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    Junior Wammer

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    Jean-Luc

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  • Digital Source 1
    AEDSM
  • Digital Source 2
    Sneaky DSM
  • DAC
    Innuos Zenith MkII
  • My Speakers
    Akubarik Exakt (Kat)
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    4 x Custom 104C
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Yes - but not the one I expected. For music without too much low bass content, it sounds better to me by some margin with SO2 switched off. I have been an advocate of SO2 but am now convinced it takes too much out of the music. With SO off, to me there's greater musical coherence and more natural ebb and flow. When I switch it back on, initially its appealing and I can't help but think that if I can hear everything more clearly then it must be better. But if you try not to listen as an audiophile, (which isn't easy if you've been into hi-fi for years) and focus on the musical performance, e.g. imagine you are the conductor and ask yourself 'am I happy with the way this orchestra or choral group is now performing this piece', I was more than surprised by the result. With SO I'm more aware of the contribution of each instrument but it sounds like they are all doing their own thing. Of course, when you listen to music with a lot of low bass content in a space with dominant room modes, it gets a little annoying. I've heard Frederick Lejonklou over on his forum advise users to 'just get used to it' as he's not a fan of SO at all. I can't quite manage that but I am using SO less and less.
  2. I reported the same problem to the Helpline yesterday and got a quick reply from Colin at Linn to say they are aware of it and have raised the issue with their IT team for them to investigate.
  3. This used to work - not sure if it still does... https://lejonklou.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=36954#p36954
  4. I've never heard the AMG tonearm on an LP12. As an alternative option, how about the Audi Origami PU7 tonearm? It comes with a Linn fitting and is a very good partner for the LP12. There are potentially better tonearms out there, e.g. Basis Audio Vector 4 but they are either nigh impossible or a struggle to fit to an LP12 and any potential advantage over a properly LP12 compatible tonearm is lost. The Audio Origami PU7 works well with a range of cartridges from 11 grams upwards and gives a performance well above its price bracket - around £2700 in the UK. Its adjustable for height and azimuth. If you really don't enjoy the presentation from Linn tonearms and cartridges maybe its worth looking at an alternative turntable that will give you more options? I haven't heard the combination myself but have heard very good things about the Basis Audio 2500/2800 turntables with the Vector 4 tonearm.
  5. You may also enjoy listening to this interview with Nuno Vitorino, the man behind Innuos: https://darko.audio/2018/11/why-isnt-digital-audio-just-ones-and-zeroes/
  6. Could be well worth looking into. For me, its essentially been a free upgrade. Actually it hasn't come entirely at no expense. I've always heard that this configuration is better with the Innuos NAS but until recently it was located in a different part of the house and I couldn't easily network the AEDSM directly to it without some rearrangement of furniture which Mrs Picard was none too happy about. So over time I forgot about it. The pandemic has meant that we've all been unable to visit hairdressers as regularly as usual and Mrs Picard was getting a bit fed up. So she presented me with various photos of actresses with 'pixie' cuts and asked if I could cut her hair like that. I've never cut anyone's hair before and was somewhat daunted but set to work armed with a newly bought pair of scissors. I know I'm blowing my own trumpet but I have to say I made an amazingly good job of it. No one is more surprised than me - even though I did have my heart in my mouth as her tresses fell to the ground. She's delighted and having scored more than a few Brownie points, I brought up the topic of relocating the NAS again. Subtle eh? Anyway it worked and I can now compare the different configurations.
  7. I don’t know anything about the QNAP units, how the switching works and whether this configuration is possible. The Innuos Zenith has been specifically designed with a dedicated Ethernet output so it can be connected to a network player/streamer without the need for the latter to go to a modem-router or network switch. When reviewing the Zenith Mk2 on HiFi Pig, Dan worth reported: “Connecting a streamer as I did with the Aurelic Aries Mini using a short Ethernet cable to the ‘Streamer’ port on the Zenith provided better sound quality than connecting the streamer to my router or switch, even though both are already on linear supplies. The quality of the Zenith 2’s in-built psu, onboard single routed Ethernet switch and linear NAS function made for a better all round performance feeding files directly from the internal SSD and clean pass-through of internet ensuring a cleaner signal from the supported streaming services.”
  8. That’s very interesting, particularly in light of something I’ve just found out. I use an Innuos Zenith NAS and have had both the NAS and my AEDSM connected to either my modem-router directly or via a Netgear GS108 (the unmanaged version rather than the ‘T’ managed version). I haven’t found any difference in SQ between the connections even when I added a Friwo medical grade power supply to the GS108. The Innuos NAS has ethernet in/out ports and it is therefore possible to connect only the Zenith to the modem-router or GS108 and connect the AEDSM directly to the Zenith. I’ve now tried this configuration for a few days and been surprised by the improvement in SQ. Tunes are easier still to follow and timing is noticeably better. According to Innuos: “We had to go through a very detailed oscilloscope for measurements. We have literally tested dozens of system boards and the noise patterns you get vary wildly between them. Some are absolutely dreadful and should never be used for audio. The key innovation here is our triple-linear power supply, designed and manufactured in-house. By providing three independent linear power supplies that separately power key components of the system, they prevent the power noise those components produce from contaminating the power circuits for the outputs, both USB and Ethernet. The triple-linear power supply design contains ultra-low noise regulators (40uV) and specialised audio capacitors (Nichicon MUSE) that further help in maintaining the transparency and realism of the Zenith. This is then complemented by using medical-grade mains filters, that both filter the Common and Differential Mode noise coming into the Zenith from the mains as well as preventing any noise produced by the Zenith itself to contaminate the remaining Hi fi chain.” I still can't hear any difference between running the Zenith directly off the modem-router and via the GS108 but there is a clear and very enjoyable improvement when the AEDSM is networked to the Zenith directly.
