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  1. This listing is completed.

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    For sale: BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power supply (9-10 V) Basically like new. Bought in March 2021 from Upscale Audio. Used to power my SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo (also listed for sale separately). Fantastic results.

    200.00 USD

  2. BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power supply (9-10 V) View Classified For sale: BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power supply (9-10 V) Basically like new. Bought in March 2021 from Upscale Audio. Used to power my SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo (also listed for sale separately). Fantastic results. Seller Reg19 Date 05/18/21 Price 200.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products  
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    For sale: an SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo in excellent condition: $800 Like new. Upgraded from SMS-200Ultra to SMS-200Ultra Neo by Artiz LLC (SoTM's US store) this month (May 2021). Included in shipping shall be proof of the upgrade (my PayPal invoice). They also did a complete checkup of my unit to confirm that it works perfectly. This is the 9V version. Comes with the stock SMPS power supply. I shall also be selling the compatible SBooster BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power supply (9-10 V) separately for an additional cost. It was bought in March 2021 from UpScale Audio. Notes on the SMS-200Ultra Neo: Earlier, I had the Sonore ultraRendu. I sold that as soon as I got my hands on this. They are very different products. the UR is more 'audiophile' & has a slightly lower noise floor whereas the SMS-200Ultra Neo is more musical, euphoric, holographic, has a more believable soundstage with better tonality and timbre in the instrument sounds. Reason for sale: upgrading to their trifecta ($3,000).

    800.00 USD

  4. View Classified For sale: SMS-200Ultra Neo in excellent condition For sale: an SoTM SMS-200Ultra Neo in excellent condition: $800 Like new. Upgraded from SMS-200Ultra to SMS-200Ultra Neo by Artiz LLC (SoTM's US store) this month (May 2021). Included in shipping shall be proof of the upgrade (my PayPal invoice). They also did a complete checkup of my unit to confirm that it works perfectly. This is the 9V version. Comes with the stock SMPS power supply. I shall also be selling the compatible SBooster BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power supply (9-10 V) separately for an additional cost. It was bought in March 2021 from UpScale Audio. Notes on the SMS-200Ultra Neo: Earlier, I had the Sonore ultraRendu. I sold that as soon as I got my hands on this. They are very different products. the UR is more 'audiophile' & has a slightly lower noise floor whereas the SMS-200Ultra Neo is more musical, euphoric, holographic, has a more believable soundstage with better tonality and timbre in the instrument sounds. Reason for sale: upgrading to their trifecta ($3,000). Seller Reg19 Date 05/18/21 Price 800.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers  
  5. @Miska: given that one needs a preamp while using HQ Player Desktop with the RME ADI-2 DAC to upsample music to DSD256 with DSD direct enabled (no volume control in DAC), which one do you recommend?
  6. I needed help with my SMS-200Ultra. Am running it with the SBooster BOTW P&P ECO MKII power supply. I have a gigabit ethernet connection at home. Here are my observations using the ASDM7EC modulator with poly-sinc-ext2 filter on my M1 Mac Mini. If I don’t use the SMS-200Ultra and connect the Mac (running HQP) directly to the DAC via a USB cable, it works fine If I don’t use the SMS-200Ultra and use the Sonore ultraRendu instead as NAA, it works fine If I use the SMS-200Ultra as NAA, it stutters I have verified that I have the latest versions of HQPlayer Desktop Eunhasu Music Player HQPlayer NAA on Eunhasu Music Player Here is the setup: Roon ROCK on Intel NUC connected to network via CAT6 ethernet cable —> HQPlayer Desktop on M1 Mac Mini connected to network via CAT6 ethernet cable —> SMS-200Ultra (powered by SBooster power supply) connected to network via CAT6 ethernet cable —> USB cable —> RME ADI-2 DAC FS Thanks in advance
  7. Tried them all extensively for a couple of weeks. First, let me compare the two that are the most similar in feature set - SMS-200Ultra vs ultraRendu: Unlike the Auralic Aries (Femto), both of these can be used as a NAA for HQPlayer. Of course, they can also be used as Roon-ready endpoints. Advertised as 'similar level' but very different in sound. ultraRendu is more like a analytical 'audiophile' player: distinctly lower noise floor of the two, cleaner sound, better separation between instruments, etc SMS-200Ultra feels more musical and a bit warmer My suggestion: If you have a warmer, more musical sounding speaker, I'd say go for the uR. Otherwise, like me, if you have a more analytical, revealing speaker, go for the SMS-200Ultra. If you don't use HQPlayer, for the best feature-set, I'd recommend the Auralic Aries Femto. Great sound. Not only can you use it as a Roon-ready endpoint, you don't need a Roon subscription once you have this. I find its Lightning DS software really good. It can stream from Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify. It has parametric EQ. It can upsample. It can play your personal digital music collection. I highly recommend upgrading to a Linear Power supply for all 3 of the above. I used SGC's for the uR, SBooster for the SMS-200Ultra and the Auralic LPS for the Aries (Femto) in this comparison. I just paid for HQPlayer a few weeks ago. So, sadly, I'll be selling my Auralic Aries (Femto) and the Auralic LPS.
  8. In a few days, I shall conduct a comparison of ultraRendu v/s SMS-200Ultra v/s Auralic Aries (Femto) - all powered by LPS. Feeding from Roon or Roon / HQPlayer. Feeding into my RME ADI-2 DAC FS (version 2).
  9. Reg19

    HQ Player

    FWIW: my Mac Mini M1 and ultraRendu work flawlessly with HQP (I upsample from PCM to DSD256 using ASDM7EC, poly-sinc-ext2).
  10. Reg19

    HQ Player

    Thanks. Got a M1 mini. Runs ASDM7EC / DSD256 without issues. Shall take a couple of days to compare.
  11. Reg19

    HQ Player

    I need some advice. Currently, my old i7-6700HQ - based laptop can run HQP fine using ASDM7 upto DSD256. It can also run DSD128 using ASDM7EC. I prefer the fuller sound of ASDM7 / DSD256 to ASDM7EC / DSD128. Question: I am contemplating buying a new rig so I can run ASDM7EC / DSD256. But, before I do, I’d like to know if there is a tangible SQ difference between ASDM7 / DSD256 and ASDM7EC / DSD256. I’d love to hear from fellow members on the SQ difference between these two configurations. I use HQP as an input to the RME ADI-2 DAC FS and from there, to preamp / power amp combo to floorstanders (Focal Electra 1038Be). TIA.
  12. I agree about the frustration of using Amazon Music HD. I have tried comparing it to Tidal & Qobuz too. FWIW: Amazon Music HD sounds amazing while using the HEOS app (I use a Denon receiver as a pre-amp and a Parasound A21 as a power amp) - even better than Tidal does. However, its functionality in the HEOS app is extremely limited and buggy. I tried sending a note explaining my frustration to the guy in charge of Amazon Music HD at Amazon (Jack Rutledge) but no reply as of yet. I’m not surprised though - the audiophile community is very small and IMHO, it isn’t worth their while to spend time and effort trying to enhance their product to support Roon / all streamers. They shall try use this to boost the saleability of their Bluetooth speakers! :)
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