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  1. Thought you all might like to know that my etherRegen and LPS 1.2 combo sold for almost full retail price within minutes of listing. The market knows what we all know about these two incredible products! Now back to listening!
  2. Hi guys - just a heads up - I just listed an etherRegen on USAudioMart (along with some other goodies). I'd love someone here to get it, as I know you all "get it." I have two but one is enough - daytime it feeds the opticalRendu at my desktop, nighttime I can swap SFPs and feed the ultraRendu in my two-channel rig. Since I never listen to both at the same time I realized two was overkill (and I heard no benefit from daisy-chaining them...) Saving up for a new DAC... Thanks - sorry if I'm not supposed to cross-promote here. Cheers.
  3. Also bears mentioning that I found I preferred the ERs NOT re-clocked with the SOtM master clock. The SOtM switches, yes, but the ERs no. I think the way the clocks in the ER are powered has something to do with this. Obviously their proximity to the signal as well...
  4. Also, by the way, it bears mentioning that going copper into the B side of the ER and out A side optical to either of my optical Rendus is the best sound I've ever had through speakers and/or headphones. And I've tried a lot of things in my time... Hurts to think about, in fact... But I am at a place with these endpoints where it becomes absurd for me to think about tweaking too much more. Waiting for an Intona USB cable to arrive to test against my Lushes but other than that, I am feeling quite good about where things are... So thanks!!
  5. Hi - I've been meaning to post more about my experiences with my 2 ERs with power supplies. I do want to present more data, but I will say, in answer to many questions I have received since, that the LPS 1.2 at 12V and the Farad Super3 at 7V have quite different sound signatures. I preferred the Farad for its more open, airy sound-stage and more silver-like detail. The LPS, by contrast, was more like copper - perhaps a bit fleshier, but a bit darker and not quite as detailed. Then I thought about voltage and switched the LPS 1.2 to 7V and took at Farad 12V from another application and compared like to like and unlike to unlike and things changed. The ER and SOtM both maintained their sound signatures but I believe I found that I like the sound of 7V feeding the ER over 12V, no matter which power supply, with a preference still for the ER as the last in the chain. I believe there are technical reasons for this to do with available current. And since I am jumping ahead of myself and giving some results based on tests with my SOtM switches, I will say that I still very much needed the SOtM switch coming BEFORE the ER. I will not change that. So my signal passes through two re-clocked SOtM switches (SE versions) connected inevitable by copper ehternet (through the wall), then through a SOtM ethernet cable to the B side of the ER, then out through optical A side to my Signature Rendu. In this configuration I preferred only one ER after the two SOtM switches, which allowed me to use my second ER for the opticalRendu on my desktop. Based on my testing, I am next going to try SOtM - ER - SOtM - ER into the Sig Rendu as I believe this may be the ultimate because things sound best with the ER last with a SOtM before it - so this would be like doubling that goodness. I also have a 7V 4A Plixir PSU on order to see if balanced power and more current changes anything with the ER. By the way, I also tried SOtM sPS-500 and that didn't make the cut compared to either of the ultra-capacitors. I forget to mention that the SOtMs are powered by 12V Farads. And I will also mention that the Farads definitely have a burn-in time - they just keep getting better and better. That's it for now. Cheers
  6. God I hope not. I love my sources. Plus, this makes no sense - every single thing in your playback chain is a "source" properly stated - it all passes along the signal to your ears - every single piece imparts its own effects on the sound you hear. Your brain is even a "source" - as the kids at ASR will remind you. But seriously, all you're saying is that the DAC becomes your source and it becomes all the more critical which one you choose since it will be dictating how things sound - at least whatever comes before it, supposedly. But I agree with Chris - this has not been achieved in analog so i don't see it ever happening with digital either... In fact, I have this sneaking suspicion based on following along with every trend in digital audio of the past 15 years - including the latest audiophile switches - that the deeper we go, the more we will discover that every single part of the playback chain matters and has its effects and that there is no way around it - no free lunch. Look at everything the server builders are figuring out about RAM and software and hard drive types... In other words, you build me a DAC that is magically immune to source and the new tech within that DAC will introduce a host of new issues that will need to be mitigated with new products with their own cables and PSUs and fancy clocks, etc etc etc. I know this frustrates the bits and bits guys to no end but in my experience it is utterly and completely true that everything changes something -- and you can hear it. Anyway, I know that's not exactly what you meant, but I just wanted to jump in here and warn us, as we contemplate the next decade, that as long as there has been audio, people have fantasized about the one box solution that is the perfect wire with gain. I think it's mostly a reaction to the sometimes disheartening amount of time, effort and money it takes to get things right (already a moving target) in audio. I say embrace it and if - like the products being hailed here - something gets us a step closer to that elusive sound we seek, then God bless it.
