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  1. Thanks a lot, I asked the guys at Magna about it, did not get the answer yet. Do you have any experience with a TB3 expansion chassis and the card compatibility with it? If you do not have any experience I am willing to order one card to try it with the Sonnet TB3 expansion chassis. I just need to check the size of your card if it fits or not. It is a small desktop chassis. I see a very good potential using TB3 expansion chassis by whom are using an Apple or a Windows computer/notebook with TB3 connection and limited internal expansion. I was very much surprised how much better I like my system this way.
  2. I got a Sonnet Echo Express SEL Thunderbolt 3 small desktop expansion chassis and a dual port Sonnet USB C 3.1 card in it. The card has Asmedia controller chip and it seems most of the so called audiophile USB cards using NEC chip. NEC controller USB cards generally not compatible with Apple. I tried a Paul Pang v2 card and it does not work at all. I installed Boot Camp and Win 10 on a MacBook Pro, to try to PP card and does not work with Win 10 in the TB3 chassis. Does anybody know about any Asmedia controller chip and TB3/Apple compatible audiophile USB card? It is a pity that I cannot use PP (can not use JCat Femto either, did not try Pink Faun and others as all of them seem to have the NEC controller) because the ordinary 70 dollar Sonnet dual USB C card sounds very good in the 12V/8A linear power supply powered TB3 expansion chassis, very similar or even better than an SoTM SMS200 Neo. This solution could give Apple owners a good and affordable way to get better sound from their systems and getting some flexibility.
  3. I sold quite a few Zu speakers years ago dealing with them, tricky beasts to sell, but if there is a love, nothing else will do Sean is a really nice guy. It was one of the latest before I left retail completely few years ago.
  4. So the price is: "One of its most ambitious projects, Audio Note UK’s Fifth Element/Fifth Force DAC retails for 153,753 USD." From dagogo. https://www.dagogo.com/audio-note-fifth-force-fifth-element-dac/
  5. It is the new Audio Note DAC: Fifth Element / Fifth Force DAC. No idea about the price. "In other words, the Fifth Element / Fifth Force has no over sampling, no jitter reduction, no noise shaping and no re-clocking. Having removed all of the digital filtering that is required for over sampling, all filtering is done in the analogue domain where it is easier to retain good, wide band phase-frequency and dynamically coherent behaviour. It uses the highest grade Analogue Devices AD1865, 18Bit stereo converter chip solely because we found it to be the best sounding available (yes, even better than the 20Bit versions). The filter-interface coils / transformers are of the highest possible quality, using 55% nickel Super mu-metal cores with 99.99% pure Audio Note™ silver wires. The air gaps in the two filter coils per channel are matched across the full frequency range to within 0.1dB of each other, using a specially designed program to supplement an Audio Precision System 2 test rig. An extremely unique feature of the Fifth Element / Fifth Force is its use of an input buffer stage for the incoming digital signal, using an EF800 valve. Audio Note (UK) was the first company in the world to commercially implement such an arrangement, and it is one of the many technical achievements found in the Fifth Element / Fifth Force that pushes the performance of this Digital to analogue Converter beyond the threshold previously thought possible for such a device or digital audio technology in general." https://www.audionote.co.uk/fifth-element-force?fbclid=IwAR1S0wPiO0ZDc933aPdI0rRJIecYwMNXMlMlsk7Jfr6r1pkYwhcmL2BR8Tc
  6. Can be interesting to know about these: https://www.networkworld.com/article/3386142/intel-unveils-an-epic-response-to-amds-server-push.html "In addition to its hot rod Xeons, Intel also rolled out the Xeon D-1600 series processors, a low power variant based on a completely different architecture. Xeon D-1600 series processors are designed for space and/or power constrained environments, such as edge network devices and base stations."
  7. I am not sure if it will make a difference. Above 120 dB probably not.
  8. I think Anubis will be very close or practically the same as Hapi. It is my expectation. At least without its internal preamp. With it, we will see.
  9. Not really. The Hapi has more air. Somehow better dynamics. Even if I try all the different filters in the ADI-2. However in ADI-2 you can get a direct DSD mode where the pre amp feature is not available, if I connect the ADI-2 and the Hapi to a preamp, this way it is much closer to he Hapi, only a very small difference. Generally the Hapi has better flow, better rhythm, probably because of the IP connection and the Ravenna protocol? I felt a bit similar flow from the Dante protocol IP-based Focusrite Rednet too. The A/D converter is very close by the way in DSD256. The Hapi is better in PCM.
  10. DoP DSD256 and 1536 kHz PCM but only at 16 bit. 24 bit does not work.
  11. Then I prefer the Holo and Hqplayer upconversion to either DSD512 or PCM 1536 kHz. Which is not available from the Hapi. If I use Hqplayer upconversion up to DSD256 or PCM 384 kHz to make the comparison balanced, I prefer the Hapi. Sometimes. Sometimes the Holo. They are different, but roughly equal for my taste. I added a linear PSU to Hapi, so price wise it is roughly double of the KTE Spring 2. For the Holo you definitely need preamp, but you can be happy with the Hapi with its integrated pre. The Holo is a bit more sensitive on the power cable and USB cable, you can use the Hapi with the provided stock cables and the Hapi is less sensitive on the PC/Mac sand the player software. So at the end the price is roughly the same or even the Hapi can be more affordable depending on the pre amp you want to use for the Holo.
  12. I have both so I can give my impression now. If I use Hqplayer and upsampling to 1536 kHz/16 bit or DoP DSD 256 / 512, I prefer Holo Spring 2 KTE. It is smoother, have a bit more air, and a bit more energy. When I say Holo it means Holo + a preamp ( I have Parasound JC2 and EAR 864 at the moment with it). Holo + Roger Mayer 456 Tape simulator (used as preamp) sounds best for me, it is a bit colored, really like a reel to reel but I like it a lot. If I use Holo with Hqplayer's volume control than I prefer Hapi with its built in volume control. This way Hapi has more energy and air, Holo is a bit closed, has less texture. If you want to maximize the quality of Hapi, you do not have to use its internal preamp. An external real preamp should be good. I like Ear 868 and Pass Labs Xp10 with it. Even if you think you do not need a preamp, just try it, you easily can change your mind. There is an interesting Audio GD tube preamp, I want to try it, it is quite affordable. It os called: Audio-GD - MASTER 1 - Balanced Pre Amplifier. Should be interesting with Hapi and Holo. I am driving active studio monitors like PMC and Quested in a nearfield listening situation. So no deep bass. But it means a lot less room problem too.
  13. I may have a chance to compare them sometime in the second half of April, when the shipment started. If I have chance I will do it for sure .
  14. By the way, I can share a .dff file if anyone interested, digitized with Hapi Premium A/D at DSD256 powered from a linear ps with OCC silver everything inside, using an OCC silver DB25-XLR breakout cable and a very high-end and expensive record playing system and phono. It is one side of a very well known "Test" record LP.
  15. I have Spring2 KTE, Hapi with the premium boards, RME ADI2 DAC. Sent an email to the local Merging dealer to get an Anubis as soon as he has one, thinking to order one just to make him more active . So there will be a chance to compare them. By the way, in the last few weeks I was trying all sorts of different preamps with my DACs, to see if there is a benefit to let the mentioned DACs running without volume control or in direct DSD (where it is possible) mode to my PMC and Quested active studio monitors. There is a definitive benefit. I just could not find any preamp which did not give more weight, more life to the sound of my system.
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