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  1. I have both. One cable is cheaper, passes the test, measurements look better, but it does not sound that good in my system. The other cable is a lot more expensive, passes the test, looks worse when measured, but sounds better in my system. Placebo effect, some would say - I spent more money, my brain thinks it must sound better. Listen to your ears, others would say. Measurement equipment is not sophisticated enough, others would say. Bits are bits would also be thrown in the mix quite often. How do those never ending arguments help anyone?!? And even if all of you can come to my house, perform every possible test, and agree which cable is better - how would that guarantee that this same cable would perform better in someone else's system with completely different EMI/RFI, noise, power, etc. environmental profile? And what would be the guarantee that the same cable that performed better would also be better when you change your switch to the EtherREGEN? I suggest we ban cable discussions on this thread. There are plenty of other threads with never ending debates. There are many companies that would give you trial at home. If you believe cables could make a difference, try some at home and figure out what you like or not like.
  2. Group buy for Apacer RAM I was not planning to do this, but a few members asked me to do it since this memory is not available anywhere, and we got Rajiv’s (austinpop) permission to post this. I am going to organize a group buy for the Apacer Industrial memory for a NUC7i7DN. Some people bought the 75.B93GJ.G010B memory from here and reported excellent results. Probably as a result of this, the memory is out of stock on this web site now. Marcin reported the following: Marcin is talking about ECC DRAM, which is NOT COMPATIBLE with a NUC. However, what Marcin is saying here is that the 'new' version of the Apacer sounds better than the 'previous' version. If the same analogy is true for the non-ECC SDRAM for the NUC7i7DN, then the model that people are suggesting, buying, and testing (75.B93GJ.G010B) is the 'previous' model. The new model, compatible with NUC7i7DN is: D21.23180S.001 DDR4 4GB SODIMM 2666 CL19 WT I was not able to find that memory available anywhere online. I reached out to my friend who works with Apacer, and he said he could place a one-time order of D21.23180S.001 memory for us. Hence this post. The price would be $75 shipped within the US. People outside of the US would have to pay actual shipping. Orders would be collected until Sunday, October 20th. He would require a full payment via PayPal until the end of the day on 10/20/2019. The order would be placed on Monday, 10/21/2019. Once the order is placed I will provide an update with the expected shipping date. Typically it takes about 10 days. If you want to participate in the group buy please send me a PM. It is important to keep this thread on topic. Please contact me directly if you have any questions. Summary: - This is a group order for the 4GB Apacer D21.23180S.001 memory. - Deadline: 10/20/2019 - Price: $75 shipped within the US. - Send me a PM if you would like to participate.
  3. I think it's a mistake to apply knowledge gathered from other products to the EtherREGEN. For example, the idea not to connect the metal plugs comes from tests where noisy devices were connected to your DAC/Streamer. The common ground would transfer noise from the noisy device to your DAC, which would result in sound quality degradation. I would consider the properly isolated output of the EtherREGEN as a very clean source with as little noise as possible. I would also take every care to preserve that signal as clean as possible. What works and what makes a difference is yet to be determined. We should consider every possible option to preserve the clean signal.
  4. BTW, I have ordered the ECC memory Marcin mentioned through my connection. I was planning to test it, compare with the other memory I have (Apacer and non-Apacer) and post more about it. I will have a couple of extra pieces. PM me if you are looking for it, so we don't go offtopic here.
  5. And that sounds much better than your NUC directly connected with USB to your DAC? And it sounds better than your NUC USB --> IsoRegen --> DAC? I am just trying to understand if your USB started to sound better than you I2S or your Antipodes Dxe sounds better than your NUC. How do you power the NUC?
  6. By "my server" do you mean the NUC or the Antipodes DXe?
  7. I always found disconnecting the SSD drive from my computer to be an improvement no matter what the device is and how good the LPS powering it is. Those SATA devices generate noise that is audible. Stopped using SSD or HDD storage last year and never looked back. There are many discussions on the subject here in this thread. Some people found HDDs to be better. Others used HDD in an external enclosure via USB and separate LPS. There were discussions about specific SSD models/types that work better. Apacer industrial devices were used by some people. Others used arrays of SD memory cards. And some people has good result with specialized SATA cables like the Pachanko Sata "PURE Reference". Taiko uses PCIe-based SSD storage. I personally think that removing any storage devices from my computer sounds best. But since I need to store the OS somewhere, I use an Optane M10 with excellent results. Absolutely not. Go with USB for that.
  8. My recommendation: - Remove the "WD SSD drive" from this configuration. - Add an Optane memory card for the OS. - Get a Synology or similar NAS for your library. For example, the DiskStation DS218 models work great. - Get a USB card. ---- Option #1 - Get a JCAT USB card and power up with a SJ rail. ---- Option #2 - Get a PinkFaun USB card with ultraOCXO clock and power up with a SJ rail. You may not need the Innuos Phoenix USB reclocker in that case (the only way to find out is to try it out). Essentially the PinkFaun USB with OCXO clock powered up by SJ rail would be similar to the Innous Phoenix. The only essential difference is that the Innuos powers up the OCXO with a seperate rail, while PinkFaun shares the same power supply rail for the USB and OCXO. You can also try the Intona USB isolator with this configuration. - Add a good network switch. - I have asked my friend who buys a lot of Apacer products for his company to find out what is the best Apacer non-ECC memory for cases like your. Will post when I get more info.
