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    SOtM sNH-10G Switch : Mods & Tweaks!

    Interesting thread guys. So, my network is up for some tweaks. My room has: Fibre optical input 400 Mbs into Fibre box > Movistar Router with Ethernet and Wifi > Ethernet cable > 432 EVO Music server. Of course I first changed the power on the Router to 9V DC LPS. I am now looking at what...
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    Well I may be accused of bias, but I put Stavros Danos in the hat, of Aries Cerat. Rewinding to the time before I became an AC distro, I was shocked how radically different his approach is, and how since then he has forged ahead with so many remarkable amplifier designs. Size and weight is of no...
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    Aries Cerat Genus SET 25 watts integrated amplifier - on order

    Kassandra DAC MKII > I have tried on USB: Wireworld Platinum, Audioquest Diamond, Curious & Curious Evolved, Phasure Lysh MK1 and MK2, Final Touch Audio Callisto. Callisto is the best, no question. Kassdnra DAC > Genus Integrated RCS: On interconnects I have tried Audioquest, Van Den Hull...
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    The Master is more refined. But the sound is in the same family. I would be perfectly happy with both TBH.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    My point exactly, many of the servers I have heard are closer to the cost of the Kassandra, but don't give better performance. We also tried many of the servers with the Chord DAVE DAC as well, same result. You must not assume performance of any server is based on specific price, that is my...
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    Aries Cerat Kassandra Ref II MK2, Genus SET integrated, Zingali Client Name Evo 1.2 speakers. Audeze LCD4, Abyss TC headphones. PS Audio P10 powerplant. Final Touch audio cables.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    That was beyond my budgets. The servers I tried are up to 12K euros area, and IMO the AEON is better at 5K euros.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    I haven't seen much mention of this server on here yet, so I thought I could start a thread about my own findings. I was looking around for a top performing music server early 2019. After much research I tried the usual suspects: 1. Innuos Zenith Mk2 2. Innuos Statement 3. Pink Faun 2.16x 4...
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    Is there a streamer front end that doesn't cost mountains!?

    Yes, here it is. The 432 EVO got best of show in Munich. And there is the next model down AEON at 5K euros which is superb. 2 x linear power supply, custom OS, 432hz tuning, SSD, Roon core and Logitech Media Server. PM me for details. I am running a promotion at the moment.
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    State-of-the-Art Digital

    The 432 EVO server are also excellent, they are centred on high end USB output with a dedicated USB board and clock, that also has it's own linear power supply. 2 external linear power supplies actually. A lot of the Innuos units have shared power off the mother board, and USB tagged off the...
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    Roon Labs Future?

    Not true. The 432 EVO AEON is 5K euros, the high end model 4K euros. Both run Roon Core (pre-installed) and both have external linear power supplies. They also run Logitech Media Server which IMO sounds better than Roon, damb good actually. I use the 432 EVO AEON in our Aries Cerat system, and...
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    A Suggesting about Search

    Hi Guys We have advanced search facility bought when we set up Xenforo originally. However to make it work we have to move to another web server host and much more expensive dedicated service. We are currently on a shared resource host, and that is limiting the site wide less than 4 character...
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    Wilson Audio Master Subsonic Subwoofer

    I used to have Velodynes, but find the JL Audio subs both faster and better to integrate. They have deep travel cones and the magnet is mounted on the back panel. Very affordable as well.
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    FTA (Final Touch Audio) Callisto USB cable

    USB A > B is usual, but we can arrange an A > A if required. Julian
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    Thanks Rob. Yes if I do it, I would measure the direct series resistance which is ESR? Just need to cut the ends and measure it. I need a new meter to measure inductance. I read the copper ribbon inductors sound better, and the air core of an inductor can be good or badly implemented as...
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    Interesting. What benefit would you expect from a better Inductor, if we assume it isn't vibrating or loose. The inductor is 1mm copper wire, none potted and air core. I was looking at the Mundorf copper ribbon type with air core.
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    More changes as the Mundorf's burn in. This crossover update is a Major change for the good. I can't find anything negative about the update. Everything has improved. This underlines to me how important a crossover is to a speakers final performance. It is hidden so maybe a bit forgotten by...
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    Holy cow, this speaker now really rocks, I can't believe how much extra detail I am getting. The mids have also come up and micro detail in the treble, it is a totally different speaker now. It was IMO a combination of the basic? ICEL poly caps and the gain on the horn which I have tweaked up...
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    What is the benefit of very expensive DAC´s?

    And yes, streamers IMO do as much potential gains (or damage) as a DAC. Clean data stream from the start, then your DAC has the ingredients to work with. Otherwise you are amplifying noise and corrupted data, which is pretty impossible to fix in any DAC. Data is one and zeros, but is also an...
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    What is the benefit of very expensive DAC´s?

    I don't agree. Just like a TT can be ok, and magical, so can DACs. Remember a DAC is many elements bought together to output analogue from a digital signal. For example, would you say all pre-amplifiers are equal once you get to 2K. I doubt it. A DAC far more complex than an average...
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    Here is the diagramatic kindly created for me by a forum poster.
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    An update on my DIY crossovers. I got the parts this week, so got down to it. I de-engineered the original PCB and expanded it onto a sheet of MDF. Cut slots for the big caps and holes for the hard wiring. I hard wired the circuit with 14AWG solid core silver with teflon sleeving. And the...
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    High-end Speakers V Headphone - you kidding me....

    I have to differ. Having had the Susvara here for 4 months, I prefer the speed and soundstage of the Abyss. It may depend on the music type you listen too? Classical is nice on the Susvara, as it is a bit more polite. For live music or a 'being there' presentation the Abyss does it better IMO...
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    Why do some High Efficiency Speakers Sound Better with Lower-Powered Amplifiers than with Higher Ones?

    Don't agree, as if you have 105dB speakers and a 25W Aries Cerat, game over. And as the previous poster said, first watt is the most important.
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    Why do some High Efficiency Speakers Sound Better with Lower-Powered Amplifiers than with Higher Ones?

    Well it could be that most of the lower powered amps are SET, and have a pure magical and realistic tone to them. Most higher powered tube amps tend to be PP so not have (generally) as much of the SET magic. Then SS amps are built for more power delivery, as part of the design considerations...
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    Best DACs comparison test result [[My Subjective Opinion]]

    The Esoterics are fast and detailed buy highly artificial IMO. I have heard the K-01 a LOT and know it will. Also heard the D-02. There is an Esoteric sound if you like IMO, it is not my cup of tea personally. The latest Esoteric model - they have dropped the chip array and upsampling, gone for...
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    Zingali Horn speakers - tweaking the crossovers & DIY

    Hello Awsmone. Thanks. I am doing just that with the Duelund 0.01uF bypass silver caps. I used those on my kit DAC and it upped the seed and details without changing the overall signature. I was also cheap to do for a big effect. I am thinking about this crossover subject. Is it a bit like ICs...

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