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  1. Just to clarify. I no longer have a CD player and I'm a big advocate of streaming, however I'm not ashamed to say that I'm in pursuit of the sound quality of a Burmester CD player (069) I once heard. I was really blown away. Anybody who has heard a Burmester CD player in a good setting will know what I'm talking about. Absurdly expensive, I know. but... Hope you enjoy your popcorn. I'm enjoying my streamer right now, I'm on a diet 🙂
  2. Every streaming solution whether it be an sMS-200 Ultra or something else, takes a lot of effort to come even close to the best CD players. CD players are stand-alone units that don't have to cope with the complexity (and electrical pollution) of a network. I just did my own experiment with my Synolgoy NAS. As this NAS is dedicated to audio streaming, I can slow down the NIC. It is simple to do. Just logon to the Synology using SSH and logon with the admin user and password: "ifconfig" will give you the config. In my case the NIC is eth0. "sudo ethtool -s eth0 speed 100" will set the speed to 100Base-T Worth a little experiment. I have yet to come to a conclusion.
  3. Nice to have confirmation for what I"m hearing. All my network infrastructure is Ubiquiti in the mean time. I've recently included two edgerouters 10xp in the chain and the results are quite astonishing. Combining them with an LPS only adds to the experience.
  4. I’m using an edgerouter 6p with great succes. This router is connected to the main switch using fiber sfp. This way you’re isolated from the modem and in the cabling outside your house. As the edgerouter doesn’t include WiFi you will need separate WiFi access points. Keep these AP far enough away from your stereo rig.
  5. We will see if one device will be able to solve all problems. If this would be true, you would no longer be able to tell the difference in servers. Interesting times. The 150 € I paid for the extra switch is peanuts, if you would hear what improvement it gave.
  6. First some history. Here in Belgium most modem/router/wireless AP are combined in one box. I've always refused to have this kind of solution and so I pushed my provider to give me a modem only. Then I went for a WiFi router that I later changed to a separate router and multiple wireless Access Points that are far away from my HiFi rig. Afterwards, I went to a router and switches that have SFP ports for the known reason. Modem: Motorola Cable Modem (small LPS) Router: Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 6P (LPS) Main switch: Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 48 Lite (powerful LPS) Switch to AQVox: Ubiquiti EdgeSwich 10XP (LPS + 2 x LPS1 in series) Switch to NAS & AL Server: Netgear GC110 (LPS) Synology NAS for audio DS112+ (LPS) AL Server: Intel NUC NUC7i7DNHE (LPS) AQVOX (LPS + LPS1.2) sMS-200 ultra (LPS + LPS1.2) ISO REGEN (LPS + LPS1.2) Mutec MC3+ USB (LPS + LPS1.2) Lyngdorf DPA-1 pre-amp with femto clock upgrade powered by a separate LPS1.2 Lyngdorf Millenium MKIV amplifier for the main speakers Lyngdorf Millenium MKIV amplifier for the sub-woofers + Mytek Brooklyn ADC Speakers: Focal Sopra 2 Some LPS's are used to power more than one LPS1's or LPS1.2's. I have the luxury that I can go overboard with my solution, because only my speakers and sub-woofers are in the living room, all the rest is in the garage adjacent to the living room. I think, I'm not the only here that goes to great lengths to get good sound 🙂 My old network infrastructure compared to my current network infrastructure is night and day sound wise. Putting the NAS and AL Server on a separate switch that is connected to the other switch using fiber, surprised me big time. When you have a streamer solution there a lot to be gained on the network side.
  7. I'm not Superdad, but let me answer the question anyway. SFP is more than for audo. My main switch has two SFP and SFP+ ports, while my other switches have two SFP ports. I will be using the two SFP+ for other purposes than audio. Probably for a high speed NAS that has nothing do to with my audio rig. Perhaps my recent post will be of interest to you.
  8. I'm having very good results with my new network topology. I'm now convinced that the electrical quality of the network that enters the server is also (very) important. Before the latest change, the NAS and AL Server were connected to the main switch. The NAS and AL Server are electrically isolated from the AQVox. This was already the case in the past, the difference however is that the AL Server is no longer electrically connected to the rest of my network. All switches, modem, NAS and AL Server have their separate LPS., as do the AQVox and sMS-200 Ultra. I had bought an Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 10XP for other purposes, but I tried it in my setup and I was really surprised by the impact on the audio quality. My Ubiquiti wireless AP's are all connected to the main switch! I'm very curious if things will still even get better when I replace the AQVox with an EtherREGEN, it is already very very good.
