I have the EtherRegen up and running in my system. Here is my initial impression from just plugged in to a day later. All files played locally from Jriver/Mac Pro tower 2013, music on thunderbolt raid, speakers TAD CR1’s, BHK300’s, Atmasphere tube preamp, Directstream/Bridge2.
I switched back and forth several times from the 30 foot cable that runs directly from the second Ethernet port of my Mac Pro trashcan to the short cable connected to the ER, and putting the 30 foot cable on the ER. There was also a passive medical isolator in the system right before the Bridge card in my Directstream dac, which I will remove in the next round of tests.
I liken the changes I heard from the newly plugged in ER to having the music flow through a much bigger pipe. Instead of the musical signal being slightly homogenized , it now really has room to expand, flow, reach new crests and ebb to new lows.
I never compared ethernet plugged in directly to my Mac, vs into a router, so I don’t know if my setup benefits from not having a router in the music’s signal path.
Meaning the ER may have a bigger impact in your system than mine.
I also feel the improvement is one of those (sometime watershed moments) that your ear/brain must become familiar with to fully appreciate the benefits.
I’ll post back tomorrow after the unit has has a day of warm up and steaming, though I can’t imagine it sounding better.
I’ve had the ER in the system for about 14 hours…
Doing a very late night session where I couldn’t turn it up, a few of the things I noticed Were that bass seemed very distinct, as if one could hear each undulation in the deep notes of organs.
Sense of depth and acoustic space each instrument occupies increased.
An orchestral track that previously sounded a bit harsh now sounded smoother while having more detail.
Sense of intimacy of voice on Springsteen’s western stars also seems bettered as well as some instruments like guitars just seemed fuller, more fleshed out and just more real.
I think the ER also reveals more of the recording and so Posibly any hardness baked into the recording may end up more apparent but I don’t have enough experience listening to say for sure.
I have a slight ground him issue in 1 preamp channel that I don’t typically notice much, and with the ER I feel like I notice it more , so perhaps the ER really is making the system quieter.
I told a pro audio guy about the ER and he mentioned he works with Dante networks. If the bandwidth is adequate This could be a huge benefit for recording studios, live sound and even tv productions that utilize Ethernet audio.
After having the ER in the system for a full day I had a chance to play one of my reference tracks, the Rachmaninov symphonic dances Turnabout/Apollo DVD ripped 96/24 wav.
I found myself turning up the system louder than usual. I normally tend to manage volume of playback of this track due to hardness or any amusicality . The horn blasts with ER in the system took on a whole different character. Instead of hearing a steely brat of sonic chunk, what I was left with was the metallic bite of the horns. They had a similar spectral footprint but without what I can best describe as a haze.
Its as if the signal has gotten scrambled in transmission and the ER is suddenly decoding it correctly and the previous “hardness” now rendered with the composition and resonances of the actual instrument. In a video world I’d liken it to viewing graphics on an HD lcd screen vs. the same graphics on a 4K tv. It’s the same source material yet one monitor’s curves have ragged edges and the other one displays a much nicer smoother rending.
The voilins on the track now sounded the most natural and here in the room as I’ve ever experienced.
On Jen Chapin’s Stevie wonder cover, Revisions, the fingering on the bass hitting the body and playing like a drum, revealed the whole of the instrument’s cavity resonating. Jen’s voice was just so natural on this well recorded cut that she’s just simply there.
As I posted in another forum, “avoid this product at your own peril.”