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  1. Fair enough. In that case, the Balanced Audio Technology VKD5SE...the only CDP I ever listened to that didn’t have me subconsciously grinding my teeth. All-tube output stage and an easy-to-replace Philips drive. I actually sold my first one after I bought a Lindemann SACD player, but later found I was back with teeth grinding so bought a second BAT with the Depth Charge capacitor mods.
  2. I don’t know! It meets all the OP’s criteria except the one of not having to play the same CD over and over. And it certainly sounds better than any CDPs I’ve heard, at pretty much any price up to say 5 years ago, when I stopped listening to CDPs
  3. The Innuos Zenith II one box CD player is the best I’ve ever heard for anything like similar money. Essentially you play the CD at high speed and it remembers it on its own internal memory so next time you want to listen to the CD you don’t need to find the actual CD to play it. And as there are no motors to create noise, the sound quality is exceptional. Bit tongue-in-cheek, but in essence what I’m saying is absolutely correct 😉
  4. Indeed you’re correct, the 2ac doesn’t have the same issues as Superhub 3. I tried a number of different strategies including ethernet hardwiring using installer and audiophile grade cable, wi-fi 2 hi-fi, several wi-fi extenders and a couple of varieties of mesh networking. Ultimately I found that the combination of TPLink RE650 and TPLInk Archer AC5400 Tr-band router worked the best in terms of both SQ and wi-fi in general. With a 2.4GHz and 2 x 5GHz bands I could dedicate one 5GHz band solely to the hi-fi so maximum speed, no bandwidth conflicts and no extraneous network traffic. Using TPLinks Tether SW I can set up both router and RE650 Extender, shutting off the extender’s 2.4GHz band and 5GHz polling entirely as well as switching off all LEDs. The RE650 picks up the router’s 2nd 5GHz signal and outputs it via its dedicated ethernet port to my server. Due to the dedicated band and the high speed transmission there is actually very little wi-fi traffic, typically a few millisecond bursts as tracks or albums are downloaded to the server’s RAM for replay. The server’s GUI runs on the 1st 5GHz band so again no spurious internet traffic related to metadata Adding LPS power, improved DC cables and vibration control to Modem, Router and Extender brought further improvements. For my installation, this was the best configuration, but I’m pretty sure that in other networking environments, different approaches, for example fibre optic may be better.
  5. Virgin wont allow you to run anything but a Superhub, as apparently they afraid that alternatives will inject noise into their network., But the Superhub is rubbish as a router....with a poorly executed, buggy chipset (Intel Puma) that randomly introduces large amounts of latency. The best solution is to switch Superhub to modem mode then add a decent router based on the Broadcom chipset connected through the WAN port. This advice goes for anyone whose router uses the Intel chipset.
  6. One of the reasons I like Innuos so much is their very clear focus on certain engineering aspects; excellent High stability low noise power supplies, EMI minimisation (internal generation, external screening), vibration control, clock timing and clock power. When I took exactly these aspects and applied them to the upstream network, I was rewarded with major sound quality improvements. Interestingly I still haven’t found a point where the classical ‘law of diminishing returns’ applies, as each upgrade brings further improvements, in sometimes unexpected ways that are difficult to describe in hi-fi terms of how the music sounds and more easily described in terms of listener feelings, reactions and emotions. Music becomes more exciting, more deeply moving or thrilling, more joyous, easier to listen to without needing to concentrate, more inviting, more compelling, more believable, more bounce-you-out-of-your-seat rhythmical. The one area that still blows me away is the influence of DC cables. The addition of Chord umbilicals to the Statement made me wonder why they weren’t available as an Innuos upgrade, as their effect was so ‘fundamental’ and impactful. Similarly Nenon’s Mundorf Silver/Gold DC cable design has a massive impact, way out of proportion to what it actually is....a DC cable to a network switch for example. I came into digital streaming firmly believing that digital was about convenience and choice, but vinyl was still the most convincing medium musically. All the above improvements moved my digital set-up so far beyond what my vinyl set-up was delivering that it well and truly obsoleted my implementation of the analog medium, relegating it to a fussy, old fashioned technology whose days were clearly passed. For over 40 years I managed to achieve my version of ‘almost’ complete satisfaction from analog......To put that in perspective, I can now get that level of replay from Radio Swiss Classical....beautiful music and perfectly satisfying sound. So when you hit the play button for a good Redbook resolution recording from Quboz, its still a shock how much better the replay can get, with qualities I at least never dreamed possible from the CD format. The key to unlocking this performance, at least for me, lay in the engineering goals listed above.
