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  1. Sharing some further experience. I have recently sold my Taiko modified T+A DAC8 DSD which I pitted favourably (when the T+A was fed DSD from HQPlayer) against the Tambaqui. Reason for the sale? I have managed to work some magic on a Chord qutest through multiple stages of filtering so that IMO the qutest now sounds better than the T+A and the Tambaqui (please note that I am still awaiting a good passive volume control to go with this, and your source needs to be as good as one of @Nenon server builds to achieve this). I think the comment @ray-dud
  2. You should try it with a linear power supply or external clock as well. Or just go straight for the Melco S100.
  3. Unfortunately the Leedh Volume Control is lossless only down to -30dB and only under certain conditions (link). Taiko have also not progressed with Digital Volume Control (DVC) and it's not on their development roadmap. So, looks like I'm back to looking traditional volume control methods (passive in my case).
  4. Unfortunately not available as standalone software, only through manufacturers.
  5. Software for lossless digital volume control within windows, ideally at the system level. Are there really no solutions for this? Alternatively via Linux? I used to use HQPlayer for volume control, but overkill since I no longer upsample and HQPlayer volume control will not integrate with a bluetooth/IR remote I believe.
  6. Should I add - 'system wide' lossless volume (if possible).
  7. Now, should be possible to set up an old style Apple IR remote with FLIRC USB Universal Remote Control Receiver to control volume on Windows PC without much difficulty. But, what software options are there for lossless volume control in Windows? As far as I am aware Euphony, Audiolinux do not implement lossless volume control. I used to use HQPlayer volume control, which was brilliant (and you could set max level as well), but seems complete overkill if I don't intend on up-sampling.
  8. The higher end graphics cards tend to consume around 15w in idle if I remember correctly (this was from a graph on Toms hardware that I can no longer locate), GT 1030 or lower spec, probably 3-5 watts idle (GTX 1050 is similar to this). Obviously under load is significantly higher. How much noise it will add... well I presently use iGPU and will be able to disable this now, so that should create less noise on the CPU, with this being counteracted by electrical noise from the standalone card. I seem to remember Nenon or Romaz stating that they could hear the effect of a graphics c
  9. Apparently not, the only way to truly deactivate an installed card is to remove it or cut the power planes on the card itself / add a switch as an onboard regulator (if present).
  10. Further listening undertaken - perhaps I was a bit hasty on this, Audio x-spdif 2 does still have a slight edge, as motherboard TOSLINK out does sound slightly software. Audio x-spdif 2 should sound better though as it's got DR linear feeding it.
  11. 'Buildzoid' also does really good explanations and reviews on youtube as well... he influenced me to get the Gene XI, and shortly the Apex.
  12. Ages ago there is a post from me here on Audiophile style where I did some VRM experiments, a true 5 phase MSI ITX and a 16 (or was it 24?) phase Gigabyte full size ATX VRM monster which used doublers. Both running an old 4790k CPU. True phases seem to be best based on their transient response IMO. The high VRM Gigabyte board potentially had better detail retrieval, but looking back on it on what I know now I don't think there's any FOMO. The change is subtle compared to what optimizations such as APacer RAM, Solarflare cards and linear power can do. Designare has minor VRMs f
  13. + Apacer or Samsung B-side RAM of course, and Optane SSD (if playing back locally).
  14. Collection of thoughts following further evaluations… The ultra low latency of the solarflare seems to give music better transient snap and timing, I think this is what also improves detail retrieval, dynamics and improved imaging over ethernet connection. Stock ethernet via motherboard sounds more laid back, 'plodding' in its timing, less attack, which can make it sound a tad warmer due to more coalescence / slight smearing / slower transient response in playback. In summary, music via motherboard ethernet is a bit less palpable. However it's a fine balancing act, it's eas
  15. Yep that's what I boiled it down to as well, GT710 or GT 1030 - there are no other alternatives for this application at present (Although Nvidia will release a GT 1010 / 1020 shortly to replace GT710). Appalling prices at the moment though due to GPU shortages, they should be miles cheaper than they are. AMD doesn't do any fanless / low profile options.
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