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  1. Agreed with @lmitche - the Modius, for the money, is great. I use it with a curious cable out of my laptop, feeding the Magnius via Cardas Iridium XLR interconnects, with balanced out into Audiquest NightOwl Carbons. It is a humble set up for my work desk, but I've really been enjoying it. I don't recommend the Magnius for SE outs, though Modius sounds good on SE out into a more capable single-ended amp (which, again, Magnius is NOT). Just my two cents.
  2. Hi Nenon - How do you stream from Tidal / Qobuz in the HPQ / NAA world??
  3. Hi Bob - Great post! Quick questions - what are you using to cool the CPU? What's the extra Noctua fan doing given that there is no case? Also, I'm assuming the fans are plugged into the motherboard and not powered directly?
  4. This was a really interesting read. In particular, I was struck by the description that HPET forced on in the OS for intel based systems increased latency but reduced errors. Is it wrong for me to extrapolate that, in the context of audio processing, that forcing HPET on in the OS would result in higher latency but less variation in latency given fewer errors? This seems to be true for both AMD and Intel (see below). If so, this would correlate with @ray-dude's findings that he presented in part two of his SGM Extreme review. Lastly, if true, this reasoning would indic
  5. @ray-dude, these write-ups are making my week. Question for you - do you see any off-the-shelf regulators in use in the power supply? I know Taiko has previously used Belleson regulators, but this power supply, ostensibly, looks like a standard CLC / Pi-Filter with substantial emphasis on the C's. As such, it seems like Emile could be letting the motherboard handle all regulation from a power source with VERY small, sinusoidal, low-frequency, ripple? Or is Emile using a discrete regulator instead of a monolothic regulator following the pi-filter?
  6. Sounds good - i'll try re-scanning in different clients. Thanks!
  7. Correct. I'm using maximum MPD, clicked update databaser, and i have 0 items. There are three folders, none of which are the /Media/Music1 mounted music folder i created
  8. Real basic question for you all. I've mounted my music folder, downloaded an MPD client, and enabled MPD. However, I cannot see my music in the MPD client when i connect to the MPD server... How do I get my music folder loaded up?? Thanks!
  9. Sorry, maybe I'm amazon illterate - how much does this battery cost??? It is not available.
  10. Assuming I pulled the right diagram (see attached), it looks like the USB ports on the SGM extreme motherboard Emile uses also pulls from the chipset and is not cpu direct.
  11. Here's what I know regarding storage... Extreme has low-latency storage in the form of PCI-E mounted NVMe. That specific ASUS board in extreme from Asus Emile uses supports Intel vROC... The biggest advantage of Intel® VROC is the ability to directly connect NVMe-based SSDs to the new Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor PCIe* lanes, then make RAID arrays using those SSDs without using a RAID host bus adapter (HBA). As a result, Intel® VROC unleashes NVMe SSD performance potential without the complexity and power of a traditional hardware RAID HBA. In this way, Intel® VRO
  12. @Nenon and @Dev, FWIW, I've read that Taiko uses Belleson regulators in other products and Emile says he learned a lot about power supplies from that experience with respect to building his servers. Belleson has a 10A regulator you can use (link below). Many other audio manufacturers use a CLC / Pi filter with the Belleson to take the high frequency edge off. I also believe Emile mentioned he used inductors in his power supplies, so I wouldn't be surprised if he also uses a CLC prior to the regulator. https://www.belleson.com/store/SPHP-High-Power
  13. Just a point of clarification - I asked Roy why he doesn't use a regular CPU case with a passive heatsink. One can achieve the same, well-known benefits you describe above, @shahed99, including 120W TDP compatibility, and use a full ATX motherboard. As you know, passive heatsinks do not have any fans / moving parts / noisy motors. I bring this up because Roy was lamenting using uATX boards simply for case and cooling compatibility.
  14. Thanks @romaz for another kick ass post! If you have the time, I'd love to get your perspectives on the below questions: Have you tried tweaking the RAM refresh settings per Emile's discussion on the SGM "Creme de la Creme" thread @ whatsbestforum.com? If not, why? I figure that kind of adventure is something you'd like to try! And truthfully, I would have bet that would have been your first question to Emile knowing only what I know about you from this forum (i.e., you are a hyper-sophisticated listener and system builder that has spent significant and precious time and treasure
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