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  1. If Supermicro were THAT good in general, maybe we could learn something from that €20,000 SGM Extreme Server and try this with ECC RAM? https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/X11/X11SCL-IF.cfm Granted an i3-8300T might be somewhat difficult to get when compared to more common ones, though its 35W TDP should be good for a fanless setup https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/129943/intel-core-i3-8300t-processor-8m-cache-3-20-ghz.html https://www.servethehome.com/intel-core-i3-8300-benchmarks-and-review-the-dark-horse-low-cost-server-processor/ Other than that, they also have something else with 16 cores / 32W TDP but we're talking about a motherboard for $779 https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/atom/A2SDi-16C-HLN4F.cfm https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/97933/intel-atom-processor-c3955-16m-cache-up-to-2-40-ghz.html https://www.dihuni.com/shop/do-it-yourself-embedded-iot-and-server-chassis-and-boards/supermicro-a2sdi-16c-hln4f-intel-atom-c3955-soc-16core-256gb-12sata-4gbe-12v-embedded-iot-gateway-display-kiosk-security-appliance-server-motherboard/ BTW, I wonder if they're actually paying Supermicro to tweak the BIOS or not?
  2. Almost all non-Chord DACs could only accept 192kHz via (single) coaxial BNC / RCA inputs. As a result, we're only able to utilize 0.25 million taps instead of 1 million. Maybe not worth all that money? There's something like ComTrue CT7601 from Taiwan that could accept 768kHz via single coaxial inputs, though most likely it's only limited to DIY stuff. They're still working on DAVINA with USB output, that's what I'm waiting for myself.
  3. FYI - Clark will showcase his latest product (for desktop rigs) in 10 days or so http://www.erji.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=2141560 http://www.qlshifi.com/bbs/dispbbs.asp?boardid=5&Id=6895&page=1&star=108#35893
  4. FYI - I just found two more sources for coaxial cables https://sg.carousell.com/p/custom-fiio-coaxial-cable-29893687/ https://extreme-audio-usa.myshopify.com/products/extreme-audio-3-5mm-stereo-4-pole-to-rca-digital-coaxial-audio-connection-cable-for-fiio-x3-2nd-generation-fiio-x5-2nd-generation-and-fiio-x7-6ft There are plenty of cables available on Tao Bao as well, there's a decent one that's made from Furutech FX-Alpha-Ag and we've gotta pick the right option Hicon 3.5四节- ATL RCA 15cm https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=538676155873 https://www.thecableco.com/fx-alpha-ag-digital-bulk.html Since those sellers don't really ship internationally, we could also ask Ghent to make something similar to his E06 but not quite the same http://www.ghentaudio.com/part/e06.html Simply inform Ghent that's gotta be TRRS (instead of TS) as explained below https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-x5-2nd-gen-impressions-and-discussion-thread.765943/page-419#post-13194708 https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/8949330.jpg https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fiio-x5-2nd-gen-impressions-and-discussion-thread.765943/page-419#post-13196090 http://fiio.me/data/attachment/forum/201506/17/183929vc9gvv34z8fpd8gv.jpg https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/fiio-x3-2nd-gen-ultraportable-hi-res-dap.20614/reviews#review-13322 https://cdn.head-fi.org/a/7443177.jpg For DIY cables, Canare L-5.5CUHD could be a great choice https://www.redco.com/Canare-L-5.5CUHD-cable.html http://store.haveinc.com/p-62564-canare-l-5-5cuhd-75-ohm-12g-uhd-sdi-video-coax-black-per-foot.aspx https://www.markertek.com/product/l-5-5cuhd-ft/canare-l-5-5cuhd-12g-sdi-75-ohm-video-coaxial-cable-per-foot https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/digital-audio-video-cables/canare-l-55cuhd-ultra-coax-coaxial-cable-12g-sdi-ultra-low-loss-75-ohm-shielded-high-o77mm-p-12956.html There were some positive impressions posted before https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/29650-dcs-network-bridge/page/19/?tab=comments#comment-765484 https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/29650-dcs-network-bridge/page/19/?tab=comments#comment-765520
  5. I also read quite a few positive reviews before, those words sounded as exciting as my thoughts when I'm listening to my trusty Altmann Tera Player https://www.head-fi.org/threads/qls-qa361-impression-thread.866536/page-10 Coaxial is the only digital output via its 3.5-mm jack, therefore we'll have to use something like this http://www.ghentaudio.com/part/e06.html https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1m-Gotham-3-5mm-to-RCA-coaxial-SPDIF-soundcard-interconnect-/370336164374 It's also interesting to see mod for QA361 already https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/2269648326387717
  6. I was hoping that @romaz might have tried €11,000 Innuos ZENith Statement / €19,000 Aurender A30 / €20,000 SGM Extreme Server and compared them, just curious to know how his modified NUC7i7DNBE + sCLK-EX + Habst + REF 10 combo would stack up against those giants. Let's see if someone else were able to paraphrase his impressions then.
