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  1. Thank you for the well-written review. I'd like to share with you that I experimented with different cable lengths, due to placement consideration, and I didn't find any difference between a 45' and 3' Cat6 runs in terms of sonic performance.
  2. Yes, its off topic, but your praises for Cybershaft are too readily given. . First, Cybershaft doesn't bill itself as audiophiles company. Their clocks are general purpose, as the company owner explained to me a year ago. In fact, the switch between 50hz and 75hz testifies they don't care much about the quality of the signal. (John S. himself explained that such switches cannot work well (in the context of the ER)). Secondly, back when I inquired with the Cyberhsaft, the company didn't offer return policy. Not even with a re-stocking fee. If find this practice questionable and personally a deal-breaker. But for each their own. Thirdly, the owner contradicted himself too many times in our email exchanges to gain my trust. For that reason, I feel I should warn others to do due-diligence before making a purchase. In terms of the reclaimed clocks, people should be aware of it, regardless if a reclaimed clock makes sense or not.
  3. As far as I recall, John S. mentioned the external clock vis-a-vis grounding in one of his posts. Perhaps I misunderstood it. My rule is to ground the ER if I have any device on the A side other than the incoming stream. $3 cable, set and forget.
  4. I was told that using an external clock might require grounding the ER. I was also told that grounding the ER can't cause any damage or degrade performance should grounding isn't actually required. Since I use an external clock and prefer to be on the safe side, I grounded it.
  5. The chips in the Cybershaft products--at least at the entry level--are reclaimed (read, used). Further, the enclosures have limited number of outputs (1-3) and require a convertor from 50hz up to 75hz in order to perform, an approach known to be suboptimal (50z ER would be a good match of course). The owner takes a cavalier is approach to the impedance conversation, which should tell you quite a bit about the design and the product itself. I would do a thorough research before spending money with that company.
  6. Buy a 100 ft Cat6 cable, some RJ45 terminators and a crimping tool. Very easy to make and transmits the signal flawlessly for a friction of the cost.
  7. Does it actually gives a discernable bump? Back in the day, both Mutec and the Japanese enterprise swore anything below - 116 makes no difference....
  8. I venture to guess it's a matter of acoustic treatment. The ER has accentuted the highs, and thus some HF absorbers are now called for. If the other frequencies have improved, consider the option. Cheers from Hua Hin
  9. I own a G2. First, know that the internal HD is the most noisy setup of all. The owner of Aurelic has a simple explanation to it, which you can look up on the company's forum. BTW, the cleanest solution is an SSD connected directly to your router. The ER has made a profound difference in my setup. The B side is connected to the G2, and the sound is phenomenal. I primarily stream off SoundCloud, and the chief detriment to SQ is poor mixing. However, when the mastering is good I can cry from joy. I use DIY cables and a NetGear router. And no, I don't believe expensive cables can make the slightest difference, although another switch in between might bump things up.
  10. I experimented with 0.5 meter and 20 meter cat6. If there was a difference, I couldn't pick on it. What is the working theory behind the adverse effect of reasonably long cat6 or higher cables? Or there's none?
  11. My ER is placed between my NetGear router (A side) and Aeries G2 streamer (B side). I also have a separate system to watch movies, with a Mac Mini as its brain. So first, I ran a CAT6 from the ER (A) side to my Mac Mini. Next, I disconnected the streamer from the B side and plugged in its place the same CAT6 running to the Mac Mini. Hope that helps.
  12. Connected the ER to a Mac Mini, which feeds a TV set over HDMI and a MiniDSP AES sound processor over US. First, employed the A side. A noticeable improvement in PQ. Grey blooming in nightly scenes is now completely absent. Colors are vibrant. No much difference in SQ Next, the B side Boom!! PQ is now brilliant. The screen is nothing less than mesmerizing. I’m complled to bat my eyelids here and there. A big boost in SQ. The clarity and precision are notable. Conclusion: Going to order a second unit.
  13. Does Mutech offer an upgrade path? BTW, it wasn't too long ago that both Mutech and Cybershaft swore anything over -115/16 was inaudible. And now with have this...:)
  14. Hello Mark, First off, that "magic" number you refer to has no bearing on clock signal transmission. I don't recall the exact application in which it does make a difference, but it's easy enough to look up. I'm sure you want to hear otherwise, but coax cables don't, and can't, make any difference to the signal, unless out of spec or poorly made. As oppose to the ref clock under discussion, or power supplies for example, there is no coherent theory as why digital cables would make a difference. What we encounter is mostly mumbo-jumbo spewed by manufacturers and swallowed up wholesale by some gullible audiophiles. Case in point, AB/X tests between high end and cheap cables consistently fail to show a difference. Happy new year!
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