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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: ET^3 on: March 02, 2021, 11:24:23 pm

I have a set up a bit similar to yours.
- Direct PC to PC connection between music server and audio PC (ET 3);
- Second ethernet card on music server connects to switch;
- General purpose laptop connects to internet with wireless, and to the switch to allow RDC connection between laptop and music server;
- Music server has RDC connection to Audio PC;

I tested direct ethernet connection between music server and laptop as opposed to both of them connected to a switch. Did not experience any benefit.  Direct connection between music server and audio PC, even without ET 3, sounded better.

2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: ET^3 on: February 28, 2021, 05:28:12 pm
I now have both the Blaxius 2.5 and the ET 3 in.  An amazing improvement.  I have never heard music like this! My setup (like Arvind) is all Phasure.   The biggest difference is in classical music.  I used to avoid some of my classical music collection, especially symphonies, because they just did not sound quite right.  Truly amazing improvement.  I'm sure I'll find some words to describe the overall combination of Blaxius 2.5 and ET 3, and probably try to separate the two.  But for now I am simply going to listen.

Thank you Peter for making music so wonderful!

Now, we just need an HDMI^3 for use on HT.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius^2.5 on: February 24, 2021, 06:52:53 am
Received Blaxius 2.5 and have some preliminary observations.
- This is a considerable upgrade.  Music is crystal clear. Expressive.  Dynamic. Present. 
- I was curious about the comments on how "smearing" is gone.  I noticed the smearing primarily on symphonic music.  However wonderful everything else sounded, I could not listen to symphonies without fatigue and some discontent.  Today I listened to symphonies in all their glory.  I could feel myself starting to tense up as familiar passages with massed strings and horns began.  But the smearing is gone!  Massed strings are not edgy or scratchy.  Soulful, beautiful. And horns with power but not grating.
- As upgrades go, I'm not sure how to rank Blaxius 2.5.  Probably a bit below Mach III, and equal to, or a bit above Lush 3.

Now I need to get the ET 3 in the system.

Absolutely worth it Peter.  Truly amazing cable.  I still cannot believe that shielding can do this.

4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal search not finding albums on: February 19, 2021, 08:56:07 pm

I have always found the copy link procedure to work better to search for Tidal albums especially for classical music.  With classical music there is no clear definition of who the artist or album is with composers, conductors, performers, etc. being organized in somewhat random fashion.

5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal search not finding albums on: February 19, 2021, 05:47:24 pm

I have found that the best way to find albums in XXHE is to use Tidal to find the album, then copy the link, and paste it in the album search field in XXHE.

6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: ET^3 on: February 14, 2021, 04:39:34 pm

Is there a default recommended configuration for the jumpers on the ET^3? Also any suggestions on how to begin with the separate ground wire.  I'll read up again on the ET^3 discussions in the forum.

7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / ET^3 on: February 14, 2021, 01:15:39 am
After many years of using a switch between the audio PC and music server PC I finally connected the two PCs together directly and was surprised to find quite a difference in SQ (hoping this is not just my imagination).  This made me wonder how many people have tried the ET^3 and what difference has it made to SQ, and also what configuration are people using with the ET^3.  Just ordered the ET^3 cable to connect the audio PC to music server PC, so I can let everyone know of my experience as well. 
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Bobby Hutcherson - Oblique on: February 13, 2021, 12:47:59 am

Tidal has a reissue of this album with a different album number on the cover.  Did you find this on Tidal?  Is there an original vs a reissue version?

9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius^2.5 on: February 11, 2021, 06:06:21 am

Ordered the Blaxius^2.5.  Waiting to try it out!

10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius^2.5 on: February 01, 2021, 05:55:47 pm

I'm going to order a pair (4m).  Does length matter?  I currently have 3.0m, and I would like some flexibility in positioning.

I had just started to listen to Blaxius ^2 with A: BW, B: BW.  Sounded very good. 

Can't wait to try the new cable, especially if this upgrade ranks with Lush^3 and Mach III.

11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Remote Desktop issues with Certificate on: January 20, 2021, 03:42:46 am

Some of us have had problems with remote desktop related if you configure the RDC connection to require a password.  I have found the connection to be much more reliable by allowing connection with a blank password.

12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal: error when trying to search for a playlist on: January 01, 2021, 06:10:15 am

XXHE will work with Tidal curated playlists, but not your own custom created playlists.  Can you confirm that you are able to prepare Tidal playlists?

13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Question about option Q. on: December 12, 2020, 12:22:18 am

There is substantial discussion on the forum about the Q parameters.  You might start by looking at the introduction to the different parameters and what they do.

You will see from people's signatures that there are few variations  on what works best for different set ups.

14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Times are over on: November 26, 2020, 09:36:33 pm
This is sad news.  What does MQA 44.1 even mean?  The concern with MQA has always been around control of music distribution.  Looks like its happening.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Lush^3 on: November 09, 2020, 05:12:45 am

My understanding with the Phisolator is that it is the 5V in the short USB cable that needs to be isolated (but maybe not!).  In any case when I had various FIFO/USB Stream errors, I tried a different short cables with 5V isolated and it worked better for me.

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