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13 hours ago, Topk said:

Same experience with me. Didn’t like the HDplex 500W. Performance was very disappointing. I like a trio of Keces P8. Alternatively, Teradak but only if you like a sound on the “harder” side of things.


Mine was a let down at first, but after doing the following:


- use short cables, not the ridiculously long ones provided 

- use both CPU and PCIE to CPU EPS sockets (big difference, and more even heat distribution on heatsink after)

- change internal fuse, really opened things up this

- disable turbo mode for CPU 

- gave it at least a month+ to settle, left it on 24x7 (tons of caps in there)

- better anti-vibration feet 

 

It was much better than switching a standard ATX PSU in. 

 

Having said that the Taiko DC DC naturally shows it the door; my CPU is easily consuming 6A+ on load with ease.

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15 hours ago, guiltyboxswapper said:


Mine was a let down at first, but after doing the following:


- use short cables, not the ridiculously long ones provided 

- use both CPU and PCIE to CPU EPS sockets (big difference, and more even heat distribution on heatsink after)

- change internal fuse, really opened things up this

- disable turbo mode for CPU 

- gave it at least a month+ to settle, left it on 24x7 (tons of caps in there)

- better anti-vibration feet 

 

It was much better than switching a standard ATX PSU in. 

 

Having said that the Taiko DC DC naturally shows it the door; my CPU is easily consuming 6A+ on load with ease.

The units shipped to me had build defects as well unfortunately which put me off using it.

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FYI - Windows 11 (Build 21996.1) could be converted into Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC

 

https://pastebin.com/raw/ncMxD5WT

https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/windows-editions-reconstruction-project.80939/page-174#post-1668911

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Simply DAFS on the ISO with SHA-1: 3B6DA9194BA303AC7DBBF2E521716C809500919C

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=%2221996.1.210529-1541.co_release_CLIENT_CONSUMER_x64FRE_en-us.iso%22

 

Bypassing TPM 2.0 / Secure Boot

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows11/comments/o9vuo5/how_to_install_windows_11_insider_builds_on/

https://www.deskmodder.de/wiki/index.php?title=Windows_11_auch_ohne_TPM_und_Secure_Boot_installien

 

Registry keys

 

https://github.com/St1ckys/Win11/blob/main/BypassTPMCheck&SecureBoot.reg

 

Boot off the ISO and press Shift + F10 to launch Command Prompt first, then create both registry keys as follows

 

reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig" /v "BypassTPMCheck" /t REG_DWORD /d 1
reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Setup\LabConfig" /v "BypassSecureBootCheck" /t REG_DWORD /d 1

 

As usual there's another "SuperLite Edition" out there

 

 

Build 22000.51 was just released

 

https://betawiki.net/wiki/Windows_11_build_22000.51

https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/28/announcing-the-first-insider-preview-for-windows-11/

 

A relatively new kernel should be somewhat different when compared to the one from Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 (Build 17763) and maybe it also sounds different then?

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Hi guys i want your opinion on my next move regarding my server.

I m really undecided and cant take the decision.

My server is based on the z390 phantom mb with i9 9900k cpu,hd800,jcat usb,e and lan femto ,euphony os,with 2 keces p8 ulps.

All cables are upgraded to the silver version by nenon.

My current dac,is spdif input only.

I have 2 options:

Go with the recommended upgrade path by nenon wich is taiko atx+v2+jcat xe plus audio gd he20 usb to spdif converter.

Thus solution is going to cost me=4450 euro.

Or option 2 ,install pf ultra oxco spdif bridge with windows 10 pro and fidelizer pro + taiko atx+v2 wich gonna cost me=4000 euro also.

What option will you choose?

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Pink Faun may not work well with Intel, do check before buying....other than that and without having auditioned both options: I am in favor of less is more so so would be inclined to go with the second option IF you have a good linear PSU for the PF card!

