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  1. Speaking of Playback Designs MPS-5, there's a shootout among AQCD / Crystal CD / DSD64fs / high quality CD-R (Green Tune CD-R = $7.99 a piece and then $1.85 for MAM-A 24Kt. Gold) for audio mastering https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/crystal-disc-us-1600-was-played-with-genesis-speaker.11773/page-16#post-219732 Basically CD transports could only sound as good as the quality of the media themselves, IMHO pressed CDs are supposed to be nothing to write home about due to the cost constraint. Of course it would be fun to add tX-USBultra between Pioneer BDR-S12J-X and music server, then play one of those media for audio mastering while comparing that to stuff like Hi-Res downloads on an Optane or a RAM drive etc.
  2. And then there's also massive overkill stuff like ROG Dominus Extreme or C621 AORUS XTREME with dual 24-pin ATX and quad 8-pin EPS, we could throw in Xeon Silver 4214 (85W TDP) since that's officially supported by the latest BIOS version https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-Dominus-Extreme/HelpDesk_CPU/ https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/C621-AORUS-XTREME-rev-10#support-cpu https://www.provantage.com/intel-bx806954214~7ITEP6FK.htm https://www.provantage.com/intel-cd8069504212601~7ITEP6HQ.htm https://www.wiredzone.com/intel-components-processors-server-cd8069504212601-10030032 At some point they might even add Xeon Silver 4215 to the supported list and maybe Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules could get a chance? Fanless chassis for E-ATX motherboards here http://www.turemetal.com/product_en.html https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=590791895684 http://www.fanlesstech.com/2019/05/upcoming-turemetal-cases.html https://www.anandtech.com/show/14562/turemetal-fanless-chassis-for-diy-highend-pcs https://www.todotech20.com/un-chasis-super-sin-ventilador-de-turemetal-para-bricolaje-y-0-estaciones-de-trabajo-db/ http://www.comptoir-hardware.com/actus/boitiers-barebones/39256-turemetal-le-reve-dun-boitier-diy-100-fanless-bientot-a-portee-de-main-.html In that case even 85W Xeon Silver could get away with 4 × LT3045 × 10 https://www.mpaudio.net/power-supplies
  3. That's exactly what Roy was talking about Really? Maybe we could go for dual-box with two separate HDPlex then
  4. Actually @romaz retired his modified NUC once he switched to Euphony / Stylus https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/55873-shootout-at-the-linux-corral-audiolinux-vs-euphony/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-960794 His motherboard of choice for now https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/55873-shootout-at-the-linux-corral-audiolinux-vs-euphony/page/9/?tab=comments#comment-961583
  5. Technically speaking it's more like USB DAC / DDC that's hidden inside the PC unless we're using stuff like Thunderbolt expansion boxes or Adnaco etc. https://wccftech.com/the-evga-nu-audio-experience-more-than-just-a-sound-card/ Then I downloaded a copy of their drivers here https://cdn.evga.com/nuaudiocard/EVGA NU Audio_0.1.2.3_WIN10.exe Extracted everything and found something related to Thesycon, in that case USB Audio Class 2.0 might / might not be supported. It's definitely designed for both Kernel Streaming and ASIO, though. I also checked some *.inf files and both of them (VID_3842 = EVGA) didn't seemed to be an OEM deal to me https://pcisig.com/membership/member-companies?combine=3842
  6. Gotta call BS on that, some of us would simply like to have a VERY special take on Roy's impressions while pretending to have a sense of humor IMHO. Though that's understandable since we're talking about a threat to someone's profit https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/55873-shootout-at-the-linux-corral-audiolinux-vs-euphony/page/8/?tab=comments#comment-960794 And then it's all about the context once we're actually reading what Roy was writing without an agenda, the specific thing that's able to reap the benefits of processors with relatively high TDP (while still good for a fanless setup) turned out to be Euphony / Stylus but NOT AudioLinux / Roon at least in Roy's setup. Hey @The Computer Audiophile just wondering if you're gonna keep turning a blind eye on vested interest that's poisoning the well, even though no sponsor's card could be played in this particular case?
