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  1. This thread has really gone off kilter just because I sold my Signature Rendu SE Tier 3 Optical to A Don Henley! WOW! I really did love my Rendu. But now upgrading/renovating my theatre with a 9.4.13 system, Trinnov Altitude 32 (24 Channel) ROON Ready via ethernet, and a bit of simplification, and a bit more $$ to pay for all the crapola, does help. Yet for a strictly 2 channel system with a USB DAC (or a Berkeley Audio DAC with a Berkeley Audio or other USB to digital converter), the Rendu SE optical remains the KING of the HILL!
  2. Not THAT Don Henley! There is another one who follows this forum! 😍😜😃
  3. You and Sonore are such an outstanding company. I just sold my Sonore Signature Rendu SE SystemOptique Tier 3 Upgrade to Don Henley. Thanks for extending the warranty though in my experience no warranty repair will ever be [email protected]@@
  4. Just a note that my Sonore Signature Rendu SE with the SystemOptique Tier 3 upgrade is still available! I love it, but no longer need it since my Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP (24 channels) is ROON Ready and the ROON Ready via ethernet performance is close enough that I need to "simplify" my system (what a joke, having 24 channels and calling that a "simplification". Oh well!) I am very patient on this as the SystemOptique option on new models is only very recent, and very positive reviews are starting to come in. So you can save $$ vs buying a new one! And Sonore is extending the remainder of the upgrade warranty to the buyer because I've been such a good Sonore customer in past years (very nice of them)!
  5. Just a note that my Sonore Signature Rendu SE with the SystemOptique Tier 3 upgrade is still available, with an add at the for sale forum here! I love it, but no longer need it since my Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP (24 channels) is ROON Ready and the ROON Ready via ethernet performance is close enough that I need to "simplify" my system (what a joke, having 24 channels and calling that a "simplification". Oh well!) I am very patient on this as the SystemOptique option on new models is only very recent, and very positive reviews are starting to come in. So you can save $$ vs buying a new one! And Sonore is extending the remainder of the upgrade warranty to the buyer because I've been such a good Sonore customer in past years (very nice of them)!
  6. Review of the Sonore Signature Rendu SE with System Optique vs the Sonore Signature Rendu SE without the upgrade: https://twitteringmachines.com/review-sonore-signature-rendu-se-systemoptique/ Brand new MSRP below: Price: $3495.00Tier 1 Upgrade: $3745.00Tier 2 Upgrade: $4490.00 Note that the Tier 3 upgrade, which was made available to base model owners, is not listed on Sonore Audio's website anymore. So this unit for sale is upgraded with the Tier 3 Upgrade which is even better than the Tier 2 Upgrade.
  7. Price reduced to $3,295.00 plus Paypal fee and shipping. Same price as brand new one which does not have the Tier 3 upgrade this unit has! And comes with remainder of upgrade warranty from Sonore Audio.
  8. For Sale: C.A.P.S. v3 Zuma (Computer Audiophile Pocket Server), Customized and Modded 2 Channel (USB) and Multi-Channel (HDMI) Music Server. Built by Small Green Computer. New Cost over $3,000.00. Asking $1,250.00 will consider best offer. If you use ROON for your music software, this music server may function as your sole ROON device for music playback, or as your ROON Core or ROON Bridge playback device. Customized Modded (black) Computer Audiophile Series 3.0 (CAPS 3.0) Music Server, with Silverstone aluminum Case, 120 VAC (IEC Connector for use with a power conditioner), SOTM USB-Exp card (2 channel), AMD Sapphire HDMI card (multi-channel), 128 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM,Windows 10 Pro OS 64 bit, fanless, quiet. IEC input 120 VAC. Excellent condition. Works perfectly. Outstanding two and multi-channel sound (especially with AV Receiver or SSP). Built by Small Green Computer. Case: Silverstone Crown Series SST-CW02B-MXR-USB3.0 (black) (all aluminum chassis) https://www.silverstonetek.com/legacy.php?area=en&model=cw02 Memory: Crucial 16GB DDR3 1600 kit (8GBx2), 240-pin DIMM (Model CT2KIT102464BD160B) 128GB SSD Samsung SSD MLC OS: Windows 10 Pro OS 64 bit (Originally came with Windows 8 Pro, upgraded to Windows 10 Pro) Motherboard: Intel DH77EB / BOXDH77EB (2 USB 3.0 and 1 eSATA port) Processor: Intel Core i7 i3770S Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 Ultimate video card Power Supply: Kingwin Stryker Series STR-500 SOtM Power Noise Filter SOtM tX-USBexp Blu-Ray/DVD/CD player/burner (Never used so cannot verify whether or not it works. Plus Andrew Gillis, Small Green Computer, disconnected the front display because doing so he measured even less EMI and thus better sonics as a music server.)
