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Nestor Turton

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  1. Glad to hear that. I promise I have no records by Beyonce, but those at Chord Company must have as their web site refers to one of her tracks as an example of something that sounds better using their streaming cables. Personally, I shall be listening to the late great Scott Walker (Please Click) using plain old Blue Jeans Cables. I'm not even rich enough to cut its end off though. I don't really see the need to hold scientifically controlled experiments to decipher between cables. I have found those Linn recommends or supplies with its products work well and I enjoy listening to my music collection. Still if folk like such experimentation then that's fine. Me, I'd sooner be happy than right, but having learned of Scott's sad passing I guess the sun ain't gonna shine anymore. Think I'll play Tilt and The Drift to cheer up.
  2. I use it and it works really well. Space Optismation has given me wonderful sound quality from vinyl records, streaming and various video sources. I couldn’t wish for more. There are, of course, other manufacturers who make fine equipment too. I have only ever heard Trinnov at a show so no real opinion on it as the demonstrators were using a war film with lots of noisy explosions, which is something I’d never watch at home. I was unaware either they or Lyndorf made a digital transport/processor. DEQX does, but can’t recall if it had HDMI in.
  3. I don’t think it is fair to call them Ethernet cables as far as I’m aware they are not good enough to pass a Fluke test. In fairness, they do call them Ethernet cables in their website babble. I would not want cables that I didn’t feel confident would reliably transfer data. I’d much sooner used qualified cables that meet Linn requirements even if they do set me back nearly £7.50 per patch lead. I have heard Chord Music cables & was pleasantly surprised the sound didn’t deteroiate as much as I expected. That said if these streaming cables dropped all the bits then it might make Beyonce palatable as suggested on their site.
  4. I found this track helpful in similar circumstances 10 years ago and it is a song I'd like played when my time arrives
  5. I have only heard it with a Krystal, but is still spectacularly good without being quite so expensive. I was surprised how much more I got from Urika II compared with the original Urika Add in ADSM's Space Optimisation version 2, which I didn't have with my previous KK and I'm delighted And the TV, BluRay, DVD , SkySports (Cricket & Football) all sound better too plus I have a great radio. @David I totally agree with your comments on Katalyst @Frank, I asked both Linn & my dealer about the options and their recommendations were as David suggests. I'm ecstatic with the results. To be honest, I don't think I'll ever need to upgrade again. Nestor
  6. Blue Jeans Cables are superb in my view and compliant with Linn’s recommendations for qualified cables, but I am one of those who shudder at any mention of the Chord Company & most other brands of audiophile wire. Still if you find their cables work OK, that’s fair enough. If you want some excellent cables that work faultlessly then try these (please click Here) - sorry about the price. Again Cable Monkey (BT Connectix) only sells qualified cables (Fluke tested). I see no point in audiophile cables that do not reliably stream data and some definitely do not.
  7. Would you apply that to all cables? I avoid audiophile brands because I found no benefits from expensive cables. Personally, I would not participate in a “bake off” as I’m more interested in music than wires. I bought a Linn system because it sounds great to me in my home better than previous systems I’d owned. I now also have a Chord system for personal listening, which I really like as well. Having arrived at this point I see no reason to look elsewhere. I would suggest anybody wanting to see if they can improve their system try the improvements themselves preferably at home. Why would the results of a “bake off” help anybody to decide what they could or could not hear? I doubt ideas on how to improve a Linn system would greatly interest those without a Linn system, but this is a Linn owners club so one would assume most contributors and readers are interested in ways to get the best from their Linn systems. I mentioned my Chord system because the idea was raised of using Chord DACs while benefitting from SO, which I know from experience is not possible even if I wish it were.
  8. Doesn’t work - if it did I’d consider using s/h MDSM/1 to feed my Chord Choral system. What I do is use SO V1 to calculate parametric equalisation numbers & feed them into JRiver MC24 DSP Studio on a Mac Mini. It sounds very good, but the room correction I need for that setup is minimal. The sound quality I get from playing CDs on Chord Choral system is as good as I have heard at home from digital replay especially through headphones. Though that said my LP12 is playing digitally in my Linn system with Urika 2 and that sounds excellent as well, best I have heard at home from gramophone records. Without SO, I would opt for Chord (I really like its MScalar and DAC). Still when given a choice do both. Chord Blu 2 DAVE and ADSM do not sound the same to me, but I haven’t spent lots of time playing spot the difference and have no intention of so doing. I simply play music on them and think both are excellent. If I like the music then I can enjoy it on most decent systems.
