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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by nicoff View Post
    That "clicking noise" that you refer to is actually made by the bass player when playing the instrument. It is not a really a 'technical' or recording error.
    I don’t hear this being the bass player, as it is already starting, it sounds more like something is being selected/switched on in the studio, or going into standby.
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    Well I compared the Audioquest Vodka against the AQVox's top of the line, “Edge" Ethernet cable.

    Both are great RJ45s, but I have now replaced the Edge with the Audioquest Vodka between the GigaFoil v4 and Aurender N10 and, I am BLOWN AWAY. The Vodka dropped the noise floor; zero loss in sound quality and gaining several points on the score board. Honestly, I was torn to pull the Nordost Heimdall out the configuration, and repurpose to modems and routers, but it was a solid move, and I think this is helping get more from Vodka than I recall from past use.

    I am hoping my 15M Ghent Ethernet cable comes tomorrow, it showed clearing customs in Los Angeles last night. This will span the distance between switch and optical replacing a utility grade Cat 6 and then tell us if Gigafoil has any benefit in sound quality with a better cable going into it.

    I can tell you based on my experience, use the best cable coming out of the Gigafoil V4 makes a considerable difference.

    Happy Listening!
    Power Conditioning, Filters & Switch: Nordost QRT Power Product Line, Furutech GTX-D NCF/GTX 105D, 20 AMP Dedicated w/Surge Protection, AQVox SE switch, Keces LPS P3 & P8 w/Nordost AC power and Ghent DC cables for the Gigafoil v4, modem, routers and switches.
    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
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    The Front End Digital Foundation

    Update 4.057.

    Since it was recommended to use a lesser quality cable into Gigafoil and a high quality out of Gigafoil, I played along but consciously I could not leave well enough alone.

    I ordered and received my new 15M Ghent made Ethernet cable to replace the generic Cat6 between the AQVox SE switch and the Gigafoil -

    Took me a bit to run this long of a cable, and made my son help feed cable as we routed this right at 50’ to my music room.

    The Ethernet Cable is budget friendly, very well made, as all of the DC cables I received from Ghent - I highly recommend him and he does do Fiber as well. Here’s the specs

    (Belden 1303E CatSnake Ethernet Cable with JSSG360 Dual-shielding protection, especially designed for Audio quality
    Purely handmade craftwork, genuine material and solid substance

    Cable: Belden 1303E CAT6A CatSnake Cable, support 10GBase-T, 1000Base-T, 100 Base-T...
    Connector: Metz Connect CAT6A fully shielded plug (made in Germany), support 10GBase-T)

    The cable will take some time to settle in, but after connecting I could hear more openness with a natural sense of timbre and resolution at the onset, things appear to be a bit louder, this cable will break in nicely.

    So right now I am not doubting the incoming cable to Gigafoil does matter - I’ll confirm this over the weekend and report.

    In a different battle of the Streaming War things were sounding excellent before the Ghent 15M Ethernet arrived as I did replace the Audioquest Vodka with an Audioquest Diamond from the Gigafoil to the Aurender. I highly recommended these two lines from Audioquest, with Diamond just giving you more of Vodka but for many may not be worth the cost, and that’s ok, Vodka is no slouch.

    I’m toying with repurposing the Vodkas back in place of the Heimdells at the Modem and Router, as Vodka is wrapped in solid silver and may fit better with Diamond and I’m also thinking about pulling the AQVox SE and replacing this with the SOtM switch with the Silver wired upgrade package and a SOtM 500 Linear Power Supply, and maybe sell a Keces P8, and a couple of Nordost Heimdell 2 Ethernet cables then I’m sticking a fork in it, and enjoy the music for Summer.






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    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
    Source and Digital: Aurender N10, Brinkmann Nyquist MKII



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    Hello Everyone!

    Following up on my reporting; here’s what I did in my last stages of configuration.