  9. For Sale: Berkeley Audio Alpha USB Converter SOLD For sale is my Berkeley Audio Alpha USB Converter. 120 VAC. MSRP $1,995.00. Excellent condition. Works perfectly. Asking $1,200.00 plus shipping and Paypal fees. Will consider best offer. https://www.overtureav.com/shop/berkeley-audio-design/berkeley-audio-design-alpha-usb-detail http://www.berkeleyaudiodesign.com/alpha-usb An excellent review at: http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/berkeley-audio-design-alpha-usb-interface/ Note that 1999-2003 I moderated the AVS Special Guests Forum at www.avsforum.com; and I have a sterling record on Audiogon. I can be trusted. __________________________ Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Top of Form Bottom of Form The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB is a high-performance outboard USB to AES-EBU converter and re-clocking component. When using a computer as a music server, jitter becomes an audible problem. The Alpha USB is an asynchronous High Speed USB to digital audio interface that extracts the highest possible audio quality from computer audio sources. The Alpha USB features a High Speed USB 2.0 input data connection and switch selected audio output signal type — either coaxial SPDIF using a BNC connector balanced AES using an XLR connector. Sampling rates up to 192 kHz and word lengths up to 24 bit are supported. Great care was taken in the design of the Alpha USB to isolate the noisy computer/USB environment from the digital audio output. The USB receiver and processing are powered by the computer, while the output master clocks and line drivers are powered by a separate isolated linear power supply. The two key factors that combine to achieve the excellent audio performance of the Alpha USB are the unprecedented degree of electrical isolation between the USB input connection and the audio output and the very low noise/low jitter performance of the individually tested audio output master clocks. The Alpha USB is designed to work with both Apple Macintosh and Windows PC computers. Apple Macintosh computers using Snow Leopard or later operating systems have a High Speed USB Audio Driver that interfaces directly with the Alpha USB. It is not necessary to install a special driver. Microsoft Windows PC's require the included Alpha USB Windows driver that works with Windows XP, Vista and 7. "The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB is a breakthrough product that not only overcomes the limitations of the USB interface, but provides a state-of-the-art method of getting audio out of a computer." PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS The Alpha USB is an asynchronous High Speed USB to digital audio interface that extracts the highest possible audio quality from computer audio sources. The Alpha USB features a High Speed USB 2.0 input data connection and switch selected audio output signal type – either coaxial SPDIF using a BNC connector or balanced AES using an XLR connector. Sampling rates up to 192 kHz and word lengths up to 24 bit are supported. Great care was taken in the design of the Alpha USB to isolate the noisy computer/USB environment from the digital audio output. The USB receiver and processing are powered by the computer, while the output master clocks and line drivers are powered by a separate isolated linear power supply. Two key factors combine to achieve the excellent audio performance of the Alpha USB - the unprecedented degree of electrical isolation between the USB input connection and the audio output and the very low noise/low jitter performance of the individually tested audio output master clocks. The Alpha USB is designed to work with both Apple Macintosh and Windows PC computers. Apple Macintosh computers using Snow Leopard or later operating systems have a High Speed USB Audio Driver that interfaces directly with the Alpha USB. It is not necessary to install a special driver. Microsoft Windows PC’s require the included Alpha USB Windows driver which works with Windows XP, Vista and 7. A User’s Guide, Windows driver CD and 6’ power cord are included with the Alpha USB. CONTROLS & INDICATORS •Output Select: switch selects SPDIF or AES type outputs •Status LED: Green indicates USB Lock, Amber indicates Standby SPECIFICATIONS •Input: High Speed USB 2.0 asynchronous connection - type B receptacle •Outputs: switch selectable, coaxial SPDIF - BNC, 75Ω or balanced AES type - XLR, 110Ω •Supported sampling rates: 44.1kHz to 192kHz •Supported word lengths: up to 24-bit •Supported operating systems: Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows •Enclosure dimensions: 2.3”H X 10.5”W x 5”D, 2.55”H including feet •Mains power: 100/120/240VAC, 50/60Hz, IEC power input connector •Power consumption: 3W, designed for continuous operation
  10. For Sale: Sonore Signature Rendu SE (Black Faceplate) w Tier 3 Optical Upgrade. Includes (1)Trendnet 1000Base-T to SFP Fiber Media Converter; (2) 1M Multimode Duplex Fiber Optic Cable (62.5/125) – LC to LC [#1 & #2 recommended by Sonore Audio to send optical/fiber to Rendu SE’s optical/fiber receiver] (3) Synergistic Research black fuse (internal); and (4) Curious Cable Regen Link 200mm (USB). Excellent condition. Works perfectly. MSRP for all totals to $4,671.98. I will accept $3,650.00 (plus shipping and Paypal fees) and will consider best offer. So if you are interested message me with your email and phone. Purchased late July 2017, upgraded/received March 2019, with remaining warranty extended to buyer (see below). https://www.sonore.us/signature-rendu-se.html Base Price msrp $3,295.00 https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/32094-sonore-signature-rendu-se/page/8/ Tier 3 Upgrade msrp $995.00 https://curiouscables.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fcurious-regen-link-200mm msrp $140.00 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M32YPHJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 msrp $27.