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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 AM
    There are no PUBLISHED measurements but that does not mean that John Swenson does not have them. These are completely different things. As for threshold jitter, you can read what that is here: https://tinyurl.com/yylwak9b No, I'm not...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 AM
    You're inaccurately mis-characterizing what I said. I DID NOT say that the ER did not sound better when using a good LPS, I said that you don't need one to use it. The two are completely different statements with different meanings. I agree the...
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  • the professor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!! :woot:
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Happy Turkey Day!!! All the best. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • the professor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    the professor replied to a thread Newbie in Introduce Yourself
    Welcome to AS!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 09:42 PM
    Fish Market/Selling/Cables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 08:18 PM
    Now in MQA on Tidal!!! Sounds terrific.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 07:23 PM
    Yes, it does DSD512, Randy.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 07:22 PM
    They're 6SN7GTs from Psvane. I don't know why they are blue. The DAC sounds fabulous, though.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 07:20 PM
    Neither do I; I'm a tennis fan (Vamos Rafa, who won his 20th Major this year). But I woud like for us to get back on-topic...speaking of which, I just checked the UpTone Audio site, and they had sold almost 2000 units by October; I'm sure...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 06:32 PM
    Yeah, the JS2 LPS is an excellent linear power supply; BTW, the JS stands for John Swenson, who also designed EtherREGEN (and Sonore's products). You can also use it to power a Mac Mini with their MMK if you are using one to remove the SMPS, and...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 06:06 PM
    Tube Complement: 2 5963 JAN (or ECC802), 2 6N8PA, (or CV181-T or 6H8C or 6SN7GT) one tube rectifier DHD : 5U4G or 274B or 5C3S or 5Y3 or GZ37 or 5R4WGB.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 06:03 PM
    I think it's ~$5500 USD...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 05:39 PM
    My thought is we should get back on-topic.... So...how 'bout them Niners? :P
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 04:52 PM
    I have enthusiasm for a lot of brands. I'm a very discerning customer and as such, I'm a generally a (very strong) advocate for companies that I really like that make high-quality products that meet customer needs and provide quality and value:...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 04:38 PM
    I'm not paid for my photography. I do it strictly for fun to develop my technical skills. Thus, I don't "work" for any of these companies. Can we move on, now?
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 04:04 PM
    Let me be clear: I do not work for any audio company. I'm a contributing writer for TAS whose reviews are published roughly twice a year. As for TAS knowing about me doing product photography for the products I review, the answer is Yes, and...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 03:23 PM
    I'm not exactly sure what your point is here, Serge, but there all sorts of products in the market. Those products get reviewed in written or video reviews, and customers use those reviews, hopefully, to make informed decisions about whether those...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 02:39 PM
    I am not an employee nor brand ambassador for Shunyata Research, or any other audio company, for that matter. I'm retired scientist and part-time commercial photographer who does some writing for an audio magazine. At some point in time, once we're...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 02:18 PM
    Hi Mike, no, I don't have any measurement equipment here. And I'm not in the test and measurement business, either. And as far as I know, the only person that has the relevant measurement system and measurement protocol is John Swenson, so I'll...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 01:37 PM
    I'm not representing ANY company as a brand ambassador or marketing agent. I bought and use my own EtherREGEN.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 01:33 PM
    Have you been able to do measurements against say a standard switch? That could certainly dispel their findings. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:55 AM
    Don't get me started with ASR. They don't even do MSAs on their measurement system. In fact, my guess is they wouldn't even know an MSA if it smacked them in the face. Anyone doing meaurements without qualifying the measurement system with a...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:46 AM
    I'm confident you will be very happy with it. You can also obtain a no-questions asked, full refund within 30 days if you don't like it. But, I am very confident you will. Acc. to information from UpTone Audio, as of July 2020, they had sold...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:46 AM
