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  1. My server uses an H5 case, but this is driven by the rest of the build and what your needs are for performance, size, cooling, etc. More on the Taiko ATX:
  2. @beautiful music I use the 19V/10A rail from an HDPlex 200W LPS to power their 400W DC-ATX converter, then the 12V/10A rail from a HDPlex 300W unit for the CPU. I don't need a ton of headroom in my setup because I feed a native bitstream from Roon to my NOS Holo May DAC. Draw in turbostat has me around 16W when playing. I'm also curious about the new Taiko ATX as a drop-in replacement for the Plex when it comes out :)
  3. Hi folks, another Pareto customer checking in here. I can echo what others have said about Larry's @lmitcheservice and communication (both are excellent), and wanted to share some SQ impressions having spent a couple of years with a Pareto source in my digital front end. I purchased a two box NUC setup in 2018, and have since moved over to a one box AMD server. The noise floor has gotten progressively lower through a series of updates and tweaks. This is a good place to start because I feel it’s had a positive impact on other aspects of SQ we always talk about. For one, there’s more resolution and detail hidden in a blacker backdrop. Transients are immediate and dynamic; everything feels tight, punchy, bursty. All of that musical energy stored in the leading edge comes through in a visceral way. I’m talking about thwack, pluck, and tssss, and in this case, it’s the same for hard hitting and more delicate passages alike. Instrumental tone and decay are wonderfully rich, natural, and realistic. Head bobbing, toe tapping PRaT! A quieter noise floor has also translated to a more cohesive soundstage. Players and vocalists are easier to localize. Not only are they better defined in the space, but there’s more density to them as well. And while there is absolutely no substitute for dialing in speaker placement, this server builds upon that significantly. Are you chasing a holographic image? Speakers that disappear into the room? I’d never quite gotten there despite best efforts. For context, I wouldn’t highlight soundstaging as a strength of my FRD, crossover-less Zu Druid V’s. They do tone and dynamics very well, but I’d always wished for a better presentation. Not anymore. The cumulative effect here is that my system sounds more convincingly real, which is what this hobby is all about. More emotional, more involving, and more engaging. Musical reproduction that tricks your brain into thinking you’re hearing the real thing. Spooky moments that leave you with a shit eating grin on your face. I’ve also learned that beyond careful hardware selection, software and BIOS tuning matters. A LOT. IMO, this is really what you’re paying for with Larry’s service. I’ve spent time listening to the stock configuration during update sessions; basically the equivalent of what I could DIY myself without having the know-how on the SW side. The before and after results of his tuning are pretty striking. It seems the topic is still up for debate, but I’d put the HW:SW ratio at 70:30 as it contributes to SQ. Maybe even more balanced if you count SW tweaks that affect HW behavior. These days, it feels like my rig is firing on all cylinders. It’s a good place to be while it lasts! This won't be news to many, but having a good source seems to (does) make all downstream components sound better. And while there’s no shortage of quality options in the marketplace, I can say that Pareto is doing it very, very well. This server has taken the existing signature of my system and elevated it. It’s also helped fill in some gaps that were missing beforehand.
  4. View Classified dxpwr DXP-1A5DSC dual regulator - 5VDC output Some light scratches to the faceplate, but in perfect working condition. $110 shipped to CONUS48. PP as a friend preferred. Thanks! Seller oodalolly Date 09/23/20 Price 110.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products
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    Some light scratches to the faceplate, but in perfect working condition. $110 shipped to CONUS48. PP as a friend preferred. Thanks!

    110.00 USD

  6. View Classified FS: Intel NUC7i7DNKE in fanless case w/Apacer RAM Intel NUC7i7DNKE | NUC7i7DNHE | NUC7i7DNBE using 8th gen i7-8650U quad core processor Akasa Plato X7D fanless case 8GB non-ECC Apacer RAM (from Nenon's group buy) Replaced stock feet w/Herbie's Baby Booties WiFi card included (but disconnected) Includes all original hardware, stock SMPS 8/18 price dropped to $400 shipped to CONUS48...thanks for looking! Seller oodalolly Date 07/26/20 Price 400.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers
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    Intel NUC7i7DNKE | NUC7i7DNHE | NUC7i7DNBE using 8th gen i7-8650U quad core processor Akasa Plato X7D fanless case 8GB non-ECC Apacer RAM (from Nenon's group buy) Replaced stock feet w/Herbie's Baby Booties WiFi card included (but disconnected) Includes all original hardware, stock SMPS 8/18 price dropped to $400 shipped to CONUS48...thanks for looking!

    400.00 USD

  8. View Classified FS: Intel NUC7PJYH in fanless case Intel NUC7PJYH using Pentium Silver J5005 quad core processor Akasa Newton JC fanless case 8GB Crucial Ballistix memory Replaced stock footers w/Herbie's Grungebuster dots Includes all original hardware and stock SMPS 8/18 Price dropped to $250 shipped to CONUS48...thanks! Seller oodalolly Date 07/26/20 Price 250.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers
  9. This listing is completed.

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    Intel NUC7PJYH using Pentium Silver J5005 quad core processor Akasa Newton JC fanless case 8GB Crucial Ballistix memory Replaced stock footers w/Herbie's Grungebuster dots Includes all original hardware and stock SMPS 8/18 Price dropped to $250 shipped to CONUS48...thanks!

    250.00 USD

  10. Intel NUC7PJYH using Pentium Silver J5005 quad core processor Akasa Newton JC fanless case 8GB non-ECC Apacer RAM (from Nenon's group buy) Replaced stock footers w/Herbie's Grungebuster dots Includes all original hardware and stock SMPS Asking $500 shipped to CONUS48...thanks!
  11. Intel NUC7i7DNKE | NUC7i7DNHE | NUC7i7DNBE using 8th gen i7-8650U quad core processor Akasa Plato X7D fanless case 8GB non-ECC Apacer RAM (from Nenon's group buy) Replaced stock feet w/Herbie's Baby Booties WiFi card included (but disconnected) Includes all original hardware, stock SMPS Asking $1000 shipped to CONUS48...thanks for looking!
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