 

 

ISP, cat8.1, Zylix switch on LPS, Finisar <1321>Solarflare 8522, AMD 9, Aorus X570 Master, Corsair AX1200i, 16Gb Apacer Ram, Pink Faun I2S OCXO on LPS, home grown RJ45 I2S cable, Metrum Amethyst (modded to accept I2S), Klangfilm 204a, Klangfilm Trionor (3Tesla 835, JBL2402)

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9 minutes ago, MarcelNL said:

Pink Faun may not work well with Intel, do check before buying....other than that and without having auditioned both options: I am in favor of less is more so so would be inclined to go with the second option IF you have a good linear PSU for the PF card!

 

 

Thks for the reply.

I m thinking same as you,less usb/spdif  converter on the chain should be the best.

But my server is tweaked for usb output and that s why my doubts.

Jord of pf is confident it s gonna work on intel with windows pro.

 

I dont have yet a very good 5v lps for the pf.

Nenon at some point said earlier that the pf ultra oxco is better than jcat usb xe but not worth the extra money..

 

The only thing stopping me is that my hole server/ streamer was built by nenon to perform the best thru usb,and even the taiko atx+ v2 are tested with jcat usb xe ...

 

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53 minutes ago, sakso136 said:

My current dac,is spdif input only.

 

53 minutes ago, sakso136 said:

What option will you choose?

Could a different DAC with USB input be a possible option?

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12 minutes ago, elan120 said:

 

Could a different DAC with USB input be a possible option?

Nope unfortunately.

The dac i have is just 1 ,5 month old and is amazing for the money.

I m considering also another option though,wich is installing jlsounds usb card on it.

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14 hours ago, sakso136 said:

Hi guys i want your opinion on my next move regarding my server.

I m really undecided and cant take the decision.

My server is based on the z390 phantom mb with i9 9900k cpu,hd800,jcat usb,e and lan femto ,euphony os,with 2 keces p8 ulps.

All cables are upgraded to the silver version by nenon.

My current dac,is spdif input only.

I have 2 options:

Go with the recommended upgrade path by nenon wich is taiko atx+v2+jcat xe plus audio gd he20 usb to spdif converter.

Thus solution is going to cost me=4450 euro.

Or option 2 ,install pf ultra oxco spdif bridge with windows 10 pro and fidelizer pro + taiko atx+v2 wich gonna cost me=4000 euro also.

What option will you choose?

Hi Sakso,

My opinion would be to sell your streamer  "as is" because it is good for USB  dac

and buy a used one with AMD (from Longinc in the classified), where you will be able to put a PinkFaun Spdif bridge with Euphony and add the Taiko dc-atx :)

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7 hours ago, rico25 said:

Hi Sakso,

My opinion would be to sell your streamer  "as is" because it is good for USB  dac

and buy a used one with AMD (from Longinc in the classified), where you will be able to put a PinkFaun Spdif bridge with Euphony and add the Taiko dc-atx :)

I have to tell you that the Gaia D2D with a Revelation Audio I2S cable is truely a match made in heaven.  I am using it with a z390 phantom mb, passively cooled i9 9900k, with plenty of Apacer select industrial ram , JCAT net Xe, and a Nenon’s recommended unregulated power supply Takio DC regulator board combination.   The SQ is so many leagues above anything I have ever heard anywhere before that I wouldn’t believe it if I wasn’t hearing it for myself.  My mind is bogged to try and imagine how Nenon’s  and Austinpop’s assurances that there is even better SQ to be had with the Takio Extreme🤪🤯.

 

I would suggest that you get a Takio DC regulator board for your existing server, add a Gaia with Revelation Audio cable, and happily enjoy the bliss.  


As for me, my plan is to continue collecting the parts to build Nenon’s Takio DIY server as it comes to fruition, to be my endgame server, and to which I will be transferring the JCAT net XE card and Takio DC regulator board.  Of course, if I were to win the lottery, I would simply buy a Takio Extreme server as a complete turn key solution 🤞.

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9 hours ago, rico25 said:

Hi Sakso,

My opinion would be to sell your streamer  "as is" because it is good for USB  dac

and buy a used one with AMD (from Longinc in the classified), where you will be able to put a PinkFaun Spdif bridge with Euphony and add the Taiko dc-atx :)

Thks rico25.

I m very tempted by trying the pf bridge on my current ,server,if i like it ,i ll add taiko and v2 to it,otherwise i will go ddc route and sell the bridge..