    Prior:

    P8 > Arris Modem - 12v > Heimdell 2 > Eeros Router > Heimdell 2 > AQ Vox SE - SMPS > Belden 1303 Catsnake Cat 6/Ghent 15M > Gigafoil > AQ Diamond > Aurender N10

    Current:

    P8 > Arris Modem 12v > AQ Diamond > Eeros Router > AQ Vodka > AQ Vox SE > Belden 1303 Catsnake Cat 6/Ghent 15M > Gigafoil > AQ Vodka > Aurender N10

    Here’s what I’ve learned on how my system responded to the changes;

    - Placing the AQ Diamond from the modem to the router and using AQ Vodka from the router to the AQVox SE switch brought a greater sense of overall sound. Darkness was enhanced, a very natural timbre embodied the instruments, benefitting high, mid and low range. Adding Vodka from Gigafoil to the Aurender N10 sealed the deal!

    - A better grade cable between the switch and Gigafoil brought the effects mentioned above improved in a similar manner just at a step below, and for clarity it was not subtle.

    - Connecting three other rooms direct from the home network to the AQVox SE to the switch with the cable setup increased picture clarity and benefited the sound at a crazy level.

    - The AQ Diamond and Vodka loom out performed my Nordost Heimdell 2’s, I’m not repurposing them elsewhere, they will be posted for sale. Note: Nordost are excellent, but I’m going SOtM and between AQ and the SOtM options having optional silver cable in the build and their DC cables will be I believe will be a better match.

    - I noticed cables need a bit of settling when moving burned in chords around in your system, time depends on each application but in a much shorter window.

    Future upgrade paths:

    - Dedicated Circuit in mechanical room for modem and switch.

    - SOtM switch with clock and modified cabling and SOtM LPS

    - AQ Diamond cables between router and switch and Gigafoil to N10






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    Power Conditioning, Filters & Switch: Nordost QRT Power Product Line, Furutech GTX-D NCF/GTX 105D, 20 AMP Dedicated w/Surge Protection, AQVox SE switch, Keces LPS P3 & P8 w/Nordost AC power and Ghent DC cables for the Gigafoil v4, modem, routers and switches.
    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
    Source and Digital: Aurender N10, Brinkmann Nyquist MKII



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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    So much good into. Thanks Ed.
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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    Great work.

    I've been addressing the front end as well with a dedicated line in the utility room and a Topaz iso transformer before the Att supplied Arris Modem/Router.

    Speaking of Modems, I'm curious if anyone has looked into modifying stock modems into more audio friendly components? All the attention seems to be on the Switch.

    I'm also curious to hear about the Ghent/Belden lan cable. I have a 75' cable buried in conduit from the modem to my studio that I could replace if economical. I may check to see if Ghent makes an outdoor version.

    And, if you or anyone needs a longer AQ Diamond, I have an 8m that I can sell at a great price.
    Source: Roon Nucleus, Cisco 2960 Switch, Gigafoil, Lampizator Pacific Dac. Amp: Luxman 300q power amp, Linear Tube Audio MZ3 pre amp Speakers: AvantGarde Duo Mezzo XD, JL Audio e112 subs. Cables: Alan Maher Designs Power, Duelund Speaker and Interconnects, Audioquest Diamond ethernet. Room Treatment from Vicoustic.

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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by Willco View Post
    Great work.

    I've been addressing the front end as well with a dedicated line in the utility room and a Topaz iso transformer before the Att supplied Arris Modem/Router.

    Speaking of Modems, I'm curious if anyone has looked into modifying stock modems into more audio friendly components? All the attention seems to be on the Switch.

    I'm also curious to hear about the Ghent/Belden lan cable. I have a 75' cable buried in conduit from the modem to my studio that I could replace if economical. I may check to see if Ghent makes an outdoor version.

    And, if you or anyone needs a longer AQ Diamond, I have an 8m that I can sell at a great price.
    Hi

    Cool on the dedicated

    Not familiar with anyone doing aftermarket modems

    For what I’m using the Ghent for, it proved itself and it will stay serving its purpose.

    I would see if somehow you can keep the AQ Diamond, unless your dead fast set to sell it.




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    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    I definitely plan to keep using the AQ diamond, I just don’t need an 8m length anymore.

