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  1. Even FTTN provides some optical decoupling from the broader network. I would think this could explain your improvement when compared to (I assume) ADSL peviously.
  2. Local playback from SSD on CX to EX is certainly highly resistant to upstream network influences but not completely immune. Streamed music from remote network locations is more susceptible to ethernet tweaks. This is based on my experience as a CX+EX owner. That the upstream network nasties can affect local playback SQ is disconcerting, but not unique to the antipodes. Indeed, the bridged function of CX to EX is better than most other servers at minimising the audible affects of upstream network nasties.
  3. It sounds like you are asking for reassurance that the CX+EX is all you will ever need for digital audio playback? Perhaps you also want someone to tell you that the CX+ EX is completely immune to upstream interference and ethernet tweaks? Have I understood you correctly?
  4. Hi Richard. The CX+EX combo is possibly the best server option on the market right now. You will hear it as soon as you hook it up. It elevates the resolution and focus dramatically. The CX and EX each contain an internal Ethernet switch, helping to minimise upstream network interference when using the direct CX to EX Ethernet link. In my experience the links either side of the CX+EX are imperfect and may influence your perceived SQ. This is not to say that SQ will be poor. Rather, you will find that (downstream) USB cables may still alter the flavour of your digital music. Likewise, (upstream) tweaks, such as using fibre Ethernet transmission may also affect your SQ. Some of the recent debate on StereoNET can get confusing. Opinions can vary. Theory may not agree with observation. My advice would be to use the observations and theory to guide your journey. If you like your SQ just fine, then be content. If you like to tweak and dabble in experimentation with some different options, then use some of the StereoNET forums as a rough guide. Just remember though, the opinions on these forums are just opinions, even when presented as fact. Most importantly, enjoy your journey and enjoy your music.
  5. Probably not the right thread for that discussion, Richard. Happy to chat with you in the antipodes thread if needed.
  6. Again, we digress a little OT... I will try some more variations and report back here on the ones that affect my impressions of the ER. I can so far report the the Gieseler LPSU on the cheap optical converter upstream of ER gives a slight but noticeable "lift" to the SQ. Suprising but real.
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  9. Well done on the Kii Threes @Snoopy8. Very nice all-in-one devices. An update on my ER and system: The Mola Mola Makua now has a network card installed making it a RoonReady endpoint. I have found bypassing the Antipodes EX and USB chain by using a direct Ethernet connection from the Antipodes CX into the Makua achieves best SQ (and reduces cable clutter!). This setup also will allow me to further test the best position for the ER, grounding the ER with the JCAT ground conditioner, and using my surplus Gieseler LPSU on the Ethernet-optical converter upstream from the ER.
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