  9. I would not necessarily agree with that. The thicker wire acts like a big anthena. I personally would not use anything thicker than 15-16AWG in my LPS. I am not necessarily a fan of Mundorf. I like some of their power capacitors (i.e. MLytic and MTubeCap) in certain applications, and I like their silver/gold SGW115 wire for my digital source LPS with JSSG360. Not a big fan of their film caps and other products. I use different wire for everything else. Foils are interesting. I did consider trying a foil in my LPS at some point, but it's more difficult to work with, especially when you have to do a 20-PIN ATX connector. I did not think it was practical at all. My only experience with silver foil cables was a Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature power cord that I still have. They do something interesting, but it was not impressive enough to convince me foils was the way to go. But after re-reading your question again, I am not sure what you actually have in mind. Do you just want to make your own custom DC plug? Or you want to replace the wire? Either way, it's not something I have tried and would not be able to give any recommendations. It's hard to beat short wire and good connectors (Jaeger in my case). I don't have a recent pic with my 8-wire EPS connector (only 2 wires shown), JSSG360 shielding, and cotton sleeve, but you would get the idea from this pic taken during my experiments with different wires.
  10. Thank you again for the detailed explanation. It looks like you are well set up to meet any client demand with potential to expand down the road. That's very good to hear. I have one last question - what regulators are you using in the standard SR4, SR5, and SR7 you are offering? Are you using off the shelf regulators (i.e. commercially available)? Or are you using Paul's custom regulators? I kind of assumed you are using custom regulators, but the following made me wonder: And if you are using custom regulators, can you please comment on their availability? Do you have a lot of them in stock or do you order them as you need them? Are they easy to obtain? And so on. Hopefully that's not a disclosure of commercially sensitive information... all we are worried about is the aspect of availability of custom parts, which I believe on some occasions was another one of Paul's excuses.
  11. Thank you for the long explanation. Can you please describe the "manufacturing facility" and "machine workshop"? Or if that's not feasible, can you please explain what are the things you are doing in-house? I have a very limited knowledge about the manufacturing process of custom (and now standard) SR7 power supplies, but here is what I have heard so far: - The latest SR7s have been using Streacom chassis. - The transformers are outsourced and done by Mr. Terry Monaghan / Canterbury Windings. - Teflon PCB and silver wire is used. - Custom made regulators are used. Your text seems to suggest a significant investment in a "manufacturing facility" and "machine workshop". But what I am curious to understand is the scale of this facility. Are we talking about a few workbenches where people can assemble the boards, install them in the chassis, do some soldering, testing, measuring, and producing some custom metal plates (or make slight changes to an existing chassis)? Or are we talking about a much greater scale facilities where: - Custom transformers would be made. - Custom teflon PCB boards would be manufactured. - Chassis from scratch would be manufactured. - Regulators would be produced. - Silver wire would be manufactured in house. etc. We all know that Paul Hynes designs the best power supplies for our audio systems. Or at least that's what we all think. I have never had one in my system, but I am believing the hype. But we also all know that PH lost credibility in our community. And that's hard to restore. Perhaps more transparency from you would be the best way to restore faith and credibility. Take a look at Uptone Audio in their sponsored forum here. @Superdad and @JohnSwenson set the bar for transparency with their customers. And we want more companies to do the same.
  12. You don't need to connect PIN 14 "PS_ON". PIN 1 is +3.3VDC. PIN 3 is Ground. PIN 9, PIN 8, and PIN 4. is +5VDC. PIN 10 is +12VDC. That's how I connect it. We are going offtopic here, though. Ping me on PM if you have more questions.
  13. A 20 PIN connector with 3.3V, 5V, and 12V. And an 8 PIN EPS with a 12V rail. Modern motherboards don't use the -12V or -5V. Just googled Innuos images, and on this one you can clearly see what PINs they wire up on the 20 PIN connector. Don't worry about PIN16 (PS-ON), you can skip that one but should connect the rest of the wires on the 20 PIN connector + the EPS connector. That worked on all motherboards I have tried so far ...
  14. Those of us who use Euphony and cache the track before playing would have to wait hefty 2+ minutes before a DSD512 track is downloaded at 100 Mbps. But we would still buy an ER. I keep trying to make that point, but it keeps getting ignored with comments about streaming. Streaming and caching are two completely different strategies, and so far caching has sounded best to my ears (unless it's analog).
  15. Yes, a good external DAC. Never used a motherboard DAC - that’s always disabled from the BIOS if it exists. Pink Faun I2S card with OCXO clock to an i2s DAC. JCAT USB card for a USB DAC.
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