Want to be a beta tester?
LANRover, the little pair of boxes that transforms your computer/DAC into something extraordinary is ready for beta testing. Many of you have seen the announcement on the product page and have already added your names into the proverbial hat. Thank you. There's only a limited number available for testing. If you haven't yet, but are interested, go here and read what's expected. If it sounds like a program you'd like to participate in, please email me and I'll forward it to the right people. LANRover's an exciting product for me, one I agonized over for a long time. There's just so many little gadgets, fixer uppers, magic cures, cables, ad nauseum—all claiming to fix the problems of USB—that the last thing I thought we'd want to get involved with was adding yet another. This odyssey began when I asked Ted Smith if he knew of a way to send USB over a home network: a seriously tough thing to do. Sure, there are a few audio-capable devices to extend the length of USB's 5 meter restriction, but those didn't interest me. I wanted to plug my computer's USB output into PS Audio's network router at one end of the building, and receive the signal in Music Room One at the other end. And this is a 12,000 square foot building. Ted connected us with an engineering group who had developed exactly what I was hoping for and they sent me a pre-production prototype. I had my fingers crossed. I wasn't worried that it would work. I was worried how it would sound. After all, I had spent a great deal of time and money with cables and widgets to get the best sound from USB as possible. This contraption would have a hard time not mucking up the sound I had worked so hard to achieve. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was better than what I had been listening to. A lot better and not by a small amount. Mystified, I brought the pair into Music Room One and replaced all the gizmos I was using to improve USB. Would it work its magic on its own and without a network? I connected the pair with a 1 meter CAT5 cable,fired up the system and grinned from ear-to-ear. It was later after many conferences with the engineers I began to figure out how it worked and why it worked—all of which is detailed on the product page. This product was too important to withhold from the world. It wasn't another box, another flash in the pan. This was the real deal and I had to release it. Email me if you're interested.
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