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  1. This is an astonishingly well written, thorough and enjoyable read. Congratulations Rajiv, you're a real talent πŸ‘ P.S. I agree with your assessment. The Etheregen has brought new levels of musical engagement and realism to my system too 😁
  2. Thanks again Larry for sharing your experiments, I have finally had a chance to spend several hours trying out your recent suggestions. I got myself a TP Link UE300 with the realtek 8153 chipset and I decided to go for your full suggestion of putting the server on the b side of the Etheregen feeding into the RJ45 port of the server and then bridge one USB NIC on the server to another USB NIC (UE 300) on the endpoint NUC, joined with the cable matters cat 8. I changed this connection speed to 100Mbps because in my system I found 1Gbps too glassy in the treble. On the A side of the Etheregen I only have a Supra cat8 going to my router... I have also turned off 5Ghz WiFi on the router for a small gain (less glassy treble). I have been using this configuration for several hours now and so far I'm liking what I'm hearing. I think that there are some gains from having the server on the b side further separated from the router... I am hearing more ambient cues and decay on some tracks and small background details that simply weren't there before. The addition of the Etheregen in my system really made music incredibly enjoyable and engaging, so I'll see how I like this new configuration over the next week and if I don't feel as engaged with the music as I did before then I might revert back to just the endpoint on the B side again to compare, but for now I'm saying that your configuration is a success in my system πŸ˜πŸ‘
  3. BTW with regards to the furutech IEC inlets They are a very worthwhile modification. I recently installed the FI-06 NCF IEC inlet on my integrated amp and I am very pleased with the results, particularly considering their relatively low price point. I also swapped an FI-11 IEC plug for an FI-50 NCF and found it to be a very worthwhile upgrade also. This is used on the power cord for my sps-500 that powers my Audiolinux endpoint NUC. In both cases the furutech rhodium plating takes an exceptional amount of time to burn in... there is an irritating harshness to the sound that does not disappear until you have over 500 hours burn in time. In the long run you are left with a smooth sound without harshness and extra clarity and transient attack as well as a larger sound stage and greater depth.
  4. Interesting, so your endpoint is not directly connected to the Etheregen? πŸ€”. I will have to give this a try when I get a chance
  5. G'day Larry So are using your Etheregen "within" your ethernet bridge? A to B?
  6. My Etheregen is approaching 120 hours. I am finding, like others have said that it has gotten better with time and improved on an aleady excellent improvement. I am finding that all types of music are more engaging and captivating whenever I am within earshot. It's more than just a sound quality improvement, it puts the fun back into your music collection πŸ˜πŸ‘
  7. I am up to 72 hours now and things are starting to get more silky smooth. I've just been listening to some Milt Jackson on the vibraphone... This album is normally full of irritating treble glare but the Etheregen has made it beautiful and relaxed.
  8. I received my Etheregen in Australia on Monday via FedEx. Very fast shipping πŸ‘Œ. It has now been in my system for 30 hours. To accommodate the Etheregen in my system I needed to find another way to power my roon core...it was powered with a jssg360 "y" cable from a sps500 with a very nice furutech ac cable with fi50 NCF IEC connector. This also powers my Audiolinux nuc roon endpoint, so in order to not cross the moat, I needed another PSU for my server. I didn't have the budget for a good PSU so I had to settle for a mean well GST60A12v SMPS. So as you can see, I am taking a sound quality hit to begin with. I also had these 2 computers bridged with a USB Ethernet adapter. Upstream of these 2 I had an LPS1 powered GS105 switch. To install the Etheregen, I removed the LPS1 and GS105 switch and the ethernet bridge. I also couldn't accommodate my heavily shielded JSSG360 x 2 Supra cat8, I couldn't get it plugged in behind my nuc and Etheregen and in the process knocked over my dac and I now have a loose connection on my curious USB 😧. After fiddling with the connection I can get it to work, but as soon as I bump it, it will not recognize my dac. I'm not sure if this is effecting sound quality. Instead of my JSSG360 x 2 cable on the b side I am now using a cable matters cat 8. So my current working system is: The Etheregen is powered by the uptone SMPS. On the Etheregen A side I have 2 devices both powered by their own mean well GST60A12v SMPS. My Audiolinux roon core and my ISP modem/router. Supra cat8 for both runs on the A side. On the B side a 1m cable matters cat 8 to my Audiolinux nuc powered by sps500. There is nothing else plugged into the entire network. So after making so many changes I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately, when I played the first track I was immediately aware of a richness that wasn't there before, followed by an increase in depth and acoustic space. After the first 30 hours I would say that the Etheregen has brought a saturation of tonal color to my system, coherence, ease, solidity, dynamics, presence and an uncanny ability to be able to listen into a recording that reminds me of listening to tapes on a Walkman when I was a kid - except MUCH higher resolution 🀣. The additional acoustic space and depth is amazing however in some ways it's the smaller things that are almost more meaningful... like the character of a vocal or instrument becoming less robotic and more personable and full of idiosyncratic nuance, or the incredible resonance of a piano that decays so naturally and has so much more emotional impact. These smaller things are so hard to get right and they have such a massive impact for me personally and connect me more with my music and keep me listening longer. The Etheregen has brought these things to my music better than any other device I have tried previously. I now consider the Etheregen the center of my digital playback, I feel that it's that important to my system. Whatever changes I make to my system in the future, it won't be to remove the Etheregen 🀣. A massive Thank You to the genius of John Swenson for the incredible engineering and also to Alex for his tireless enthusiasm and brilliant communication skills. Also, thank you for making the product as affordable as you could, so that more of us could enjoy this fantastic deviceπŸ‘. Highly recommended from me 😁
  9. I can't seem to find any info on how the ifi ipower x differs from the original ipower... Doesn't seem to be listed on their website yet. Do you have any more info other than the price?
  10. My experience burning in Supra cat8 and other various ethernet cables is very similar and I agree with everything you've said.... except for the mushroom bit 🀣 Indeed there seems to be more difference between cables than between the same cable burnt in and not...
  11. You can get a Supra cat8 at future shop in various lengths.... I got a 10 meter one from them several years ago.
  12. I've ordered a 1m black too.... On Ray dudes recommendation there should be some blacker backgrounds 🀣. Mine won't be delivered to Australia until January 7-14πŸ˜•
  13. G'day Larry Seems like your cable matters cat 8 has turned out to be a good find πŸ‘ I'm interested to know how it compares to the Supra cat8. I think that the Supra cat8's strong points are good layering of the sound stage and a nice natural tone, however I'm aware that versus some other cables it can come off sounding a bit dull... And the Supra cat8 doesn't have a particularly focused image versus something like Audioquest Pearl.... However, I like the layering and the natural tone... But I'm well aware of it's short comings. Does the cable matters cat8 have good layering? Does it have a more focused image? Maybe I'll just have to order some to find out... But down here in Australia I won't receive it until early January 🀣
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