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Article: Reality Quest: Going to Extremes with the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme (Part 1 of 5)

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Excellent work, looking forward to the follow up parts. Thank you 9_9


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Ray- wow, excellent work and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.  I love the attention to detail!

 


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Just now, DuckToller said:

Hi all, hi @Blackmorec

 

if you're interested, you may want to use the collaborative playlist " Extreme playlist - Reality Quest" I have created this morning:
https://play.qobuz.com/playlist/3240595 where I have put together anything I could find on Qobuz.
Sad fact, most of Chesky, Linn and some Blue Coast are missing.
Cheers, Tom

 

Terribly sorry about this guys!  I love it when folks like Rajiv post their review playlists, and I realized as I was writing this that I couldn't do the same.  It may be time to make a "Streaming Demo" playlist for future reviews and give up these old favorites.

 

(And thank you @DuckToller for putting this together!)

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$24,000 Euros for the base unit and they still upcharge an extra $220 for 4 TB storage.

 

Does anyone know what this means:

 

"All data and software storage is non SSD, and utilizes non SATA, non volatile solid state storage modules."

 

 

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If you're OK waiting until tomorrow, I go into great detail on storage strategies (and the why's) in Part 2.  Basically storage is direct PCIe connected storage (for OS and Music), which is consistent with a lot of findings here and elsewhere that this sort of storage results in better sound quality (presumably by giving CPUs more direct access to storage)

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Really nice way to kick off this 5 part series, @ray-dude.  I found what I've quoted below to be tremendously insightful.  I very much look forward to reading your thoughts on how the Extreme helps to get you there (which I assume it does).

 

"For me, the key issue isn't so much latency, as it is reducing the variation in latency. By way of example, playback that has a latency of 1 second +- 0.00000000001 second would be preferable to a latency of 0.001 sec +- 0.0001 sec."


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Mostly over my head. Only thinggy I clearly understood was the pile-o-dollar signs...

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Dude! Ray! Ray-Dude!

 

What a read and you haven't switched the fecking thing on yet 😅 Bravo!


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Ray-dude,

I love your writing style, the story sounds very interesting so far, and I love that you are listening to Todd Garfinkle recordings as part of your eval!!  :)Todd's stuff is so wonderfully done, and usually mesmerizing..something world music can be proud of.  I'm hooked to read part 2.  :)

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5 minutes ago, BigAlMc said:

Dude! Ray! Ray-Dude!

 

What a read and you haven't switched the fecking thing on yet 😅 Bravo!

 

Spielberg could go an hour into a movie before showing the Shark...I'm definitely not at that level!  I promise, there are a lot of glamor shots start in part 2

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2 minutes ago, ray-dude said:

 

Spielberg could go an hour into a movie before showing the Shark...I'm definitely not at that level!  I promise, there are a lot of glamor shots start in part 2

 

Shush please, I'm reading part 2 😉


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