  7. There are many things to take away from this episode in the ER's brief but already illustrious history. Yet there is one thing that hasn't been mentioned within this context very much which may help explain some of what is going on, and that is burn-in. It's a very real thing for this device. Prior to any awareness of the bugs and the connectivity issues that the new firmware was created to address, I would say I possessed at least 3 and possibly even 4 different sonic iterations of the EtherREGEN. By this I mean that after about half an hour, the sound of my unit changed from being a bit lifeless and straightforward and not offering any special acoustic advantage over my old SOtM switch to quite suddenly blooming into life with a full-throated and detail-saturated tone that reminded me very much of when I first owned a Mutec REF10 and went through the process of burning it in. A "big pipe" someone called it and that was very accurate for me at the time in terms of where I found myself in the EtherREGEN burn-in process. I enjoyed the up-front presentation and increased depth of the sound-stage but I also harbored some quiet reservations about whether I could ultimately live with this addition to my playback chain long term. I ended up selling the REF10, after all, for much the same reasons; everything I listened to through the REF10 shared the sonic signature of that device, regardless of genre or quality of source, I could hear it. And this bothered me in the end, because I knew I was hearing the component and not the music. Then after about 70-80 hours, the etherREGEN changed again. It was similar to going from a copper power cable to a silver one. Or from vinyl to tape. The bombast receded. The frequencies aligned better. The pipe was still big but it was smoother along the inside edges, like it had been polished. The details sparkled a little more. The soundstage stabilized. More ambient cues emerged. A kind of calm settled over the music. I wondered if this was source dependent but then noticed that this wasn't about the quality of the recording - that information was there no matter what; bad recordings were bad and good were good - but I felt a touch closer to whatever was there in that source, like there was less between me and the recording now. Another interesting thing happened about this time, as well. I had another big revelation for my playback chain. I felt like things had become a little too smooth, what some might call "hifi" and I started to examine each component in my desktop system to see if the etherREGEN might be to blame. After much experimentation, I decided to try my Chord Hugo TT2 *without* the M-Scaler practically for the first time since I bought the pair together. And I was quite impacted by what happened. I realized that the M-Scaler, as great as it was, was very much imparting its own sound on the music. Very much in the manner as the REF10, although nearly the opposite in terms of effect. The M-Scaler had a way of dulling the inner edges of things, flattening and smoothing tones that at times was very agreeable but resulted in a slight homogenization of the signal. Put another way, without the M-Scaler, there was simply more difference between sources. I would hear the quality of the source better. I could discern the various components and cables in my playback chain better. Finally, after about 120 hrs - right as I became aware of the connectivity issues with the etherREGEN and the subsequent fix - my etherREGEN entered a final stage of 'becoming' what it was ultimately to become. A final level of ease, openness, purity, calm, silence, accuracy of tone, and overall balance come out - to such an extent that the etherREGEN essentially erased itself. This is a very important point to stress. At that stage in the break-in process, listening to the same material again and again, I began to doubt my ability to "hear" the etherREGEN anymore. It was right around then that I made the switch to V2. And the process of burn-in was more or less complete. This is not to say that when I remove the etherREGEN I can't immediately tell it's not there. I can. But when it's in and I settle into listening for a while, each recording comes to me with so little adulteration, each musician, each producer, each venue 'speak' to me in such a clear way, that I could conceivably argue in that moment that the etherREGEN is doing "nothing." I could certainly say the etherREGEN is NOT doing what it did before. So my point is - this process has made it VERY hard to pin down the "sound" of the etherREGEN. It has evolved - and evolved to the point where I have trouble describing what exactly it does - except allow me to hear better into the music. AND it's perhaps possible that this is at least in part what has brought some listeners to the conclusion that something changed with their units with the V2 upgrade. I would very curious, in other words, to know where people were in the the break-in process when they made the switch. The results of my personal experience also imply that the etherREGEN may, in some circumstances, force its owner to reassess even highly-resolving and highly-acclaimed components. In other words, the etherREGEN may reveal things about one's playback chain that are actually NOT what one thought they were and NOT actually to one's liking. Anyway, the major take-aways are this: 1) Burn is very real with this device and took me through many stages before it more or less settled where it is now. During this process the sound of the etherREGEN changed many times and pinning down its 'sonic signature' is now very difficult for me to do. 2) The EtherRegen allowed to me get rid of my Hugo M-Scaler because it allowed to hear how that device was influencing the sound I was hearing. I will follow up later with some other interesting observations about: 1) Using a Farad 7V PSU in place of an LPS 1.2 on the etherREGEN and how this further "erased" the etherREGEN from the music. 2) Testing of different servers and software to learn that the effect of upstream 'devices' through the etherREGEN still matters quite a bit, although decidedly less than downstream devices, which corroborates what I have said above because essentially ALL components are revealed more by the etherREGEN - whether upstream or downstream...
