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  1. After looking at the switch list I wonder if there is a limit to what switches can do. Looking at some of the expensive switches you would expect dramatic improvements.
  2. I replaced my Netgear switch with a standard Aqvox switch ($800). Improvement is the same as upgrading any component. Well worth the change. The Aqvox has been compared to standard switches in my system and another hiend system with the same results The Aqvox does not however negate the benefits of using high quality Ethernet cables. Once I installed Audio quest diamond Ethernet cables into the Aqvox the sound was complete.
  3. I am curious. Are you wanting to hear from people who have tried different Ethernet cables with results either way or hearing technical theories as to why Ethernet cables should or shouldn't sound different or both.?
  4. I have done quite a few changes in amps, preamps and dac. Hopefully I have come to the end. Each change makes me realise how good my Sonus Faber's are and they are nearly 20 years old. I am curious however if it's worth getting Super tweeters. (Townshend) My Amatis being the original model is a bit laid back in the tweeter department.
  5. Just curious. What amps do you guys use? I have original Amati Homage and a Pass Labs XA 30.8 amp. The Amatis really work well with the high current Class A amp. @RobV
  6. I have most of the Forcione albums. They are all of the best artistry, production and sound quality.
  7. It appears that you are looking at a different album. No grape vine Acoustic Revenge_ Heartbeat last track 9
  8. Send me $100 and I'll see if we can get you in. The favourite track is: Antonio Forcione - Heartbeat from the album Acoustic Revenge
  9. Hi Gazza I have the same Gen 1 Antipodes music server as I have said earlier. I watched a YouTube by Steve Guttenberg who was interviewing a guy who was doing a number of tweaks to his Cambridge cd player. Nothing drastic but he did say the biggest improvement he got was after he applied Dynamat to the interior of the player. The Dynamat is usually used in cars to deaden door skins which I have done to my car with good results. This got we wondering if applying Dynamat to the interior of my server would improve things. Yes I am a tweaker, some things work and some don't. I bought the equivalent sheeting from Jaycar, Response Sound Deadener, and put some on the lid, sides and base. Cost $30 Results seem to be that any edgeyness has gone. I can't do an a/b comparison but for $30 I think it's worth doing. I doubt this would work on later model Antipodes servers as the cases appear to be of a more solid construction. My server has HDD, not SD. It's possible that there would be no improvement with SD (no moving parts) ?
  10. I have a Aesthetic calypso preamplifier. The ht bypass is a configured input, not an output. The Accuphase ext. Preamp appears to be for using another preamplifier. When all else fails read the manual. You may have to configure an input to ht bypass duties. Hope this is not bad news.
  11. I was fortunate to have a listen to the Heschl amp at Terry's place yesterday. All I can say is very impressive. Sounded great with all types of music. Congrats to the makers of this fine amp.
  12. Agree. Connect from your AV receiver front preouts to a 2 channel integrated amp ht input. When watching movies the receiver will control volume etc and the speakers will be powered by your 2 channel integrated amp with ht selected. When listening to music select input on integrated to the required source. Both music and movies will sound much better.
  13. I have found that putting in ceiling boxes over the speakers improves sound quality and protects speakers. There are many options. Mine are a collapsible vinyl type with internal acoustic foam
  14. I have gone through a 2 Channel vs HT journey myself. Originally I had a Sony STR DA 777es surround amp running 2 Channel and HT. As my 2 Chanel gear was upgraded the HT gear was sounding pour in comparison. I got an NAD M15 surround processor which is connected to my 2 channel preamp ht bypass. My rear speakers are powered by a NAD T955 power amp. All this made a big improvement. I had a large centre speaker which I considered to be very good but it could not compete with my front speakers (Sonus Faber Amati Homage.) Yes I lost the surround effect but the sound quality for voice was close to the 2 channel sound. I wouldn't go back to centre speaker unless centre and front speakers are the same which is difficult if you have large front speakers. I have now discovered the sound and picture quality (especially in 4K) from streaming is as good if not superior to my Oppo bluray player. To get that sort of sound quality in HT you do need a good processor that has a good optical DAC. Although the NAD is getting a bit old it's still doing a great job. I also run a sub which is switched to 2 channel and HT
  15. I have recently bought two Joey DeFrancesco albums. 40 and Paesanos with Tony Monaco trio. Both fantastic. Will certainly test your system bass capabilities.
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