  7. Last month I got a chance to audition the following setup for only a few hours, IIRC it should be fairly close to the gears mentioned in Rajiv's fantastic review as well as Roy's NUC + SOtM + Habst + Chord combo at home https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/the-best-usb-network-gadget-setup-i-have-auditioned-in-2018-sotm-cybershaft-uptone.27025/ https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/page/402/?tab=comments#comment-890477 I didn't get all the details (not much time that morning) but the chain should include these items sNH-10G with sCLK-EX (still awaiting arrival of an additional 50Ω Habst) Stock NUC Lush^2 USB Audio Cable tX-USBultra + 50Ω Habst Cybershaft Limited2 OP20 Intona Ultimate USB Audio Cable Chord Blu2 / HMS (switching back and forth) A pair of 75Ω Habst Chord DAVE Despite all the bells and whistles, simply disconnecting 50Ω Habst from tX-USBultra resulted in a significant difference that's immediately noticeable. Everything felt kinda flat / compressed / pushed down etc. as if the singer were suffering from food and sleep deprivation. In a nutshell it's pretty much like what I was reading here https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/page/123/?tab=comments#comment-697065 I couldn't tell a difference between Blu2 and HMS myself, though vibration control seemed to help when we're putting HMS to the test. I also suggested that we might wanna try double stacking Blu2 + HMS but basically we're running outta time. Since it's such a revealing setup, I brought my own DELA D10 and got ripped thanks to its heavyweight https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/digitalside/item/dela-d10/ Not exactly sure why, but for some reasons USB-connected (DELA D10 with Pioneer BDR-209M) flavor sounded more relaxing to me while I felt somewhat stressful when I was listening to the same track that's ripped by SATA-connected Pioneer BDR-S11J-X with vibration control from Paul Pang Audio. In the end it's just a matter of personal preferences, somehow the USB route seemed to be more "polished" while the SATA counterpart might be "raw" in comparison. In other words, neither one was better but we could actually hear the difference. We're also planning to disconnect both tX-USBultra and Cybershaft in order to add them between DELA D10 and the ripping PC, though once again we didn't get enough time to give that a shot. In retrospect we couldn't even rip any tracks successfully (dBpoweramp was showing error with AccurateRip and all ripped tracks turned out to be unplayable) with Vertere Pulse-HB USB cable during the first try, therefore we'll have to sort things out next time. The listening part was so taxing for sure, though it's lots of fun for a headphone guy like me to experience a speaker setup with ToTL gears.
  8. All cores were running @ 5GHz and the temperature turned out to be "merely" 16°C thanks to ice water cooling https://www.wstx.com/p-27150-1 https://post.smzdm.com/p/a5k6gxmx/ https://news.mydrivers.com/1/617/617069.htm They've got 4 separate 8-pin Molex connectors dedicated for powering the CPU alone, gotta order four SR7DRXL then.
