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  1. Kavakos is probably the least known of the trio you saw, but he is a truly amazing violinist, having seen him twice in recital in Seattle. And Wang is always fun -- between her musicality, technique, and stage presence.
  2. Last night: Seattle Symphony, Benaroya Hall (Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos, Marc-Andre Hamelin & Ryan Wigglesworth; Wigglesworth Piano Concerto (US Premiere); Haydn Symphony No. 103 ("Drumroll") March 20: Beethoven & Shostakovich, Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series March 28: Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, Jayanthi Kumaresh; Moore Theater (Seattle) April 1: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jazz Alley (Seattle) April 3: Steven Osborne, Benaroya Hall
  3. @sahmen-- You might want to read this thread on the What's Best forum comparing the SOtM dCBL-CAT7 and the Shunyata Sigma ethernet cables: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/sigma-and-sotm-dcbl-cat7-ethernet-cables.29657/#post-615404
  4. This thread has been strangely quiet for about six months. Where are all the M Scaler users? Maybe they are all posting on head-fi (I'll be making this same post on head-fi.) This is a comparative review of four different digital cables that can be used to connect the Hugo M Scaler and your DAC, which is DAVE in my case. The other major focus of the review is the Farad Super3 Power Supply, which is now my reference power supply for the M Scaler.BackgroundAbout six weeks after buying an M Scaler, I replaced the stock Chord-supplied BNC cables with Geistnote Apogee Wyde Eye cables, a
  5. Ken (@kennyb123) is absolutely right about the importance of upgrading your BNC cables with the HMS. Please note I am not complaining about the Chord-supplied cables. I have been happily enjoying them for the last six weeks or so and Chord deserves some credit for including these with the HMS -- it helps get people up and listening quickly. Not many manufacturers include a pair of cables with their product. In any event, I was motivated to try a new pair of cables by Ken's experience (we are friends) and by another mutual friends' positive report on a pair of very affordable BNC c
  6. Another thumbs up for the PNF configuration. Although I've only had this in the system for a couple days, compared to the "default" configuration I hear a more tonally dense presentation as well as a slightly more forward presentation. One of the more pronounced differences is the presentation of cymbals. With the PNF version, there is more density (or, to use PeterSt's description, a less whitish sound), a longer and more prominent sustain, and a good metallic ring. Overall, I wouldn't characterize these differences as huge; I still need to listen carefully to pick up on the differences in my
  7. It is ironic that, in this thread devoted to Chord's M-Scaler, there are only a handful of reviews/impressions from actual users. Here is a review I just posted on Head-Fi: I have now had the M-Scaler in my system for about ten days. Here are some observations. Overall Gestalt The single biggest takeaway for me is that music is more composed and calm. Music does not feel as hyped as before; there are not as many moments that show some hint of harshness; there are fewer sharp edges. In a word, music is more natural. Some would say this is a darker sound and I wou
  8. FWIW, the Fischer/Budapest Mahler 2 also happens to be my favorite. You can check it out on Tidal in 16/44.1, and the goodness really shines through.
  9. This is a model of what a review should do. It is extremely well written, entertaining, and contains a ton of information and comparisons for people who are making decisions about the best use of their money. I'm happy you've found a great combo, Rajiv. I'm expecting my HMS to arrive in about a week. Your review certainly whets the appetite. Kudos! Jon
  10. Too early to say. I haven't really attempted to get at the root of the problem yet. It may be fine and the problem may simply have been a loose connection that could be easily dealt with. This is a switch that was clocked (from my sMS-200 Ultra) by a short, 12 inch cable from DigiKey that cost $20. I never really liked the connectors on these cables and it always felt a bit precarious. Also, the fact that I was running two stiff, unwieldy SOtM dBL-Cat7 ethernet cables in and out of the lightweight switch made for a more precarious situation. I'm curious if anyone else has had probl
  11. Thank you all for your suggestions on how I might access the Eunhasu OS website. I finally was able to do so, but probably not how you might have guessed. First, I tried the suggestion made by @tedwoods: "If you're accessing it via DHCP and not via a bridged or static IP configuration, it could mean it has been assigned a new IP address, so your link to Eunhasu does not work anymore. Google ""sotm my" and it'll direct you to "my eunhasu" page (http://sotm-audio.com/my/), where you can find the new IP address and connect to Eunhasu again." When I d
  12. Has anyone else been unable to access Eunhasu? For three days now, when I type http://eunhasu into my browser, I get the message that the browser cannot open the webpage because the server where the page is located is not responding.