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52 minutes ago, lwr said:

I have to tell you that the Gaia D2D with a Revelation Audio I2S cable is truely a match made in heaven.  I am using it with a z390 phantom mb, passively cooled i9 9900k, with plenty of Apacer select industrial ram , JCAT net Xe, and a Nenon’s recommended unregulated power supply Takio DC regulator board combination.   The SQ is so many leagues above anything I have ever heard anywhere before that I wouldn’t believe it if I wasn’t hearing it for myself.  My mind is bogged to try and imagine how Nenon’s  and Austinpop’s assurances that there is even better SQ to be had with the Takio Extreme🤪🤯.

 

I would suggest that you get a Takio DC regulator board for your existing server, add a Gaia with Revelation Audio cable, and happily enjoy the bliss.  


As for me, my plan is to continue collecting the parts to build Nenon’s Takio DIY server as it comes to fruition, to be my endgame server, and to which I will be transferring the JCAT net XE card and Takio DC regulator board.  Of course, if I were to win the lottery, I would simply buy a Takio Extreme server as a complete turn key solution 🤞.

Hi,

Are you using jcat usb xe also?

The audio gd he20 was comparedto su1( wich i have now),to matrix,su2 and su6 ad blew them all.no idea of gaia.

For coax nenon is highly recommnding high fidelity ct2

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46 minutes ago, sakso136 said:

Hi,

Are you using jcat usb xe also?

The audio gd he20 was comparedto su1( wich i have now),to matrix,su2 and su6 ad blew them all.no idea of gaia.

For coax nenon is highly recommnding high fidelity ct2

For me, the SU-6 with its OCXO and built in ultracacap LPS was a much better way to go than the SU-2 modified to use an external LPS.  When I later upgraded the SU-6 with all AudioNote Kaisei caps it improved its SQ considerably.
 

However, the Gaia with Revelation Audio I2S is in an entirely different league all together.   My Terminator Plus is quite good without the Gaia and Revelation Audio I2S, but with it, the SQ is so much more realistic and immersive that I could never go back to just the Terminator Plus alone.

 

Check out the design and construction of Gaia on the Vinshine Audio for details of its OCXO, usb discrete input circuitry (as opposed to the XMOS processor chip used in the Singxer products), and it’s high end power supply.  Like the Terminator Plus, it punches way above its price point. 

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6 minutes ago, lwr said:

For me, the SU-6 with its OCXO and built in ultracacap LPS was a much better way to go than the SU-2 modified to use an external LPS.  When I later upgraded the SU-6 with all AudioNote Kaisei caps it improved its SQ considerably.
 

However, the Gaia with Revelation Audio I2S is in an entirely different league all together.   My Terminator Plus is quite good without the Gaia and Revelation Audio I2S, but with it, the SQ is so much more realistic and immersive that I could never go back to just the Terminator Plus alone.

 

Check out the design and construction of Gaia on the Vinshine Audio for details of its OCXO, usb discrete input circuitry (as opposed to the XMOS processor chip used in the Singxer products), and it’s high end power supply.  Like the Terminator Plus, it punches way above its price point. 

Ok,ill check the gaia.

The su1 i have is moded by ghent audio to be used with external ps.

I m using it with ultracap 1.5 lps sonore dc cable.

On the other thread here regarding the audio gd many said it is also on a total different league than the singxer.

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1 hour ago, sakso136 said:

Ok,ill check the gaia.

The su1 i have is moded by ghent audio to be used with external ps.

I m using it with ultracap 1.5 lps sonore dc cable.

On the other thread here regarding the audio gd many said it is also on a total different league than the singxer.

Unless I’m mistaken, the su1 uses a 1st gen XMOS chip that has long been discontinued, the su2 uses a 2nd gen chip (with about twice the processing power), and both of them need modification to enable the use of an external LPS to really shine.  The su6 uses the latest generation XMOS, has other circuitry enhancements, and  has a built in supercapacitor LPS.

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FYI - the latest version 208 of MinorityClean should have hit the "jackpot"

 

http://jplay.eu/forum/index.php?/topic/3063-pink-hq-minorityclean/?view=getlastpost

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208 still more euphonic and exciting than previous versions.

