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Thread: Suggestions: SOTA Ethernet Server for a DAC Renderer

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    Update: rather than buying a AQVOX switch, I modded my own router. This made a difference for both music and streamed movies.

    I now have:

    Modded router powered by a Dynamo (Hynes based technology) with earth-grounded DC common -> 0.5m WW Platinum cable -> EN70e isolator -> 2m WW Platinum cable -> my renderer (with <10psec of jitter)

    This, along with a combination of Linn Kinsky/Minimserver/BubbleUPnP on my Mac Mini is delivering the best digital SQ I have ever experienced.

    Much better than ANY USB I have tried, including Antipodes and XMOS isolated USB interface. Less work than USB to get a better result.

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    System:
    modded Router powered by Dynamo LPS -> 0.5m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable -> EMO EN-70e isolator -> 2.0m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable ->
    Empirical Audio Overdrive SX DAC with Ethernet interface ->
    Empirical Audio Final Drive analog transformer buffer ->
    Custom modded Arte Forma SET Due Volte monoblocks ->
    Vapor Audio Nimbus speakers

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    Can you share any info about the router mod? Shame we cannot all benefit from something like that, or can we??

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul79 View Post
    Can you share any info about the router mod? Shame we cannot all benefit from something like that, or can we??
    +1 would also be interested in some insight as I have my Hynes router psu due to arrive next week and will additionally do the dc to earth tweak to it. I already have a diy lan shorting plug in there which is pretty effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbo6 View Post
    Curious why those specific distances?
    0.5m because I cannot buy anything shorter

    2.0m because I need that to reach all of my renderers

    Just happened to work out well. Reverse the two cables and it sounds much worse.

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    System:
    modded Router powered by Dynamo LPS -> 0.5m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable -> EMO EN-70e isolator -> 2.0m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable ->
    Empirical Audio Overdrive SX DAC with Ethernet interface ->
    Empirical Audio Final Drive analog transformer buffer ->
    Custom modded Arte Forma SET Due Volte monoblocks ->
    Vapor Audio Nimbus speakers

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    Mostly power delivery improvements. Trade secrets.
    Steve Nugent, owner and designer
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    Manufacturer of low-jitter digital interfaces and DAC's since 1996

    System:
    modded Router powered by Dynamo LPS -> 0.5m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable -> EMO EN-70e isolator -> 2.0m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable ->
    Empirical Audio Overdrive SX DAC with Ethernet interface ->
    Empirical Audio Final Drive analog transformer buffer ->
    Custom modded Arte Forma SET Due Volte monoblocks ->
    Vapor Audio Nimbus speakers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empirical Audio View Post
    ( ...) Reverse the two cables and it sounds much worse.

    Steve N.
    Do you have any plausible technical explanation why this happens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by microstrip View Post
    Do you have any plausible technical explanation why this happens?
    I expected this to happen because the speed of the driver is more impacted when driving a long cable to the isolator. With a short cable to the isolator, the risetime out of the isolator is faster. Also, any reflections on the long cable are isolated from the driver by the isolator.

    Steve N.
    Steve Nugent, owner and designer
    Empirical Audio
    http://www.empiricalaudio.com
    Manufacturer of low-jitter digital interfaces and DAC's since 1996

    System:
    modded Router powered by Dynamo LPS -> 0.5m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable -> EMO EN-70e isolator -> 2.0m Platinum Wireworld CAT8 cable ->
    Empirical Audio Overdrive SX DAC with Ethernet interface ->
    Empirical Audio Final Drive analog transformer buffer ->
    Custom modded Arte Forma SET Due Volte monoblocks ->
    Vapor Audio Nimbus speakers

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