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Ive had one 2 days in my Lyngdorf TDAI3400 all in one streaming power DAC system.
Wow wow wow massive difference , every track I stream is like listening for the first time. I think I've squeezed the last drop of noise out of my system with this upgrade, I've been hitting noise and vibration control from all fronts on this system all year.
Its only super mp3 files but its literally like being at the performance my soundstage is wall to wall floor to ceiling.
If you want a streaming system to rival an analogue rig you have to look at getting a switch like this or better (some guys in Hong Kong have done some listening tests and they prefer 2 SoTM fully loaded switches in sequence as a reference hifi switch but the cost of that is about 5 times more than Etherregen.)
@discopants your reading of the comparison on WBF is wrong:
"(some guys in Hong Kong have done some listening tests and they prefer 2 SoTM fully loaded switches in sequence as a reference hifi switch but the cost of that is about 5 times more than Etherregen.)"
This has also been misquoted on the CA forums
They unequivocally preferred the single SoTM to the single ER.
They also preferred 2x SoTM’s to 2x ER’s.
It was clear that the SoTM was the superior switch by far albeit at more than twice the price of the ER.
"2. However there was no miracle. All attendees of the gathering, including me myself thought that the SOtM switch was still significantly better. This was not unexpected, because the SOtM was several times more expensive.
3. Single SOtM was better than a single ER (no matter unclocked or clocked).
4. For dual switch format, the sonic performance was SOtMx2 > SOtM to ER > ERx2 (no matter unclocked or clocked). Actually we didn’t like ERx2."
For the record, I do not use nor intend to get either switch nor am I shilling for either.
I was in the January batch. Evaluating over the weekend, I can confidently say that for my system, the etherregen is a very very positive upgrade. For my digital front-end, I only stream music from tidal.
My previous network audio path connected my bluesound node 2i directly to my router (an old TP link model) via ethernet cable. I inserted the etherregen between my bluesound and the TP link. So in my system, the clock in the etherregen directly replaced the clock in my cheap-o TP link, as well as provide all of the additional isolation benefits.
My system isn't anything fancy by standards on this forum (kef ls50, bluesound node 2i, ps audio stellar gain cell DAC, red dragon s500 class D amp, various aftermarket cables) and I clearly hear a dramatic improvement. Background is inky black. The musical presentation is just so relaxed and effortless, its very hard to describe. Its as if the etherregen removed something that you wouldn't have noticed was there otherwise. My speakers have completely disappeared in the room.
I haven't compared any other network switches, just took the plunge. I have to say that if anyone has a streaming front end and some cheap networking equipment, this is well worth a try in my experience.
Just got mine this weekend. Xfinity modem/router>Ethergen>CaryDMS 600. Cabling is Supra.
No need for double blind testing cuz you would have to be deaf not to hear the improvement. Best 640 you will ever spend in Audio
Texture and detail. Check out the listening impressions at the Computersudiophile.com.
I was on first batch. EtherRegen definitely is a keeper. It’s one of those components that I don’t see myself changing. I am happy with it and good value for the money. If you stream a lot, and have a decent system, it’s going to make a positive difference. Now... of course, a Chromecast Audio will not sound as good as a proper DAC, with EtherRegen or not