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  1. The enclosure has been mentioned many a time here: Identical to the LPS-1.2
  2. 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).
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks for the clarification. Very helpful. My setup will be unshielded CAT6: Cheap and easy to cut to size.
  11. Thanks for expanding the discussion and lying down multiple options in a clear fashion. Still, in that light, the question is what does UpTone recommend for said future device?
  12. @SuperDad: Will unshielded CAT6 cables, going in and out, suffice, or shielded is preferable?
  13. I tried the MC+3 USB off my computer and wasn't too impressed. Currently, it's AES from my streamer into the MC3+. Being balanced, it's probably the best transmission protocol, with SPDIF over BNC being a second runner. I2S is better on paper, but it's not a standard protocol. That alone can pose major issues. Further, Mutec doesn't support it all.
  14. 4k is for the REF10. $1,200 is $50 more for the MC3USB before Mutec switched distributors. "Overpriced" implies a comparable equivalence in a lower price point. Is there one? You may suggest it's not worth the expenditure. I wouldn't have a quarrel with you. It's totally subjective. Moreover, I'd say that a high-end streamer + a good switch would give you an amazing sound; but adding a cascade of MC3USB + REF10 will enchant you. Is the incrementally elevated experience worth $7,500? For each their own. Happy tunes!
  15. Kindly educate yourself on the issues of jitter Vis-a-vis the timing domain.
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