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SOTM sMS-200 Ultra NEO or SOTM TX-USBultra ?

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Hello,

 

My audio system is the following: QNAP TVS-471 NAS-->Router-->Acousence Giso GB-->headless custom PC based on a Intel I7 6700K / SATA Filter III / tX-USBexp-->T+A DAC 8 DSD-->Rouge Audio Studio N-7-->Magico A3. The custom PC is running Windows 10, AO and JRiver.

 

I want to upgrade the rig (of course goal is to enhance SQ) and I thought to one of these two solutions (unfortunately, I don't have the budget to buy both...):

-add a SOTM sMS-200 Ultra NEO and use it as renderer via DLNA

or

-insert a SOTM TX-USBultra between the PC and the DAC

 

My intention is to continue to use JRiver which is my preferred player.

 

What is the best solution?

 

Thank you !

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19 hours ago, satbox said:

Hello,

 

My audio system is the following: QNAP TVS-471 NAS-->Router-->Acousence Giso GB-->headless custom PC based on a Intel I7 6700K / SATA Filter III / tX-USBexp-->T+A DAC 8 DSD-->Rouge Audio Studio N-7-->Magico A3. The custom PC is running Windows 10, AO and JRiver.

 

I want to upgrade the rig (of course goal is to enhance SQ) and I thought to one of these two solutions (unfortunately, I don't have the budget to buy both...):

-add a SOTM sMS-200 Ultra NEO and use it as renderer via DLNA

or

-insert a SOTM TX-USBultra between the PC and the DAC

 

My intention is to continue to use JRiver which is my preferred player.

 

What is the best solution?

 

Thank you !

Which power supplies are you using on your various modules?. In my system, which is very different, I’ve found that the biggest bang for my buck comes from removing ‘cheap and nasty’  SMPS bricks and wall warts

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On 8/10/2019 at 3:22 PM, satbox said:

Hello,

 

My audio system is the following: QNAP TVS-471 NAS-->Router-->Acousence Giso GB-->headless custom PC based on a Intel I7 6700K / SATA Filter III / tX-USBexp-->T+A DAC 8 DSD-->Rouge Audio Studio N-7-->Magico A3. The custom PC is running Windows 10, AO and JRiver.

 

I want to upgrade the rig (of course goal is to enhance SQ) and I thought to one of these two solutions (unfortunately, I don't have the budget to buy both...):

-add a SOTM sMS-200 Ultra NEO and use it as renderer via DLNA

or

-insert a SOTM TX-USBultra between the PC and the DAC

 

My intention is to continue to use JRiver which is my preferred player.

 

What is the best solution?

 

Thank you !

 

You may look here: 

I t is very long thread, but the main idea is that with the approx. the same budget or less you may have a DIY renderer which would provide much bigger upgrade to SQ than commercial renderers, such as SOtMs or Rendus. And I can confirm, power supply is critical.

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I am a subjectivist but there is way too much magical thinking in that thread.  Getting a clean electrical signal to the T+A Dac is the only goal and it isn’t rocket science.  I use the Matrix Audio usb card with the latest crystek clock and a linear power supply, and I suspect even that is overkill.  

 

Feed the DAC8 DSD512 with Roon’s Smooth minimum phase filter, it’s the best I’ve heard in my system and I’ve tried quite a few DACs.  It actually makes a real difference.

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32 minutes ago, emcdade said:

I am a subjectivist but there is way too much magical thinking in that thread.  Getting a clean electrical signal to the T+A Dac is the only goal and it isn’t rocket science.  I use the Matrix Audio usb card with the latest crystek clock and a linear power supply, and I suspect even that is overkill.  

 

Feed the DAC8 DSD512 with Roon’s Smooth minimum phase filter, it’s the best I’ve heard in my system and I’ve tried quite a few DACs.  It actually makes a real difference.

 

 We are speaking about rendering options. If SOtM is considered, why not look on the same type solutions with better processing power and better OS, etc.?

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I’m confused, are you saying you do or don’t have issues?

 

Last I checked it wasn’t exactly a simple or easy process to get the firmware for Linux DSD support.  

 

For me the best sound was achieved with a DIY renderer running Windows so I think we mostly agree.  Last time I popped in that thread it was using NUC’s with Linux but that is not an easy route for the T+A Dac.

 

My only point is achieving DSD512 being fed all the time with no hiccups should be the primary goal as this will trump any “perceived” differences of OS, usb cable, LPSU, etc.

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Apologies - many of us struggle to get DSD 512 via the Ultra Neo as an NAA.

 

Also SoTM have added the T+A USB identifiers a long time ago.  

 

I do agree though feeding the T+A with DSD512 will be a shift alone, followed by feeding it a quality reliable USB source.

 

T+A's USB markers are part of upstream Linux Kernel for a long time now - in short recent Ubuntu or Audio-Linux distros have support baked in.  Once you apply the latest Amanero firmware then you're good to go which ofcourse opens your options up considerably.

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