  7. Compliant means soft or ‘reshapable’. Rubber feet are compliant, Sorbothane is very compliant. When it comes to footers and platforms, its important to know that for vibration to pass from one material to another, the 2 materials should be quite similar in stiffness and density. Such a matching would be considered low impedance, vibration could pass easily between the 2 materials, so the devices would be coupled, vibrationally. A high impedance interface is something like Sorbothane together with say Aluminium or Steel. In this case the vibrating Aluminium/Steel being low compliance would have a pretty hard time exciting the Sorbothane and vice versa so the effect would be one of isolation.....the device’s internal vibration would remain within the device, but the Sorbothane would isolate the device from external vibration. Obviously based on the note from Taiko, their Panzerholz platform needs to be coupled to the device its protecting, thereby acting as a sink for the device’s vibration.
  8. Hi there, My first recommendation would be to try everything without the vibrapods and blu tack. Vibrapods will isolate the SR4 and lock in its vibrations, while the Blu Tack will couple the HDPlex to the SR4’s vibrations. My second recommendation would be to remove the HDPLex from atop the SR4 because, as I stated in my previous 2 messages, the HDPLex will be plumb in the middle of the SR4 transformer’s electrical field. Finally, the JSSG360 screening is designed to prevent the cable from picking up radiated EMI and RFI while the HDPlex in its current position is completely unprotected. Personally I would place the HDPLex back in the Streacom cabinet, where it enjoys a degree of protection and isolation from the SR4’s vibration
  9. Hi there, I recently implemented 4 of Nenon’s Mundorf Silver/Gold cables and while they do need running in, they did improve the SQ pretty much immediately and harshness certainly wasn’t one of their characteristics, at least not in my system. I’ve never tried making the changes you list but I would ‘suspect’ that something like harshness could come from placing the HDPlex directly on top of a power supply, with its intrinsic vibration and transformer electrical field. Certainly before altering the cable you made i would first try relocating the HDPlex The cables also need longer than a week so if the need to run in is the cause of the harshness, its going to need maybe 3 weeks to fully resolve
  10. How many things did you change? Just the Mundorf cables or did you also relocate the HDPlex at the same time?
  11. Mundorf cables do require substantial break-in but they should sound good from the get go. Are you sure the stridency does come from the positioning of the HDPlex? Its sitting right on top of a large transformer, has no protection from RFI/EMI and no isolation from mechanical vibration generated by the AC-DC conversion. If i was choosing longer cables vs those compromises intuitively I would think that longer cables would be FAR more benign. Just my opinion as I’ve obviously never tried to make the comparison
  12. I have to say that Darko’s comment is rather counter-intuitive, given that the Phoenix’s additional power supply rails, 3 ppb clock and optimised circuitry’s main contributions are; improved timing, rhythmic drive and rhythmic interplay greater treble extension (sparkle, shimmer and transparency) Improved microdynamics (initial note percussion, bloom and decay) Soundstage focus and specificity All of which make the music far more engaging. Of course there are other variables....for example the extra USB cable The Statement basically has 2 USB outputs....the standard output from the mother board, as implemented on the MkIII and SE and the ‘super’ USB with enhanced PS, clock and circuitry. It’s possible to run a DAC from either, so its easy to compare in order to hear what the enhanced USB port’s contribution is. Phoenix’s contribution will be very similar as its more or less the self same package. For me, adding a Phoenix to a Zenith MkIII physically moves the MkIII closer to the Statements USB implementation so I fail to see how doing that can move its sound signature further away from the Statement’s, unless something else has been introduced into the equation....for example another, less accomplished USB cable
  13. A bottle that’s 50% full can still have 108% or 120% of the content of another bottle that’s less than half full. That’s perfectly legitimate. One is the ratio of a partially filled : fully filled bottle and the other is the ratio between the 2 partially filled bottles. That’s not obfuscation....its just how percentage works and depends entirely on what you want to compare....the partially empty vs. The full bottle or 2 partially empty bottles Conductivity can never be expressed as a percentage....no single value can. Percentage is always a ratio of 2 values so as soon as you see the word percentage, you need to ask the question, “percentage of what?”. In the case of WW its ‘percentage of the conductivity of copper’ whatever that is. That is entirely obvious from the diagram. Frankly, if you think that the WW diagram constitutes obfuscation then you don’t fully understand the term percentage and its usage. I’m sorry if you find that insulting, but it is perfectly legitimate to say that Silver has a conductivity that is 108% that of Copper. Percentage provides a simple and easy way to compare 2 values
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