  9. Linn says to use Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable for my Exakt links. I tried BJC Cat 6A and it sounded worse so now I stick with BJC Cat 6. They said that if I needed to use an extra switch for practical reasons, I should use "any well-made switch." I tried modem-router/DSM v modem-router/Netgear GS108T/DSM but couldn't hear any difference in SQ. I tried adding the Friwo power supply that others thought better than the supplied Netgear power supply and still couldn't hear any difference. So now I just run my DSM from my modem-router. Its just a basic ISP supplied hub - nothing fancy. Many users have to use an extra switch for practical reasons as there aren't enough ports on their modem-router. If an upgrade to an audiophile switch improves SQ then that to me is a different situation and there is an argument as to why one switch is better than another. What I'd really like to know is whether anyone who was able to run a DSM directly from their modem-router found any difference in SQ by inserting "any well-made switch." If so, can you please explain what the difference you heard was was and why you thought it better? I'm not infallible. Perhaps I'm missing something here?
  10. I asked Linn for their view on ‘audiophile’ switches a couple of years ago. The reply I got was that if I tried one and thought it sounded better, I should be happy with that. However, their advice was to use “any well-made switch.” A friend asked Naim the same question and was advised to use “a good quality switch such as a Netgear GS108.” Someone on another Forum posed the same question to DCS and their more comprehensive reply was as follows: “When it comes to your network, the key point to consider is that you are striving for your network to be stable and reliable, not for it to sound good. Sound quality does not come into networking - only when the data arrives at the Bartók and has been through the final buffer stage does it become relevant. Audiophile network switches often introduce connectivity problems as they try to carry out network traffic management, blocking the traffic that your Bartók uses to communicate with your control device, such as an iPad - without introducing the sound quality improvements they claim to. I would recommend a basic unmanaged network switch if you are looking to add one - the Netgear GS108 is a good example. The extra investment in your system would be much better spent elsewhere, such as on upgrading the cables in your system, just not ethernet cable.” I admit to never having tried an Audiophile switch. I have variously run my DSM directly from my modem/router and via a Netgear GS108 and been unable to discern any difference in SQ. The only difference was that I had fewer connectivity issues via the Netgear switch. After reading some advice online I changed a couple of settings on the modem/router and after that it was equally stable. Arguments for and against audiophile switches rage on most hi-fi fora and I can’t recall there ever having been any agreement – other than to agree to disagree.
  11. Yes, I thought this too until a while ago. My Linn dealer at that time also recommended using a switch. It seems that Linn used to advise adding a network switch because they have a fast startup/recovery time and connect after a few seconds. This keeps the DSM continuously asking for a DHCP address while the modem/router restarts. This was necessary for old versions of Davaar but with later versions the DSM waits for a live network connection and asks for it as soon as its available. If practical, you can now connect your DSM directly to your modem/router and see if it sounds any different to connecting via a network switch. Some users have been unable to detect any difference but found an improvement in SQ by using a LPS with their ISP supplied modem/router, e.g., this one is popular in the UK for the British Telecom Home/Smarthub: https://www.mcru.co.uk/product/linear-power-supply-for-bt-home-hub-5/
  12. I also used to have a Prem-i-air Air Purifier/Ioniser and was happy with it, although I found its performance was much improved by the addition of a linear power supply and an oxygen-free power cable.
  13. Just when I thought 'audiophile' network switches and upgraded power supplies couldn't get any more extreme, along comes this: https://www.audiologica.co.uk/product/innuos-phoenixnet/
  14. Linn continue to invest in better manufacturing equipment and techniques and this results in better sounding products. A DSM from any year of production is an excellent buy but later versions do sound better. As @Flatcoat confirms, the latest version of the KDSM is the best yet and noticeably so when compared to earlier models.
  15. At the moment I use Blue Jeans Cat 6 and also prefer them to 6A as Exaktlinks. To be fair I don't have the problem with EMI and RF that some have. Although I preferred the 'A' clips @petecallaghan posted, I do think the guys here may be on to something but for me its been taken a little too far and something important has been damaged in the process. The matter of how the mains cable sits in its trough along the inside edge of the Akurate DSM casing does interest me. ThomasOK found a noticeable improvement with the Radikal when moving the cable out of its trough. If that isn't feasible with the Akurate DSM, perhaps some other method of decoupling it from the casing might be worth trying? I was at a demo some time ago when a heavy weight was placed on top of an Akurate DSM and SQ did improve a little. Perhaps the heavy weight helped calm any adverse interaction between the cable and casing?
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