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  1. I am now using a Cisco 2960 8tc-l with standard power supply. I doubt whether I will upgrade after a Meraki, but now that I read around on the forum, a Buffalo is also very interesting!

     

    Have you perhaps compared Buffalo to the Meraki and perhaps the Etheregen? Which one do you recommend?

     

    ps: Which Linaire power supply do you recommend?

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    2. Nick90

      Nick90

      I found a company with one Buffalo at stock, so i thought this is my change finally! I actually wanted to wait for your comparing to the ER.. 

       

      karma appears, I  accidentally bought a the wrong model switch, but it turns out to be the Bs-GU2016. Now I saw through the forum search that several made the same mistake :( Shall I cancel the order in time or are there any good stories from the GU model? btw it does not have fiber, for now this is okay

    3. Exocer

      Exocer

      Hi Nick,
      I do not know much about the BS-GU2016...but I almost did make the same mistake myself and stopped at least one other person. The Melco S100 is based on the BS-GS2016(I am sure for good reason). My suggestion is to send this one back (or cancel it) and get the BS-GS model. That way you get to live without the FOMO.

       

      Still working so will test in a bit.

       

      Cheers,

      -Rob

    4. Exocer

      Exocer

      Hey Nick,

      I found the time to conduct the test today.

       

      Results were different this time around. There were notable differences to my system as well:

      1. My Buffalo was not linear powered when I previously removed the ER (Etherregen).
      2. I may have been using copper ethernet into the server.

      3. Server was powered with SMPS and now that is also linear powered.

       

      Let me start by saying both sound great.

       

      I tested using the ER A-A side and B-A side.

       

      ER A-A vs Buffalo:

       

      Buffalo was a bit smoother. Some high frequency energy was not there, but, I do not think this is a bad thing. Sound stage, especially vocals, sounded a bit further back with the Buffalo. Soundstage was a bit more distinguishable. ER didn't have as much "body" as the Buffalo and felt as though the soundstage was a bit closer. 

       

      Conclusion: Both sound great and you could not go wrong either way.

       

      ER B-A vs Buffalo:

      ER soundstage was a bit smaller but not by much. ER focus improved a bit and some of the body came back. The presentation compared to the Buffalo was different but not by much. I did feel like some would prefer this mellow presentation over the more in-your-face A-A side setup. To me, I prefer clean power and A-A side because I love having the biggest soundstage and dynamics. 

       

      Conclusion: Buffalo sounded a bit bigger. Still had more body but less so than A-A. Smoothness was equivalent. Buffalo was noticably more gutsy.

       

      Which do I prefer? All of them together, with the ER reclocked (which was removed for the tests).

       

      I do not think it would be fair to give either switch a score relative to the other since they both do a wonderful job and sound better together. One thing to note, I did not miss the ER as much this time when I removed it. Perhaps this is due to the SFPs or the fact that the Buffalos sound A LOT better when powered by an SJ DC3 compared to the stock SMPS.

       

      Time to hook everything back up now...

       

      Cheers,

      -Rob

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