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satfrat   
13 minutes ago, zilch0md said:

Hi Robin,

 

I hear you!  I have to confess that I did order the new hard adapter today, as several people on the ISO Regen thread are saying that it sounds so much better than the previous hard adapter or any other USB cable they've tried.  So, I'll be sticking it in between my ancient USB Regen and my DAC.

 

The new hard adapter wasn't offered for sale until after the first 250 ISO Regens had shipped, but it has been available for some now.  Wait for my review or take the plunge yourself, here's the order page (the ideal upgrade for big spenders like us).  :-)

 

https://uptoneaudio.com/products/uspcb-a-b-adapter

 

Mike

 

 

 

I bagged the hard adapter before Alex even had his webpage changed,,, it was right up my price range. And it made a solid soundstage improvement too. 

 

I simply have no need to spend hundreds of dollars for PC improvements that aren't really necessary. That's my retired/fixed income point of view along with what I'm now enjoying with my system, maybe next spring come tax return time, I can be enlightened. Or not. But 1 thing's certain, the Regen was the best $175 I've ever spent and the USPCB Adapter was the best $35 bang for the buck deal ever!

 

Cheers,

Robin
 

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Cornan   
12 hours ago, zilch0md said:

Good!  I'm all the more looking forward to my $35 splurge!  :-)

 

The USPCB is really good! I ordered one before I pulled the plug for a ISO Regen. It made a great improvement. I would actually say that Regen Amber with USPCB is roughly 90% of ISO Regen with USPCB in SQ in my A setup right now. However, ISO Regen definately sounds better with the galvanic isolation turned off there as well.

 

I will not sell off my Regen Amber. I will use it in combination with the Luckit BluWave USB to Spdif PCB in my B setup. As you can see on this picture the BluWave have great isolation between the USB receiver and the Spdif output and could possibly (not 100% sure until I´ve tried it) be a great USD89 addition to the Regen Amber for those who seek galvanic isolation. :)

 

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zilch0md   
On 9/11/2017 at 5:43 PM, satfrat said:

I bagged the hard adapter before Alex even had his webpage changed,,, it was right up my price range. And it made a solid soundstage improvement too. 

 

I simply have no need to spend hundreds of dollars for PC improvements that aren't really necessary. That's my retired/fixed income point of view along with what I'm now enjoying with my system, maybe next spring come tax return time, I can be enlightened. Or not. But 1 thing's certain, the Regen was the best $175 I've ever spent and the USPCB Adapter was the best $35 bang for the buck deal ever!

 

Cheers,

Robin
 

 

Hey Robin,

 

https://uptoneaudio.com/products/uspcb-a-b-adapter

 

I'm with you - the new hard adapter has actually improved the USB Regen.  I had long ago settled on a very short but inexpensive USB cable that sounded better than anything else I had tried between between the USB Regen and the DAC, including the original hard adapter, but without spending any money on exotic solutions, such as the Curious Regen Link.  

 

So, I can't speak for how the new hard adapter compares with those $100 to $500 pigtails, but man, I am thrilled with the improvement had over every "cheap" connection I have tried. And $38, including shipping, is wonderfully affordable - definitely up there as one of the best bang-for-the-buck purchases I've made in audio.

 

More specifically, the only rig for which the DAC employs a USB source, is my near-field monitor setup (a departure from my primary obsession with headphone rigs.)  As a headphone enthusiast, I'm not reluctant to admit that no headphone can give you the soundstage and imaging offered by speakers, and I'll go further to say that I don't have the time or the money to build a room that's properly tweaked for loudspeakers, so near-field monitors allow me a lot more control of placement relative to my head, with less concern for room reflections, given that both I and the monitors are out in the middle of the room, nowhere near any walls.  

 

Getting to the point, I wish I had something like the KEF LS-50s, with coaxial drivers, but being the bottom-feeder that I am, I went with a pair of the less-expensive, two-way, Definitive Technology SM45, driven by a TBI MG3 Millenia solid state, Class BD amp (battery powered with a 5500 mAh, 25.2V, 6-cell LiPo pack).  

 

To take some of the edge off the Class BD treble, which, to be fair, does not sound much at all like most Class D amps, I feed it with a Metrum Acoustics Octave MkII NOS DAC, using its Anamero-based USB upgrade, that was designed with heavy input from Cees Ruijtenberg.  

 

The USB Regen (powered by a Teradak LPS, set for 7.0V output, itself powered by a floating-secondary B&K 1604A isolation transformer, that is plugged into a Topaz 19095-32, grounded-secondary isolation transformer) had managed to add detail and clarity, despite the somewhat "soft" NOS sound (compared to ESS DACs), but this little $38 hard adapter has exploded the soundstage and imaging of my near field monitors.  

 

Without question, the most readily discernible improvement is that the SM45 monitors have disappeared - despite sitting at about arm's length from my head, with each of them toed-in to aim directly at each ear, respectively, in both azimuth and inclination.  Varying greatly with the track that's playing, of course, I had previously enjoyed some measure of what speakers can do which headphones cannot, but now,  especially with the best recordings, I'm hearing nuances of spatial imaging that just weren't there before.  I'm also noticing that I'm much more satisfied with lower SPLs, because I'm not trying to dig out the details by pushing the volume to higher levels.  

 

I'm kicking myself for not exploring a better USB connection between the Regen and the DAC, earlier, as the USB Regen seems to have been hog-tied by my thriftiness, all this time.

 

Now, of course, I'm wondering if I'd gain anything by going to the ISO Regen's galvanic isolation, but I'll sit on this for a year or so, before moving on.  The journey is half the fun.  Why rush it?

 

:-)

 

Mike

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My message for all present Meanwell SMPS users.  The addition of the Sbooster Ultra for the UpTone Audio Regen USB Hub is a direct audible addition.

 

The Sbooster Ultra for the UpTone Audio Regen USB Hub is a switch-mode power supply add on based on active filter technology. Compared to the passive Sbooster Single Unit you will get with the Ultra an even greater crispness, tightness, distinctness and focus.

 

Due to the fact that the Uptone Regen (Amber) doesn’t need power at you can use the so-called Vbus2 Isolator which blocks the electric current at source.

 

In my case a Mac Mini I5 running OS from a SDHC card, internal hard drive deactivated as NAA  (=Network Audio Adapter software). And HQ-player running from another Mac Mini Server I7.

 

Sbooster Ultra special including the VbusIsolator for the UpTone audio Regen €79,50 or approximately94,00.

 

Ps. I do not have any business interests with Sbooster company. The only agreement is that I also come from the Netherlands.:D

 

 

 

 

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