    Doesn’t it seem odd that apparently no one is working on a modification to the modem/router? I’m guessing they are a major noise generator.
    Source: Roon Nucleus, Cisco 2960 Switch, Gigafoil, Lampizator Pacific Dac. Amp: Luxman 300q power amp, Linear Tube Audio MZ3 pre amp Speakers: AvantGarde Duo Mezzo XD, JL Audio e112 subs. Cables: Alan Maher Designs Power, Duelund Speaker and Interconnects, Audioquest Diamond ethernet. Room Treatment from Vicoustic.

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    Re: The Front End Digital Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by Willco View Post
    I definitely plan to keep using the AQ diamond, I just don’t need an 8m length anymore.

    Doesn’t it seem odd that apparently no one is working on a modification to the modem/router? I’m guessing they are a major noise generator.
    Understood on Diamond

    Yes, it seems odd and maybe someone is or will. It would benefit both Audio and Video, and maybe the Video guys will take the lead?

    In the interim, keeping the Mainz power to the distribution the best as possible for the linear power supply that powers the modem with decent cables has been my offense in gaining forward momentum.


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    Power Conditioning, Filters & Switch: Nordost QRT Power Product Line, Furutech GTX-D NCF/GTX 105D, 20 AMP Dedicated w/Surge Protection, AQVox SE switch, Keces LPS P3 & P8 w/Nordost AC power and Ghent DC cables for the Gigafoil v4, modem, routers and switches.
    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
    Source and Digital: Aurender N10, Brinkmann Nyquist MKII



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    Grounding is Performance!

    I moved my AQVox SE switch out of music room into my mechanical room when I redid my front end, and when I did that, I lost the benefit of the passive grounding connection from the Nordost QKore 6, or so I thought.

    All was not lost, the AQVox SE has a grounding terminal on the power side of the switch. Lucky for me, right behind the switch is the connection box for cable coming into the home, and this includes a grounding cable and connection coming from the outside.

    I went to Home Depot and purchased 2’ of 6 gauge solid Copper for $1.40. The plan was to create two loops and screw it in to both the switch and the grounding post in the connection box.

    On the drive home I thought to myself there was no way the screw had enough thread to wrap around 6 gauge, and I was right. Then it hit me, copper is soft, so hammer down each end flat, drill two holes and mount - it worked, and boy did it!

    Prior, KingRex ran a grounding line from the sub panel to great effect, but there was a slight hum on the Aurender N10 that you had to get close to hear, it’s now gone. The tweeter and mid’s on the Wilson Alexias emitted a faint electrical noise where again you had to get up close to it to hear, it’s now gone. My system is quiet from stem to stern.

    What’s odd is even music stored on the Aurender hard drive even sounds significantly better.

    I’m hearing black, meaning no noise. Instruments and vocals sound open, smooth and simply amazing and more parts embedded are coming out and clearly pronounced. I always use a handful of songs to critique what I am listening for.

    The takeaway:

    - Addressing grounding from outside the dedicated circuit is equally as important, meaning network gear.
    - As good as the AQVox SE switch is, noise still gets to the switch whether it’s in the line, caused upstream by the modem and router or the switch itself.
    - If you have a grounding screw on your switch seriously consider using it!
    - I have lost nothing in sound quality, everything now is sounding better than when the switch was connected to QKore 6, I mean night and day.

    If I was better at fabricating or perhaps more patient I could have made the flattened terminations more professional. The one in the cabinet in particular but it will never see the light of day, so FK it, I’m done!






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    Cables, Isolation, Room Treatment: Nordost Supreme Reference (Odin) Distribution, Reference Line (Valhalla 2) Components and Speakers, HRS M3X Platforms & Damping Plates. Stillpoint’s Ultra 6/SS and Vicoustic Room Treatments
    Power & Sound: D’Agostino Pre-Amplifier to D’Agostino Momentum Mono’s driving Wilson Alexia’s
    Source and Digital: Aurender N10, Brinkmann Nyquist MKII



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