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I received my Initio 3 about 6 weeks ago. Unfortunately I also made some significant changes in my audio chain around the same time so it's hard to attribute specific differences. However, before the changes I did experience the Initio 3 for a brief while as it was burning in.  For me, it's a great compliment to a product to say that nothing was added or taken away.  My noise floor was very low to start with but the Initio 3 did clean up the signal somewhat (so I guess something was taken away).  No coloration was added; the sound stage seemed a bit deeper.  But this is also when I added in a Chord DAVE, eliminated my HMS, my OPTO DX and began remastering my library using PGGB. I suppose at some point I could power my JCAT USB and NET XE cards off the system board and make subjective observations.  It's an attractive bit of kit for sure. The warm orange glow of the front LED is nice. The footprint is nice, the cables are sturdy and the Neutrik connectors securely snap into place as do the DC connectors on the two JCAT cards.  In the end I like the fact the the PCIe cards are externally powered with a PSU in the same product family. I do not regret my purchase.

Starlink ISP -- > QNAP QSW-308S 10 GbE SWITCH  ---> Supra CAT 8+ & Audio Silver Dragon Network Cable  ---> QNAP TVS-672X NAS ---> DIY Music Server  with JCAT NET XE PCIE  and JCAT USB XE PCIE card (both powered with JCAT Initio 3 LPS) ---> Phasure Audio Lush^3 USB ---> Audiowise SRC-DX -- > Audiowise LP•FILTER ---> Dual Moon Audio Black Dragon BNC Coax Cables ---> Audiowise DC•Block  ---> Chord Electronics DAVE (Dual BNC input Connectors) ---> DAVE Balanced XLR output ---> Black Dragon balanced XLR cables ---> Hegel H20 Amp (Chord DAVE is the pre) ---> Morrow Audio SP6 Speaker Cable Pair ---> KEF Reference 1 3-way speakers

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, NWLanding said:

I received my Initio 3 about 6 weeks ago. Unfortunately I also made some significant changes in my audio chain around the same time so it's hard to attribute specific differences. However, before the changes I did experience the Initio 3 for a brief while as it was burning in.  For me, it's a great compliment to a product to say that nothing was added or taken away.  My noise floor was very low to start with but the Initio 3 did clean up the signal somewhat (so I guess something was taken away).  No coloration was added; the sound stage seemed a bit deeper.  But this is also when I added in a Chord DAVE, eliminated my HMS, my OPTO DX and began remastering my library using PGGB. I suppose at some point I could power my JCAT USB and NET XE cards off the system board and make subjective observations.  It's an attractive bit of kit for sure. The warm orange glow of the front LED is nice. The footprint is nice, the cables are sturdy and the Neutrik connectors securely snap into place as do the DC connectors on the two JCAT cards.  In the end I like the fact the the PCIe cards are externally powered with a PSU in the same product family. I do not regret my purchase.

Thank you for the review :)

 

Best regards,
Marcin 

JPLAY & JCAT Founder

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