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  1. I did intentionally keep my comparison short on detail, partly because it was an informal process, and partly because (as @TP1 and @dbastin suggest) what changes we did hear are most likely system dependent. I definitely agree that these observations are something to be taken within their given context. Extrapolate at your own peril! We did try ER -> PP - > Makua, with the CX feeding the “A” input on the PP. Probably not exactly what you are alluding to @dbastin, but remembering the PP is 4 switches in one case, with the ER and CX feeding the “A” switch, and the Makua bein
  2. 😂😂 He did turn up with a large hard-plastic carry case full of tweaks today... But it is always fun to explore the differences and I appreciated his generosity in offering his time and equipment.
  3. My first post in this thread. I have previously listened to several different types of Ethernet cable and not ever heard significant differences between them. These have included: - basic cat 6e - imported Chinese cat8 (yellow jacket) - supra cat8 with telegartner plugs - Audioquest cinnamon - Audioquest diamond Today I heard a cable that to my ears made a significant, albeit small, overall improvement to my music. That cable is made locally (in Melbourne) from Acoustic Revive cable with telegartner plugs. The cables I heard are owned by @Assisi, and on
  4. Coincidentally, @Assisi brought over his collection of switches and Ethernet cables today. We spent a few hours listening to separate Ethernet configurations back to back. We had my ER (using Gieseler Gold Tune LPS), a Bonn N8 (using a LPS @Assisi brought along) and a Paul Pang Quad switch. My Antipodes CX server (Roon core) also acts as a switch. We tried quite a few combinations, and also utilised some of @Assisi’s custom Ethernet cables (acoustic revive? with telegartner plugs). To my ears these did offer a substantive improvement over all other Ethernet cables I h
  5. I have some experience with Mola Mola Makua DAC, originally using USB, then upgraded to a streaming (ie Ethernet) input. In my case, the Ethernet input is better sounding, more convenient and more “immune” to upstream variations affecting SQ. However, I do not believe this can be extrapolated across different brands and their different implementations. USB inputs on DACs can sound anywhere from amazing to weak and blurred. Most, but not all, seem to be susceptible to upstream reclocking and DC power, not to mention cables! A streaming input in the DAC can potentially add noise
  6. These will be very interesting... https://mytek.audio/shop/empire-monoblocks-2#attr=11
  7. I do not believe in magic or God... so definitely the latter. Working out unknown variables in any field of science requires very careful observation. This is the first step, and it is why our erroneously named “Poor Subjectivists” must work together with their “Good Objectivist” counterparts. Most importantly, we must listen to and utilise the knowledge of individuals who are both Good Objectivists and Poor Subjectivists (like BP and NP).
  8. No huge amount of thought required. If we follow Grant’s metaphor, it simply means “Poor Subjectivists” working together with “Good Objectivists” collaboratively. Most importantly this collaboration requires an open minded approach from both sides. Subjectivists will have their biases challenged. Objectivists will need to broaden their horizons. If you are referring to human based trials (blinded), then this may hold part of the way forward. Even double blinded tests / trials have their flaws though.
  9. If it’s not too off-topic could you explain the difference please?
  10. Hi Grant, I like this concept, it has a lot of thought behind it. I have concerns though. Firstly, the theory underlying the Good Subjectivist and the Poor Subjectivist is that there is no change in the sound waves. What if there is something that changes, but isn’t measurable? In this scenario the Good Subjectivist is just a passive bystander. The Poor Subjectivist, is seeking to advance our knowledge through observation... which is the first step in any scientific advancement. The Good Objectivist is well-meaning, but shuts down the Poor Subject
  11. Search the artist you want to block. On the top of artist page is a "hollow" heart icon. Click it once and it fills in (this "likes" that artist). Click a second time and the icon turns into a "block" icon. Leave it on that and it should block your Bruce issue.
  12. Fair enough. I have never experienced that issue. Did u try blocking the artist?
  13. Interesting that some don’t like Roon... I will say that there are several different ways to get new music on Roon. “Roon Radio” is the similar music Roon tees up automatically after an album finishes and is brilliant. Roon recommended music is not as good. Edit: the Roon Radio algorithm is also user programmable. If it tees up something you don’t like, and you skip the song, it asks you why you skipped and uses this to improve the music it finds for you.
  14. The statement was not intended to give the impression we know very little, rather that we need to not fall into the trap that we think we know it all. Mired is used to convey my frustration when I see studies extrapolate their conclusions beyond their power, and in doing so holding back real progress.
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