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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: October 16, 2018, 05:49:34 pm
Haha...

What if you tell her (him?) that she can make them over a much longer period of time than usual?

Anyway, I probably won't be in a position to place an order for a few weeks (dependent on when a certain Euro client gets it's accounts payable act together).

Thanks for the forward thinking/planning though.

Mani.
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: October 16, 2018, 03:27:21 pm
Thanks Peter.

So 10m of Blaxius^2 is totally out of the question? (Actually, I'd probably get away with 7-8m.)

Edit: Just read,"Would you like 20 meters or even more ? no worries because the Blaxius^2 will perform the same as if it were 1 meter. But better have some deeper pockets..."

I'll check my pockets Wink

Mani.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: September 27, 2018, 09:43:52 am
I'm back to A: B-W-Y-R  B: B-W-R.

My previous A: B-W-Y-R  B: B-W-Y-R sounds too 'dense', too 'thick', and as a result, just too uninteresting.

I can't believe what a difference floating the Y shield at the B connector makes. I hope someone can figure out exactly what's going on because this simple change changes the sound completely.

Mani.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: September 24, 2018, 01:05:07 pm
There is no way to overstate how much the Mach III transforms the quality of SQ.

I don't doubt this for a second Ramesh, and I'll no doubt get hold of a Mach III at some point. But for now, the Mach II is fine... especially considering that my Mach II is no ordinary Mach II (see signature Wink)

Mani.
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: September 24, 2018, 08:46:56 am
Hi Ramesh, yes I had been using A: B-W-Y-R  B: B-W-R for quite a few days before yesterday and was very happy with it.

If you think about it, my current A: B-W-Y-R  B: B-W-Y-R is very close to Peter's config - it just 'closes' the Y shield too. Yes, this seems to take away some of the magic from the sound, but replaces it with even more solidity.

I'm trying to figure out what effect having a shield connected at A but floating at B has on the sound, and whether this sounds natural or artificial. What I'm finding (I think) is that if you start with A: B-W-Y-R  B: B-W-Y-R, and then progressively float W, W&Y, W&Y&R at the B end, you will hear a progressive increase in this 'unnaturally holographic sound' that I mentioned earlier. Having just one floating, as in Peter's config, seems to provide just enough of the effect for it to sound interesting and not to bother.

This is all conjecture at this point. Lots more playing around and listening required.

Mani.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: September 23, 2018, 08:04:23 pm
I tried a few configs today.

1. A: B-W-Y-R, B: open

Wow, what a crazy sound. Almost holographic. Very appealing for first few seconds, but then sort of disorientating. A bit vague - not anchored.

(It's a similar feeling I have when I'm sitting in the aisle on a plane - I really don't like not having a reference (being able to look outside the window and see the ground) when taking off and landing especially.)

2. A: B-W-Y-R, B: B-W

More solid. But still slightly unnaturally holographic.

3. A: B-W-Y-R, B: B-R

I think similar to 2, but I need to go back and check.

4. A: B-W-Y-R, B: B-Y

I had a slight preference for this over 2 and 3, but I really need to go back and check.

5. A: B-W-Y-R, B: B-W-Y-R

This is giving me the most pleasant sound. All traces of an 'unnaturally holographic' sound have gone. Just a really nice, balanced and anchored sound. So this is what I'll stick with for now.

I really need to do a lot more listening. But for now, it seems to me that having any shields connected at A but floating at B introduces an unnaturalness to the sound. This seems to become progressively more pronounced the more shields you connect in this way.

When I have more time I'll try some other configs.

Mani.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: DC offset issue? on: September 17, 2018, 09:04:43 pm
There is almost no variability in DC offset on my NOS1a.

Nor on my office NOS1 Happy. It's just my main NOS1 that seems to exhibit slightly different behaviour. But perhaps it's still within 'specs'.

Mani.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: DC offset issue? on: September 17, 2018, 09:03:02 pm
Thanks Peter. But I should have mentioned the following:

1. the changes on the main NOS1 happen every 1/2 second or so - jumps of up to 0.5mV are common
2. this is all with no music playing at all
3. both NOS1s run off exactly the same AC mains circuit

Still normal behaviour?

Mani.
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / DC offset issue? on: September 17, 2018, 04:52:17 pm
Hi all, I've got two NOS1s - one in my main system, and one in my office system. Not only do the two NOS1s show very different DC offsets, but the DC offsets in my office NOS1 are pretty much rock solid, whereas the DC offsets in my main NOS1 vary continuously:

Main: 15.0-16.1 (upper meter) and 10.8-12.0 (lower meter)
Office: 1.7-1.8 (upper meter) and 2.7-2.8 (lower meter)

Is my main NOS1 behaving normally, I wonder? [It sounds bloody good, I have to say.]

Mani.
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Using NOS1 without XXHE on: September 17, 2018, 04:18:28 pm
Hi Ramesh, in my office system I use the NOS1 without XX pretty much exclusively. My chain is:

Roon/Tidal -> HQPlayer (upsample to 705.6) -> NOS1

I love the ease with which I can access music and get it playing quickly. Being able to stream Tidal and internet radio are massive pluses too.

BUT... there is no way I'd use this chain in my main listening room - it sounds nice... but nowhere near as good as XX -> NOS1.

I have no experience with HT.

HTH.

Mani.
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: August 16, 2018, 03:41:45 am
Hi Peter, I remember playing around with USB and LAN cable shields years ago, and hearing a distinct difference in sound. In any event, I'll order a new Lush when I get back from my work travels.

Don't look forward to trying all (or even a fraction of) the combinations though unhappy

Mani.
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Phasure Mach III Audio PC with Linear Power Supply on: July 17, 2018, 10:52:01 am
Number of Cores    Original Price     Current Price    As of date    Linear PSU    SQ relative to Mach II   
8/1627002700May 18, 2018Yes?
10/2029802980May 18, 2018   Yes++
12/2433003300May 18, 2018   Yes?
14/2839003900May 18, 2018   Yes++++
16/3243504375May 31, 2018   Yes++++
20/4050005150May 31, 2018   Yes?
22/4463006350May 31, 2018   Yes?

Peter, do the entries in the 'SQ relative to Mach II' column still stand in your opinion?

Mani.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Phisolator & Lush on: June 01, 2018, 09:37:37 am
Strangely (not at all) enough because she could not espress what was different, she started to tell me what I had been fumbling there : I connected the Clairixa.

Yes! A direct connection makes the Lush sound a bit like the Clarixa->Phisolator.

It is all a step backwards, unless you like the preciseness of the Clairixa of course.

Not a step backwards in my two systems, IMO. I can't go back to the Phisolator now... not with the Mach II anyway.

Mani.
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Phisolator & Lush on: May 31, 2018, 10:10:25 pm
Ps, One point to keep in mind is that Manis USB stream is likley to be of unusual quality his stealth II sq is very different to standard.

Nah, the improvement isn't exclusive to my Mach II with your clock upgrade - there's a similar improvement in my office system, with my standard home-built x99 audio PC (as close to a Mach II as I could get it).

Look forward to hearing your thoughts over the weekend.

Mani.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Phisolator & Lush on: May 31, 2018, 10:06:24 pm
The sound instead of clearer seems to be brighter without the Phisolator, therefore the Phisolator / Lush combination makes a sweeter sound (without losing clarity).

Hi Juan. Yes, the sound is 'brighter' without the Phisolator here too. But it doesn't sound at all like 'fake detail' to me - it really does seem to sound genuinely clearer. Putting the Phisolator back in the chain takes away the sparkle - it sounds smeared and more boring in comparison.

Mani.
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