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  1. By any chance did you experiment yet with using the Mutec with the EtherREGEN? If so, any noticeable benefit at all?
  2. Great album, as are most of his albums. His Solo Acoustic work is probably my favorite.
  3. I like listening in a completely darkened room. It's simply one less sense to get in the way of the music. Only downside is if I'm too relaxed, it's off to dreamland. Gotta' get a straight back, wooden chair, rather than the leather sofa and ottoman I'm used to.🤷‍♂️
  4. I'd be very surprised if any clock, that would make a substantial improvement to the existing performance of the eR, could be produced at a reasonable cost. That is one for even 10x the price of the eR, with guaranteed performance spec. Maybe a future eR Deluxe edition with even better internal clocking would make more sense, assuming there's enough of a market for such a unit.
  5. Sorry for my off-the-cuff 50x take on price. Glad you were lucky enough to get one of the good clocks. Personally, I'd only buy one that was literally guaranteed/certified to meet the specs claimed. And I don't doubt that Mutec is a fine company. If they offered a money back trial period I'd certainly bite on that.
  6. From my conversations with many industry folks, attempting to source a quality external clock is hard. The products out there are both expensive and of varying levels of quality control, which means that unless you can cherry pick the model you want, forget about getting a useful clock. I'm guessing that to get something that will make a substantial improvement to your eR would cost up to 50 times the cost of your eR. Likely better to look elsewhere in your system to improve SQ. Sorry...
  7. Sorry to hear about your cancelled trip. Seems to be a very common disruption for most everyone. I've been told not to come to the various senior sites I perform volunteer work. But I may get a gig delivering meals to others starting soon. Just need to get clearance.
  8. I too will be interested as I had found whenever mixing different brands of Ethernet cables the results were often poor. Mixing WireWorld with AudioQuest was a particular mess, probably due to different design approaches. Same happened when I initially experimented with the new Shunyata cables. When I was able to use all Shunyata everything else paled in comparison. This stuff is so unexpectedly complex in what gets delivered to our ears/brains 😱
  9. Just like to chime in on the JS-2 experiences. The JS-2 is powering both my EtherREGEN as well as a Nucleus Roon server. Both have benefited from this LPS. System has settled in with it's presence and is oh so sweet!
  10. Yep! Like diff in looking at Grand Canyon form a distance using binoculars versus with eyes wide open at the rim.
  11. Regarding LED's - you might give these a try: https://www.lightdims.com/index.php Otherwise your hardware store is likely to have blue painter's tape which may or may not stick very long on the surface, especially if it gets really warm.
  12. If, as you indicated, you're considering using Roon as your library manager for music, you'll need a Roon server to run the Roon Core. Roon Core uses its own Ethernet based protocol (RAAT) which runs over a network (Ethernet wired or WiFi) to Roon Ready end-points, of which the Auralic Aries G2 is one. So, ideally, the B side connection from the EtherREGEN would be wired to your Auralic. The A side would support other Ethernet attached devices, including other Ethernet switches or routers (which have ports), or NAS devices, and, of course, whatever you use to run a Roon Core (Intel NUC or Roon's own Nucleus hardware). How you choose to continue to utilize your remaining network gear is up to you. Personally, I'm using a USB attached hard drive to my Roon Core server as I found running a NAS in the same room as my audio system too noisy. Found a WD drive sufficient in size to handle my library of music and so quiet I cannot hear it making a sound unless I'm a few inches away.
  13. For those of you running with external clocking, have you found that clock cables make a difference? If so, which ones actually do enhance the performance and SQ of the clock?
  14. Sorry. Wasn't examining the possibilities. I guess if the N10 is receiving data streams from one side or the other of the eR, it then moves the results via other means to the downstream DAC. The N10 requires a wired Ethernet connection to the wifi/router, as there is no WiFi capability in the N10 (and using an iPad for instance, communicating via the wifi/router allows for managing playback). So, this would require a connection from the A or B side into the N10's network port, likely using the B side, and allowing the A side to support multiple other Ethernet connections (NAS for instance, and of course the WiFi router). Not sure where the "biggest bang for the buck" sound-wise would come in making connections, though I'm inclined to favor B port to Aurender. That way the eR maximizes the quality of all upstream bit streams that get fed into the N10. The confusion I had is my own point of reference (my network and system) and failing to acknowledge the flexibility and possibilities in using the eR in so many scenarios.
  15. Are you using any switch today, or are you simply connecting the N10 the long run from the router/modem? I'm assuming the N10 is currently wired to your DAC via AES/EBU, S/PDIF, or Coax.. Is your music inside the N10 or are you getting it from a NAS or via the USB port on the N10 with an external hard drive? Or is the network simply allowing you to stream from the internet for services like Qobuz? Connecting the B side of the eR to your N10 Ethernet port will provide benefits in cleaning up any A side attached network devices like your router/modem and NAS. Beyond that, unless I'm missing something, you're one of few who are not streaming into an Ethernet enabled DAC environment. However, using AES/EBU with the N10 into your DAC is qualitatively better than any other option, I think.
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