The Barn: Connectivity

Peter Halley Rob and Jack (1990)

Why not give you the big picture, I thought. Why not, indeed.

Hopefully this will help put all of the pieces together.

And here are the details:

  1. Furman Power Station Series PST‑8 Line Conditioner
  2. ASUS RT-AT68U Router
  3. Small Green Computer sonicTransporter i5 (running Roon Server)
  4. Synology DS412+ NAS (music library)
  5. LaCie Blade Runner 4 TB External HDD ‑ USB 3.0 (music library backup)
  6. TP-LINK MC200CM Gigabit Media Converter
  7. Tripp Lite Duplex Multimode 62.5/125 Fiber Patch Cable
  8. TP-LINK MC200CM Gigabit Media Converter
  9. Netgear ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch1
  10. AudioQuest Niagara 1000 Low-Z Power | Noise-Dissipation System
  11. Sonore microRendu with iFi iPower Outboard Supply (Roon Ready)
  12. Auralic Vega DAC
  13. Ayre AX-5 Twenty integrated amplifier
  14. DeVore Fidelity gibbon X (badass speakers)
  15. iPad mini (running Roon Remote)
  16. Eames LCW (where I go)
The red and green lines illustrate separate electrical circuits. All of the network stuff is plugged into the Furman while all of the audio stuff is plugged into the AQ Niagara. This helps keep the noise generated by the network stuff out of the audio stuff.

For pictures of the barn and more, see The Barn.

1. This switch is necessary because I need to be able to connect a number of network players/network DACs at one time. If you only have one DAC to connect, the second Media Converter will connect directly to your network player or network DAC.

Stephen Dupont's picture

who provides the connection to the outside world (what does the router connect to?)

i have a furman PST8 and i have trouble fitting the power bricks for the varous network components into it, particularly the tp-link LPS, which go sideways, and thus take up at least two outlets each.

Michael Lavorgna's picture my case connects to another router in our house (via Ethernet) which is connected to the Internet.
Ixtayul's picture

Why the two TP-LINK MC200CM Gigabit Media Converter in a row?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
...the other receives.
Venere 2's picture

Another way to avoid the problem of large wall warts into the Furman, is to replace the Furman with this :-)

Yes, it is more expensive than the Furman. But, the oulets are spaced in a way that you can use all of them, even with large wall warts.

I have one of these and I love it! Four of the outlets are for digital gear. They have filters to clean up the nasty digital noise from DACs, computers, TVs, etc. The other 4 outlets are unfiltered and are for analog devices.

My brother had a PS Audio Dectet for 2 years. He replaced it with the Furutech and has never looked back. The sound quality improved, as well as the image on his TV.

Some people might hesitate, even scoff at paying this much for a power distributor. I believe it is worth every penny.

jvlata's picture

Thank You Michael, Diagram like this make things so much clear.. Keep the great job!

DH's picture

Do you have any? Ever plugged the mRendu directly into the fiber? Sonore has discouraged me from using fiber, saying the mR can have issues with it.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
I have not tried the TP-Link's Ethernet output directly into the mR, just via the switch.
sordidman's picture

I have the same media converters & it works fine. It's best to first connect the microRendu via RJ45 Ethernet cable that you will later remove. Get the microRendu up and running and seeing the network in sonicorbiter OS. Then select Power Off in the OS. Make sure that your power supply to the mRendu is unplugged. Switch both FMCs to FORCE. If the FMCs are plugged in unplug them. Plug the FMCs back into power. Connect the RJ45 from the receiver FMC to the mRendu. Plug the power back into the mRendu. You should now see the mRendu connected in the Sonic Orbiter OS.


TooTall's picture

Why the need for 2 room ready devices?

Michael Lavorgna's picture
The sonicTransporter runs Roon Server (and the iPad runs Roon Remote).
Ixtayul's picture

What purpose does roon fulfill on the microrendu, in this setup, if the transporter is the server and the iPad is the remote?

eddie v's picture

solid wood chair or laminated? : )

eddie v's picture

just getting under way and ordering stuff. microRendu on the way. Waiting on the Uptone Ultracap JS1. If you were starting from scratch would you use the sonic transporter as Roon server or the Qnap 417 set up? This all is going to a Vega and on to a Pass 250.8. Will shop for a pre as the next big thing. Thanks much for all you put out there for us. Peace

Hugo450r's picture

Thanks so much for laying out a visual. It was really helpful in understanding your system. I had a hard time understanding until I saw the whole chain laid out.

Question about the Furman power conditioner. I've been contemplating this type of product but was feeling overwhelmed by the huge variety of products, features and price ranges.

1) Can you describe ( qualitatively or quantitatively ) what the Furman contributes to your system?

2) Can you recommend some bang for the buck conditioners for a system in the $5k to $12K range?

Thanks, always appreciated.

Michael Lavorgna's picture
The Furman is used for my network components, while the AudioQuest Niagara 1000 is for my audio components. I'll focus on the Niagara and say that by plugging all of my audio gear into it, the overall sound improved in a number of ways all of which I mostly relate to a perceived lowering of the noise floor; a better defined sound image, greater low level resolution, improved dynamics, and generally a more engaging sound.

I do not have firsthand experience with many line conditioners so I'll stick to what I know - I'd recommend the Niagara 1000 or any of the Shunyata conditioners.


Lxgreen's picture

Hi, followed your suggestion and added the TPLinks between microrendu and Ethernet switch. I changed lots of things so not sure how much this improved SQ but system sounds very nice. I just installed the new Uptone LPS-1 to power microrendu and pleased with that addition. Now I'm reading how some people are using a LPS to power the wall warts from the two TPLlinks to eliminate noise they could introduce. This is getting a bit out of hand but always willing to spend a few bucks to improve SQ. can you share your thoughts on using the LPS to power the TPLinks? Thanks