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  1. I agree with @rickca that these are the ones people have done listening test, other model might work good as well, but without inputs from others, you won't know until give them a try. In my case, I have compared to both NUC7PJYH and NUC7i7DNHE(same mobo as NUC7i7DNBE), and like NUC7i7DNHE better.
  2. Below (red dotted lines) is how my network setup looks like at the moment, which I believe is what was described, and is how I plan to use to test when EtherRegen is available. The limitation to the setup above is the required 3 Ethernet ports, which in order to make it fit for server with just two Ethernet ports, a switch before the server will be needed. For those that use external HDD connected to server via USB, above setup will work fine since NAS connection will not be there, makes a two-port bridging connection as below.
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    HQ Player

    Interesting problem...I am not sure if I know the answer either, but since I also have SU-1 as well as AMD CPU server with Win10Pro, running HQP through Roon, I can only help confirm the firmware for SU-1 is fine in my setup running upsampling from 44.1K to DSD512 either 2's or non-2's filters, so issue might not be firmware related.
  4. My recent network journey and experience. This past year was a busy but exciting year for me upgrading different sections of my system. I went from a two-box setup to single server, concentrate in upgrading mobo, USB, and network clocks so I can utilize my existing reference clock, improving server CPU power to run HQPlayer’s non-2’s filters when upsampling from redbook to DSD512, refining DC power feeding to mobo, HDD, network card, and USB card. All these efforts result in great sonic improvements that I feel content for a short while until the AL/NUC heatwave. After reading and following Roy and Larry’s NUC related posts, I also gave AL/NUC a try, and like many of you have experienced, I too, liked the result better than my one box server. This new setup has me busy again since late last year, trying to figure out the best setup for my system. First, I have NUC endpoint setup in wifi, streaming music files from my server wirelessly, this worked nicely for a short while until I gave my OCXO clocked/LT3045 powered switch a quick comparison test and decided to stay with the wired setup. After my network scheme is more settled, my time mostly spent testing different AL configurations, but recently, I started to see an area could be improved further, that is the ethernet cable area. In the beginning, I didn’t think ethernet cable can be a bottleneck, I tried various generic CAT6, 7 cables with no obvious difference, then I tried Ghant JSSG ethernet cable with slight improvement, later test a couple generic CAT7 cable with JSSG360 treatment with slight improvement as well, but my feeling towards ethernet cable changed from my recent experience with Sablon Audio. I mostly get to know their ethernet cable based on positive inputs from different forums, some online reviews, and discussions privately with few members here. I was conservative at first, ordering just one cable to replace the one from switch to NUC endpoint, surprisingly, after inserting this cable, right away, I detect a positive change that isn’t subtle. With 4 days of burn-in, the cable is settling down nicely, and clearly makes sound stage a bit wider but much deeper. Overall, I sense an increased overall detail, very neutral and smooth, music is tighter, denser, bass layering is more defined, and piano sound more delicate, crisp, and controlled. As a result, I placed a second order to replace the cable between server and switch. As a side note, while ordering the second Sablon ethernet cable, based on the positive experience from the first, I decided to give their digital cable a try as well, and this cable, as expected, didn’t disappoint at all. I tested this cable from sCLK-OCX10 to txUSBUltra that is providing the clocking signal to my Singxer SU-1, and from sCLK-OCX10 to sCLK-EX clock board that is providing the clocking signal to server mobo system clock, network clocks, and JCAT Net Card clock. This cable is very quiet, took resolution, focus to another level. The improved soundstage and ability to detect elements in soundstage is quite amazing. In the end, I am now working on another order for two more of this digital cable. It has been a lot of fun making changes to improve my system, and I do plan to test more components in this section, that includes sNH-10G, EtherRegen when available, and OCXO clocked/LT3045 powered FMC. Hopefully, there are room for more improvements. For reference, below is my current network configuration:
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    New HDPLEX 200W LPS

    Good to know server --> NUC7PJYH/AL endpoint also benefited from this power supply upgrade. I am now wondering how much impact would this have when EtherRegen is released. I am using wired configuration currently between my server and NUC/AL endpoint, and I will think more about making the power supply switch like yours when things are settled down a bit.
  6. I have not seen this cable as an off the shelve item to purchase, which likely be challenging to find. The following are options to consider if you also cannot find one ready made: Contact Ghent Audio to have them custom made one to your requirement: http://ghentaudio.com/part/index.html Get a SATA to male USB cable like link-1 below and change out the male USB connector with a female USB connector (link-2). This will require basic soldering work, but if you are comfortable with basic soldering, it will be very simple to do. SATA to male USB: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119874&cm_re=SATA_to_USB-_-12-119-874-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11552995&PID=6361382&SID=tomshardware-4058472152092858406 Female USB connector: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/assmann-wsw-components/A-USBPA-3/AE10411-ND/2217980 Get the SATA to male USB cable similar to link-1 above and then use a female USB to female USB connector to put them together. This method create more connection points, which is not as elegant, but it will avoid doing the soldering as in option-2. Female USB to female USB adapter: https://www.amazon.com/UCEC-USB-3-0-Adapter-Connector/dp/B00W953AWY/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1548791724&sr=1-5 Making this cable from scratch. This will require some basic knowledge in soldering and tools to get it done, it will be my choice if I need a cable like this, but could present challenges for others.
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    New HDPLEX 200W LPS

    Thank you for sharing this information. How much improvement would you say when using NUC7PJYH/AL endpoint? I been thinking about doing the same as well, but not sure how much impact this change can have when using NUC/AL.
  8. Not sure if SATA to Female USB adapter or cable is available. Are you planning to supply power from the front of AKASA X7D case? If you planning to supply power from the back, you might want to consider using SATA to 5.5x2.1mm DC jack cable and utilize the existing serial port to mount the DC jack.
  9. Are you looking to power SATA SSD with external power source that has USB output connector? If yes, here is one example, although I have no experience with this product: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119874&cm_re=SATA_to_USB-_-12-119-874-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11552995&PID=6361382&SID=tomshardware-4058472152092858406 In my case, I made a cable with SATA to 5.5x2.1mm DC jack to power my SSD with external 12V power supply that has the same output jack.
  10. This "kit" will work just fine, and the board can be extracted easily. In addition to the same board as NUC7i7DNBE, the wifi card also is included.
  11. I don't have direct comparison experience between standard Canare 4S6 DC cable with and without JSSG360 treatment, but when I replaced all my standard Canare 4S6 DC cable (8~10 cables) with Gotham DC cables, the SQ improvement is very noticeable and to my liking. Please note, I was replacing one at a time, and overall improvement is additive. However, I have no experience with the other 2 cables on your list though.
  12. I am using X399 Taichi mobo, and took the easy way out on this mod by sending them including the JCAT to SOtM for the clock mod instead of doing the mod myself. Since I have unused output ports available on the sCLK-OCX10, I also connected it to JCAT Net Card Femto as well.
  13. I am also have very high hope this switch will make elaborated server a thing in the past, although it will make my current server setup less valuable, but will make any future setup simpler. I am rooting for the success of EtherRegen when it is ready.
  14. I started with no OXCO clocked switch when I just starting to test AL loaded NUC endpoint, and was only concentrate on finding the best configuration with this new setup. Once things are more settled, I added the switch in place as well as the 3-way bridging, and it was an obvious improvement, so after couple times of switching back and forth, switch is now stay in the chain.
  15. I also like the JCAT Net Femto card, and having it clocked with sCLK-EX and sCLK-OCX10 now is really elevated SQ higher.
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