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  1. MtnHam

    SOtM sNH-10G Network Switches x2 : The NEW KING of USB/Network Gadget Setup

    This topic being completely over my level, I'm wondering if there is a reasonably priced application in my system that would be worthwhile. I'm using a Roon Nucleus+ through a Lumin X-1 with a Synology NAS all connected via a generic network cable (Cat7, 40' length between the Roon and the...
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    Longer Balanced XLR or speaker cable?

    Without a doubt, shorter speaker cables are the better choice. This is done routinely with mono block amplifiers so that they can sit close to the speakers.
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    Audiophile USB-C to USB-C cables?

    I suspect the demand for such an item would be so small that it would not be economically viable to produce.
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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Julien Libeer piano Release Date: 31st Jan 2020 Catalogue No: HMM902651 Label: Harmonia Mundi Length: 62 minutes
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    What's Everyone Reading

    AI Superpowers, China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Lee, Kai-Fu A fascinating look into the techno and economic future of the world, and it's implications. A must read.
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    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Perhaps a final note on my part. I regret having started this thread. In the future I will be more inclined to remain silent.
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    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Enough said. Using The Internet
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    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Thanks for the gratuitous insult. Perhaps it speaks more about you than I. Folsom says it better. "I think enjoyment is the highest goal that often is overlooked."
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    What's Best? The Absolute Sound or today's High End Systems?

    Back in the day of Harry Pearson and the evolution of the High End Audio, Pearson, in the pages of The Absolute Sound, defined the "absolute sound" as unamplified acoustic instruments and/or vocals performed in a real space, usually a concert hall. The evaluation of reproduction systems (HiFi...
  10. MtnHam

    Am I alone in leaving my Pass Labs Amp on 24/7/365 (Except During Storms)?

    The damage is only to your wallet. After they have been on about 3 hours they most likely are fully warmed up and I would expect little if any further sonic benefits.
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    Where to go from Electrostatics ?

    "I never cared for the pure electrostatic panel speakers because I found them too thin and skeletal sounding." My experience with Sound Lab electrostatic is anything but "thin and skeletal"! It is unfortunate that in discussions like this Martin Logans are usually mentioned, almost never...
  12. MtnHam

    The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County

    He's in good hands, well cared for where he is at home and loved. Not a city dog; brought him here once and realized it wasn't right- he needs to be in the country.
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    The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County

    As some members may know, I live in Sonoma County and have been affected by this extreme wildfire. My 40 acre ranch is near the coast, about 30 miles from the fire, but in one of the zones under Mandatory Evacuation because the authorities feared the high winds could send the fire our way, very...
  14. MtnHam

    "WB" is the abbreviated symbol I use for 'What's Best...' in my browser's header

    Here's a close-up of my browser window with the "Favorites" at the top. Note the WB.
  15. MtnHam

    Chronosonic XVX.

    Please accept my apology, didn't realize my faux pas. Posts deleted.
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    Chronosonic XVX.

    This strikes me as an exercise in expensive complexity with way too many components, requiring multiple connections and adjustments that will require a highly qualified technician from Wilson to spend major time to properly set up. The number of cartons and crates requiring storage for future...
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    Caelin, what's your view on ethernet cables?

    Rerouting the incoming broadband service would entail working at the top of a 20' extension ladder (2nd story), on a sloping driveway. Additionally, it would place the modem/router at the front of the building, instead of at the center where it serves the extremes well. This is a 1910 San...
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    Caelin, what's your view on ethernet cables?

    Carlin: My Roon Nucleus+ is 75' away from my music room where my Lumin X-1 is located. The Nucleus sits next to the Comcast supplied router and a switch. A 75' run of generic Cat 6 cable runs through the wall on the outside of the building between the two rooms. The terminations must be done...
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    Hiring an external professional to tweak/optimize our audio systems?

    I'm not the poster mentioned, but I did hire Stirling about 10 years ago, and I can highly recommend his service. Doing it yourself is great if you are qualified, but he comes with a lot of knowledge, experience and a great set of ears. He is often hired by major exhibitors at audio shows to...
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    Lumin X1

    I use Roon with my Lumin, and much prefer it to the Lumin app. Not only is it much easier to build (and switch) playlists, but Roon provides multiple features way beyond anything the Lumin app offers. There are many Roon users (myself included) who are wildly enthusiastic. Using Roon with the...
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    Lumin X1

    Sent a PM.
  22. MtnHam

    My Little Barn

    I hope you don't live in earthquake country.
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    Are tubes that much of a pain?

    And, I too have solar (6.5Kw installed 6 years ago), so I don't have any guilt!
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    Are tubes that much of a pain?

    Are tubes that much of a pain? It depends a lot on the design. I have owned numerous tube amps since 1960 without issues, including a HK Citation II tube amp I built from a kit in 1965 which was fantastic. Shouldn't have sold it! Later I moved onto SS, but then in the 80's came to my senses...
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    What ethernet cables are members using?

    In both my city and country systems, the Lumin is separated from the NAS by 50-70'. I run a generic Cat 6 cable with DIY terminations by necessity. The SQ is great, the Esoteric K-03 CDP being my only source of comparison. I'm certainly not willing to spend mega $'s on what I believe would not...
  26. MtnHam

    Is Live, Unamplified Music the Correct Reference for the Sound of our Audio Systems?

    Here are the details of my friend's system: Source: Custom built win10 tower USB interface: Schiit Etir Crossover: MiniDSP 88D D/A: Lynx Aurora 8 Amp: Outlaw 7140 7ch 225w Mains: 2x LXmini, built from DIY kit Helper subs: 2x DIY 1cu ft 10" Dayton Audio Sub subs: 2x Rythmik L12 in...

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