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  1. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...if this is an optimization setting between the ISP and the local network router, I wonder if this is a set-it-and-forget it concept, or if it requires periodic monitoring for changes. I *think* some network gear does the auditing/adjusting automatically, doesn't it?
  2. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...that's a nice review! But honestly, every time I see photos of the inside of the Extreme I long for a transparent cover. Or one of those ceramic-infused panels where you flip a switch and it becomes see through. I really want to see the heart and soul all the time. It's so well sorted out...
  3. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...I seem to recall reading the issue was one of Panzerholtz availabilty from the source, rather than "business" at the home office.
  4. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    @Kris don't we have to ping our address to find the best size for our particular service? Not at all my area, and I really should check my router specs, but I thought it was possible to have too large a value, as well as too small. I *think* we're looking for the frag value, aren't we, to set...
  5. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...that is actually the California "Fun Tax." Taiko Extreme users are having so much fun...something had to be done. I'm in NY State and we have no such tax (perhaps the only one we don't have), as fun is not allowed. It's in the state constitution.
  6. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ... and the audio gear is nice too.
  7. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...@Kris, if I had better network kung-fu I would have used the Ubiquity. I have the X with the SFP. I tried in vain to get it going on my copper network before fiber was added, and I could not get it to work correctly. Now the only network traffic is if I stream Qobuz, or the WiFi commands...
  8. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    @Kris the guy who developed the Fidelizer software has a modded router, BTW. I had some communication with him, but I was not able to determine the actual potential of this product, so I did not purchase it. Happy to hear from others better able to evaluate this product re: benefits...
  9. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    --FTTH on ISP Nokia modem. --Netgear Nighthawk WiFi/Router. --PFBuffalo switch --Sonore OM All devices are on LPSs--JS-2, LPS1.2, Farad3s. Approximately one meter of copper in network (not counting PCBs ). The network gear is on a dedicated line from the panel, opposite phase from audio gear...
  10. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...don't forget your hearing protection! We don't want any mysterious high-frequency SQ profile changes. Thanks ever so much for the updates, Emile. Mark
  11. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Not sure how Emile would characterize my early comments on TAS, but *I think* I was critical of some aspects of TAS usability, in particular, around search. That was coming from the Aurender Conductor app, which I quite liked. Folks here reminded me it's still beta software. I wouldn't say I...
  12. M

    Everest - all in or only front-end?

    Anyone run a comparison of the Everest with the TT7? I am considering which way to go...
  13. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...may I follow-up and note the Denefrips Gaia converter was also added about a week ago. Same driver as the Terminators dacs. I like it quite a lot so far, Omega USB in, and SPDIF out to Dave, by-passing the Amanero workflow. I will re-visit the MScaler workflow soon. That is, USB to Gaia...
  14. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...listening without Scotch? Are we savages? Cheers...
  15. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...the exciting part is ...definitely not the "no scotch" bit.
  16. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...someone say music and Scotch?
  17. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...in my home/network this is what I find when adding the PFBuffalo switch, Emile. Per Ed's advice, I began without the switch, which was lovely. I still find USB cables give that "tuning" effect you note, but adding the switch back seems to add more "insight" into the music, if that's a term...
  18. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    @jelt2359 per previous post I made, it is finickly, but possible to use a small screwdriver to depress the small latch-lock, which allows removal of SFP.
  19. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I don't know what would technically constitute a threshold for one versus the other (shielded vs.unshielded), in terms of number of cables per unit of space, but my understanding is one of the purposes of Cat6a is to protect against external or "alien cross-talk." Clearly, those specs were...
  20. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...dare I ask: anyone using the Totaldac reclocker with the Extreme and Dave/DC4 dac?
  21. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I was trying, perhaps unsuccessfully, to note a distinction between types of noise. I live in a condo in a city in NE US. Very nearby is Harris RF. They make comm gear for the military. The antenna arrays on their roof are amazing. Guys walking around testing reception. Humvees. Mysterious...
  22. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...even a "floating shield" would provide some isolation from external radiation, right? In that regard, it is a shield. How/whether it impacts SQ is a more challenging investigation. In any case, the important point, as I read it, was to *not* allow a path for noise into the DAC.
  23. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    ...I think there may be two relevant aspects of shielding at play here. Some cables have shielding, but the shielding is not tied to the connectors. While that might also impact SQ, it would not, as I understand it, pass ground/noise between devices. Taiko guys can comment on floating shields as...
  24. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Ed or others can provide potential technical interactions, but in lay-terms, we could not get both the Chord and CommTrue drivers to reside in the same location and function as required. I had hoped to be able to A/B between a few different configurations by selecting the driver from the TAS...
  25. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    It looks to me that the iFi Link is no longer an "active" product offering. Too bad. Cheers...
  26. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Per Chord support channel today: the two BNC inputs do NOT function as "dual inputs." Cheers...
  27. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    @dmance et al: to the extent you folks are familiar with the Chord MScaler and Dave, is a possible variation with the SRC-DX to use USB from Extreme, into converter, and dual SPDIF in to the MScaler? Then, dual SPDIF into Dave? That bypasses Amanaro in the MScaler, and if that device upsamples...
  28. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    @dmance thanks x 10^23rd. I appreciate the specificity. I hope to get @EuroDriver to install the driver soon to test over the next few days. The test challenge for me will be SRC-DX vs. MScaler vs. PGGB. Without MScaler or PGGB the file rates I have will max out at 192 from the Extreme. Will I...
  29. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Thanks Roy. I can see where this is going: PFBuffalo Redux. OCXO replacement surgery! Sounds like fun. Thanks for the above updates.
  30. M

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Roy, and fellow BNC Bridge adopters: is the use and benefit of the bridge device also predicated on feeding the Dave upsampled source material, e.g. PGGB files to get to the desired 705/768 threshold? I didn't see that explicitly called-out in the various threads, but you guys may take that as a...

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