Cable Monkey

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Cable Monkey last won the day on April 12 2014

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About Cable Monkey

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  • Birthday 10/10/1962

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    Birmingham, UK
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  • Turn Table
    A R Legend (TTT)
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    PU7/Black Beauty SPX
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    HM7 / DACT CT100
  • Digital Source 1
    Roon with Tidal
  • Digital Source 2
    Teac P700
  • DAC
    Hydra Z-Black Dragon
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    Hypex NC400
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    10 inch Tannoys
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I’ve been class D with switch mode PSUs for quite a while now! I moved from WiFi streaming exclusively to wired only a while back. I gained stability and better available bandwidth streaming audio and video (Netflix and Prime UHD). I have done some experimentation with WiFi and a headphone station project I am slowly putting together which works just fine with no other bandwidth intensive competition. That is to a Pi 3B+. But what I use in my main setup is happier hard wired. The streamer has no WiFi option and my Roon Core wasn’t happy being WiFi connected. I tried TP-Link branded Powerplugs and the impact was immediately beneficial, not from any SQ perspective but in the speed, responsiveness and reliability of selections using Roon and Tidal.
  2. OK, for any absence of doubt, a perfectly happy Powerline user. You really are a little over sensitive.
  3. So, on Monday morning I set out for the last of my thrice weekly rides before my long awaited and much needed holiday. 100 yards from my front door, I came a cropper on cold tyres and a wet road. I no longer have skin on my right knee or elbow. My hands look like I’ve done a few rounds of bare knuckle fighting. My core feels like I’ve have too. Thankfully my layers of Lycra did a decent job of protecting me and I am putting a brave face on for the Mrs. But between you and me, this really hurts!
  4. Another Powerline user. However I am wondering if we have a couple of issues here. A diagram isn’t a pronouncement from God. So what we have there encompasses possible configurations around the Linn architecture. So to me two routers is strange. But wireless for control only is sensible. That only needs to be on the same subnet though not off the core switch. But pulling everything else on to one switch is sensible. In my case I have a server/processor (Roon Core) and a streamer (Teac NT-505). The Roon core is physically just a PC so the idea of connecting a PC isn’t the issue, I’d be more specific and say Windows which will attract a lot of unnecessary traffic with updates and unnecessary bloat. That said, if that is where you host your personal collection then that is where I’d put it. Finally mediums like Powerlines and WiFi for playback are not rejected by some companies so much for being bad but because they introduce variables that make it harder to support the customer should they have issues. One thing the above diagram ensures is everything is hardwired on the same subnet and the ISP supplied router is given the minimum workload. That to me is as much about ease of support as anything else.
  5. Just how important is latency in an audio context? Especially when 'audiophile' operating systems such as Euphony and AudioLinux list low latency as an attribute that benefits audio? And I know it does in VOIP applications. This isn't as far off topic as you may think!
  6. It was. It is a shame you aren’t able to measure switches sold specifically for use in high end audio to see exactly what they bring (if anything) to the table. It isn’t really a surprise that a high capacity low latency network switch actually does what it claims. What is a lot less clear is what these audiophile devices do better that a £15 SOHO switch.
  7. Most sigma delta DACs sample up to a predetermined optimal data rate. PS Audio uses an FPGA to sample up to 10 times DSD. Chord also recommend you put your data into them without manipulation and allow the Chord DAC to do what it does best. So there is little point in outputting at anything other than the native frequency of your CD. If there is something to be gained like a NOS DAC then you can buy devices that sit between player and DAC that will do this. I stream, and sample up to the maximum multiple PCM rate of my streamer. So 44.1 reaches my streamer at 176, 48 would arrive at 192. For me it is because I like to see the big numbers, and I use Roon DSP which is pretty good. But is it better?
  8. They will always output 44/16 unless otherwise stated.
  9. So do you have any experience of said switch? Or any audiophile switch? Or is this just an opinion piece?
  10. More expensive here than on EBay! I’d buy there and explore the cash on collection option...
  11. The most sensible way to look at the issues facing a DAC is to view it, not as a digital device but as an analogue device with a digital interface. Because that is what it is. Designers have now gotten beyond obsessing about the digital part and are now learning how to isolate digital from analogue better than they did in the past.
  12. A simple transport only model would be the Micro, Ultra and Signature Rendu products. Importantly these offer options that cover most streaming technologies so they are by far the most versatile of products despite their simplicity. However their performance comes at a price.
  13. I understood that the poor ride was a consequence of the mods they made to get the car through its fitness tests before it could be driven on European roads. The first ones tested fell over when they did the turning and change of direction tests?
  14. Is there any guarantee any of us will be around full stop? Some are nearing that inevitable stroke if things don’t go the way they want. Others are threatening violence and civil war (and accusing each other of upping the ante with regards to violence!). That could well lead to loss of life. I say we keep calm, carry on and hold Nuremberg style trials for the worst offenders once the dust settles. Let’s hope Boris can be more original than saying he was only following DC’s orders!