  9. It was demonstrated at Bristol HiFi show. It was OK, but I wasn’t impressed with the demonstrator who was going on and on about Michael Fremer admitting he had given bad advice on record cleaning for years and had now seen the light. He seemed disappointed when I confessed I’d never heard of Mr Fremer and wasn’t all that interested in reviews. I preferred to see the machine in action. It did wash the record, but it did not dry it. I doubt I’d use a Kirmuss much if I had one as seemed to awkward for me. If I were to buy an ultrasonic cleaner I’d go for the Audio Desk because it’s easy to use. However, I have a traditional Hannl RCM, which is fine if a bit laborious. I think the only way to judge such a device is to borrow one and try it. It is a decent enough product. There is promotional video Which will probably tell you as much as I learned from the demonstration.
  10. I think that illustrates why it's so difficult to recommend kit, especially, speakers, for somebody else. I think LS3/5A are great and you prefer ATCs - no right or wrong really. I read reports of the recent Bristol show, which I actually attended (hadn't been near such an event for years) and found some reports shared my opinions and others thought exactly the opposite. I, too, wish @iansen good luck in finding the right speakers and would say auditions are the order of the day with a home audition to verify the final decision. I would concur that the Fyne Audio speakers sounded great when I heard them.
  11. A Fluke test will verify the cable meets Ethernet standards - Advertising Standards found at least one boutique cable company failed: another barely met the standard (being on the edge of specified tolerances). Blue Jeans Cables and Connectix cables pass with flying colours. So it may not answer the question completely, but it would be strange to advocate potentially lossy cables. Though it is entirely possible somebody may prefer an unqualified cable. If you use Cat 8 U/FTP cables then you need to take into account their metal shielding, which is only effective if you use the drain wire to redirect unwanted electrical noise to ground. I don't think many boutique cable companies point this out. If you don't do this then you may as well as use Cat5e or Cat6. I'm unsure how you could achieve the necessary grounding with Linn DS(M)s and think this is the driver behind Linn's cable recommendations. I think you need to be cautious when ignoring manufacturer's recommendations. Paulsurround is using CertiCable cables: I had a look at the CertiCable site and they simply make reasonably priced data cables that adhere to the specification. They certainly do not make any dubious claims. They do look very good and resemble the excellent Cable Monkey (the retail shop for BT Connectix) in UK.
  12. I have some Supra Cat 8, but prefer BJC Cat 6a and find both are considerably better than expensive audiophile cables from AQ, Chord Co based on Fluke tests. I should declare I’m unimpressed with all audiophile cables I’ve tried. I do not consider Supra audiophile, but simply very good. Cat 8 is a new standard and intended for use in data centres. They need grounding to work properly. I am far from convinced they are suitable for Linn kit as it does not have appropriate 10 Gb/s Ethernet ports. They may well work, the Supra Cat 8 patch lead does, but I heard no advantage over standard qualified patch leads. Still many folk report things I can’t hear such as sound quality improvements from audiophile music servers, but I can hear improvements from Urika II and Space Optimisation. Sorry Paulsurround, but I won’t be throwing any BJC Ethernet cables away. I would recommend those folk using AQ or Chord streaming cables to try an upgrade to qualified BJC Ethernet cables if they get the chance.
  13. I use Spendor D9s and would recommend trying whatever Spendors meet your budget. Another speaker I heard recently and thought sounded wonderful was Falcon Acoustics LS3/5A. Best bookshelf speaker I have heard.
  14. I recently compared Urika 1 Analogue (KK) with Urika 2 (ADSM) I expected to prefer analogue, but I didn’t … i thought digitalising vinyl replay, processing it & sending it through a DAC was daft, but now I’ve heard what Urika II can do I’m won over. When you add space optimisation in to the mix, it’s no contest. At least it wasn’t for me and I used pre-digital gramaphone records for my audition. Certainly worth pursuing the comparison, you may find you prefer analogue all the way, but you may find I’m not completely mad (if so please let my doctor know) and digitalising the signal works wonders.
