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AQVox AQ-SWITCH-8
#1
As some of you know already I have ordered one of these.

   

The idea is to compare it against my current reference, the Paul Pang audiophile switch with MCRU LPS. The Paul Pang cost considerably less I should add, although probably about the same as the AQVox once one includes the power supply.

First impressions are already a bit meh TBH. I've had some correspondence with them regarding their "15 quid" D-Link wall wart asking if there are other options. There response is that a decent LPS will degrade the sound quality of this unit, confirmed by the review below (use Google Translate pls):

http://www.hifistatement.net/tests/item/...mitstart=0

I wanted to know if there were other options since the power supply only currently ships in Schuko version and I am wired with NEMA sockets here, although I do have a few UK ones on dedicated spurs too. I also expressed some of my reservations considering the use of the wall wart.

Their response was:

"Some Info:
We have been designing electronics and powersupplies for 30 years now.
http://www.aqvox.com/profil.html
Some of the worlds best microphone manufacturers use our micamp for development.
http://www.aqvox.com/referenz.html

We introduced the first audiophile fully balanced, dual-DAC, segregated Class-A output USB-DAC and
in 2006 worlds first audio-optimized USB-cables."

They have said that they have ordered adapters like these ones:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/EU-Euro-Europe-t...Sw7NNUKQqg

As you can imagine this doesn't play too well with my power OCD.  Confused

Any way I am going into this with an open mind and will report back my impressions when the unit arrives.

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

220 PRO, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-seven, Echole PSU for Totaldac, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Shunyata Research cables, Shunyata Hydra Alpha A10 + DPC-6 v3, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, Entreq Athena level 3 rack, 2 X SOtM sNH-10G with sCLK-EX + 10MHz Master Clock input + sPS-500 PSU, i5 sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD

UK
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#2
Hmmm. Looks a bit Oppo/Lexicon to me

http://www.audioholics.com/blu-ray-and-d...-outside-1
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#3
(01-Mar-2017, 08:26)Pim van Vliet Wrote: Hmmm. Looks a bit Oppo/Lexicon to me

http://www.audioholics.com/blu-ray-and-d...-outside-1

Isn't the AQVox the exact reverse of Oppo/Lexicon?  The AQVox is (possibly) a wolf in sheep's clothing, whereas the Lexicon is more of a sheep trying to disguise itself as a wolf.  (No offence to Oppo owners!  They are mighty fine products.)

This kind of stuff happens more than you might think.  I believe much of the innards of the £2K + krell Connect are shared with the Pioneer N50, for example.  Cambridge Audio Blu Ray players and Oppo's have shared innards for a number of years now.

However, if the AQVox lives up to it's claims, then it should be something special in a very ordinary box, which is fine by me.
1000 Pro - KEF Blade - SOtM sMS-200Ultra Neo - tX-USBultra - Mutec REF10 - MC3+USB - Pro-Ject Signature 12
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#4
Hello, I have been using a Cisco Switch with switching power supply for about 1 year. Recently, the power supply made noise, then I exchanged the power supply against a normal analog power supply with elaborate voltage stabilization and buffering! See, the leap forward was enormous. Perhaps only the exchange of the power supply also takes place with other switch the desired one takes place Rolleyes
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#5
Not a rebranded D-Link Smile

http://jspcaudio.net/np/20160518/

   
Main system
TAD D1000mk2, TAD M2500mk2, TAD CE-1, Ansuz Mainz 8 C2, Ansuz Darkz D-TC
Qobuz Studio -> Roon ROCK on NUC -> Uptone etherREGEN -> dCS Network bridge -> AES/EBU -> DAC
HD Plex 200W PSU (4 rail for ISP fiber, router, switch and NUC)

Second system
Qobuz Studio -> Devialet Silver Phantom, Devialet Tree
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#6
The first impressions I read about from someone who ordered and tried the AQVox: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-ne...post644680

Has yours been delivered yet Guillaume? Smile
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#7
(18-Mar-2017, 12:28)Antoine Wrote: The first impressions I read about from someone who ordered and tried the AQVox: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-ne...post644680

Has yours been delivered yet Guillaume? Smile

Not yet! I believe it has arrived in the UK though so I expect sometime next week. Will definitely post my impressions once it has bedded in.

Guillaume
Industry disclosure: UK distributor for Shunyata Research

220 PRO, totaldac d1 server with additional external power supply, totaldac d1-seven, Echole PSU for Totaldac, Wilson Audio Sasha 2, Shunyata Research cables, Shunyata Hydra Alpha A10 + DPC-6 v3, Various Entreq ground boxes and cables, Entreq Athena level 3 rack, 2 X SOtM sNH-10G with sCLK-EX + 10MHz Master Clock input + sPS-500 PSU, i5 sonicTransporter w/ 1TB SSD

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#8
Watching this with interest.

>>> 1st Place Award: Devialet, last decades most disappointing technology purchase.  <<<

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(18-Mar-2017, 12:28)Antoine Wrote: The first impressions I read about from someone who ordered and tried the AQVox: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-ne...post644680

Has yours been delivered yet Guillaume? Smile

Link doesn't seem to work for me....

Ah, I see the site is having an upgrade at the moment. The biggest it's ever had apparently!

>>> 1st Place Award: Devialet, last decades most disappointing technology purchase.  <<<

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#10
What do you think about the PSU? Is it just BS that it sounds the best with the "upgraded" switchmode PSU? If they wrote what linear PSU they have tried it would atleast tell us if it only was crappy ones.

Dont know if this test has been up before.

https://www.audiophil-online.com/test/ne...-by-aqvox/
Main system
TAD D1000mk2, TAD M2500mk2, TAD CE-1, Ansuz Mainz 8 C2, Ansuz Darkz D-TC
Qobuz Studio -> Roon ROCK on NUC -> Uptone etherREGEN -> dCS Network bridge -> AES/EBU -> DAC
HD Plex 200W PSU (4 rail for ISP fiber, router, switch and NUC)

Second system
Qobuz Studio -> Devialet Silver Phantom, Devialet Tree
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