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  1. I've heard the opposite from a few others... local SSD files sound cleaner than NAS file playback. Any idea of what's going on there ? Could it be proximity to internal computer noise ? There are still a few people who like HDDs over SSDs. They seem to be a minority, but they are hearing something.
  2. CD players never looked so good ! Unless you subscribe to a monthly CD shipment and use a demagnetizer, spray, special cloth, and tuning crystals. Things can get really complicated, really quick !
  3. Well stated! There are power cords out there costing half as much as the Phoenix, which would raise sound quality, but would also start a fight! Thanks for keeping the review corralled.
  4. Thanks for letting us know of another option ! How good is sounds or compares is another story, but it definitely accommodates more types of products. And Denafrips has a good reputation.
  5. I still have a set of Music Metre silver interconnects which I purchased in 1995-96. They sound pretty good, and are smooth sounding compared to some others. In general, and after trying at least 25 interconnects since then, I do not prefer silver cables over copper for audio use. Silver tends to soften the bass, highlight the midrange, and lessen full harmonic content. Silver plated is just as bad or worse for interconnects, but is sometimes very good on tweeters and midrange drivers. The better sounding interconnects do not have heavy insulation on the metal wires, base on what I have actu
  6. BMC is a reputable company with very good engineers. They are a high end product manufacturer, so their products are not cheap in comparison. There are many other products on the market now that address noise on the 5 volt line. I tried the the Audioquest Jitterbug which worked well on my $79.00 computer speaker, but degraded the sound somewhat when used on the BMC usb cable. Another product is the USB Disruptor by another company. This is a low noise power supply which plugs in to the usb inlet on a receiving component, then your usb cable plugs into it. This one clarified the music, a s
  7. Your jokes don't help in this case. I've tried the BMC cable and it works fine at 5 meters. It sound a little better than a cheaper usb cable I have here, but then again they all sound a bit different, if they are made different.
  8. I find it quite amazing how footers and platforms can help the sound, even though it is a relatively small amount. I have one of the tripod units in the picture, but do not have the room right now to use it. So I use three Cardas wood blocks to good effect. My opinion is this should be done after settling on power cords and interconnects. Just make hearing an improvement easier.
  9. I can recommend three power cords : JPS Labs Digital AC, Clarity Cable Red, Sablon Audio (any of the tree they make). I would say try the Clarity first.
  10. Please keep the garbage out, goldsdad. In response to Barrows issue with Nordost: I don't trust Nordost Corp. in general. They can make a cable to any length with little problem. Their reluctance is an example of their dishonesty. They make good cables, but are certainly not the best, even if you fall for their false notion that all cables in a system have to be the same brand. Also, no cable is exactly 1.5 meters. And as soon as you plug it in, the length in the circuit changes. So what part of the cable or circuit are they referring to ?
  11. I have found the same true with SPDIF cables. I have no idea why, but the silver is definitely brighter. My preference is copper cables. The sound is less emphasized, more natural. That my take on it. This goes for hook up wire inside the component. I removed the silver internal wire I had installed in one DAC, and replaced it with copper wire. Even the one inch of silver could be heard. (FYI). Haven't tried it with USB, but it wouldn't surprise me if the silver is brighter. And it may be a good thing, as I like the silver cables for video equipment, digital or analog.
  12. Engineers do get fired and layed off similar to any other field. Also some are more productive and innovative than others, depending on many things such as interest in the product line, dedication to the company, personal problems, skill level, etc. There will always be a variance of products, at least in this world!
  13. Let's get back to some testing, and offer some recommended brands for those interested. Also some that are not recommended, because of poor performance, high price, non durable construction, etc. I would like to hear from some dealers or store owners, who have access to many brands and a variety of audio equipment. I don't mean those who are pushing a certain brand for sales profit. So far, I am satisfied with Cardas and LAT. Not a big difference like power cords, and I do not notice a degradation in sound quality, from one USB cable to another, unlike what some power cords will do. E
  14. Julf, For the practical side of the basics, how do you determine these things in your own system ? That is: "Errors of sufficient magnitude" and "No effect on reproduced sound" ? In other words, besides listening tests, do you use bit rate check, oscilloscope, distortion analyzer on the DAC output, or other equipment ?
  15. Mark, which ones did you try ? Were any of those cables the same ones mentioned by other members, such as Wireworld, Audioquest Carbon, or Silver Sonic ? I mention these three, because they were favored by the person doing the testing/comparisons.
  16. This is what happens when people try to invalidate the experience of others. Back to the subject. I believe it was Mr. Powell who compared two different brands of Firewire cables, one shorter than the other. The shorter one sounded better to him. Was it because of the length difference, or because of the different construction of the two brands ? A better test would be two different lengths of each brand, all of them run in for a week or so. Even better, more than two brands of different length.
  17. I would like to point out: The "shorter cable" theory leads to integrated components, which brings about their own set of problems. For example, an integrated amp instead of separates. Or worse yet, an integrated amp with a built in CD player. Sure there is less cable length, especially signal path length, but then you have shared power supplies, EMI exchange inside the chassis, and usually downsized or crowded internal parts. Plus the option of changing or upgrading a section such as the DAC or preamp, becomes more difficult. Similar things occur when shortening cables to the least po
  18. Quite a few manufacturers use a different material for the signal vs the ground for single ended interconnects and AC power. The difference with these cable/signal paths, is one side is connected to chassis or ground(non balanced cables). I still don't know why it would make a difference, because like you say, the electricity(or current), reverses direction, in time with frequency. Wywires, Bybee Labs, and Mojo Audio do this. Might be enlightening to ask them why. I asked Lessloss audio why they double the wire on one leg of their power cord. I did not like the answer because he st
  19. Most cable manufacturers will put a direction arrow on the cable. With XLR cables, the connectors only plug in one direction, so they cannot be reversed. Some people obsess over directionality, even with fuses. I've tried it, and it's not worth the bother, although I have heard very small differences. I have no proof, but I believe break in takes away most, if any differences. Capacitors sound a little different when reversed, but they are that way by reason of their construction. One side is connected to the inner end of a rolled foil, the other side to the outer end of the foil. By compar
  20. Agreed. I'm liking the idea of a Music server that signals powered speakers wirelessly. All you would need is three power cords, unless they all ran on batteries. For High Rez, an ethernet cable may be needed for the Music Server, otherwise it could be wireless.
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