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  1. I'm running the same Asus board and Rysen 7 3700X audio pc and received my Apacer ECC RAM last week. It's been burning in 24/7 for about a week now. Although it's hard to do an A B comparison, I noticed a difference right away with the ECC Apacer RAM the minute I installed it. I like it better in my system and will not be going back to consumer grade. I ordered 4 sticks of 8gb RAM thinking I'd use 2 in one setup, and the other 2 sticks in another. I've been following this thread closely and after reading that others were noticing a difference with just 1 stick vs. 2, I've decided to just go with 1 8gb stick. I'm very happy with what I'm hearing. Thought I'd put in my two cents......
  2. Now I'm more than intrigued about trying out PCIe->I2S/LVDS->PS Audio Direct Stream DAC and not implementing a USB solution within this new build. It's currently configured with an Intel I9-9900 CPU on a mini-ITX Asus ROG STRIX Z390-I Gaming board. I choose the I9-9900 vs. the I9-9900K because of it's lower TDP value of 65W vs the I9-9900K having a TDP of 95W. I was about to pull the trigger on a PinkFaun USB Bridge, and noticed their I2S Bridge for the same price (with their base TXCO Clock) €325.00 (or $358 rounding up with today's exchange rate). I've got an email question out to PinkFaun about the compatibility with my Intel CPU based system. However, if their I2S Bridge is PCIe based, which is the industry standard, then it should fit like a glove into the single PCIe slot on the Asus MoBo I'm using. Pink Faun offers that card in the half height bracket even, which is perfect for the HD PLEX H3 V2 chassis it's going into. I just hope my idea doesn't go down in flames if for some reason their I2S bridge can't be used within this current new build (I think I should start identifying them by build date or something...it's hard to keep them straight.)
  3. That's surprising to hear. Does it only work on AMD CPU's then?
  4. In my opinion, their licensing model needs to be updated to something more manageable than what's being experienced by this community. I was also about to pull the trigger and purchase a license for Euphony/Stylus, and now I'm going to continue with the trial a bit longer until that gets worked out. I had a similar experience with another product, whereby every update to an operating system rendered it as an entirely different machine to the software application from a licensing standpoint. That was unacceptable. As a software developer myself, I know that it was a self imposed limitation on their part that they needed to re-address, and finally did.
  5. Sorry for the delayed response here. After having a conversation with Mattijs, I've decided to wait for his upcoming 12V 12A that he's still prototyping as that would be perfect for my scenario and the audio pc I'm building. Rather than refund me for my Farad 3 purchase, I decided to use the credit and wait for him to finish up his "Super 12". Hopefully he'll have that out before the end of the year. In the meantime, I'll be using a second HDPlex 200w LPS I have, along with the HDPlex 400W DC-ATX adapter (the latest version of the adapter that Larry just started shipping a couple of weeks ago). After trying out the latest version of the HDPlex 400W DC-ATX,I noticed an improvement in sound over the version I had purchased back in January of this year. I've been using that unit in an audio PC I built earlier this year. However, after I swapped it out with the newest version, I noticed a slight improvement in SQ. I'm not great at explaining things in audiophile speak, so please forgive my lack of specific details. It just sounds slightly more forward and detailed, with even a little extra texture to the mids and highs is the best way I can put it. At only USD$95, it was a bargain for slight improvement I noticed. Mattijs is also planning to build his own similar 400W DC-ATX converter but that's a little farther down the road he said. Lastly, I'm very curious about the use of an I2S Bridge vs. USB interface between audio PC and DAC. I'm quite happy with the SOtM tX-USBexp PCIe to USB audio card I installed and found it a definite improvement over the standard USB provided by the Mobo. However, I've noticed that PinkFaun offers an I2S Bridge for the same price as their base USB Bridge (USD $325 without clock upgrades). My PS Audio Direct Stream DAC is on their list as compatible with this card. Here's a link to the PinkFaun I2S bridge: https://www.pinkfaun.com/shop/bridge/69-2726-i2s-bridge.html#/164-compatible_i2s_dac_s-hdmi_ps_audio_direct_stream_dac/195-bracket_height-792_mm_3118_inch/196-additional_clock_for_bridge-no Has anyone tried out this type of I2S link and compared it to a similar quality USB connection (e.g., SOtM, JCAT, etc.)? If there's a unique thread for a discussion along those lines, please point me towards it.
  6. Based upon everyone's feedback and praise, I've also just ordered a new Farad3 19v from Mattijs. As others have pointed out, I've ordered it with the Rhodium fuse. It will be be used primarily for a new custom audio PC I'm building specifically for Euphony. I'm using an HDPLEX H3 v2 Fan less chassis in conjunction with their 400W HIFI DC to ATX converter for the time being. This Farad 3 will supply the power to that unit. I've used the HDPLEX 200W LPS to power another identical build and am curious to hear the difference.
  7. I'm currently using the SOtM USB card with an HDPLEX LPS providing the energy. I'm very happy with the results. For my next build, I'm wondering if others have noticed an improvement in SQ using the SOtM card with clock as compared to without clock. I'm also very interested in the JCAT FEMTO USB card, and any comparisons others might have had between it and the SOtm (or any audiophile USB card for that matter).
  8. I realize it's been over a month since last activity on this, and you might have already solved problem, but I thought I'd chime in. I also have this card in one of my setups and Asus instructs you to go into BIOS and disable any on-board audio on the motherboard (i.e., "HD Audio" was something I had to disable in BIOS first). Remember that all audio will be processed through this card, rather than the noisy motherboard audio. Another issue that could be a problem, and a resolution limiting factor, is using an optical connection, vs. a coaxial S/PDIF cable. The optical connection will only support up to 24/96 whereas a coaxial S/PDIF cable will support up to the cards highest output of 24/192. An optical connection (especially a plastic one) doesn't provide a nearly as reliable digital signal connection as a coaxial cable interconnect does. This is also why an optical connection is limited to 24/96. There really is more to it than ones and zero's, especially when you take error correction into account. Hope that helps (if you haven't already solved it!)
  9. Hi Craig, I had a similar issue awhile back and experienced skipping when the screensaver started up. In my case the operating system was Vista SP2, not XP, but you might want to try a similar approach. After much troubleshooting, I resolved the matter by ensuring that the system sound scheme (for Vista, right mouse on the Volume icon and go to the Sound Tab) was set to "No Sounds". I had to modify that scheme a little further by scrolling down the list of system sounds and ensuring that each was individually set to "None". After making those changes I saved those settings as a new system sound scheme (No Sounds-Modified) and the skipping stopped. I'm sure there are some variations to this with system sounds in XP, but thought I'd share what worked in my case as it seems very similar to yours.
  10. Hi God Vibes, I too am using my "vintage" California Audio Labs Alpha DAC. I have it connected via SPDIF out from my computer to the DAC unit with a coaxial cable. I've also considered the $500 upgrade to 24/96 but have wondered if it would improve the already audiophile performance. About a year ago I upgraded my internal sound card on the PC to an ASUS Xonar D2X. There are several manufacturers who build "audiophile" sound cards. Having nothing other than the specs of the card to go by, and the feedback of others who have also upgraded their audio card, I choose the ASUS model. I immediately noticed a huge difference in sound quality and consider it a well spent $200.
  11. You might want to make sure and reconsider the Apple Macbook part of this equation.
  12. I'm not sure I'm following your question here. To rephrase, are you asking if you ripped the same track from the same cd into different formats and bitrates (say FLAC, a few different rates of MP3, etc.) that it would sound less than desirable (like crap) using some lower bit rate MP3 parameters? It most certainly will.
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