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  1. Would you mind sending pics of the placement? I received some of the same material I believe to install inside my non-Ultra SMS-200 and was wondering about placement.
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    Hey guys, I'm in search of a Paul Pang USB card with the OCXO Clock and an outboard LPS. If the outboard PSU can also power my Hugo 2 (5V USB output) that would be a bonus, but isn't really expected. A newer version of the card would be highly preferred (v4 or newer). I can offer a SOtM SMS-200 plus a battery (clean) power supply for trade. I will be upgrading the SMS-200 to be beyond the NEO specification with help from Artiz, the North American SOtM engineers/dealers. I also have some interconnects to offer for trade, but for anyone that has this kind of combo to sell, they will probably be a downgrade anyways. Based in Canada, but I'm sure we can work out shipping. Able to pay in USD paypal. One combo just sold in Canada for $400 CAD - so hoping to a similar price for the combo. Cheers

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  3. Paul Pang USB Card (v4+) + external LPS + OCXO Clock combo View Classified Hey guys, I'm in search of a Paul Pang USB card with the OCXO Clock and an outboard LPS. If the outboard PSU can also power my Hugo 2 (5V USB output) that would be a bonus, but isn't really expected. A newer version of the card would be highly preferred (v4 or newer). I can offer a SOtM SMS-200 plus a battery (clean) power supply for trade. I will be upgrading the SMS-200 to be beyond the NEO specification with help from Artiz, the North American SOtM engineers/dealers. I a
  4. This was also in my list of questions to ask SOtM. They mentioned that the capacitor is still important because the SMS200 internally creates multiple voltage rails with a switching supply. That internal switching supply depends on this cap.
  5. SOtM says the other caps can be replaced if you like but the sound impact is significantly less audible compared to the Neo cap that is replaced. I will be receiving some eABS-200 from SOtM as well to install inside the SMS-200 Neo. Right now, they have just suggested I line the inside of the chassis walls with it, and by using a small strip to cover the connectors of my USB cable (similar effect to a ferrite bead).
  6. Haha alright so ultimately, even over the network, every little bit will make an improvement depending on the output stack (Dac, amp, transducers), even over the network. In those case, perhaps a more targeted question; will something like the Paul Pang USB cards w/ OCXO clock and a LPSU fair me better than trying to build an SOtM system (SMS200 Ultra + PSU)? If the former treats me better, I'm more than happy to turn my old gaming machine into a compact ITX computer that sits directly beside my audio system with only Wifi enabled for Roon controls.
  7. I'm simply stating the differences I've heard. My ears are lucky enough that they can discern sample rates just barely up to 96khz still, but I know in a few decades they will lose that practice and ability. I'm looking for some constructive improvements or alternatives to my system setup - your suggestion was notable and I'll continue to consider it
  8. Oh man, does this inspire hope. Is there a specific post (or set of posts) you would suggest for inexpensive improvements to make specifically for this type of (LAN streaming) system? A lot of what I've seen on this site makes a lot of sense to me for directly coupled USB devices (Clock upgrades, LPSU, USB Cards, etc.), but intuitively doesn't track for network audio where traffic is all passed over TCP packets. Again, I'm looking to learn from others' experiences and then test them out for my own ears. I'm running a fairly resolving headphone setup - can ea
  9. Noted, thanks @Nenon. I have AudioLinux already and will post some notes on my comparisons over the next week. The primary comparison will be over the network. Are these squeezings of audio bliss from inexpensive hardware also applicable over LAN? Or primarily for direct USB output? Thanks, Nelly
  10. Oh, I understand. It was a little unclear from my original post perhaps - the hardware I already have has been in my gaming computer turned roon server for a few years now. It's what I consider the "no cost" hardware at this point.
  11. Ah okay, so your suggestion would be to build a beastly server which has no difficulty virtualizing the RAID workload separately from the Audio workload (or any others that may be future extensions of the server's prowess). I'll keep an eye out on the Canadian markets for something like this in the long run. For now, I've been doing some more soul searching and it may be more appropriate to simply clone my disks and keep them in sync monthly (using something like rsync), replacing them when necessary. This removes the complexity of multiple primary workloads running on my server PC
  12. Thank you for sharing your setup. If this (async audio) is the resounding point, why do we continue to hear significant improvements from dedicated "audiophile" USB outputs? I've tried multiple Raspberry Pi setups (ones that do not suffer from the shared ethernet-USB bus), and compared them to the Allo USB Bridge and (my now daily-driver) SOtM SMS-200. There seems to be an audible improvement in stereo separation and imaging accuracy on the latter two setups compared to the raspberry pi endpoint. I am using an internally-powered USB DAC which means it still relies on a clean ground
  13. Hey folks, I've done some reading here on AS and have seen the monumental audiophile PC builds. Sleek fanless chassis with solely solid state storage, LPSUs, and dedicated clocks/USB output cards. It's quite impressive. In my case, I am looking to build a LAN-enabled beast which will not be hosting any local USB audio equipment in the foreseeable future. If it does ever require direct USB output, I will add something like a PPA USB card with a dedicated OCXO clock and an external LPSU just for the USB output. For now, the system will solely and exclusively be serving au
  14. I done believe they have, but I'm in touch with SOtM. When they reach out about upgrade cap availability for me I'll be sure to ask them about the other caps on the power board as well.
  15. Awesome, thanks Considering the Nichon Gold Tune is only a dollar and change I'll probably order both, start with a clean stock sms200 demo for about a week, then switch to the Nichon for a week, and finally to the AN for another week to gauge differences. As for the actual impact of the cap, I'm powering mine with the (now discontinued) battery power supply from SotM. In light of that information, do these changes seem moot? Or should I still expect some musical improvement?
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