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  1. Depending on whom the "one" is, one wonders whether one actually wonders.
  2. Yep, same with Comcast (and I assume Verizon). After 20 GB, your cell service is “throttled.” So I wait until 10 days before the billing cycle ends to stream hi res, since during my daily walks and the few times I drive, I use about 2GB per day.
  3. I’m way out here in two-bar land. 🙂 (And that’s with the only cell network that reaches the area reliably. I have my mobile service with Comcast, which uses Verizon’s network.)
  4. Recently increased my Internet speed from 12 Mbps upload to 40. Might be coincidence or imagination, but 24/96 seems to work better now over a cell connection. (Now at gigabit download speed. Installed a Wi-Fi 6 PCIE card in my desktop, and waiting for availability of a Wi-Fi 6 gateway.)
  5. Actually not surprising. While the ER certainly seems to help mightily with what's coming through the Ethernet cable, remember noise can come from the power side of the system. While Uptone's SMPS has a ground shunt to get rid of noise, this may not be the case with upstream modems, for example. This is possibly why I think my system did not sound as good with a Cisco switch feeding the ER via optical, versus the ER on its own - the Cisco was being powered by its internal SMPS.
  6. Yes, that’s the result. I’d like to avoid using frequency-based terms because that’s really more appropriate for analog. But we haven’t developed very precise language for digital even after 35 years (quick, what does jitter sound like?), so I’m searching for necessarily imprecise terms that will convey how I feel when I’m listening, more than actually describing the sound itself. I listened to a song from an older Alison Krauss album a day or two ago, and I swear I could picture her bee-stung lips moving to form the words.
  7. I re-jiggered my system a bit (details in the cable experiments thread), and listened to my collection on shuffle. The song Warning Intruders from Rostam's album Half-Light came on, and it was just astonishing. It's available on Qobuz in hi-res, at least here in the US. Well worth a try. (Alternative rock genre.)
  8. From fiber back to inexpensive copper: I liked the sound with the Cable Matters Cat 8. But there was also something from the Monoprice Cat 6a cables, perhaps a bit of intimacy in the musical presentation, that I missed. So I thought that since the Monoprice Cat 8 cables are quite inexpensive, I'd give them a try to see if I might achieve the best of both worlds. With the Monoprice Cat 8 I immediately felt the sense of intimacy had returned, without the defect of the Cat 6a in comparison to the Cable Matters, which is that the Cable Matters had done such a nice job of presenting top end and voices. The Monoprice Cat 8 in my system does a very nice job of that. Everything sounded so nice I thought I'd try to make it even better, so I did some experiments with moving power plugs around and bringing back an old MIT Z-1 into the system while I turned the volume up with no music and listened for noise at the speakers. When noise was at an absolute minimum I put the music back on, and I'm tremendously pleased.
  9. How surprising a loudspeaker manufacturer should say this. Of course he may even be right, using his reasoning. But there are various ways of looking at audio systems. There's old Ivor Tiefenbrun's "source first," which views the system as a series of stages at which audio information can be lost; once it's gone it's gone, so from this point of view you want your source to be as good as possible. Old Ivor headed Linn, so of course source first was a convenient point of view for him and his turntables. Or there's "bang for the buck." Loudspeakers may be quite important but they can also be quite expensive. Where can you get the greatest improvement in sound for the least money? Perhaps room equalization software, or even just some time spent adjusting speakers and listening position; or if that's already optimized, perhaps an inexpensive but high quality DAC.
  10. Although Theta made no secret of the fact they were using a Pioneer transport. Oppo/Lexicon was a different story.
  11. Emphasis on "complex." I've often found myself liking the sound of a less expensive and/or less impressive looking piece better. Over the weekend I went through my AV system and rearranged what was plugged in where, and put back into the system an old noise reduction piece (MIT Z-1), testing by turning up the volume without music and listening for any sound at the speakers. When all was as quiet as I could get it, I stopped. Did this really improve the sound when I sat down to listen? Very possibly not. But it didn't cost anything other than a bit of time, and I don't think it could hurt.
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