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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    Hi Raker24, Yes, thanks to the tweeter’s extra-wide bandwidth and power handling capacity, SF could implement a very gentle 6dB/Octave filter using a parallel inductor rather than the more usual in-line capacitor. A resistor is required to provide the necessary source impedance for the...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    The Extrema has a sensitivity of 88dB/W/M, so at 1m distance, 1 watt will produce an SPL of 88dB Now, lets apply some very simple math to get to a realistic listening position and volume If we sit 4m (13ft) away from the speaker, we‘ll need 4W for the same 88dB (double the power for doubling...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    Happy to kill this OT deviation, but before I do, just a couple of points in reply. Firstly regarding SMPSs. Turns out that not all SMPSs are bad. In fact a really well designed one is actually highly desirable, but as you’ll read, designing a really good SMPS is not at all easy and costs very...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    Hi Raker, I’m actually not talking about the components used but rather the set-up of those components. Things like support racks, mains supply, network feed, cabling, environmental EMi/RFI etc. etc. When your Devialet ‘grated on classical music’ then its amplifying some form of distortion…...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    Hmmmm, sound like you could have used a little help with getting your system set-up closer to perfect. The Devialets are incredibly transparent and will play exactly what they’re fed. I do however agree that spending 2 or 3 times the amount will, generally speaking, get even better results...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    Here’s a suggestion from left field! Years ago I owned a beautiful pair of Extremas and powered them with BAT Vk500 monoblocks. Sounded wonderful. You may still be able to pick up a pair of the VK500s but if not already done, they’d certainly need a thorough service and all their capacitors...
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    A Canuck needs help with local pickup and shipping from the Netherlands/Holland near Amsterdam

    Hi Kerry, I’m pretty sure there are professional shipping companies that will provide everything you need. I once bought an entire system in the US and when the dealer sent me a picture of how they’d packed it for airfreight I put the shipment on hold and went looking for a full service freight...
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    A new star in 2019 : Innuos Statement Server

    Well now I know that I won’t be trying ‘til I hear ist fixed, which wont take long, as long as Innuos are informed about it. Just give them a call or an email with a title like Statement 2.2.4 loading problem. This has happened to me with one of the earlier Beta revisions and it was fixed...
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    A new star in 2019 : Innuos Statement Server

    Hi there, Yes iPeng still works once InnuOS 2.0 is installed but if you want the best SQ from 2.02 you need to make sure that iPeng is switched off, otherwise iPeng’s ‘Pull’ UI technology will continue constantly polling over the network, sometimes at rates of multiple polls per second, causing...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    my other system was based around BAT Rex tube amplification and a pair of SF Guarneri Homage augmented by a couple of SF subs. The subs were necessary to extend the bass down far enough to get uniform phase response across the whole audio spectrum, but getting them set up to sound ‘as a whole’...
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    Sonus Faber Extrema

    I‘ve had some really fun times with Sonus Fabers and had 2 systems (in series not parallel) one based around an absolutely gorgeous, as in stand and admire and gently brush with the fingers, extremely dense and heavy Extrema with its incredibly effective almost horn-like acoustic impedance which...
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    What have you done to improve the Sense of Weight in your system? What technology or upgrade is most impactful?

    I should mention that my set up is designed for one person to listen optimally so it‘s set up near field, so I get a good 6dB boost on the distance. In near field I dont need to move huge amounts of air to get excellent, very relaxed SPLs, and SAM gives me the linear frequency extension. This...
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    What have you done to improve the Sense of Weight in your system? What technology or upgrade is most impactful?

    Several areas that bring the desired improvements: Mains supply…..adding Doepke’s differential switch and Gigawatt’s 16A MCBs to my dedicated 230V lines, along with a super clean, low impedance ground Speaker footers……adding SPODs to my Magico S1 MkIIs Network quality……upgrading and optimizing...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Wouldn’t using a shielded cable with plastic RJ-45 plugs achieve the same goal? I use plastic connectors and have all my cable screens star earthed to a low impedance ground.
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    Taiko Audio Daiza platforms.