  7. As mentioned on a Facebook group that's started by @john925 recently, it's truly challenging to provide enough juice for a power-hungry system if we're going for a linear ATX PSU https://www.facebook.com/groups/196686957134431/permalink/1532995673503546/ Supposedly that TeraDak ATX beast should be rated at 850W but evidently it just couldn't keep up with the demand of GeForce GTX Titan Black in addition to the rest of the system. Then a secondary linear PSU that's rated at 300W was ordered and it's meant for powering GeForce GTX Titan Black alone. Once again that still wasn't good enough for a GPU that should require 250W to operate. Regarding DC-ATX options, there's also G-Unique from China while Guryhwa should be able to speak English as well as Ghent Xu does https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/list-of-dc-atx-power-supplies.1206/ (Not sure why but I just kept thinking about words like string and spot etc. whenever I saw the brand G-Unique.) Obviously the "Holy Grail" of ATX PSU should be something that's similar to what we're getting from Innuos ZENith Statement, most likely that's gonna set us back quite a few grand. Finally there's also something about the quality of those DC power cables between the linear PSU itself and each component, some of us were getting quality stuff from Ghent Xu while there are other DIY options like Mundorf as well as Neotech etc.
  8. I was sorta thinking about Miles Davis (Kind of Blue) when I saw that name on page 2. No trade war in Canada, and no parts from Huawei as well. No wonder they're getting things done over there. Apparently he's joining the ranks of Paul Hynes and Peter Bradstock since they're quite fond of taking their sweet time to fulfill orders, coincidentally some of their products seemed to be reviewed (or owned) by Roy at some point while it's important to understand that patience is a virtue. LOL
  9. IMHO it's tricky to define what's actually "sufficient" when we've gotta take this into consideration https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/page/542/?tab=comments#comment-941760 Are we going for that Euphony + Stylus combo while gaming motherboards and processors are preferred? If so, forget about LPS-1.2 when we're looking at stuff like an i9-9900K with 95W TDP etc. Let's say we're shooting for the stars here, maybe having 16 direct power phases to the CPU alone with Smart Power Stages that are rated at 70A might do the trick? https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/X570-AORUS-XTREME-rev-10 Of course the most important part here should be having two EPS connectors instead of one, 105W TDP for 12-core Ryzen 3 3900X while we don't necessary know the actually power consumption of base clock versus boost clock. Since the availability of SR7 rails should be comparable to that of hen's teeth at the moment, maybe combining two 12A rails (i.e. 144 + 144 = 288W) as quoted below could be our best bet as long as the price is right? http://www.faradpowersupplies.com For other high-current 12V rails that are powered by linear transformers, here's what they're claiming in China 12V/24.5A https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=35319195801 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=35604325201 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=41531479282 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=590818543597 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=591457233653 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=591457661424 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=596102786830 12V/15A https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=584109188945 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=591222416438 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=591457145630 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=592312329878 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=592640771609 https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=596093950210 12V/7A from Hong Kong https://www.clonesaudio.com/powerstation
