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  1. John was saying (from my understanding) that anything attached downstream of a home network device (router, switch, etc), will most likely be negatively effected by the Phase noise from the oscillators in the home network device. So the logic I was using is that if I’m only listening to music stored on the Aurender’s internal hard drive, seems like if I disconnect the Ethernet cable that I currently have attached from my home router, that it would increase the sound quality. I always keep it attached (as of now), but I rarely even remember that I have Tidal!!
  2. I’ve actually been wondering somewhat the same thing / solution for my new car (a 2018 BMW 430xi). Can anyone help me figure out what my options are? My last car (a 2015 BMW 428xi) has both USB AND a single 2.5mm input jack, so I was able to use an Apple Camera kit out of my iPhone and into an Audioquest Dragonfly. However the new 2018 model now ONLY has USB input (or Bluetooth), so now I’m baffled on how to get higher quality music files from a portable device to play through my car stereo? Any ideas or solutions would be greatly appropriated!
  3. Thanks John! This is very interesting information. So, it seems to me from what you’re saying, that it would be best (for sound quality), for me to unplug the Ethernet cable that goes into my Aurender server / streamer from my home router when I’m listening to music stored on its internal hardrive (the Aurender connects to my DAC via USB), and only plug it in when streaming from Tidal ? I know at this point you’re only making educated guesses on what causes the phase noise and how it effects downstream components, but if I’m not mistaken, it seems logical to at least infer from your findings, that my simply removing the Ethernet cable going into the Aurender while listening to locally stored music, I would be eliminating the potential for any negative effects from the network and router upstream?
  4. John: So, without the Optical FMC in the chain (as discussed above), would the “phase noise of the clock “ then be coming from the router (or switch) ? Would an in-line Ethernet isolator have any impact on improving the phase noise of the clock from a router or switch?
  5. agladstone

    JS-2 Power Supply Installed!

    Thanks Alex!! Very helpful!! I’ll stop asking this line of questions on the incorrect thread!! Also, if you would like, maybe it’s a good idea to move this string of questions to either the LPS 1.2 or Iso Regen thread since I’ll bet I’m the only person who would find your answers to my questions helpful! Thanks again!
  6. agladstone

    JS-2 Power Supply Installed!

    Thanks Alex! This is a helpful explanation and I think I better understand this now. I keep going back and forth between the supplied 36W shunted SMPS and 12V out from an HDPlex to energize the LPS 1.2. I can’t decide which option is better overall for my system (in regards to sound quality, I don’t think I hear any difference). Also, from day one, I’ve been using the LPS 1.2 with a Ghent made Y split DC cable feeding the iso-regen AND an IFi iUsB 3.0 usb reclocker in a chain configuration. I’m also thinking if I continue to use both of these devices in a chain, that ideally two LPS 1.2 (one feeding each USB fixer individually), would also probably be better than using the Y DC cable to feed two devices?? (once again , honestly the answer to that question is above and beyond my actual knowledge, I’m just assuming there must be some negatives from using a Y DC cable and sharing one LPS 1.2 between two devices such as some sort of cross talk / leakage and also assuming it must put more stress on the LPS 1.2 since I’m probably doubling its amperage draw?? )
  7. agladstone

    JS-2 Power Supply Installed!

