The Emperor Has No Clothes!!

Read a post the other day where someone characterized a server/streamer as “sweet and tube-like sounding”.  It read like a parody.  Am thinking of starting a company based on tube rectified power supply for network switch.  Crowd funding?


+1 Carlsbad.  Everybody wants to sound like a professional audio reviewer.  The language is overwrought.


It is absolutely not personal, but my apology stands.  The irony is that my system reflects a complete lack of dogma, including with respect to measurements.  I do tubes and vinyl for goodness sakes!  I know that the amp in my big rig has a rated signal to noise ratio of “>90 db”.  Compare that to the Benchmark or the newest stuff from Simaudio where it’s something north of 120 db.  I also know that tubes are inherently more susceptible to noise and I choose to live with both of those limitations, cuz I just love my gear!  What I don’t do is try to argue that my stuff is better, or more resolving, than everybody else’s.  I know better.

But I have developed a passion with respect to the network switch/server/streamer end of things because that’s where I believe there is the greatest amount of misinformation in our hobby.  I do not doubt that most of the people responsible for this misinformation - including you - believe very strongly in what they say.  But as a long-time audiophile -even longer than my car passion - I feel an obligation to continue to share my views - respectfully - in order to help others in our hobby.

One of my favorite management aphorisms is: “Don’t always believe what you think.”  It’s a really good lesson to us all.


@mdalton we’re good. But you should probably start a new discussion and remove this one. 

@mdalton On the lighter side...

If you think your S4 performs better when it's clean versus dirty, next time put a coat of good wax or sealant on then report back on the seat of the pants performance enhancement :)

(former chipped A4 owner, 312k miles- all mine! now A3 daily driver and a Porsche for weekend fun)


carrera 4s is my dream car.  I call my chipped Golf R the poor man’s Porsche.  After I chipped it, it increased hp from 256 to 311.  The S4 is my wife’s (yes, I know, I married the perfect woman); anyway, since it got my car close to the power output of hers (333 hp), she made me chip hers, so it now puts out ~ 430 hp!  What Porsche do you drive?