  10. I'd like to give a shout-out to @ray-dude who did a really great job, he's sharing so many fantastic data points by comparing different outputs of NUC7i7DNKE in addition to the differences between multiple sources of DC power etc. https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/audiowise-opto•dx-optical-isolation-bridge-for-dual-spdif.23757/reviews It totally blew my mind since everything was so well articulated, the most interesting part for me was PowerAdd Pilot2 @ 16V > HMS stock SMPS @ 15V > PowerAdd Pilot2 @ 12V. IMHO that's quite similar to what Roy mentioned before https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/page/361/?tab=comments#comment-860642 BTW, I certainly hope that @dmance could figure out a way to tap the outputs of Hugo M Scaler (i.e. recording both DX outputs and saving as 705.6 KHz / 768 KHz *.WAV files) and therefore we'll be able to enjoy the power of 1 million taps even if we're away from home. https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=53791
  11. I dunno man, it kinda depends on what kinda CPU + motherboard combo you're going for. And then whether you're getting the M.2 version or the AIC NVMe PCIe version of Optane. We want our Optane drive(s) to occupy PCIe lanes that are directly connected to the CPU itself instead of going through the PCH. Unlike Supermicro, most manufacturers don't like to provide the block diagram of each motherboard so we've gotta do our homework. For OS plus the database of Roon Server, many of us should be able to get away with 64GB Optane Memory M15 or else just wait for the 128GB flavor that's supposedly coming in the (near?) future. There's another 380GB Optane Memory 905P while the length is 110mm https://www.newegg.com/intel-optane-ssd-905p-series-380gb/p/N82E16820167466 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Optane-905P-380-GB-Solid-State-Drive-PCI-Express-PCI-Express-3-0-x4/293104758884 https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/148607/intel-optane-ssd-905p-series-380gb-m-2-110mm-pcie-x4-20nm-3d-xpoint.html Heat sink here https://www.techpowerup.com/252547/ek-co-develops-a-heatsink-for-the-intel-optane-905p-m-2-ssd For the AIC NVMe PCIe version, we could spend more than $2,000 for the 1.5TB version https://www.provantage.com/intel-ssdped1d015tax1~7ITEE0ML.htm About $1,100 for 960GB version https://www.newegg.com/intel-optane-ssd-905p-series-960gb/p/N82E16820167458 Most products for option #3 seemed to have a cooling fan by default since they're including that for the sake of RAID 0, though we could turn that off since we're only interested in JBOD for the music library.
  12. Thanks a lot, I just read something about their product prototype for the consumer market Noctua shows off 1.5kg fanless cooler that can handle high-end processors https://www.techspot.com/news/80293-noctua-shows-off-15kg-fanless-cooler-can-handle.html Noctua prototype passive cooler can handle 120W in fanless case https://hexus.net/tech/news/cooling/131141-noctua-prototype-passive-cooler-can-handle-120w-fanless-case/ 105W TDP for Ryzen 9 3900X so it might actually be feasible to go fanless.
  13. Holy Cow, that's like quite a bit better than that ASRock board (5+2 design and 60A) mentioned by @romaz https://www.aorus.com/X570-AORUS-XTREME-rev-10 IMHO it's pretty crazy that 12-core 3900X could be sold for $499, and then there will be more Threadripper coming in the future https://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-9-16-core-zen-2-cpu-leak-overclock-benchmarks/
  14. He meant RE650 and please kindly read further details as follows https://www.tp-link.com/us/home-networking/range-extender/re650/ https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/page/509/?tab=comments#comment-916659 https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/55716-innuos-zenith-mk3-or-opticalrendu-separate-server/page/9/?tab=comments#comment-959334
  15. Just in case there might be renewed interest in rebooting that crowd funded motherboard(s) project from last year https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/55873-shootout-at-the-linux-corral-audiolinux-vs-euphony/page/9/?tab=comments#comment-961583 75A Synchronous Buck NexFET™ Smart Power Stage with DualCool Package http://www.ti.com/product/CSD95490Q5MC https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/texas-instruments/CSD95490Q5MC/296-48518-1-ND/8567562 https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Texas-Instruments/CSD95490Q5MC?qs=YCa%2FAAYMW024gRSHTXOplA%3D%3D PCB: 12 Layers Highly-Efficient 16 Phase Power Design https://www.evga.com/articles/01168/evga-x299-dark/ PCB: 10 Layers Highly-Efficient 17 Phase Digital VRM https://www.evga.com/articles/01296/evga-z390-dark-motherboard/ High layer count enhances stability both for heavy loads as well as high overclocking. https://www.evga.com/technology/onboardpower.asp And then there's a catch as well https://www.pcgamesn.com/gigabyte/x570-aorus-xtreme-amd-ryzen-3000-overclocking
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