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  1. Really, the contrast actually changed?
  2. Sorry, my mistake, I thought you had all the answers for everyone else.
  3. I already have a 106" Projection Screen So what switch is going to improve my PQ?
  4. I watch a lot of 1080P movies that I have ripped to H 264 and stream from my NAS. What is the best model of switch that will increase my picture quality, better color microdynamics, and better resolution and detail.
  5. How so? You haven't tried it. I mean it worked for me.... Or are you suddenly an expert on how IP data networks....work?
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    Troubleshooting...your help

    No, I used the built in Realtek Audio and it behaved the same. I also moved my sound card to another machine and it's playback was fine. At the 6 year mark I wasn't keen in putting a bunch of troubleshooting effort. It was a 6 year old machine for pete's sake. Slow down, random crashes would be other possible indicators. What generally happens when machines start expressing age related issues is that the applications you use most start exhibiting odd behavior (yes I've had to point this obviousness to my clients) because if they used MS office 95% of the work week then most likely it would be glitching. While all possibilities if the OP is using the system for a very vertical application, and I've most DEFINITELY seen it, the primary application that is ran (in my line of work it's point of sale software) is a bellwether of problems to come. Sorry it's just been my experience of ~ 6000 computers over the years.
  7. How do you know this switch won't increase what shows in your online banking account when you go to check it? I mean you haven't tried it. Maybe you need to order one of every switch currently made and check your bank account statements. Because one never knows, riiiiight?
  8. plissken

    Troubleshooting...your help

    I had a new machine I built in 2009 with Windows 7 start behaving with random tic/popping after 6 years of use. It started out very slight and increased in frequency. I replaced the machine and all has been fine with everything else. I've managed over 6000 desktops in the past 15 years so while some failures are immediate and severe, others are very hard to pinpoint. It's why we have a 3 and 4 year cycle and it's due to being in the trenches with real world experience. If you want to encourage the OP to get out of mind that the machine is aging I guess that's your pejorative. It's simply a piece of data to consider. I would start by chopping the problem in half and use the H.P. out for a bit to get rid of the Audience USB-A to B---Iso Regen with external Power Supply----Schitt Yiggy portion. Also I would try Apples default audio stack.
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    Troubleshooting...your help

    I said age, not processing power. It could be that there is something failing in the machine. In corporate we replace servers every 3 years and desktops every 4 in most use cases. There is data about reliability that backs up these change intervals.
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    Troubleshooting...your help

    The other issue could be the simply the age of the computer.
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    Troubleshooting...your help

    How old is the Mac? Can you plug headphones into the back of the Mac and choose it's integrated audio for play back and test to see if you still get interrupted playback? What is the audio playback application?
  12. plissken

    Archimago and the TLS DS-1

    The DC-1 isn't the best and isn't the worst measuring. For $300 it makes my wife happy for the ability to enable blue-tooth via rca in. I also have A.T. and AKG headphones. The DC-1 is actually a top shelf head-phone amp. There is nothing on the market at the $300 that I paid for it that can do what it does. And since we are talking about measuring, and please realize you wanted to throw that particular stone, it measured better than your LPS-1 and Regen combo 😉
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    Archimago and the TLS DS-1

    Trust me, my side of the camp don't mind the ears being the ultimate judge of what suites you, it's just the eyes that can present a problem 🙂 I had one subjectivist audio-phile that was a huge believer in his custom Ethernet Cable. Using his setup and one of his favorite tracks that was 11 minutes long streamed from Tidal, he utterly could not tell what Ethernet cable was plugged in. It was a 10 foot custom, cryo-treated, with TeleGartner terminations (~$500) vs my 100 foot $13 Amazon special. This all happened when he didn't know what cable was which. He was on average across 3 sets of 10 possible changes, 40% correct. I honestly wouldn't have minded if he was 90% correct as I would have tried to delve deeper. At the end we were playing another favorite track of his off of Tidal where I had removed the cable after 30 seconds of playback. About the 5 minute mark I showed him the cable was in my hand and the look on his face when I told him I removed it 4 and 1/2 minutes earlier was priceless. He figured out that everything he thought he knew about playback was incorrect.
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    Archimago and the TLS DS-1

    Audiophile tweaks I've tried to date: Wall outlet Ethernet Cables MIT speaker interface cables Isolation cones Special Magic Marker for CD's (didn't work on DVD's either 😉) Pangea and Nordost Power Cables Cable Burn in
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    Archimago and the TLS DS-1

    You should read up with Floyd Toole and Sean Olive then. https://www.amazon.com/Floyd-Toole/e/B001JS2MQ2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 Toole has empirically proven with a large enough sampling size listeners with speakers that produce sound that line up with measurements and the overwhelming evidence of the preference lining up with the measurements.
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