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  1. View Classified PinkFaun 2.16x Clone Priced to sell one audio server build with PinkFaun components. This configuration surpasses PinkFaun 2.16x server that starts at 12,000 Euros. The server will ship in 3 separate boxes (original packing for power supplies). Please note that the pictures show an extra PinkFaun Ultra OCXO I2S card that is not included in the asking price. The I2S card is available separately for $999.00 Package configuration: Case: HDPlex H5 v2, Mobo: ASRock Taichi X470 modded by PinkFaun, OCXO: CPU & network (PinkFaun) CPU: Ryzen 2700, RAM: 32 GB ECC OS: 256 SSD running Euphony (licensed for this HW fingerprint) or AudioLinux Music SSD: 4 TB USB: PinkFaun Ultra OCXO Linear power supply: HDPlex 500W. Clocks power supply: Farad Super3 & Y cable & Synergistic Research Orange fuse This package can be used as a fantastic Roon server and HQPlayer up-sampler. One can tell the sound improvement over a dedicated server without OCXO clocks even when streaming via AirPlay from Roon to HomePod. The difference is not even subtle. I have used it successfully with Denafrips Ares II, Terminator+, Mola Mola Tambaqui, and dcs Rossini. Every DAC produced a smooth, analog like sound with great dynamic range. My favorite system configuration was the server feeding directly an R2R DAC via USB or I2S output cards, and using Euphony Stylus player with or without HQPlayer. Asking $5,500 obo. Reason for sale: updated DAC to dcs Rossini making thus the server functions redundant. Seller Ricones Date 10/06/21 Price 5,500.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers  
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    Priced to sell one audio server build with PinkFaun components. This configuration surpasses PinkFaun 2.16x server that starts at 12,000 Euros. The server will ship in 3 separate boxes (original packing for power supplies). Please note that the pictures show an extra PinkFaun Ultra OCXO I2S card that is not included in the asking price. The I2S card is available separately for $999.00 Package configuration: Case: HDPlex H5 v2, Mobo: ASRock Taichi X470 modded by PinkFaun, OCXO: CPU & network (PinkFaun) CPU: Ryzen 2700, RAM: 32 GB ECC OS: 256 SSD running Euphony (licensed for this HW fingerprint) or AudioLinux Music SSD: 4 TB USB: PinkFaun Ultra OCXO Linear power supply: HDPlex 500W. Clocks power supply: Farad Super3 & Y cable & Synergistic Research Orange fuse This package can be used as a fantastic Roon server and HQPlayer up-sampler. One can tell the sound improvement over a dedicated server without OCXO clocks even when streaming via AirPlay from Roon to HomePod. The difference is not even subtle. I have used it successfully with Denafrips Ares II, Terminator+, Mola Mola Tambaqui, and dcs Rossini. Every DAC produced a smooth, analog like sound with great dynamic range. My favorite system configuration was the server feeding directly an R2R DAC via USB or I2S output cards, and using Euphony Stylus player with or without HQPlayer. Asking $5,500 obo. Reason for sale: updated DAC to dcs Rossini making thus the server functions redundant.

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  3. @FredM Adrian was supposed to deliver by mid July the new version of the server. The TLS sound was so good that I agreed suggesting end of July as a delivery date. He is asking for more time now on account of being new product that requires custom parts. Given past experiences and the fact that he knew all that when he committed to the deadline I am not inclined to accept. I am simply tired of all this and have no more time for it. One more thing: workmanship and the quality of the components in my unit was better than what @hieukm posted.
  4. @FredM After I got it running, TLS sounded quite good. Booting TLS from a stick with the latest version of AudioLinux (not Adrian's) produce a different SQ: mellow sound and bloomy low frequencies. Need to make clear that when it comes to SQ there is no comparison between the DS-1 unit I had and TLS.
  5. @RickyV Mystery solved: it is the oak that gives the Lampizator sound!!!
  6. @k27R The unit I have received and returned had Mundorf caps.
  7. @hieukm I think I sent him the link immediately after I posted the pictures of the unit he sent me. @austinpop I have purchased the router and I second your findings. Regarding the streamer, at least the one he sent me earlier in the year, it had a really bad SQ.
  8. @hieukmWhen was the server delivered? If it was delivered recently it means the quality of work has gone from bad to worse.
  9. @hieukm @FredM Sorry guys. Any pictures that we can see?
  10. I had the DS-1 streamer in my system for about a week. Adrian said it was their entry configuration. Maybe that is why it sounded really bad: flat sound full of digital haze, very difficult to listen to more than several seconds. The server unit had a totally different sound though, absolutely no comparison.
  11. @FredM. I was one of those who red your post. Your reasoning in selecting this server there was correct though. I have spoken several times with Adrian last week. We came to the conclusion that the server he sent is promising but underpowered and requires some more work. He described the next version of the product that if he is able to pull it off it will be something very appealing. Regarding Adrian, he seems to be the guy who wants to do the right thing for his customers despite the challenges. Sent the unit back and hopefully I will get the new version back by the end of July. Before sending the unit back I run the latest version of AudioLinux, v140. AudioLinux is the Linux variant Adrian modified for his server. It was a good sound but very different: it was smoother, laid back, lacking the slam and the aggressiveness of the sound produced by the software the server had originally.