  15. Avoid - that’s my thoughts, Linn kit is designed for Cat5/6 introducing optical links means introducing convertors then somebody will suggest regulated linear PSUs for them and then we get into Cisco switches with small form factor pluggable transceivers and the torture never stops - you’ll wind up living in a data centre. I used to, but I escaped …
  16. Jail4CEOs2 - you have bought superb cables. Most audiophile cables are poor in comparison and best avoided in my opinion. I have seen Fluke test reports of various cables and results were clear. In UK, Advertising Standards made one audiophile cable manufacturer change its adverts as it was calling its cables Ethernet and they simply weren’t good enough to be called Ethernet. If you are interested in how Fluke testing works then there are videos here. As you have found Blue Jeans Cables have excellent non-metallic connectors, which preserve galvanic isolation. Sonore, who make Rendu streamers, agree with Linn’s cable choice and cite galvanic isolation as a reason to avoid metalic connections. Of course, it is entirely possible some users prefer audiophile cables. Folk hear what they hear and make their choices. As far as I’m aware Supra makes no claims for improving sound quality, it simply makes factual statements about its various cables and leaves it to the end user to decide. I have tried Supra Cat 8 patch leads against Blue Jeans Cables ones and I cannot hear any difference. In fact Connectix sell drums of excellent Cat 6a and it works out at around 50p a metre. For what it’s worth I would suggest Cat 6a from Connectix or similar for your home network and Blue Jeans Cables patch leads. In fact what you have bought.
  17. Hi Timster Thanks for the reply. I remember being advised to use a dedicated USB connection on my Mac Mini for my Chord DAC, which is not easy as MacOS maps ports dynamically. You can see what it’s mapped in SysInfo and it isn’t only externally connected USB devices using the USB bus and juggling devices can achieve the desired result, However, I never thought about USB affecting my Linn system. I’ve always assumed using OpenHome (UPnP) I was pushing streams in to my DS’s buffer so it didn’t really matter. I can see my Mac Mini must poll its USB ports to check if I’ve plugged in something so it’s got me wondering. Nestor
  18. I read about the AQ Jitterbug and can’t figure out where it would connect in my Linn system as if I’m reading it correctly it is USB based and there are no USB connections. I don’t understand AQ blurb as it says it eliminates dropped packets, but I doubt anyone with a wired LAN would have any dropped packets (unless they were using the AQ patch cable I tried, which I found did drop packets. I discovered this when trying to update a Linn DS, replacing it with BJC Ethernet immediately solved the problem). I’m not saying you can’t hear a difference with Jitterbug or if I could as I’ve never tried one. I was puzzled by how it connected and what it did. Old fashioned curiousity, which I know can be felicidal, but I’ve always been able to figure out how to use iFI & W4S devices and what they do (they do make measurable differences, but whether they’re audible is down to the listener as with all things hifi), but AQ is a mystery to me. If it sounds better than it is better is a good way to view these tweaks.
