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NET CARD XE

 

REDEFINING SOUND QUALITY.

NET CARD XE opens up new dimensions of sound quality with its extremely precise ±5ppb OCXO and state-of-the-art power supply section. Experience playback from TIDAL or Qobuz at new heights of resolution and dynamic range. Thanks to the NET Card XE, for the first time ever streamed music sounds better than locally stored files.  

 

NET Card XE audiophile network card

 

 

HIGH-END NETWORK AUDIO INTERFACE

With streaming services becoming the primary way of listening to music, the quality of network-related components becomes crucial if one wants to enjoy music at the highest sound quality. The NET Card XE delivers increased resolution over the NET Card FEMTO – world’s first audiophile network card - and is able to portray even the finest textures and details.

 


 

 

CUTTING EDGE OCXO

Engineered to solve the long standing challenges of legacy quartz OCXOs which are sensitive to environmental conditions, Emerald OCXO used on the NET Card XE offers 10 times better dynamic stability - the most stable timing in the presence of stressors such as airflow, temperature perturbation, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference (EMI).

 

 


 

 

 

SPECIAL COMPONENTS FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE

By using industry’s best LT3045 ultra-low noise linear power supplies and extremely stable OCXO clock combined with high-end Ethernet controller, the JCAT NET Card XE offers unprecedented quality of network streamed audio data. Connect a network audio player/DAC, a media server (NAS) or a broadband router to any of the two 1Gbit LAN ports on the JCAT NET Card XE and and pull out more detail and richness from audio files than ever.

 


 

 

THE PERFECT COMBINATION:
TAKING EXCELLENCE TO NEW HEIGHTS

The NET Card XE offers external PSU option which, when used, completely eliminates computer as the source of noise. Paired with the OPTIMO 3 DUO, which is among the best power supplies in the world, ensures the highest sound quality possible.

 

 

 


 

 

SPECIFICATION:

 

        • Audiophile PCI Express GbE LAN adapter

 

 

        • Extreme sound quality improvement for any music server, network player/DAC, streaming bridge or Audio PC

 

        • Improves music playback from cloud services (TIDAL, QOBUZ etc) as well as files stored on local music servers

 

        • State-of-the-art LT3045 linear regulators and filters eliminate noise interferences from a PC

 

        • Truly linear design: no switching power supplies

 

        • Cutting edge ±5 ppb stability Emerald OCXO (oven controlled oscillator) delivers the most stable timing in the presence of environmental stressors such as airflow, temperature perturbation, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference (EMI)

 

        • Highest quality industrial grade components with operating temperature range from -40*C to +85*C

 

        • Enterprise level high performance Intel i350 Ethernet controller

 

        • Gold plated high durability EMI shielded RJ-45 connectors with built-in 12-core transformers for improved isolation

 

        • Two audiophile grade network adapter ports supporting up to 1Gbit connection speeds

 

        • LED-off feature to counteract noise

 

        • External PSU option eliminates computer as the source of power for lowest noise & best sound quality (requirements for the PSU: 5V/2A min)

 

        • 5V PSU can be supplied via 2.1/5.5mm center-positive DC jack connector or via LP4 molex connector(OPTIMO 3 DUO recommended for best performance)

 

        • Low-profile & full-height laser cut PCIe brackets included

 

        • All x1-x16 lane PCI Express 2.0 slots supported

 

        • Supported operating systems: Windows (all editions) and Linux

 

        • Works natively with roon ROCK

 

 

JPLAY & JCAT Founder

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  • 4 weeks later...

Marcin, any update on this?

 

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1 minute ago, auricgoldfinger said:

 

Have you received a tracking number yet?

 

Nope.  Sounds like you have?

 

 

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12 hours ago, dminches said:

 

Nope.  Sounds like you have?

 

 

 

Here is what Marcin wrote me:

 

The NET Cards XE have just been released from customs. Your order will ship on Thursday / Friday at latest. You will receive tracking number automatically.

 

 

 

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On 1/7/2021 at 8:56 AM, Marcin_gps said:

Cards are here now and we're preparing all orders to be shipped tomorrow. 

 

Thank you for your support 🙏

 

Best regards, 

Marcin

 

Marcin, do you still expect to ship them today?

 

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1 hour ago, One and a half said:

@Marcin_gps, does the XE have the Intel i350 NIC like previous NET Femto card? I like this chip, has a great throughput and is very configurable.

Yes, the same chipset.

 

The improvements over NET Card FEMTO are:

- OCXO

- power supply section 

- Upgraded RJ45 connectors wiith better isolation properties

 

Regards, 
Marcin

JPLAY & JCAT Founder

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Hi Marcin.

 

Thanks for shipping the NET card XE, it arrived this morning.

I installed it and it works all right.

However, it is sitting in the next PCI slot to an Jcat USB XE card. The USB connection is not seen any more in the system with the NET card installed.

Upon removing the NET card the USB card is seen again.

The system runs on Gentooplayer.

 

Do I have to do something to let both be seen to the operating system, or did I do something wrong?

 

Regards,

Rob

 

 

 

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48 minutes ago, RDOK said:

Hi Marcin.

 

Thanks for shipping the NET card XE, it arrived this morning.

I installed it and it works all right.

However, it is sitting in the next PCI slot to an Jcat USB XE card. The USB connection is not seen any more in the system with the NET card installed.

Upon removing the NET card the USB card is seen again.

The system runs on Gentooplayer.

 

Do I have to do something to let both be seen to the operating system, or did I do something wrong?

 

Regards,

Rob

 

 

 

Hi Rob, 

 

Which PSU are you using to power the cards?

 

Regards, 
Marcin

JPLAY & JCAT Founder

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Hi Marcin,

 

Both are powered by a SR4. The USB card is powered by a SR4T, the Net card by a SR4.

The mobo is one you're familiar with - Supermicro X11SCL-F

 

Regards,

Rob

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8 minutes ago, RDOK said:

Hi Marcin,

 

Both are powered by a SR4. The USB card is powered by a SR4T, the Net card by a SR4.

The mobo is one you're familiar with - Supermicro X11SCL-F

 

Regards,

Rob

OK, thank you for the information

 

Have you tried installing the cards in different PCie slots? 

 

Please verify if the connection to PCIe slot is firm. 


Regards, 

Marcin

JPLAY & JCAT Founder

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I did, trying different slots or interchanging the cards using the same slots. No difference.

lscpi also doesn't show the usb controller on the USB card when the NET card is present.

 

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Rob

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Hi Marcin,

 

Thanks, that seems to be the issue indeed.

Running an older GP version from an USB stick made both cards work.

I'll investigate further how to get it working with GP. Probably need to update that first, backing up the  Roon database etc.

 

Appreciate your quick and helpful support!

 

Regards,

Rob

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