  13. I'll weigh in with a few short comments. The last few updates (4.54 through 4.56) have proceeded smoothly. Sonic quality, as far as I have noticed, has remained constant since the upgrade to 4.51. I posted earlier that I thought there were significant and very worthwhile improvements in 4.51 as compared to earlier versions. Finally, with respect to the blinking lights, I guess I can understand why some people might be concerned if this is a new phenomenon. For me, I have had rapidly blinking lights on my sMS-200 since first installing it in September 2017. I don't think this blink
  14. It's been ages since I posted on this forum, but today in a different thread I posted a few thoughts on my sonic impressions of the new operating system for the SOtM sMS-200. Some folks here might find it of interest: At the end of this post I raise questions about how competitive SOtM is right now with a NUC/AL approach to server and renderer. I see that today we have a couple people posting on this very topic (although nothing appears to have been said about updates to the operating software for the sMS-200). I'd love to see more such comparisons -- I think the new SOtM s
  15. I have to say I am quite pleased with what I consider to be a very substantial sonic upgrade with the latest Eunhasu OS (now using 4.54). There are a few other possible reasons I am hearing this improvement -- I recently had a PCB replaced in my Chord DAVE due to a broken USB port, and I have elevated my speaker cables and taken some measures to isolate them from vibrations -- but I don't think these explain the full extent of the improvements I'm hearing with digital music. Specifically, I am hearing improvements in the following areas: - music feels unconstricted and
  16. These instructions in the link two posts above appear to assume one is using Windows OS. I wonder if there are any comparable instructions that would work with Mac OS?
  17. I should point out that when I use Disk Utility to restore the 4.5.1 file, I get the following message: "Could not get the list of volumes from the disk image. An unexpected error occurred. (OSStatus error 45)"
  18. Hi everyone-- I have also encountered problems although I now have a working version of 4.5.1. First I tried updating to 4.5 from the Eunhasu website and got stuck at 3% on multiple computers. Then I downloaded 4.5.1 and dd utility per SOtM's instructions. The download seemed to work fine and generated a .gz file. When I used dd utility to restore this file to a new 32GB SD card, dd Utility showed progress through 217, but then flashed the message: "32 GB Volume Restore Failed." I also got a message that said "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer." T
  19. I can finally close the book on my Paul Hynes saga and I'm happy to report that it has a happy ending. Picking up where I left off on this thread, I received a shipping notice on Sept 20. After spending a full week in various UK cities, the unit landed in Philly, then Louisville, then Portland, where it sat for a few long days, and finally delivered in Seattle last week, almost two full weeks after the tracking number was assigned. I opened the triple boxing and hooked it up. What I heard was some faint music in my right channel and nothing in my left. I emailed Hynes, who was ver
  20. For those of you waiting for or contemplating a Paul Hynes power supply, I have an update on my saga. I finally received an SR5DR48 that was custom built for my Crayon phono stage and replaced an SMPS external power supply. The six-month waiting period and problems communicating with Paul are detailed on a separate thread, but suffice it to say that this story has a happy ending. The Hynes supply has made a profound difference in my LP playback. I was expecting to hear certain improvements that I've heard when upgrading power in other areas, such as new dedicated circuits or better
  21. I heard a direct A/B of DAVE with and without Blu2 at RMAF. I have to agree with Eric, the differences were obvious and musically significant. An M Scaler is probably in my future (but not near future!). I also heard a direct A/B of the SOtM master clock in and out of a nice system with Magico speakers in the SOtM room. While I think the master clock could make a nice difference, the differences were nowhere near as profound as the differences I heard with the Blu2. Just my two cents.
  22. Such a bummer; first, you wait a long time to get the Hynes, then you wait another year? On the other hand, you will be in Costa Rica, which certainly has its benefits. As someone else who is waiting on a Hynes PSU, I'm curious: When did you order and pay for your SR7?
  23. @feelingears and @Johnseye: I think Johnseye makes an excellent point: it's too easy to lose the forest when focusing on individual trees when auditioning a component. That's why I like to insert a component and do as much relaxed listening as possible before doing the nitty gritty comparisons. Part of this is just paying attention to your body as you listen -- are you relaxed, receptive, flowing with the music, tapping your toes, etc. Or are you disengaged, tense, thinking about other things? Of course there could be many reasons for the latter, and that's why you nee
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