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  1. The EtherREGEN, like all alternative switches, does not live in some sort of vacuum. All Ethernet cables move bits, but are potentially affected and effect what gets delivered to the switch and beyond. The EtherRegen's design is to mitigate known problems that other switches fail to address. But the resulting transfer of "music" is only as good as all the links in the chain. Poorly designed and executed cables can generate signal distortion (phase issues from impedance irregularities). That's beyond the common mode noise suppression which the EtherREGEN handles through the painstaking design and execution that John's developed. The great thing about the EtherREGEN is the degree of isolation among all the ports and especially across the moat. And minimizing leakage and clock phase noise will certainly go far. Yet getting the bits in and our of the switch without inducing any corruption, epecially following the switch matters.
  2. I'm writing this to promote clarity for prospective customers. I know many of us on this forum like to dive into the weeds, but I'm an old sales/marketing guy so.... You've listed the two goals that the EtherREGEN is designed to dramatically decrease: leakage and clock-phase noise. From the Uptone web page (sales) and other bits I've read on the forum I think I understand the clock-phase noise issue, and that this will be handled by the "moat", but I don't see much about the leakage issue. I think I recall the leakage issue has to do with all the upstream power related high and low source impedance leakage from all digital source devices plugged into the switch, and across all the A side ports as well. A bit more on that would be nice on the sales page. And it might be worthwhile to also include the bits about EMI/RFI shielding that are also being featured in the switch. I think this was alluded to some time ago on the forum. Maybe you can beef up the description on the Uptone web page for the EtherREGEN. I suspect many of us on the forum, and others who will come to that sales page to understand why they should be considering using the EtherREGEN vs. other options, both targeted for general use as well as the audio realm, could use more information, and a clear argument as to just how these elements actually surface themselves in the playback of our music system -- what are the notable symptoms? Will it result in less "noise" in the system, greater "clarity", a lower "noise floor", more space around instruments/singers, greater width/depth of musical space, etc? We all know you're not in the business of over hyping any of your products, but I certainly want to see this as a huge success. And getting it into the hands of appropriate reviewers is important as networking of musical bits is taking over physical media as a source. No deep dive needed on how the sausage is made, just what the problems are, that they're being addressed, and the results to be expected when using the EtherREGEN. As you state on the initial description on the page "producing surprising audible sonic improvements in fine music systems."
  3. I'll be testing out the new EtherREGEN next month with a few cables. I'm not expecting much compared to my existing switch, since the two Ethernet cables I'm already using are loaded with common mode filtering, along with much higher characteristics for transfer. My advice is to try cables in your system once you deploy the EtherREGEN and see if/where they may make any significant difference. Stick with a single company's technology, as I've found mixing things often defeats benefits of one design (did so with Audioquest, Wireworld, etc.). Shielded vs. unshielded and Cat6 vs. Cat7 vs. Cat8 can screw things up as well. Most important of all connections seems to be from the switch to the DAC (or whatever is first element downstream of the switch).
  4. ADIM indeed. Expect that streaming from the ‘net (Radio Paradise, JB, Rondo, etc.), apart from local sources, will see an important benefit from the ADIM as well.
  5. Great news Alex! And unlike the fact that this is happening on the very same day as MicroSoft patch Tuesday (batten down the hatches boys and girls), we'll all be looking forward to getting in line for the EtherREGEN.
  6. And on a separate note: how’s your recovery going? I know ribs can take a long time to fully heal.
  7. Ah but then it’s time to tune the room itself. Of late, while awaiting the EtherREGEN, that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s a fairly consequential aspect of getting the most out of our systems I’m afraid.
  8. Have been and will continue to be patient. My experiences with a number of switches, including my current Cisco, have shown that with both my use of the Transparent device and recent experience with Shunyata Ethernet cables, these switches are clearly producing noise. So, I fully expect a degree of benefit from the EtherREGEN.
