You are correct. I want to change out all fuses including the rail fuses inside the MXRs.
I will let you know which fuses I end up going with and if I hear the difference after all is said and done.
I'm a newbie on this forum, but not a newbie to Ayre products. I currently use MX-R and DX-5 in my system (before DX-5 came about, I owned C-5xeMP). Recently Brent put me in the line for the DSD update, so I look forward to that. I have a few questions, but I'd rather ask them one at a time.
You've mentioned earlier that you are running out of (Oppo) parts for DX-5 and that the machine has almost reached the end of its life cycle. So what's going to happen to DX-5 next year? Are we to expect a new reincarnation based on a different transport (other than Oppo) or will it be farewell for good and never to be manufactured again? If the latter is true, what's going to happen if next year my laser dies on me? Do you have a mountain of new lasers stashed away to keep us-DX-5 lovers-supplied and happy until ripe old age?
Thank you very much for sharing with us your findings about the new fuses! As both MX-R and DX-5 user, I find this really important info. I look forward to Charles's response and, with his blessing, would put my Ayre gear thru the "refusing" surgery myself. But, Jeff, you forgot to tell us all the vital piece of information: what fuses did you end up buying and installing into DX-5 and MX-R?
Also, Jeff, we look forward to your report after you've replaced and properly auditioned the PCB fuses inside your MX-R. Would you oblige?
Your explanation about why you don't use fancy fuses in your gear makes perfect sense to me. That's what aftermarket tweaks are for!
While I'm waiting for Jeff's response, let me ask you this. On a previous page you mentioned solid silver fuses. That raised my interest. You see, that's exactly the kind of cables I use in my system with your (and ARC) gear: Wild range from AQ. Using solid silver fuses sounds like a perfect path forward in my situation. Could you, please, recommend one or two manufacturers that you respect for their work in this field? Kinda like you respect Cardas & AQ in cables department...
This is very interesting. I'm thinking of retiring my standalone players and moving to a DAC-centric setup and I'd love to have an Ayre multi-input DAC on the shortlist. Since the jitter reduction will be 'non-proprietary', I take that to mean your approach will work (hypothetically) with *any* transport and not just a T-5?
Wow, thanks for the explanation of the shortcomings of S/PDIF. It seems that Benchmark's DAC's use ASRCs in their 'UltraLock' jitter reduction system. I think there are a few DACs out there that output the word clock as well - Mytek Digital's Stereo192 comes to mind, though their background is in pro audio. Fewer still are any transports that accept a word clock input. Do you think some sort of data buffer on the receiver end would obviate the need for word clock distribution, at least for consumer applications?