  8. I see your point but must wholeheartedly disagree about the Tesla. Much more emotionally addictive to me. Which, I guess, undermines your point about the ER as well. Because there are many, including myself, who feel the V2 firmware is a step up from the V1. And if you recall the fixes were not implemented for sound quality reasons but rather to shore up the code and fix a technical issue. By all means you should be able to revert if you want - but understand why the changes were made and that there are many of us who love their new Tesla more...
  9. I was feeding the opticalRendu straight from one of the optical ports on the SOtM switch. Server is SOtM sMS-1000SQ Ultra SE (with sCLK-Ex clock board, external master clock connection, upgraded Evox caps, UPOCC silver wiring, eABS absorption paper), used as Roon core, using opticalRendu as Roon endpoint. Occasionally I upsample via HQp on another server and use the sMS server or the opticalRendu as an NAA.
  10. And I should add a few details - SOtM switch powered by Farad Super3 12V, oRendu powered by Sonore 7V ps designed for it, tX-USB powered by Farad Super3 12V and TT2 powered by Farad Super3 15V. All Audio Sensibility silver DC cables except Ghent Audio JSSG360 Neotech coming from LPS-1.2 to eRegen. Going to try removing the SOtM switch later too.
  11. Sorry got A and B side mixed up above. Configuration is copper ethernet into the B side with optical out of the A-side.
  12. Just picked up my etherRegen and eagerly attached it to my opticalRendu. Powered by an LPS1.2. No grounding yet. A-side Ethernet via SOtM cable from a SOtM switch, B-side optical direct to oRendu. Nothing else attached to the eRegen. No external reclocking yet. Signal then goes into a tX-USB and on into a Hugo TT2. Already great sound. At very very early first blush I noticed a slight lowering of the noise floor, inkier background, a bit more depth, as if I can better perceive the directionality/three dimensionality of the soundwaves being picked up by the mics. These are changes I like! Details, transients, dynamics, tonality -- these were already excellent in my system so no difference I can hear yet. I have three hours on the unit so these are super crazy early impressions. But I especially like the increased depth. A hard thing to achieve. A metric I use when measuring the accuracy of clocks. To me personally I have always felt that phase noise manifests itself as a loss in this 3D/directional information. The removal of electrical noise for me manifests as a more relaxed presentation - less extraneous information vying for limited brain bandwidth. Will report back later with updated impressions after more burn-in time and with the unit in different configurations - used on the server side instead, re-clocked with my SOtM clock, grounded in different ways, different Ethernet cable, etc. Great start, tho. Cheers
  13. What you are calling work, I call fun! This is the sh*t I live for in this hobby. And if ears are opinions, then like a**holes we all have them. Don't see how they can ever be removed from any of the testing we do. No ears, no music. But that's another discussion for another day (hopefully never, actually). Really looking forward to the eRegen. I have no idea what to expect as I have spent a lot of FUN time arriving where I am with my system and I am VERY curious to see what changes, if any, it brings. Thanks Alex and John for bringing some excitement to the game!
  14. Same function, sure, but most likely different results. Also no different than going A side input and B side output, as stated numerous times in this thread.
  15. This is exactly what I plan to do with the two eRegens I ordered so I will report back if there is any difference vs. one vs. no eRegen. I also plan to test various power supplies - linears, ultracap, battery, wall-wart . As well as SOtM ethernet cables vs. generic Cat6 vs. Aqvox. (And yes I do have different optical cages and cables to compare!) I will do these tests, then I pass judgement. I believe that is the scientific method...
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