  9. Sorry I sorta’ started this off-topic thread within a thread. But I felt at the time, and still feel, the importance in all connections in/out of any switch in eventual sound quality. Please fork this off with the other Ethernet cable bits if you wish. The Shunyata’s actually focus is on reducing transmission and phase distortion, including high frequency noise distortion. While awaiting the EtherREGEN, and now the Shunyata cables, I’ve had recourse to plug a Transparent TPM into my system wall plug https://www.transparentcable.com/collections/power-add-on-surge-protection/products/plug-in-network-protector connecting the outbound cable from my Cisco 2960 to this device and sending the cleaned-up signal on its way to my dCS gear. It has reduced noise from the upstream path. I’ve no idea if I’d perceive any benefit in using it once I have the Shunyata’s in place.
  10. Agree that the EtherREGEN will provide benefits. What is unclear is what other factors, apart from any noise which enters the switch, will affect the ultimate data stream. Between the switch and the target DAC there remains at minimum the Ethernet cable, of variable length, subject to design approaches, connectors, various Categories (likely from Cat 5-8), most unshielded but some shielded, etc. And the environment surround the cable may factor in (RFI / EMF / whatever). What I’d hope is that for similar cable designs used into/out of the EtherREGEN the noise brought in would dissolve on its way out, preserving whatever attributes the cables might offer, be they good or ill, for the downstream system. But the proof will be in the “pudding”.
  11. Used both the Sigma and Alpha in my config. The Sigma (in lieu of a WireWorld Platinum Starlight 8) and the Alpha (for the Starlight 8) both of the WireWorld are their initial product (not the newer ones). Been using them with a Cisco 2960 switch. Based on a quick test of half a dozen albums I've order a pair of the Sigma's. What I've found is that you really don't want to mix differing technologies -- the WireWorld is Cat8 (shielded) untwisted flat design with the Shunyata Cat6a unshielded type with a traditional type configuration. They seem to work against each other, or at least diminish the intended results. That's what I discovered when initially swapping just the Sigma for the Platinum. Better but nothing like adding the Alpha into the mix.
  12. Really, really hope the pain is diminishing. My biggest issue, and I didn’t have nearly your trauma, was putting my car’s stick shift in reverse. Lots of time spent trying to avoid parallel parking. If anyone doesn’t think their choice of Ethernet cables is inconsequential, just try some different designs in your system setup. I finally got my hands on a couple of Shunyata’s, a new cable design. It ran rings around my existing WireWorld Platinum and Starlight 8 cables, in/out of the Cisco 2960 switch. Needless to say, I’ve put a couple of these on order. Really looking forward to the EtherREGEN to see how much farther my system can go.
  13. Really sorry to hear. I did that on a bike a number of years ago (along with a collapsed lung). Didn’t even know it at the time (finished my remaining 25 miles on the ride). Took a few days till pain/breathing issues got me to my doctor for any X-ray. Recovery was slow. Just take your time.
  14. Congratulations on acquiring the Alexia Series 2's. I've never heard the TAD, but these new ones might well be a more revealing sound producer, especially important for a reviewer. With these the setup is particularly important. So, it's great to have someone from Wilson able to do this. You join a growing group of your peers (reviewers that is) who've also purchased these for their home, and I'm pretty sure you know who they are.
  15. Well I’ve been listening to the Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-S in my system (replaced a combination D-Link DGS-105 powered by the UpTone LPS-1). The switch is wired via WireWorld Cat 8 to a Roon Nucleus and dCS Upsampler as well as Eero mesh access point. Quite a bit better than prior switch. Much lower noise floor. There’s more there there, if you get my drift. So much so that I ordered another for my video system (supporting NAS video files and microRendu, among other things). Since that one’s also dedicated that lack of gigabit Ethernet poses no problem, even for UHD/HDR source files into my Nvidia Shield TV player. Of course once the EtherREGEN becomes available the current switch goes into my computer network which also includes an Audio Alchemy network-based system. Must say that the Cisco is really a steal at this point.
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