    Hey Micro, Ive never used either of the products you mention so my answer is generic. These products are about vibration management, Vibration is a cause of noise in electronics and jitter when oscillators (digital clocks) are involved. Its detrimental affects are well known to audiophiles and...
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    SOtM sNH-10G Network Switches x2 : The NEW KING of USB/Network Gadget Setup

    Maybe I’m mistaken but I think the idea is to use the clock on the network switches; not the other way around?
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    Advise on best path to take

    If it were my room I’d first look into the possibility of installing a new consumer unit and running a couple of dedicated radials from it Into the room. A sufficiently heavy wire gauge would give you a lot more instantaneous current and that’s what a good hi-fi system requires.
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    Advise on best path to take

    What’s on the other side of your wall sockets?
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    Magico M9 >>>>Fulfillment

    In the high-tech industry a product is considered mature when the platform on which it is built is getting old and further enhancements are no longer viable. The next step after mature is obsolete, then out-of-support. When a product is mature, R&D resources are shifted to other projects If you...
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    What does the source sound like...

    From a logic point of view, there are 3 main criteria in play......the actual recording, the recovery of the entire musical signal and the presentation of that signal. The exact same signal is going to sound different on different systems based on how that system presents the music. Imagine 2...
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    To switch or not to switch? Melco S-100 or Innuos Phoenix NET switch?

    I’m not a network guru.....quite the opposite but is does look like you’re having a network configuration issue, so the first thing to check is whether your router is actually seeing the NDS Is your router using DHCP to automatically assign IP addresses? If so, if you look at the NDS Network...
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    To switch or not to switch? Melco S-100 or Innuos Phoenix NET switch?

    May as well answer the question as the Audiophilleo is an entirely different animal. You would use an Innuos Phoenix USB to feed a DAC with optimised USB input. You would use the Audiophilleo to feed a DAC with optimized SPDIF input. Essentially the Innuos is used to optimized the USB feed to...
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    To switch or not to switch? Melco S-100 or Innuos Phoenix NET switch?

    A well run-in PhoenixNET sounds markedly better after 3 days continuous power. The unit itself takes about 100 hours to partially run-in, but those Mundorf capacitors take a lot longer and you will get a significant uplift in performance after 2-3 months. All this means is that there are 2...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Hi Microstrip, I once said about an early iteration of the Wilson Watt Puppy driven by Krell that it sounded like ’big hi-fi’. I wasn’t being complementary. The system was extremely impressive but absolutely failed to involve me in the music. But these days, sound quality has moved on, but...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    If the tweeter on an A5 is similar to the S1MkII, then its extremely extended and energetic but that translates into huge transparency, sparkle, shimmer, purity and air. If it sounds a bit sharp/hot then you’re modifying your tweeter in order to offset something with the signal because this...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Hi Morricab, actually its mostly just simple logic. If adding specialist racks, specialist mains, carpet spikes , room treatments etc bring huge improvements to sound quality, as reported here literally hundreds of times, then doing the opposite will very likely have the opposite effect. For...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Hi Floyd, the problem here is definitely the loudspeaker. It is an exceptionally neutral and transparent design, so you really can’t afford to short change it when it comes to set-up. I hope you don't mind if i point out some of the shortcomings in this particular set-up. The first thing are...
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    Does Magico have a "house sound", and if so, how would you describe it?

    Hey there MF, If you‘re interested in discussing why you may have heard what you did, just say. I think there’re possibly a couple of good reasons. Curious about a few things; What’s the black box next to the Innuos? What‘s the black box next to the AV stand? What’s behind the main’s plug...
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    To switch or not to switch? Melco S-100 or Innuos Phoenix NET switch?

    Understood. Essentially the output of a switch is a highly modulated DC stream of precisely timed voltage transitions, representing the digital bits, so the quality of the DC seems to have a major influence on the stream’s resulting sound quality. Other switches, for example SoTM, Melco, AQVox...
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    To switch or not to switch? Melco S-100 or Innuos Phoenix NET switch?

    Hi Varadero Very nice additions to your system. FYI, a well run-in PhoenixNET will really start to blossom by day 3 of being continuously connected to mains. Running in will be semi-complete after around 10 days, but then you’ll hear another large hike in sound quality after about 2...

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