  19. M, I’m very glad your NAS gives good results; I suspect I was unlucky. I had a Synology DS413 & after a month it developed a problem with its fans. When I tried Synology support, I found it lacking and there was an expectation I would carry out the hardware repair myself. Synology sent some parts with no instructions, I’m not good with hardware, but did manage to fit the replacement fan. It failed again after 6 months or so. Synology were not especially helpful implying I had not fitted the replacement fan properly. I’m used to customer service levels I enjoy with Linn, Chord, Spendor and Apple so perhaps my expectations were too high. I’m sure there are many happy Synology customers, but I preferred a safer route. I know my way around a Mac being a long time Apple user. I have a 2012 Mac Mini with 8TB Thunderbolt Attached Storage connected over USB to my Chord system, which doubles as an OpenHome server for my Linn system. I use my home office Mac to rip CD, download music, tag with metadata and embed artwork then synchronise my local copy of the music library over my LAN with the Mac Mini. I have two offsite backups. Whereas, I think many users run their NASs around the clock and indeed have a permanent Internet connection and keep their system powered day and night, I only power on devices I’m using. I don’t currently subscribe to Tidal or Qobuz, but I do stream Sky Sports to TV which has HDMI to Linn DSM. Definitely, not advocating my setup is better than anyone else’s or it couldn’t be improved. However, my attempts to improve it with better switches and music servers were fruitless and I’m more than happy with the sound and system stability. I did find a couple audiophile patch leads I tried made a difference, for the worse, and discovered this was because they were dropping bits. So I stick to Fluke tested patch leads from Blue Jeans Cables. All my other cables are Linn or made by Mark Grant using Canare. Space Optimisation is wonderful in my view as it not only works a treat with my Linn system, but it generated the set of parameters I use with my Chord system courtesy of J River MC’s DSP Studio (poor man’s SO). Out of curiosity, I measured in room responses with REW and it closely followed my ideal curve. That’s about it really. All the best from Nestor
  20. I use Mac Mini with both Linn & Chord systems and delighted with the sound. I’ve used a NAS and various server software, but never heard a difference between them unless I use DSP. I didn’t get on with Synology so converted it into a door stop. I prefer Mac Mini running MinimServer or J River MC: swapping between them depending which system I’m listening to. I found putting various audiophile gadgets, PSUs and wires in my cupboard and going with manufacturers’ basic recommendations gave me the best results. I was not impressed with expensive products from Innuos and Melco, neither of which seemed to have any sonic benefits when I heard them and neither is as versatile as what I have. After selecting speakers, I found Space Optimisation made the most significant difference for my Linn system and MScaler with my Chord system. Many years ago I had a Naim system and found it more finicky than either of my current systems and could easily imagine it would have sounded different with a change of server (from what I remember Naim strangelely didn’t play FLAC files very well, but they may have improved their software). I really like Linn because, it sounds great without having to tweak it and plays all lossless formats with equal aplomb. Of course different listeners may hear different things as evidenced by various reports I read of recent Bristol HiFi show. Best thing I heard at the show was Falcon Acoustics speakers. Very dissapointed that one high end manufacturer still seemed to think its expensive ripper produced better rips than a computer especially when its flagship streamer sounded nothing special to me (I preferred its entry level player). So I would not expect you to hear differences from different servers as long as player and server talk to each other properly across a fully qualified Cat5e or Cat6 network.
  22. This is not about Jon Myles per se, but about his reviews (OP clearly states Review is Rubbish). Our aim should surely be to make reviews more useful to consumers. Mr Myles is no doubt a thoroughly decent chap, who will benefit from constructive criticism. If he carries out the tests as @bencat prescribes then this may help. I have an IT background and find it hard to believe two bit identical files could sound different: moreover, I cannot hear a difference, but that may be owing to my ingrained belief that there isn't one. Again I have no axe to grind against Melco. I think its selling point should be ease of use (assuming it is easy to use) and build quality. Surely, Melco wouldn't mind somebody revealing it rips as well as a PC running dBPowerAmp (assuming this is the case). Some consumers are happy to pay a premium for not having to drive software or configure anything. On the other other hand, a Mac or PC should do the job equally well and perhaps better. Comments from Mr Myles on the quality of gathered metadata would have been very useful.
  23. Maybe petty, but enough to stop me subscribing. It was the same when we changed to decimal currency, retailers used it as an excuse to hike prices. £299 19s 6d a year is far too much for me. I can buy a vinyl record each week for less.
  24. Goon, which came first Tidal or Qobuz approaching Linn Records or the other way around? Is it not an issue with the streaming provider rather than Linn Records? Yes Linn makes the services available on its DS along with Apple Music via Airplay, but it seems Apple has taken the initiative and is putting out Linn's superbly recorded catalogue of music, albeit not in my favourite format (which is FLAC). AAC is not bad by any means though and on my DS I can enjoy music in many formats: my available Internet service is slow so high resolution formats delivered through online streaming is not my best option. I hope you get your preferred option in the near future. All the best. Nestor (think Lester was a very good jockey though not of the disc variety).
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