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Z9301I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 msrp $13.99 MSRP New: Signature Rendu SE (120 VAC) $3,495.00 Tier 3 Upgrade 995.00 Curious Cable Regen Link 140.00 Trendnet 1000Base-T Conv 27.99 1M Multimode Fiber Optic Cable 13.99 TOTAL MSRP $4,671.98 I am selling my outstanding sounding Sonore Signature Rendu SE w Tier 3 Optical Upgrade due to a home theater system changes upgrade/renovation. Upgrade options posted on March 9, 2019 to Sonore Audio’s Forum: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/32094-sonore-signature-rendu-se/page/8/ This Rendu SE has the full Tier 3 upgrade, $995 msrp, which includes the optical/fiber upgrade, “RFI to Heat” applied material to the underside cover which absorbs stray radio frequency interference (RFI) and converts it to heat, and the Turbo Linear Power Supply. When I ordered the upgrade, Adrian of Sonore Audio advised that my existing power supply as upgraded would likely be better than the new power supply in the to be made and sold Sonore Signature Rendu SE optical model, as power supplies are simply getting so expensive to build. As of this listing, Sonore Audio has not announced new optical/fiber Rendu SE availability or price. Sonore Audio has agreed to extend my warranty to my buyer: “Steve we hate to see you go. Since you have been a great customer and this is a recent upgrade we will honor the warranty on this unit extending it to your customer. I just need you to send us the customers name after the sale and certify that the unit has not been altered since the upgrade. Please note that we do not usually extend the warranty to third party sales. Also we void the warranty if the unit has been modified in anyway.”  https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/32094-sonore-signature-rendu-se/page/9/ Note that 1999-2003 I moderated the AVS Special Guests Forum at www.avsforum.com; and I have a sterling record on Audiogon. I can be trusted. ____________________________ https://www.sonore.us/signature-rendu-se.html Signature Rendu SE - single enclosure ultraRendu and linear power supply Introducing the Signature Rendu SE, the absolute finest streaming USB source we have made. The Signature Rendu SE is the natural evolution of Sonore’s microRendu (computeraudiophile.com Product of the Year 2016) and Sonore’s acclaimed Signature Power Supply. The Signature Rendu SE takes an Ethernet audio stream and renders it to a perfect, ultra-low noise USB feed to one’s USB DAC. While the microRendu is a revolutionary product, the Signature Rendu SE takes off from the microRendu concept, improving on it by refinement and attention to every detail. · The Signature Rendu SE takes advantage of single chassis design, allowing close coupling of the power supply and processing board for the ultimate in ultra-low impedance and ultra-low noise power delivery. The Signature Rendu SE processing board uses a larger footprint to allow for more independent low noise voltage regulation stages (all mainboard regulators are now ultra-low noise linear types), and better physical separation of the Ethernet processing and USB output sections, further reducing noise and crosstalk. A new ultra-low phase noise (so-called “femto”) oscillator is used to govern all processing and USB audio output. SELECTABLE OUTPUT MODES · Mode #1 - SqueezeLite Output - This output works with any Logitech Media Server and compatible controllers. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. · Mode #2 - ShairPort Output - This is an AirPlay emulator that utilizes streams sent to it from a compatible source. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM. · Mode #3 - MPD/DLNA Output: Mode #3a - DLNA Output - This output utilizes streams from UPnP/DLNA servers and controllers. This output can be configured as an OpenHome renderer. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. Mode #3b - MPD Output - This output is intended to work with an SMB mount. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. Mode #3c - Songcast Output - This output accepts streams from your computer running Linn Songcast. The application is in Beta form. · Mode #4 - HQ Player NAA Output - This output utilizes streams from Signalyst's HQ Player running on your computer. Digital signal processing is performed by HQ Player and then asynchronously streamed to the Network Audio Adapter (NAA) output. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. · Mode #5 - RoonReady Output - This output utilizes streams from Roon. This output supports true gapless playback of PCM, DSD/DoP, and native DSD. · Mode #6 - Spotify Connect Output - This output can be controlled by your computer or tablet running the Spotify application. This application is based on librespot which is an open source client library for Spotify. The application is in Beta form. SOFTWARE FEATURES · Supports the following PCM sample rates up to: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, and 768kHz · Supports the following DSD sample rates up to: DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512 · POP free DSD/PCM transitions · Not all USB devices or output modes support the maximum sample rate of the unit · RoonReady certified · Audirvana Plus certified certified · Running Logitech Media Server locally allows playback of local radio stations and streaming service · Logitech Media Server allows you to use the unit as a UPNP server in combination with Drive Mounter · The Software Manager that allows you to install and uninstall apps as needed · BubbleUPnP Server app allows any renderer to take advantage of the OhMedia - OpenHome protocol · OhMedia - OpenHome protocol allows the Linn Kinsky and Linn Kazoo Apps with playlist support to be used as controllers · Supports Tidal and Qobuz lossless streaming in Squeezelite output mode and DLNA output mode · Native DSD is supported on select DACs · The unit is controlled via third-party apps on your mobile device and on your computer · Based on Sonicorbiter, closed source and open source (GPLv2)
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