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  1. Alex, Is there any harm in grounding the ER regardless of the circumstances?
  2. When you write "crap," do you refer to placebo and bias confirmation or blind tests?
  3. How about applying a different logic? Since so many users of the ER are content with the supplied SMPS—people with both the means and drive to maximize the performance of their systems—perhaps we should be weary of that HH sighted evaluation? Or put bluntly, perhaps their observations are biased? I personally take it as a red flag and thus don’t put much trust in the rest of their findings.
  4. Perhaps I mispresented my point. I was referring to the ER vs. SoTM, not to the efficacy as the ER as a whole. In that context, I'd like to see an unsigned comparison. But since you've raised the question, I'll share that I indeed blind-tested the ER. My dear one randomly removed and added the switch to my chain behind my back. We used the same 2 reference tracks. Results: 9/10, which is good enough for me to wholeheartedly endorse your product. Now, please stop wasting time in forums and devote yourself to adapting your Mini Mac kit to the 2018 version
  5. Those reports, including yours, might as well be true, but I take them with a grain of salt. Audiophiles are notorious to be influenced by cost. "The more expensive, the better it sounds.," a consumer biase many unscrupulous vendors take advantage of. I'll wait for the blind tests, thank you very much.
  6. Amir's measures are not the point, and the entire process is rubbish. That's what I would expect from genuinely scientific society, which ASR claim to be: Since you have hundreds of people reporting on SQ improvement when adding the ER, set up a blind test to validate the null hypothesis. It is met, search for an explanation, including the use of measurements. That would highly constructive and a positive contribution. But instead, what we get is Amir, who-the-hell-is-he, running some possibly irrelevant test in his basement, followed by his choir of acolytes screaming murder. Over and again, it seems the sole goal of the exercise is to mock and heap abuse on others for being biased and placeboed. To recap, let's first establish a difference can be heard. Then look for an explanation.
  7. I'm sure you'll blow my forthcoming and speculative answer off as it won't fit the conspiracy you suspect in your mind. Nevertheless: Alex is at John's mercy when it comes to measurements, and John is both extremely busy and doesn't view proving the supremacy of his designs paramount, as--in his mind--the improvement in sound is so obviously clear. Further, the level and nature of measurements he'd like to ultimately extract require expensive equipment and home-brewed devices that dampen his enthusiasm even more. This is not advocacy, rather laying out a plausible conjecture.
  8. Amir has got beef with UpTone and will do his best to cause them damage. The only point I don't get is why so many give him credence. Even Alex gets his hands dirty in these spats. "The dogs bark and the caravan passes thorough." UpTone will sale six figures of ER, and Amir will still scream it's all a big sham.
  9. Yeah, right, you won't spend $18 on two way shipping to give it a spin, but you'll spend countless minutes hammering the keyboard to explain why everyone who loves it is wrong. Get your priority right, man.
  10. What I know that I've enjoyed my music much more since I added the ER. You, on the other hand, won't get to enjoy that SQ bump for a while, as it behooves you to enjoy only improvements in sound that can be measured. Prey, wonder who's better off...While I'll be off to enjoy SoundCloud.
  11. I’ll spell it out in simple terms. I spent about an hour researching reports with measurements taken to either validate or refute Amair’s results. There were enough inconsistencies to turn me into a skeptic. It’s beyond me to tell if he cooks his numbers or he’s not savvy enough to operate his equipment. No aspiration cast, but no trust gained. I read a bit his theories. He contradicts himself enough times to compel even his fervent followers to raise an eyebrow on occasion. So for me, it's difficult to take him seriously. UpTone is subscribed to the theory that the less electrical crap travels from one device to the next, the less overall jitter and the better the sound. How the ER supposedly accomplices that is well explained on various platforms. Many people, including myself, hear a distinct difference when the ER is part of the chain. Are we all delusional idiots? Possibly…But it’s more likely that either Amir’s measurements are off the mark, or we need to look for a different set of measurements to explain the phenomenon. A point in case, consider speakers that have the same exact measurements, yet listening reveals completely different sound signatures. At any rate, UpTone gives 30-days-money-back. Anyone can find out for themselves.
  12. The point is that Sir Amir is the most credible and respected person in the industry and we should all defer to him. His knowledge and experience are boundless, his intelligence immeasurable and his ethics are above reproach. His aural sensors are both acute and subliminal, resembling those of a canine in its prime. Let it be clear; whoever claims that either commercial interests or personal bias affect the outcome of his tests is a malicious, slanderous cretin to be dammed and condemned. Having said that, if Amir is unable to hear any difference, and if his pinpoint, laser-guided measures demonstrate the ER has no efficacy whatsoever, we should unquestionably accept and pay homage to his verdict. Yes, we must immediately remove that snake-oil device from our chains and repeat to ourselves that the old sound is exactly the same, Indeed, we, poor souls, were merely deceived by the overwhelming forces of phsyoacoustic and cognitive dissonance. Hail Amir!
  13. Thank you for sharing! If I may: affordable prices don't mean reduced profits, as the volume usually goes up. Selling one ER at $100,000 would offer an astronomical profit margins per unit, but likely zero in sales... As for the expression "cotton-eared" I don't think it applies. Those critics are adamant not to audition the product, therefore their ears have no part in it. I have a hunch many of them lack the funds for any serious gear, so they resort to the "sour grapes" tactic, known to sooth the pain of unrequited lust.
  14. There're many passive filters in the market place. SOtMN for one https://www.sotm-audio.com/sotmwp/english/portfolio-item/dcbl-cat7/ I'm sure they do assist in a way, but the active ER is a different ballgame. You can read reviews and form your own option, or just get a filter with money-back and give it a spin.
  15. Every cable loony should read that every night before they go to sleep: Changes made by different cable lengths and material types etc make such small changes in the signal that they are incredibly hard to measure. The only exception are cables that are radically out of spec.
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