It has incredible transient response, ultra-massive, deeeeeep bass and super-open and exciting highs. Instruments are perfectly separated. Everything feels so alive. Everything is so detailed.

It is so exciting it makes me want to jump to the rhytm.

OryA is on fire again. Every version since 205 brings massive improvement

 

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Diana Krall is singing in front of me in the room right now.

 

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He seems to have nailed it with 208 , think it’s his best yet

 

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Hi guys..,
I have now tried 208 and like it pretty much.
First impression, everything got more into focus. Soundstage with better resolution and precise/focus imaging. Bass hits tighter and even more impactful. I will let it runs for next 24hrs and revisit my preliminary observations.
This is fantastic…!

 

Previous versions

 

https://pastebin.com/raw/9bw4a3Xa

 


 

Here's a script created by HungryBear on another forum

 

http://jplay.eu/forum/index.php?/topic/3063-pink-hq-minorityclean/?p=54544

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The script will now start multiple instances of MinorityClean with NT Authority / System privileges, and then automatically terminate the NSSM.exe application.

Which will give you all the benefits of running MinorityClean, but with significantly less memory usage, significantly less CPU usage, and fewer processes, threads and handles running in your system.

Which means better sound for you! 

For the reasons mentioned above, this method is better than the sexe64 or Fidelizer method, even if you run just one instance of MinorityClean.

 

http://jplay.eu/forum/index.php?/topic/3063-pink-hq-minorityclean/?p=55715

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I can confirm that HB's script is working well. Only MC is running....even on Win 11!

 

Service User Accounts

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/services/service-user-accounts

 

IMHO it's mighty interesting to launch an application as System or TrustInstaller etc. since those Service User Accounts should be relatively clean when compared to the regular ones such as local administrator.

 

It's less likely to have a cluttered registry hive associated with those accounts, while no user profiles could be found under the C:\Users directory.

 


 

AdvancedRun

https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/advanced_run.html

https://www.nirsoft.net/articles/run-as-different-user.html

 

RunX

https://www.d7xtech.com/free-software/runx/

https://www.d7xtech.com/new-app-runx-and-runxcmd/

 

NSudo

https://github.com/M2Team/NSudo

https://nsudo.m2team.org/en-us/Download.html

ZrPWQ.jpg

 

Top 3 Tools To Run Any Process As System Or Trustedinstaller in Windows 10

https://www.techolac.com/run-process-trustedinstaller-system/

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Since SR Orange fuses are used in these builds.
 

Buy 2 get 1 free at present. 
 

Please let’s not get into a debate on this thread about fuses. I’m only letting people know about current SR offer. 

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On 7/5/2021 at 4:31 AM, ASRMichael said:

Since SR Orange fuses are used in these builds.
 

Buy 2 get 1 free at present. 
 

Please let’s not get into a debate on this thread about fuses. I’m only letting people know about current SR offer. 

 

Is there a voltage SR offer too?

"Relax, it's only hi-fi. There's never been a hi-fi emergency." - Roy Hall

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." - William Bruce Cameron

 

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i'm looking for some atx cable upgrades, 24p and 8p eps. im aware of ghent but just wondering if there are any alternatives out there? or is it basically ghent or DIY

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DIY-ing is easy enough, you need a good (!) crimping tool for the molex pins and play a bit around to make the crimping work as needed.

I ended up making mine as the Ghent cable I ordered did not fit the PSU I'm using (all cables are connected straight but my PSU has 180"rotated connectors), takes about an hour to make both cables if it's a straight connection.)

ISP, cat8.1, Zylix switch on LPS, Finisar <1321>Solarflare 8522, AMD 9, Aorus X570 Master, Corsair AX1200i, 16Gb Apacer Ram, Pink Faun I2S OCXO on LPS, home grown RJ45 I2S cable, Metrum Amethyst (modded to accept I2S), Klangfilm 204a, Klangfilm Trionor (3Tesla 835, JBL2402)

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1 hour ago, mrkoven said:

i'm looking for some atx cable upgrades, 24p and 8p eps. im aware of ghent but just wondering if there are any alternatives out there? or is it basically ghent or DIY

Fis-audio. High quality cables. Fast delivery. 

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