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    Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

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    Episode 2 of our new video series called Audiophile 5 is now available. In this episode we cover the new and highly anticipated Sonore opticalRendu. A full written review will follow this video shorty, we just need to put more time in listening to music and using the device.

     

    From the manufacturer:

     

    "The opticalRendu utilizes an SFP fiber optic transceiver at its input to provide 100% galvanic isolation from the network and USB audio output. The opticalRendu has linear power regulation, CPU circuit design with femto clocking, USB circuit design with femto clocking, and a network circuit design with femto clocking. This unit utilizes SonicOrbiter for its operating system like all previous Rendu products."

     

    Products Mentioned in the video:

    Sonore opticalRendu - LINK

    Sonore systemOptique Starter Kit - LINK

    Sonore 7V 15W Linear Power Supply - LINK

     

    Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8 (150W) - LINK

    Ubiquiti SFP Modules (UF-SM-1G-S) - LINK

    Single Mode LC to LC 10 Meter Fiber Cable - LINK

     

    Audiophile 5 is a series about you, not us, where we cover products and topics that interest you. And, we do it all in 5 minutes. We hate long videos as much as the next guy because time is the most valuable thing have. We don't like to waste it hearing about what the talking-head had for breakfast and what he and his significant other did last night. If you like that kind of stuff, fine. It just isn't us. We much prefer the slogan, all killer no filler.

     

    Note: This is our second video in the series. Please be patient as we continue to develop the concept, improve the quality, and fix some issues. We can't wait for you to see what's next. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, if you're so inclined, here.
     

     

    P.S. You may want to watch it on YouTube for the full cinematic effect. 

     

     



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    I like the format now with the 5 minute limit. Past that I would rather read it. This looks like a great product. I wonder how the new switch coming from Uptone will work with existing Rendus in comparison.

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    Hi Chris @The Computer Audiophile

     

    Much prefer this kind of video - great improvement.

     

    Friendly feedback - there can be less of you on the screen and more of the product.


    For example: from 1min50sec to 2min06sec. Perfect time to show the parts you're talking about instead of us seeing your face 🙂

     

    Keep up the great work.

     

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    2 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

    Hi Chris @The Computer Audiophile

     

    Much prefer this kind of video - great improvement.

     

    Friendly feedback - there can be less of you on the screen and more of the product.


    For example: from 1min50sec to 2min06sec. Perfect time to show the parts you're talking about instead of us seeing your face 🙂

     

    Keep up the great work.

     

    Thanks for the feedback. I try to make the videos as much about the products and as little about me as possible 😁

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    8 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Thanks for the feedback. I try to make the videos as much about the products and as little about me as possible 😁

     

    I heard you say that in the video too.

     

    But then  from 1min50sec to 2min06sec I'm shaking my fist at the screen.

     

     

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    All said in good fun/spirits of course 😁

     

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    22 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

     

    I heard you say that in the video too.

     

    But then  from 1min50sec to 2min06sec I'm shaking my fist at the screen.

     

     

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    All said in good fun/spirits of course 😁

     

    Over the course of a century that 16 consecutive seconds could add up 😁

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    Just now, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Over the course of a century that 16 consecutive seconds could add up 😁

     

    Hehe.

     

    Just my friendly feedback about making the most of the 300 seconds you have to play with.

     

    Some people may not understand what SFP modules are or how to connect them.

     

    So after you said you want to make videos about the gear and not about you, we're looking at your face as you describe the hook-up 😉

     

    Agreed, there are better things to worry about in this world.

     

    Just trying to help you (and help people understand the product better - which is your focus too).

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    35 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

     

    Hehe.

     

    Just my friendly feedback about making the most of the 300 seconds you have to play with.

     

    Some people may not understand what SFP modules are or how to connect them.

     

    So after you said you want to make videos about the gear and not about you, we're looking at your face as you describe the hook-up 😉

     

    Agreed, there are better things to worry about in this world.

     

    Just trying to help you (and help people understand the product better - which is your focus too).

    Thanks em. 

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    3 minutes ago, jcbenten said:

    So...when does the first DAC with Fiber Input come out?  

     

    Playback Designs have had high speed fiber input DACs for many many years.

     

    There's also the Lumin X1...

     

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    6 minutes ago, jcbenten said:

    So...when does the first DAC with Fiber Input come out?  

    Wadia and EMM Labs had/have optical fiber but it is usually ST connection and also it isn’t Ethernet. 