    EtherREGEN Review/Measurements: UpTone Audio EtherREGEN Switch Review | Audio Science Review (ASR) Forum Melco S100 Review/Measurements: https://www.melco-audio-masters.com/uploads/1/0/1/5/101505220/hfn_oct_melco_s100_reprint-low.pdf ...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:42 AM
    Just in the interests of accuracy here, the UpTone Audio is not a modified switch, it is a ground-up bespoke design by John Swenson.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:40 AM
    When you say, "no improvement", what measurement did HiFi Review do that showed "no improvement"? Do you have a link to the review, by any chance? I'm curious if they measured the Melco for its ability to block high-source impedance leakage...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 11:33 AM
    Yes!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 10:05 AM
    Going to try the Melco S100 here. HiFi News measurements showed a marked improvement. The review is the EtherRegen one showed no improvement. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 03:02 AM
    ALL digital devices that transmit data, even $15 generic Ethernet switches, have a clock. The issue with them is that they are really cheap, sh*tty clocks with a lot of clock phase noise. The phase noise is not an issue for networking applications,...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 02:58 AM
    A Melco S100 is a good switch, but...it's 2200 bucks. An UpTone Audio EtherREGEN is a much better value at almost 1/4 the price: $640. And you don't need to pop for an external linear power supply for it, either. An affordable solution is to...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 02:56 AM
    Easy, Uptone Audio EtherREGEN. $640. Has the Crystek CCHD-575 crystal oscillator, which is an excellent femto-clock. It's "isolation", specifically with respect to isolation from the impact of clock phase noise and low- and high-source leakage...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 01:37 AM
    Just fired it up today, so it is still burning in, so just first impressions at this point, but...it's very impressive. Very quiet, very transparent, especially so for a tube component. Tonally accurate with superb resolution, definition, and...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 24, 2020, 12:37 AM
    Just arrived for review in TAS, the new Lampizator Baltic-3 DAC... The latest brainchild of Lampizator founder Lukasz Fikus, is the new mid-range priced Baltic-3. Lampizator file photos (don't worry, I'll some take some pics of my own in the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 11:06 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric XD Series in Esoteric†
    Just color.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 10:47 PM
    Digital issues become available after print issues; if memory serves, they become available to digital issue subscribers around the 4th or 5th of the month for the specific issue. So, in this case, as this is the December issue, they should be...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:03 PM
    Thatís a GREAT pairing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    LOL. True. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 08:01 PM
    Just go to the fish market area and post. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 07:46 PM
    Magico A5 on the right. Let your music sing, not your cabinet! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 07:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Esoteric N-01XD in Esoteric†
    K-03XD + Aurender N10. If you can stretch to the N20, it is a big step up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • the professor's Avatar
    November 23, 2020, 01:25 PM
    Welcome to AS!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 04:26 PM
    Welcome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:40 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Why Do I Own This? in Music Forum
    Mike, our Taiko Extreme continues to impress beyond what we thought was possible every single day. Talk about peeling back the onion. Shockingly real is how I would be describe what it does to music. Also glad TAS is becoming a reality, Iíve...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:25 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Me: ďIs there a benefit to using any after market power cord on the W20SE?Ē Aurender: ďthere is still a benefit, but certainly less than other Aurenderís.Ē
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  • Oly's Avatar
    November 22, 2020, 11:11 AM
    Oly replied to a thread Lumin Upgrade PSU with T2? in Lumin
    The T2 has an internal power supply. My A1 and the other models have an external one.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 08:07 PM
    Mike replied to a thread step up from N100H? in Aurender
    N-01XD and the reason is the ďXDĒ. Now an N10 into a K-01XD (instead of K-01x) then thatís a different story. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Not sure. I thought it was just for mobile phones and tablets. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    November 21, 2020, 03:32 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    We are using the AQ Dragon Source because in that room, itís all AQ (except for the Ethernet and USB). I havenít really thought about the W20SE being any different, I would be using the right cable for my budget and system. Omega NR, Alpha v2...
    18 replies | 676 view(s)
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