  12. The font size was accidental. I apologize to anyone who feels I am shouting at them. @davide256 Once again thanks for pointing out the issue.
  13. @davide256 Thank for pointing out the font issue. How would I change that after posting the message?
  14. This is a larger post. If interested in what TOS sounds like feel free to jump to the last section. About me Been an audiophile since early teens. Many moons ago I have built for personal use audio phono adapters, preamps and power amplifiers, using both tubes and solid state. My first degree is in CS thus I have an idea about digital filters and know my way around a command line. Interests I don’t have any affiliation with anyone or any products I mention in this post. For full disclosure, a few years ago I have bought from @Superdad the awesome JP-1 power supply and USB Regen. The gory details I have also successfully built several CAT systems. Based on this experience I have concluded that to get a good sound one needs (i) low ripple, low impedance power supplys, (ii) low current, underclocked mobo/cpu, (iii) OCXC clocks for USB, network & bus, and (iv) low latency, real-time, stripped down OS. Adrian’s TOS seemed to address all those points. The unit I have received may have HW issues. When powering up one normally hears the POST beep/s. I don’t think I have heard twice the same beep sequence. I have had several instances when pressing the power button did nothing, both on power up as well as power down. It may very well be that the system OS stick is misconfigured. This is TBD. The machine is powered by a Celeron J1900 running at 1366 MHz. While up sampling PCM to 192 KHz works fine I am not so sure how it will cope with DSD. Given the small amount of RAM (8MB, 1333MHz, unbuffered, non-ECC) you can only run safely audiolinux in headless mode. Roon with a large database, 2TB in my case, is slow to initialize. I think it may take several days to complete. Copying files over the network to the internal SSD is slow, with speeds ranging between 0KB/s and 9MB/s at peak (average 2-3MB/s). I am dead sure it is not the network fault nor the fault of the source HTPC. I have found out that the machine can not update the Roon database and copy files on the SSD at the same time. As of now I am not able to set the machine in RAM mode nor am I able to upgrade HQPlayer, or anything else for that matter. The current USB stick used for booting needs further configuration. System optimization (RAM boot, extending stick partition, etc.) is not that easy a process and could be catastrophic if you don’t know what you do. I would have expected to be already configured. A back-up stick would be a good idea. On Monday I will be speaking with Piero of AudioLinux to help me with configuration and optimization issues. The Test System My current system is a very revealing one but is a mixed bag. Properly tuned puts out an incredible sound field (at the cost of a hefty electricity bill ). Speakers: In-wall Wisdom Audio LS75i with LS90i, in-wall subwoofers. Mid base and high frequencies (275Hz onwards) sections of the LS7i are powered by Krell Solo 575; ATI AT542NC for subwoofers. In-wall speaker cables from Analysis Audio; Big Silver Oval XLR interconnects from same Analysis Plus. Everything but the amplifiers is powered from a modified Furman Elite 20i with TimePortal cables from the Upgrade Company. Network: Audiophile switch with LPS from TLS; SotM ISO CAT6, AudioQuest Vodka and Diamond Ethernet cables. Processor: Trinnov Altitude32. Arguably, one of the best HT processor on the planet. It is an excellent Roon endpoint but does not have an USB input. To connect CAT to the processor via USB I am using Berkeley USB Digital Interface with cables from Synergistic Research: Galileo SX AES-EBU and Galileo SX USB. All this just to be able to listen to @Miska 's HQPlayer through my system. Why? Because it is the best up-sampler I have heard so far. Although limited on library features when it comes to SQ is several orders of magnitude above Roon, which I also like. The Sound John Heron helped me set-up the Trinnov processor. At that time he said that I will listen to this system without any up-sampling whatsoever. Given John’s vast experience in the audio field I did not argue with that statement but I was highly skeptical. That started to change when I plugged TOS in my system. Despite the fact that Roon was thrashing the disk updating its database and that the system is not optimized, I was totally impressed with the sound: very fast, detailed, great instrument separation, tight base, incredible slam. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jim Glennie of James playing base on tracks “Sound” and “Seven” from “The Best Of (James Album)”. @hieukm I shan't offer an opinion on what you should do next. However, I trust you have the record of your financial transaction with TLS and that you also kept all written correspondence. If you had any phone conversations with TLS I hope you wrote down, immediately after the completion of the call, everything that was discussed and that you have those records as well.
  15. @hieukm It is not my place to comment/speculate on Adrian/TLS internal business operation. I am sure he is a law abiding person that wants to do and does the right thing. My concern is with the terms of the commercial contract and how they were (not) met. I have paid for a self-contained audio appliance with 3 OCXO clocks and 2TB low noise SSD. What I have got is a (promising) prototype that requires significant configuration. Of the 3 crystals, 2 are connected while the third has the a wire going nowhere. There is a 1TB WD blue SSD. The USB stick appears to be configured with audiolinux ram2 (according to Piero of AudioLinux) that requires a two 2 PCs set-up, thus not self-contained. Besides branding, it is not clear to me if the boot image is customized for TLS. I suspect it s not. On the upside, Adrian has used good components inside (Mundorf capacitors all over, Connor-Winfield OH4610LF crystals). Although not burned in, and not optimized (using default configuration) the sound is good!
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