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  1. Thanks K27R. I think I'll contact Jord to discuss what I'm doing and create the best plan for upgrading but the motherboard clocks make sense due to the fact that I'll need to ship the motherboard to complete that part of the process. Thanks again for your response.
  2. General question to 2.16 owners. I'm wondering if it would be smarter to go with putting my $ towards upgrading the I/O, Chipset and SPDIF clocks to OCXO on my build or just upgrading the SPDIF card to the Ultra OCXO Clock and leave the motherboard clocks stock, I'm basing my build on the one used in the 2.16? Let me know your thoughts about which clock upgrades will provide the best audio quality. Just for reference, the system it will be connected to has a Wadia321 DAC, Bryston 9BSST and Martin Logan Aerius speakers. A possible speaker upgrade will be next year due to Aerius age and panel wear. (Original Panels) Thanks for your time and input. DK
  3. Nice! What clock do you have on the SPDIF bridge?
  4. Hah!!! Love the examples that you've provided. What audio output card are you using in your setup?
  5. Yeah... I'm thinking that's what I will try once all my pieces are in place. I want to do more listening than tinkering. Thanks for your comparison, it's certainly appreciated.
  6. I used WS 2012 Datacenter/Audio Optimizer/JRiver on my original music server but I wanted to try something different on the new build. I had a Bryston BDP1 for about 6 months and it used their version of Linux and it sounded pretty good. I figured trying a version of Linux designed for audio made sense so I started looking about 6 moths ago and ran into Euphony. I couldn't test audio on my original server because Euphony couldn't properly detect the server's sound card, a ESI [email protected] Which lead me to this thread, trying to find examples of a sound cards that worked with Euphony, which lead me to Pink Faun and their SPDIF card. I don't have much experience with Linux except what I learned when using the Bryston. What would you consider are the strengths and weaknesses between Euphony and Audio-Linux? As I've learned, they are based on the same Linux kernals so I'd think they would have a similar sound. Euphony to me looks like a more polished product that is designed for music listeners that don't want to tinker too much with settings. Where Audio-Linux is for folks that like to tweek their sound and are comfortable with command line. I'm kinda in between at this point.
  7. Here's a link to the SPDIF Bridge https://www.pinkfaun.com/shop/bridge/45-2880-spdif-bridge.html, my dac's best sound quality is provided by its SPDIF inputs, usb is almost as good. I know if I spent the $12,000 on a 2.16x another household energency would occur right after I received the unit, things always seem to work that way. I have an easier time justifying $4,000 in parts.
  8. Hi Ipost, Thanks for the reply. I'll grab a low powered graphic card that I have laying around from an older build and will certainly remove it when not tweeking, appreciate the suggestion. I will be getting the SPDIF bridge I/O card in February and possibly send in the motherboard to see if the gents at Pink Faun can add the better CPU clocks to the motherboard and chipset. I admire the Pink Faun Power Supply work but I also admire saving $8,000 US Dollars ($12,000 2.16x cost minus the $4,000 I'll spend on parts) and use the 400Watt HDPLEX Linear Power Supply. My 53 year old ears have become my weakest link these days. Quick question- I'm thinking the chipset clock supports the digital signal as it travels to the PCIE slot that the SPDIF bridge plugged into is that a correct statement?
  9. I'm using HDplex's older flag ship case that had the square lcd button in the front as compared to their newest offerring, link provided below: https://www.hdplex.com/hdplex-h5-fanless-computer-case.html It's an 8 heat pipe silent chassis that is capable of cooling up to a 95W CPU and it lists both the CPU and motherboard used in the 2.16 server as compatible. I also have one of their 200 Watt Linear CPUs to power the server. I had these items working with my older build running a 65 Watt 2nd Gen i5. I'm hoping the increase in CPU power to 95W won't make the system unstable but we'll see how it goes. I want to impliment the Pink Faun SPDIF Bridge and try a Linx based OS, Euphony or AudioLinux on the new build.
  10. Hi Flkin, I adjusted my processor order to the AMX 1700X so it matches the PC components that make up the 2.16 music server. You mentioned that yours came with a video card that you use for setting your BIAS adjustments. Do you have the make and model of that video card? I figured that I'd add the one that they send with their servers to my system. Thanks for your past responses and the information that you have shared. Dave
  11. Thanks Kin & Dirk appreciate your replies, time and the information. Have a Great Week! Dave
  12. Hi Flkin, I adjusted my processor order to the AMX 1700X so it matches the PC components that make up the 2.16 music server. You mentioned that yours came with a video card that you use for setting your BIAS adjustments. Do you have the make and model of that video card? I figured that I'd add the one that they send with their servers to my system. Thanks for your past responses and the information that you have shared. Dave
  13. I'm good, thanks for the additional details on the Pink Faun cards.
  14. I'm following you, makes sense. I wonder why they offer the card with no clock as an option, I'm thinking the signal would be no better than one sent out of the motherboard's stock USB or optical out from a jitter standpoint. I guess they include some filtering and an option to power their card from an external power supply so those are advantages. So adding their clock options are the way to go which certainly kicks up the price by more than double the price of their basic offering, I better start saving! Thanks for your explanation and time! Dave
  15. I found the exact Corsair memory that they are using in the 2.16x, it took a bit to figure that out. Since I wanted video to be available for the 2nd SSD that will host WS2012R with Audio Optimizer and JRiver, I picked up a AMD Ryzen 3400G 4-core 3.7GHz with 4.2GHz Boost 65W CPU. Does the 2.16 and 2.16x actually take advantage of the 8 cores? I'm also assuming that the Pink Faun folks needed to add a video card to that motherboard to tweak the system's BIOS before shipping to clients because the AMD 1700x doesn't have built in graphics. The Pink Faun SPIDIF card has clock options, I was always under the impression that when using a SPDIF connection to your DAC it would use the clock in the DAC, am I incorrect? If I am correct, what is the advantage of updating the clock on the Pink Faun SPDIF card if is going to use the one in the DAC? Thanks so far for everyone's replies and advice. Dave
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