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    3 minutes ago, Em2016 said:

     

    Playback Designs have had high speed fiber input DACs for many many years.

     

    There's also the Lumin X1...

     

    Is the Playback unit fiber Ethernet?

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    2 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    Is the Playback unit fiber Ethernet?

     

    Good point - no it's not.

     

    He didn't ask about ethernet but it's a good point you make, since we're discussing the opticalRendu here.

     

     

    Lumin X1 is.

     

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    Interesting product.  It is great to see new approaches to getting music out of the "computer" into the stereo! 

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    That was good. After telling you some previous videos were too long, I think this was about right. A format  I'd watch.

     

    Video should essentially be a media for giving us visuals of stuff that doesn't translate as well to written description, or results in wordy description that isn't that clear.


    We don't need video for the "review" part. That's what text is for and it is more time efficient for that. You got the right mix here. The best "review", IMO, would be a text one with short video clips showing us the stuff that is less suited for text.

    I also didn't know what an SFP input was, so I googled it.

     

    As far as the unit itself, it seems like something I'd be interested in, except for one issue: It gets many of us back to the "spaghetti" setup: 2 PS's, a switch, and the OR itself.
     

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    Chris, it's great to see you again:) I like the style of the video and appreciate how much time a 5 minute video can take to make. I'll forward customers to it for reference...  

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    13 hours ago, bobflood said:

    I like the format now with the 5 minute limit. Past that I would rather read it. This looks like a great product. I wonder how the new switch coming from Uptone will work with existing Rendus in comparison.

    It should work great and will be systemOptique certified. 

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    11 hours ago, jcbenten said:

    So...when does the first DAC with Fiber Input come out?  

    I know of two DACs with optical network input. Remember this requires a computer in the DAC. Anyway, Lumin and MSB both have a DAC with optical network input. Our solution brings optical networking to any USB-Audio device. 

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    8 hours ago, AudioDoctor said:

    I am really considering this if/when ROON integrates with Qobuz.

    We don't control what Roon does, but that seems to me in the works. 

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    4 hours ago, firedog said:

    That was good. After telling you some previous videos were too long, I think this was about right. A format  I'd watch.

     

    Video should essentially be a media for giving us visuals of stuff that doesn't translate as well to written description, or results in wordy description that isn't that clear.


    We don't need video for the "review" part. That's what text is for and it is more time efficient for that. You got the right mix here. The best "review", IMO, would be a text one with short video clips showing us the stuff that is less suited for text.

    I also didn't know what an SFP input was, so I googled it.

     

    As far as the unit itself, it seems like something I'd be interested in, except for one issue: It gets many of us back to the "spaghetti" setup: 2 PS's, a switch, and the OR itself.
     

    No. I called the 5x or 6x more complex suggestions of some spaghetti, but this is not spaghetti. First, many of our customers are already using optical fiber networking so this is a natural reduction in what the are already doing. Take Chris for example who already had optical waiting to be used. Second, most of our customers are using a switch. I'm using one in my audio room so nothing added for me. Third, we have other solutions that don't use fiber and the opticalRendu can be utilized with a cable Ethernet SFP module. Running out of time here, but you get the idea. On a final note, we don't make things complicated...we have always promoted simple solutions. Remote computer/NAS -> Rendu -> USB device.

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    7 minutes ago, vortecjr said:

    No. I called the 5x or 6x more complex suggestions of some spaghetti, but this is not spaghetti. First, many of our customers are already using optical fiber networking so this is a natural reduction in what the are already doing. Take Chris for example who already had optical waiting to be used. Second, most of our customers are using a switch. I'm using one in my audio room so nothing added for me. Third, we have other solutions that don't use fiber and the opticalRendu can be utilized with a cable Ethernet SFP module. Running out of time here, but you get the idea. On a final note, we don't make things complicated...we have always promoted simple solutions. Remote computer/NAS -> Rendu -> USB device.

    Okay, maybe I (and others) don’t understand the technology and terminology. How do you replace an existing USB to Ethernet renderer with one of these?

    Are you saying there is a cable that includes the SFP module you can plug into a convetional switch so that all you’d need to replace a convetional  renderer is the cable, optical rendu, and PS for the OR?

    If so, then that’s not spaghetti, I agree. 
    If it was me, (and I understand your approach is different) I’d rather have one box that  includes at least the PS, in not also everything else.  

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