  9. DSD512 only uses half the theoretical bandwidth of 100BASE-T. That said, cabling or network configuration issues could give you problems because you're already at 50% usage. Real world performance can quickly go to 75% of theoretical bandwidth. So you have a margin of 25%. Cable, NIC or configuration issues will quickly erase that 25%. I'm no network specialist. Just saying.
  10. First of all, I'm sorry that many have problems with the latest firmware version of the sMS-200. Currently, I'm on 4.57 and last night I did some critical listening. This is without any doubt the best version I've heard since I started using the sMS-200ultra. Cleary SoTM felt the pressure from the NUC camp and reacted accordingly without the pretentious attitude of some other manufacturers that consider their product the best and don't see any need to do frequent updates in order to catch up. I'm glad I held off the boat regarding the endpoint and didn't switch right away to a NUC. I have a NUC with AL as a server though. Hearing the sound improvements of the latest firmware updates, I can't help but being a satisfied customer. I wonder if the NUC would still be the clear winner in a head to head battle. While it is frustrating to be confronted with problems, I still prefer buggy updates than no updates at all. I'm still confident that all problems will be addressed eventually. Buggy releases are a direct consequence of frequent updates. Btw. I've had my share of problems with HQPlayer, so much that I've abandoned HQPlayer in favor of Roon, while having spent over 200$ on a HQPe version.
  11. Upgrading to 4.58 from within Eunhasu isn't yet possible. I'm on 4.57 right now. Due to some installation quirks, it's very difficult to remove the SD card from my sMS-200ultra, that's why I prefer to do the upgrade from within Eunhasu. Changing the link speed to 1000BASE-T prior to the online update doesn't make upgrading suddenly possible to 4.58.
  12. Up until now, I forced the sMS-200 to use 100BASE-T by using a small piece of tape on the RJ-45 connector. The LED indicator on my AQVOX switch is amber indicating 100BASE-T. For 1000BASE-T the LED is green. Now that I've removed the small piece of tape and configured 100BASE-T in Eunhasu, the LED remains green on the AQVOX. My conclusion is that changing the connection speed in Eunhasu doesn't do what it's indented to do. The LED on the AQVOX should be amber when the connection speed in the sMS-200 is changed to 100BASE-T.
  13. Hi, I have an upgraded Lyngdorf DPA-1 pre amp and a Lyngdorf Millenium MKIV amplifier. Those cerainly can’t do DSD. The Millenium keeps amazing me. It doesn’t show its age at all, in fact I sold my 2170 + sda-2400 and got two of these instead. The Second Millenium is for the subwoofers.
  14. Now that I'm back behind my PC and can use the keyboard, let me clarify what I mean. I'm having a tighter bass and better imaging. Strange as it sounds, lead vocals are more in the center now, while in the past they were sometimes a tad to the left. I have a Lyngdorf system and I'm still not using RoomPerfect. However, the system is starting to sound as if I'm using RP. People with a Lyngdorf will now what I mean :-) The latest SoTM updates and AL have made some serious impact. While in the past my system sounded with some songs spectacular, it is now far more balanced. Everything starts to sound good. It has been a long and winding road before I got there. I now disagree with many that say that a good system is a double-edged sword. For me, a good system makes badly recorded and highly compressed music sound better. Highly compressed music was a real challenge for my system in the past and sounded sometimes horrible. Now, this is far less the case. If your system is capable of making highly compressed music tolerable, then this is a credit to its precision and speed. Don't get me wrong, I hate compressed music, unfortunately, sometimes we got to live with it.
  15. Although the question is not directed to me let me give you my findings 😀 SoTM has clearly worked on the sound quality. I'm using the Roon bridge now because HQplayer is getting on my nerves. The Roon bridge sounds wonderful to me. It has improved to the point I'm starting to wonder if HQplayer can still make it better. The SoTM developers are not sitting and waiting till the competition surpasses them.
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