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  1. As much as it hurts your pride, your logic is flawed: You don't know the composition of his audience or thier technical qualifications, so stop beating that dead horse. As far as calling me an idiot, it takes one to know one. Well done.
  2. Shrewd of you to rephrase his quote and insert the word "presumably" along the way. Still, regrettably, his actual words were: "who find his reviews helpful and authoritative." which is is a judgment value as their opinions are unknown to us.
  3. Aren't you guilty of the same sin when you write, "It's fairly obvious to most of us that this online reviewer has a a large audience of audiophiles who find his reviews helpful and authoritative?" To me, you sure seem a self-appointed spokesperson for "most of us."
  4. Does it actually gives a discernable bump? Back in the day, both Mutec and the Japanese enterprise swore anything below - 116 makes no difference....
  5. OMG, people theses days have difficulties following even a simple thread. Those are Puma's words that you quoted and assigned to me: "and has considerable credibility in the audiophile community" I actually cast aspirations at Hans's creditability: "Hans praises digital and power cables, and thus carries little credibility with me."
  6. Hans prises digital and power cables, and thus carries little credibility with me. His fondness to the Allo products is also misplaced, in my opinion. Nevertheless, he hits it on the nail with the ER. (I was surprised he wasn't prejudiced by the higher retail price of the SotM switch, which he demoted to 2nd place) .
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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...:)
  13. 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!
  14. Alex, Is there any harm in grounding the ER regardless of the circumstances?
  15. When you write "crap," do you refer to placebo and bias confirmation or blind tests?
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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