  9. I read page 26 and found this https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/-/media/Files/mcintoshlabs/DocumentMaster/us/d1100om01.ashx 768kHz = 1.0 million taps 384kHz = 1/2 million taps 192kHz = 1/4 million taps There's a dedicated single S/PDIF output for non-Chord DACs so that even 250,000 taps would be quite a bit more when compared to those 164,000 taps from DAVE. However, the isolation on DAVE's SPDIF inputs might seem to suck pretty bad and that's why even Toslink with 0 scaling could actually beat single BNC with 1/2 million taps https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-dave.766517/page-735#post-14204373 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-dave.766517/page-735#post-14204513 While DX amps should be at least years away, it might still make sense to get HMS for now and see what's next https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-qutest-dac-official-thread.869417/page-9#post-13968886 Let's say HMS itself could be connected to DX amps directly while we do need something that's even more powerful than the single-ended outputs (i.e. more transparent / less powerful than balanced ones) of TT 2, then it might be a good idea to live with "only" 1/4 million taps for those of us who own non-Chord DACs. (OTOH, volume control could be a concern if DX amps weren't providing any of that.) Of course we still couldn't tell how much DX amps would cost in the future, though that might be (much?) cheaper when compared to some monsters like $18K Mass Kobo 406 or $15K Headtrip Reference https://audiobacon.net/2018/02/15/wells-audio-headtrip-reference-headphone-amplifier-15000-musical-indulgence/ Finally there's also DAVINA down the road with USB output, that's why I'm not spending anything on Chord products in the (near) future.
  10. https://www.usaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=11835#p11835 https://www.usaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=11885#p11885 https://forum.odroid.com/viewtopic.php?p=246908#p246908 Intel boss: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019, stumbling server processor sales this year https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/01/25/intels_2018_financials/ Gotta be patient then.
  11. https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/ec-designs-multi-bit-dac.7170/page-2#post-245291
  12. FYI - here's an example if you're interested in trying quad (4-port) Ethernet cards with PCIe x4 slots https://www.amazon.com/Intel-EXPI9404PTLBLK-1PK-PRO-1000PT-4PORT/dp/B002B8CJVC USB 3.0 flavor with external power https://www.amazon.com/Ethernet-Controller-Gigabit-Network-Adapter/dp/B06Y4HZG3K
  13. It's been a recurring theme on this site, we're just doing our own things and then all of a sudden sponsors would chime in with a healthy dose of conflict of interests. Hey @The Computer Audiophile, what's up with that?
  14. @jolon compared different ones and as usual his measurements of the RCA outputs pretty much got "ridiculed" to the bitter end https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/82480-acoustic-revive-rl-1-lan-isolator-mini-review/ https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/82299-ethernet-cable/?page=6&tab=comments#comment-1353754 https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/90018-short-review-audioquest-forest-ethernet-audio-cable/?page=4&tab=comments#comment-1457099 Some might actually bother to take a crack at cracking the code. Others spectators would be cracking up since they just love to crack some jokes, though there's always a crackdown on anything that's seemingly counter-intuitive. If you were hearing a difference, then it must be placebo. If you weren't hearing any differences whatsoever, then there's no such thing as nocebo. If an oscilloscope were showing a difference, then you'll be greeted by all kinda mumbo jumbo. See? The measurement setup sucked no matter what and that's why any kinda we shouldn't even waste our time http://www.crazy-audio.com/2013/10/tracking-down-noise-sources-on-a-raspberry-pi/ At the end of day it's gotta be expectation bias whenever you're expecting a difference, and then there will be no expectation bias at all as long as you aren't expecting any kinda differences. In other words, you better lower expectation all the way to zero and that's why you're considered unbiased.
  15. I just realized that's available with 20% off, maybe that's good for connecting directly to stuff like Gustard U16 etc. without having to go through the degradation plus the high costs of clock cables? http://www.newclassd.com/index.php?euip=1&page=221
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