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  1. I've stopped testing standard ATX SMPS now (for servers at least, I still use Hypex for amplifiers). I've listened to Corsair SFX450, Superflower leadex III, and Corsair AX1600i. The AX1600i was really quite interesting as it has really low ripple, good transient response and Gallium Nitride (GaN) transistors like some new high end class-d amplifiers. To me, servers powered by these all sounded pretty similar and somewhat rolled off in highs compared to a good quality linear power supply. I never went to the extent of using custom ATX cables, this might have made the difference. But for me, it's just easier/cheaper/simpler to get a better sound by going down the lower power route, such as a NUC. Looking forward to trying eRED-DOCK.
  2. I think you’ve answered my question... they both have a significant impact. I also agree with the other experiences shared here. By what I remember from my comparisons is that a NUC with Audiolinux and a linear power supply, sounds pretty similar to a Shanti powered Allo USBSig, running Moode. However it is definitely second place to a linear powered NUC running Euphony - and another quite significant gap when you add in a Tx-USBUltra. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised, given the technical underpinnings if the Tx-USBUltra, but I’d only heard minimal benefits with USB ‘decrapifiers’ before. Tx-USB ultra is amazing - so I can only imagine what the combination of Etherregen and eRED-DOCK can do. I’ve asked to be added to the reservation list. I still have both systems, I really do like the Allo USBSig - fantastic value for money and a great purchase for a lower/mid value system. I haven’t tried the USBSig with the tx-USBUltra (Bobba reported minimal benefits) - but it’s something I’d like to try. I also really liked the Moode software, and want to try gentoo player on both the USBSig and the NUC. Gentoo’s interface / approach looks very similar to Audiolinux, yet Gentoo is free.
  3. @jean-michel6 What is the percieved benefit split between etheregen / eRED-DOCK in your system? Which one would you buy first?
  4. Interesting - anyone else experienced this compared to NUC? I would be interested on thoughts about locally bridging a NUC (operating as HQPlayer Server) to the OpticalRendu.
  5. It's on their to do list on their website
  6. As soon as they add in streaming services then I'm in!
  7. Interesting idea to connect the SSD externally via iFi Micro iUSB3. I run Euphony on a DNHE NUC with a SOTM tx-USBultra. The USBultra makes a significant difference, but presently I only use a USB single port to connect to my DAC. Of course this model has two ports, so I wonder what the difference will be for SSD connected via tx-USBultra vs local playback on M.2 optane or SATA?
  8. Amazing - Thanks Bob. I especially like the link to the "fit Headless" HDMI adaptor, brilliant! I'm still progressing with my evaluation and intend to post up further feedback when I have chance.
  9. https://raw.githubusercontent.com/CDrummond/lms-material/master/public.xml Doesn't work for me - just type it in the plugins box and press enter?
  10. Good news in that accessing the eMMC/microSD works perfectly fine using a Samsung SD Card adaptor - many forums state that these only work with microSD cards and that you'll need something like a dedicated Transend card reader for it to work propertly. No problems here. Further comparisions to follow - I've been delayed because running two streamers on the same network is a pest and I've had all sorts of uPNP conflicts as a result.
  11. Exactly my plan - although I did wonder if the USBsig could be used by itself as the I/O board . I/O board is only £20 in the U.K. though so it might be easier / convenient
  12. Yes the Pi Compute board is included
  13. Since I used the same DAC for my comparision it must be software related - so I completely agree with you. Euphony Audio only works on x86, so I will try different software as discussed - otherwise a hardware change (e.g. different DAC or tube buffer) could be used to the same effect. Any thoughts on my other questions: Anything stopping me replacing the existing Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 for one which includes the 32GB eMMC? Will the SDcard slot still work in parallel with the onboard eMMC afterwards?
  14. Thanks - useful feedback - Audirvana also allows the use of audio units - I'll give it a try. ickStream plugin is no longer available in LMS, and the bulk of my listening is through Tidal so Squeezelite is a no go for me. I agree with you that Euphony definately warm it up somehow, and it's not the straight MPD sound. Moode sounds very similar to Audiolinux IMO, which should come as no supprise given their foundation. I'd love to know what Euphony have done in their playback engine to get their warm / spacious sound.
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