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@baconbrain, interesting comparison, I'm curious too! Smile I understand what you mean regarding tasking different seperate components with specific tasks. The question is if the extra work in the network subsystem is preferred to the extra work done in the local storage subsystem. I wouldn't dare to predict but intuitively my bets are on the local storage. My intuitions though have been wrong many times before in this hobby. Smile It's less overhead, less latency, less processing but more noise from the local storage subsystem. No idea what weighs heavier.




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As a general update; earlier I wrote I acquired the items below while all I really wanted was the LPS-1.

Sonore MicroRendu
Uptone Audio LPS-1
MCRU DC lead with Oyaide DC connectors
Paul Pang modified D-Link DGS108 ethernet switch
Kemp Elektroniks Power Bar 3 outlets
2x iFi iPower (5V and 9V)
Curious Cable USB Regen link
2x Supra CAT8 ethernet cable (1m)

I paid only 900 euro's for it. The seller would send these items last Tuesday but on Thursday I received a message he had had a car accident and both his car and the package were damaged so he had refunded me (hope to get that money back early next week).

Whether that accident really happened or not does not matter, the deal is off (of course I would feel very sorry for the seller if it did happen!). I'm actually not disappointed at all. The system sounds really great, there's currently no 'itches to scratch'. I would have had to sell things on the list I simply didn't need to actually make it a good deal for me. Now at least I don't have the go through the hassle of selling the stuff I don't need (and deal with the many morons that always seem to be active in many second hand marketplaces! Wink)
PS Audio P3, Shunyata ΞTRON Alpha Digital/Lessloss DFPC Signature/Furutech power cables, Paul Hynes SR7EHD-MR4, Roon, SoTM sMS-200, Curious USB cable, Audioquest Diamond RJ/E ethernet, Mutec MC-3+ USB, Shunyata ΞTRON Anaconda Digital XLR AES/EBU, Devialet Expert 250 Pro, Nordost Tyr Reference LS cables, Von Schweikert VR-5 SE Anniversary Edition, Anti-Mode Dual Core 2.0, JL Audio Fathom F112. More detail here.

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Hi Antoine

I saw you using FMC before the Roon server, but server to sotm sms-200 use Diamond LAN cable.

As I'm using a NUC for Roon server, LAN cable to switch, then to sotm sms-200, then AQ Diamond USB to mutec, I'm considering to add a FMC between sotm and the switch, do you think this is beneficial to SQ, or shall I use a higher quality LAN cable similar to you?

Thx.
Roon on NUC > sotm sms-200 > mutec > 220 Pro > Avalon IDEA
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Hi Kwan, the setup you have in mind is similar to my previous setup in which I too connected the SMS-200 to my network using two FMC's. The ethernet cable between the FMC closest to the SMS-200 surely mattered. It was powered using my Hynes SR7 PSU.

From the above setup I switched to a direct setup using the FMC's between my music server and SMS-200 (so no switches/routers etc. in between) and from there the next step was a new music server directly connected to the SMS-200 using the short AQ Diamond ethernet cable. But please read back in my topic, I detail most of all steps/changes I took so it's all there including the why's and how's.

If you can't do the direct setup an audiophile switch like the AQVox discussed elsewhere as well, may be the best investment. The AQ Diamond is an excellent ethernet cable but very expensive.

Using high quality power supplies on the SMS-200 and probably the NUC makes a lot (relative to the things mentioned above) of difference.

PS: I think my system is highly tuned so I may be valueing changes higher than others who apply these type of changes in their systems. As always: YMMV.
PS Audio P3, Shunyata ΞTRON Alpha Digital/Lessloss DFPC Signature/Furutech power cables, Paul Hynes SR7EHD-MR4, Roon, SoTM sMS-200, Curious USB cable, Audioquest Diamond RJ/E ethernet, Mutec MC-3+ USB, Shunyata ΞTRON Anaconda Digital XLR AES/EBU, Devialet Expert 250 Pro, Nordost Tyr Reference LS cables, Von Schweikert VR-5 SE Anniversary Edition, Anti-Mode Dual Core 2.0, JL Audio Fathom F112. More detail here.

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