    If one is to use an SMPS within their audio system (the meanwell charger for the LPS 1.2 and / or a Sotm SPS-500, etc. ), is it best to plug that SMPS into a completely different AC line than the one being used for the remainder of your system? Also, if you have a free AC line available and you use that line for all of your Switching supplies (to keep them separated from your systems dedicated line), does that “SMPS AC Line” become very polluted since it may have like 4/5 different SMPS’s plugged into it? Thanks!
  8. I think Ghent is also now offering a Silver starquad cable with JSSG 360, would that potentially be a better choice vs. the Ghent Gotham JSSG 360? I’m thinking of ordering a few of one of these types from Ghent. Also my current “batch” of Ghent Canare 4S6 / Oyiade JSSG (not 360) I have are all between 1 meter and 3 meters in length, when I ordered all of these last year, I wasn’t aware of the benefits of shorter DC Cable length, so I’m assuming regardless of which type I buy I should also focus on shortest lengths possible for all DC Cables?
  9. Broke, second degree burns on your fingers, and happy!!! 😃
  10. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    @Mazza - seems like your W20 and Kii Three combo are a perfect match! Ive heard nothing but great things about the Kii Three’s. I suspect an A10 paired with Kef LS50 wireless OR Dynaudio Xcite Series would create a similar simple yet still Audiophile system too. Can you still use an external DAC with the Kii Threes if you want to and bypass the internal?
  11. Does anyone know if the new Ghent Gotham DC cable uses the same basic technique (for people like me that lack soldering skills) ? If Ghent is doing the same as @Elan120 shows hownto DYI, that’s probably the best choice for me (unless I could make the same using screw down DC connectors? )
  12. You need to start building these experimental cables and devices in mass quantities and try selling them on Superphonica!! You can become the new and improved Ghent 😜
  13. agladstone

    Is anyone using IsoAcoustics Iso Pucks?

    I suggest trying to put the iso-pucks underneath of the Ikea cutting board and then spike the speakers to the ikea board. This is what I’m doing for my Martin Logan electrostat towers. I’ve decided that spiking to the cutting board allows the vibrations to travel out of the speakers and into the cutting boards, and then the iso-pucks then isolate the boards from allowing the vibrations coming from the speakers to resonate to the floor with in my case prior to doing this, was causing muddy low end since my floor is not a solid foundation like a cement subfloor, etc (I’m on a second floor of a building built in 1707!!! ) - I think my experiment has improved and tightened the low end and improved imaging, etc. (And it was cheap compared to IsoAcoustics Gia’s or stillpoints
  14. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    If the A10 was available when I purchased my Aurender, that’s definitely the way I would have gone. I suspect there must be benefits (and the obvious convenience) to having the server internally connected to the DAC vs. going through USB cable and all the associated galvanic isolation and usb de-crapifiers, etc. I suppose the only downfall to the A10, is that with a N10 and a separate DAC, you can replace just the DAC when available DAC technology starts to become upgraded to a new standard / features, etc and still be able to use the N10 on the server side (or vice versa).
  15. agladstone

    Article: Should You Rent or Buy Audio Software?

    I purchased my Aurender Server / Streamer just about the time when Roon, HQPLAYER, and SOtM and MicroRendu (and the popular combination of using all of the above together) started to become what almost seems like “the standard” amongst most fellow Audiophiles. As a result, I became essentially jealous of all these apparently amazing things that Roon can provide, particularly with HQPlayer up sampling everything to DSD 512, etc. Because of Aurender’s confined ecosystem approach, here I was “stuck” with the boring brown Conductor app, and no ability to upsample my library to DSD 512 on the fly ... However, lately I’ve decided, I actually now feel like the fortunate one! I’ve come to learn how to use the Consuctor app very well, and I’ve learned all the workarounds for any little nuances, etc. I now realize, that the Conductor apps benefits are that it’s actually very functional and most importantly, it just plain works!! Aurender also has been slow but steady to release updates and improvements and new features and best of yet, not only is it relatively simple to use and very functional,,,, it’s free!! Including the continued updates and enhancements. Also, the Aurender HW in and of itself sounds splendid (to me) and I don’t have to spend time fussing with HQPlayer, and Roon, and Trifecta’s and The required associated external clocks, and servers... So, I suppose what I’m saying is that I feel from my experience the best route is possibly to spend a little more upfront for a high quality HW solution that comes with free SW, it’s much more of a “plug and play” solution, requires little to no time tinkering and learning how to use and program this and that, and no continued additional expenses. In the end, I think The Aurender and comparable HW/SW devices end up actually costing less money and time in the end.