improvement over the supplied smps? I wonder if the 9V-19V version might be a better bet, but probably too soon for anyone to be able to try that. Also, I take from your equipment list that you used the Cardas Clear with the M Scaler's smps. If that was the case, did you notice an appreciable difference compared to the supplied power cable? I'm wondering if this would be a better and cheaper way for many to further raise the M Scaler's performance.
  10. Just looking again at last month’s edition I see that while edition 168 was due out in the UK on 31 Jan, it is not due out in the States until 28 Feb. I wonder why that is.
  11. Just received my digital copy (Edition 168) and it’s in that. Very positive review by Jason Kennedy, who compares with the Zenith SE, which reviewed a year ago. Statement was found to improve on the SE with more three-dimensional space, lower noise and more resolution . Jason preferred ethernet out (into an Auralic Aries G2) with which he heard greater depth of analysis and low level resolution. He concludes by describing the Statement as one of if not the best digital source you can buy.
  12. An update from @austinpopon a new option for the SR4 - https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/?do=findComment&comment=920649
  13. New review in The Ear - http://www.the-ear.net/review-hardware/innuos-statement-network-audio-server This includes a link to separate piece by Sean Jacobs on his design of the power supply.
  14. In what range does an AC mains transformer generate emissions? Are there consumer products suitable for placing inside audio devices, power supplies etc that would deal with that without impacting negatively on sound quality?
  15. I was thinking of trying some of this paper with my Zenith SE and SR4, and eventually also the SR7 I hope to get at some point this year. Do you have any tips on how to approach finding tne right amount of paper to use and where to try it?
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