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  1. I traded a P10 for a P20. That was an improvement up in every aspect. The dynamics with the P20 are just amazing. The stuff that Paul McGowan advertises about the incredibly low output impedance and instantaneous power reserve on the P20 is true. And that does result in stunning dynamics. The first thing that is immediately noticeable when I switched from the P20 to the TT-7 was the lower noise floor. You may think that the P20 has very dark background. And it does when compared to plugging everything directly to the wall. But in comparison to the TT-7 the P20 is a noisy device. T
  2. FWIW, my Ref TT-7 replaced a PS Audio P20, their biggest and best power regenerator. And I never looked back. I am expecting my 240V TT-7 now and expect that to be another big step from the Ref TT-7.
  3. Jim Weil has a custom outlet that can take 6 AWG wire. He used to sell it for around $100 but I am not sure if the price is still the same. I use a couple of them and some Furutech NCFs.
  4. I doubt it. Volume Shadow Copy is a component that was removed on the Extreme's LTSC. There is no easy way to get a copy of the image. Not impossible if you boot another OS and know what you are doing. But also illegal for sure. I have done my share of browsing a bunch of Extreme servers out of curiosity to see what was done. Planning to publish a guide on how to buy LTSC, how to remove components (and what components to remove) with NtLite and some scripts, and some other OS-level tweaking, plus a ProcessLasso guide related to the dual CPUs / Asus SAGE mobo. That will happen when
  5. I have written about this just recently, but the CPU model has a big impact on sound quality. Hence, my effort is focused on building a computer around the dual Xeon 4114 CPUs with the Asus SAGE motherboard. Those CPUs are not necessarily the latest technology in terms of clock speed, which is what you need for heavy upsampling. If I was building a heavy duty upsampling computer, I would go with "The Beast" fanless chassis and pick one of the new AMD CPUs when they become available later this year. I have certainly received a lot of feedback from Emile, for which I
  6. No, I haven't replaced any clocks and have no desire to do so. First, this is an expensive motherboard to ruin. Second, it has a lot of clocks. Third, my handmade passive cooling was quite challenging. I have no desire to undo that. The Taiko chassis will hopefully give me some more opportunities for more tests. As of this point I have no desire to touch the passive cooling.
  7. It think there is some extra space for something like that. Sean sells regulators for DIY. Not yet. I'll try it next month... SJ to 12V EPS vs. Unregulated to Taiko ATX. Haven't tried SJ to Taiko ATX. I need higher voltage LPS for that. I'd rather finish the unregulated LPS tests first. Still have a few more tests to make and waiting for more parts while breaking in the existing parts. True. I was a believer in that too. The Taiko ATX is designed to be used as a single unit for all rails. I will get a second unit at some point
  8. Yes, I did. My Sean Jacobs DC4 LPS had more depth and more air. The Taiko solution was faster and more transparent. That was in the very early stage of testing. I felt like the Taiko was super transparent and it would be easy to voice to our liking with an unregulated LPS. It reacts really nice to component changes, which makes it easy to voice. It would also be a better option to fit within the budget. The state of the art DC4 power supply from Sean Jacobs would be close to $5K for a 20-30A rail. We can explore that down the road and compare to an unregulated LPS feeding the Taiko
  9. Currently using the Chord DAVE DAC and a DC4, just like @ray-dude in his excellent article: But I use the DAVE in a DAC mode connected to a line stage with a High Fidelity Cables Pro RCA cable that I quite like and have and a long term loan. Sablon USB from the computer to the DAC. The (unregulated linear) power supply fed a Sablon Prince power cord from a Sound Application TT-7 power conditioner (connected to a dedicate 20A circuit with Sablon King power cord). I also have my reference DIY DAC that I've been working on for several years that has parts worth more than
  10. We looked at several options, but using a smaller case would not work for fitting all the power supply components, transformer cage, etc. At this point we are inclined to go with a big size chassis. Moving the feet anywhere you want should not be difficult but would require a little bit of DIY (i.e. drilling 4 holes). However, Taiko can sell just the CPU coolers for those who want to go with the HDPlex case instead. They would not be the angled CPU heatsinks you see on the Extreme but something easier / cheaper to manufacture, so I expect to be quite affordable. That would be a ni
  11. No, that's on the AC end. Last I checked the 12V EPS rail, it was constant ~7A. That of course depends on the OS, load, how you are using the computer, etc.
  12. My best guess is that would work. I can't see a reason why not, especially if you are not using it to power the CPU. But as I am answering these questions, I have to be careful what I say. I don't want to say "I need your power supply and your computer here to test it before I answer" - that answer would technically be the correct answer to give but would be of no use to anyone. Instead, I am giving you my best guess, but keep in mind it's not impossible to run into some unexpected problems. Just like it happened quite a few times with your build @genvirt - so I am sure you know what I m
  13. No, not me. I have no financial affiliation with Taiko. I am just a happy volunteer and a DIY enthusiast in this project. The Taiko ATX would be sold directly from Taiko - Netherlands. That's correct. There is a batch on the way to Taiko, due to arrive in March. The list is filling up quickly, Emile told me. I am guessing the first batch would sold out before it arrives.
  14. That's fine. You can discuss here if you want to. I like the Solarflare NICs but haven't used them for audio yet. I will be waiting for the big Taiko chassis before I try them. They can get hot! My HDplex case is pretty hot inside already. I did not want to another heating element inside. The massive Taiko chassis would enable me to do experiment a lot more. I think they are definitely worth a try. As 25/50/100/400G is getting more commonly used, the older versions of SolarFlare would be available pretty cheap used on the used market. OpenOnload is also very interestin
  15. IIRC the plus version includes PTP license. We don't need that.
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