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  1. Hi Marcel, I’ve only used the Mundorf cable in DC applications. Having said that i’ve used it extensively for 6 DC cables and 4 fully wired LPSs. I get exactly what you’re saying about the upper midrange emphasis, because that’s exactly how it sounds during the mid to latter break-in period, but once fully broken in that translates into resolved space, which is what delivers the purity and holographic nature. In my experience, whatever sounds the worst during break-in are where the majority of gains lie once the break-in process is complete. For example, beautifully deep and solid, ric
  2. Hi Marcel, I have both Neotech UPOCC and Mundorf silver/gold DC cables (JSSG360). The Mundorf takes a long time to run in but once it does its incredibly transparent, pure, 3 dimensional and holographic. Not a trace of any ringing or indeed any impurity in the upper mids. The Neotech is a very nice cable but in my system the Mundorf is better by a considerable margin, once its been in the system 2-3 months.
  3. Power cord burn takes a LOT longer than a week. Remember you are drawing only very small currents with these network devices. I use an adaptor to hook up my power cords to a reciprocating fan, 24 hours a day for a couple of weeks.
  4. The jump in sound quality was pretty large....for starters it removed a substantial emphasis in the treble region that resulted in everything sounding a lot more natural, pure and enjoyable. Not to mention making the sound more detailed and spacious. The actual mod was quite easy. Undo 4 corner screws and release a couple of side clips and the RE650 splits down the middle, leaving the SMPS and wall plug in one half and the entire networking infrastructure + heat sink in the other side. Very convenient. There is a square six pin socket on the network side that mates with a fixed 6
  5. This is based on hardware. When i first set up my system i needed a way to get the data stream from the ISP router up to my hi-fi room, a direct distance of ca 15m. I evaluated several different means including some cheap Cat5 ethernet cable, CAT6 Synergistic Research ‘Actve SE’ ethernet, wi-fi direct, mesh wi-fi (2 different brands). By far the best turned out to be a TPLink RE650 extender using its 5GHz band, with the 2.4Ghz band, polling and all LEDs switched off. Adding a TPLink Archer AC5400 tri-band router meant that i could dedicate one 5GHz band solely to audio. I then mo
  6. Semantics aside, the Melco includes 11 LEDs and the SoTM sNH-10G has 19, all powered from the same power supply that’s driving the data stream. I have found power supplies on network switches to have a disproportionally large affect on SQ. If you were designing a streaming device to place in front of a server with the express purpose of improving sound quality, and your plans include an ultra-low noise, multi rail LPS specifically designed to place the final regulators right next to the active components in order to avoid picking up any interference, why would you then include a
  7. Hey Chris 😀 How was the Melco connected to the Statement? Are you saying that the music sounded better when the Statement was fed a stream from the Melco vs streaming directly into the Statement?
  8. Quoting from the Melco S100 Network Switch Manual LED Off Switch Press this switch to turn off the link/act LED Leaving the link/act LED on may affect the quality of sound. We recommend turning off the link/act LED for typical music playback. I imagine Melco and I know Innuos measures extensively during development and both recommend skipping the LEDs for critical listening. Similarly SoTM offers a simple means of disabling all their LEDs via a 3 position power switch.
  9. When we listen to any real-life instrument....piano, guitar, french horn, church organ, vocalist etc. the sound of each emanates from a single point. The sound waves expand from the source and impinge on our ears. Depending on the position of the instrument or voice, the soundwaves will reach each ear with a slightly different amplitude, time and phase. Our brain uses the differences (differential) between the 2 versions of the same signal to locate the position of the instrument. So when we sit in a concert hall and listen to an orchestra, each instrument has a unique position and we hear wid
  10. Regarding the Taiko DIY, this would be a good time to make a financial project design decision Target price range (from $xxxxx - $yyyyy) or Cost no object, best build possible If you pick #1 you get design constraints If you pick #2 you have financial constraints If your lucky, #2 falls within 1. This is a good time to know where your constraints lie, if any
  11. I invited our regional distributor to come around and install his earthing system to see what effect it had on sound quality. He arrived with 2 large and a third very large wooden box where the brand name appeared to be literally branded into the wood and a plethora of different cables, with various terminations and some fairly exotic prices. We listened to a few track to get a benchmark then added the various boxes and cables. We replayed the tracks and the dealer looked at me gleefully and said, ‘hear that”? Actually no.. When I audition stuff, I don’t typically try to remember how so
  12. On my Synergistic Research cables, the earth leads are connected to the screen. In my system it’s one of many things that when taken together contribute to a holographic soundstage based on the venue or sound engineering on the recording
  13. Unlike analog, where there’s only the analog signal, digital music is stored in a purely digital format and its moved around using analog voltages. When your music stream arrives at your ISP modem, its been subject to all the switching and noise nasties of the global internet. The digital signal is still perfectly intact (that’s the benefit of digital) but the analog representation of the signal is probably a mess. But as I mentioned, analog voltage is only needed if you want to move the stream from one component to another. Each time you move the stream you regenerate the analog (voltage) p
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