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  1. Got it! I ran across that thread much later - my first intuition was to go to the Networking section and found those two fairly negative threads within the first two pages. I don't have the bandwidth to regularly check the forums and follow the trends (work and life is very busy), so just coming up for air here a bit and to blow some $ on grounding tweaks like the Nordost QKore and I just ordered this unit thanks to your review! With a QKORE coming, my next question is...should I ground the EtherREGEN to it using a spade to the ground terminal? or should I use an RJ45 grounding cable to a port on the 4-port side? I'm assuming the ground terminal with spade would be the best option?
  2. I have an HS-453DX, Fanless and works great. Running Roon and can stream to the 5 endpoints in my house in group mode, all in sync. Two 12TB drives in it in RAID-0. I back up to another QNAP NAS which is in RAID 5 and has 4 8TB Drives.
  3. I use a NAS/Computer to stream to an Ethernet Renderer on my MSB DAC. I'm very interested in this product and about to pull the trigger.
  4. To add, I would be very interested in objective measurements of these types of devices by a skilled electrical engineer with an oscilloscope or other testing method like that. A network engineer with a command line prompt is not going to be able to show us relevant testing results for the problems that these devices solve.
  5. Wow Rajiv, Chris, I looked at the past two EtherREGEN threads in the Networking section. They are certainly extreme (in a negative way) for what I’m used to on this site. I’m happy you did this review and that it’s as detailed as possible. I’m in the tech business and have been my whole life. However, I’m an audiophile also. Audio (in the “computer audiophile” context) bridges digital to analog. It’s important to remember that the analog domain is reactive and susceptible to all types of VERY subtle changes in noise, power quality, interference, and other things very certainly measurable in the analog domain. I have many friends and business customers who are and would be extremely skeptical of a product like this, and would do exactly what posters in those threads did - test what they can test with the knowledge they have. Screenshots showing no packet loss. Comments about how “digital is digital” ... “bits are bits” ... “buffers in asynchronous networking devices eliminate the need for fancy clocks in networking equipment.” Indeed, if I were using a $500 DAC and some mid-grade headphones, I would also likely agree with the assessments made in those threads because the quality of those devices are not able to clearly render the fineness of the difference that a product like this can make. I think the EtherREGEN and Network filters/reclockers/combo products like this and others are more apt to produce results in very highly resolving systems. Last year I demoed a Nordost Q-Kore grounding system. It made a difference, albeit slight, however it bought out just that extra marginal bit of “magic” holographic presentation in my system that after hearing, it’s hard to live without. I’m currently in the process of acquiring one finally. I’m thinking of adding one of these network switches or filtering units to eliminate noise and interference from entering my system from that one last vector - the network port. But, I wouldn’t be spending that money (or money on an EtherREGEN-type product) before first upgrading my main components first - components like DAC, Amp, Speakers, signal and power cables. Anyways, I’m not sure I want to ask any questions in those threads. They look pretty scary and I’m not sure the posters in those, other than the manufacturer, would reply well. This seems to be the best place for conversation about the product so far.
  6. I understand your point but my point is that this is price competitive with other products which offer significantly more perceived value. My comments are meant as feedback directly to you, the manufacturer. I have Utopias, so I fit squarely in your target market. However, at this price point and for possibly other would-be purchasers like myself who are going to drop $8,900 on a something for my headphones, I would MUCH rather have the headphone amp section of your unit for half or less of the asking price. This is because digital technology changes so quickly that the digital section of this unit will be very soon surpassed or obsolete, rendering it a poor value long term. OR, I would spend a little more and get a Chord DAVE which CAN double as a DAC for my normal HiFi speaker based system (and actually you can find a DAVE for the same price or less new or used if you negotiate) OR since the target buyer likely has some cash to play with if they’re spending $8,900 on this unit, my choice would actually be to spring for the dCS Bartok with headphone amp, which again, if you negotiate with a dealer or look slightly used when they pop up, can be had for marginally more than this unit...again, no problem for someone already spending $8,900. dCS is updatable and a more mature higher end digital company (again, my perception as a target buyer for this and likely others’, as well). The dCS unit also is a Roon endpoint. I appreciate T+A for interacting with the community on forums such as this, however in doing so, you should be open to feedback and perspectives. Hopefully this will shape future T+A offerings. I highly suggest you separate the headphone amp and sell it as a separate unit or revise this unit in V2 to incorporate Ethernet Roon endpoint functionality and analog outputs to be used in a full system.
  7. Super detailed review! Thanks, Rajiv! Anyone have any comparisons/insights as compared to the GigaFOIL v4? I’m not sure if it reclocks, but I think is just a filter? I don’t need a full switch so I feel these are overkill and would furthermore like to retain gigabit throughput for you know, the future, especially if I’m spending more than $500.
  8. What is the MSRP in USD? answering my own question...$8900. No outputs to integrate into a stereo system at this price or the ability to use the DAC on a separate headphone amplifier (if you’re dropping 9k on this, I’d assume you’d have another headphone amp for other “flavors”...like tube), BUT they allow you to have an HDMI ARC option?? And not network connected? At this price and heinous (for the price) connectivity options, I can’t see this selling many.
  9. I do not believe the newer models have selectable filters.
  10. IsoTek EVO3 Nova here. isoTek EVO3 Optimum 20A cable from wall. All Nordost power cables (Brahma, Frey 2) to components. Had an IsoTek EVO3 Aquarius first. It made the first noticeable difference I’d heard from a power conditioning product so I moved up the line. I’d previously tried basic solutions from Running Springs (made sound worse) and then a PS Audio P5 (no noticeable change at all). The IsoTek stuff provided more focus, clarity and better soundstaging. As with everything, system matching is important, these things are subjective, and YMMV.
  11. Congrats on the Premier! I’ve had mine a couple months now and love it! Black Premier here with Femto clock upgrade, Renderer and extra power supply.
  12. I’m going to be blunt because I want to help you. “Audiophile Style” is not a creative name. It’s bland and generic. To be specific, in my case, I no longer feel a sense of excitement when I visit the site where I did previously. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed if you changed the name soon either back to Computer Audiophile or something better. I’m sure you can come up with something from the suggestions already made. Change is good. Bad change is not good. This is a bad change (in my opinion as an end consumer of your content).
  13. Hey all, I’m super interested in the BACCH system and heard it at the Capital Audiofest in November in DC. Anyone else running BACCH4Mac or an -SP or other? The effects were amazing although I suspect all the demo tracks were binaural recordings. Which leads me to my question: how much and what type of effect does it have on normal stereo music?
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