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  1. A last word of advice, I'd stay clear of any product with DAC functionality (Matrix Element-X mentioned above is one example; Naim NDX is another). Not that those are bad products--far from it--but you pay for unneeded functionality. You'd probably get a better bang for the buck with a dedicated streamer.
  2. A far superior stand-alone streamer would be the Aries G1. It cost twice though...Personally, I opted for an Auralic product, and after the initial jolt of financial pain have been nothing but happy. Another approach is a computer based server. That is, If you can find a good software to remotely to operate the computer over your phone or tablet. If you want to covert the USB signal to either AES or SPDIF, I have a fantastic solution, although not conventional: mindDPS U-DIO8. The sound quality is very high, and it costs only $400, which is far below most converters. The DB25 cable is cumbersome, but for $40 you can order a custom cable with only one node. If that' something of interest to you, PM me and I'll explain farther.
  3. Olaf, I believe this is your best chain: G1|(AES) --> Mutec MC3+USB| (AES) --> Mytek Brookly Dac+ --> Headphones It's the shortest, most efficient, using the best available protocol under this scenario. Next for the clock: A. You can feed the Brooklyn with the word clock from the Mutech. I believe both are 75ohm. Whether the MC3+ has a better clock than the Brooklyn is subject to research. B. Mutech clock cannot feed your SOTM (I suppose it has the clock board installed). That board expects a REF10 signal, such as the OPT13. However, adapters are far from optimal so your results may vary. C. Alternatively, you can feed the MC3+ with the signal from the OPT13, which will affect both the MC3+ and the Brooklyn if you end yo feed it with the word clock from the MC3+. Again, employing an adapter may not be optimal. You can't do both C and D, because the OPT13 has only one output. Here again, I'm glad for choosing the REF10: 8 outputs some which are 50ohm and others 75ohm. Good luck!
  4. As far as I know the DAC’s external clock input is primarily for studio work, where multiple devices should be synchronized for the purpose of music production. But of course, I’m a dwarf among giants here, not in any position to argue with Ed Meitner about the merits of a short clock line. Still, via circuitous route, I’d like to offer an idea for Alex and John. I know firsthand that a stack of re-clockers tethered to a 10HZ ref clock, boosts the SQ in a notable way. Not only does it minimize jitter, but it also reduces phase noise. (the stack isn’t a panacea, though: use a lousy source and the improved SQ is still lousy; with a great source, the SQ is brilliant). Now, if the moat concept is indeed is the ultimate slayer of phase noise, why not build a device that accepts SPDIF/AES input (XLR/BNC/Topslink), takes it through a “cleansing” moat and outputs the same exact format? (Yes, it doesn’t have to be a converter). The signal into the DAC will be nearly free of artifact contamination and thus the close to nirvana. This SignalRegen will render my stack obsolete for a frication of the cost. If I’m going a limb here, sorry for wasting your time: I’m in deep over my head here
  5. 1) Nice of you to presume that many folks don't understand clocks. 2) It's been explained many a time that the BNC connection is built-in to the chip, so allowing external clock is trivial both in terms of cost and labor. Further, the competing product in the marketplace offers that same feature, so why not compete head-to-head, to the benefit of people like you, who do understand the value of an external clock?
  6. The enclosure has been mentioned many a time here: Identical to the LPS-1.2
  7. Does anyone know whether the AES signal is checksummed by the U-dio8? That is, there's CRC logic inside to ensure signal integrity, and retransmit if necessary? (SPDIF doesn't of course).
  8. SuperDad, How long a cable can I run safely from the A side to a Mac Mini dedicated to Netflix streaming? It's about 20 meters from the switch? Or would you recommend getting a second switch? Thanks!
  9. A question for you sir, I stream Netflix to my MacBook pro, which is connected to my TV via HDMI. I cast the sound via AirPlay to my streamer which is connected to 2.2 stereo system consisting of Genelec monitors/subs. As it stands, all the movies in Neflix appear without Dolby 5.1 icon. I suspect the reason is Netflix recognizing my Mac as being stereo only. Now, if I connect the U-DIO8 via USB to my Mac, will Netflix then show the Dolby 5.1 icon? In other words, the integration of the mindsp cause Netflix send down its movies in in 5.1 format? I would really love to set up a 5.1 with an AES protocol... Thanks for all the help.
  10. SuperDad... Assuming one uses an external clock, is there a LED on your device to indicate a successful lock? In other words, how can the user know the device gets the clock information from outside as opposed to the internal chip? If you could share, I'm curious in general about the existence of LEDs on your device.
  11. Awesome! No way I'm not kicking the tires on that baby. You mentioned the BNC port. I'm one of those locos with a REF10. Guilty as charged. Have you settled on the default impedance?
  12. I wonder quite the same. I installed a nighthawk after my ZET fiber optics modem/router, and the boost in SQ was out of this world. Truly, one of the most significant upgrades to my system ever, which I'm hard pressed to believe anything can improve one (one of my systems now is in a state of nirvana) . Can the EthernetGen make it sound even better?
  13. We'll done to you both! I'm sure many here are biting at the chomp. Should you sell out the first batch, how long before you restock?
  14. As far as I understand, the REF10 sends out an analog, square wave that the receiver uses to time its operation. The mechanism depends on the flip between the bottom and upper region of the wave (when the wave either drops or ascends, it opens and shuts a virtual gate on the receiver side). Unless the cable in question is flawed, I can’t conceive how it can affect that mechanism. Mind you, those ref clocks are installed in mission-critical satellites, and I’m pretty darn sure basic cables are employed (I inquired once with a military engineer). You say you hear the difference? Run an honest AB/X. If you can still tell which cable is which, kindly offer a theory as to why those expensive cables do a better job in transmitting a repetitive analog square wave. I’m brimming with curiosity.
  15. Thanks for the clarification. Very helpful. My setup will be unshielded CAT6: Cheap and easy to cut to size.
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