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  1. CAPS v3 Carbon is the third of four v3 designs to be published and the last derivative design from v3 servers Topanga and Lagoon. The Carbon design is different form previous designs in several ways such as a more stylish case similar to an audio component, unique external storage expansion options, and a SATA filter. Carbon also provides endless opportunities for creativity inside the spacious chassis for items like batteries, power supplies, hard drives, and even a UPS. I believe the Computer Audiophile Community will have some very creative ideas for using the extra space inside this chassi
  2. The below was written in June 2015; I've just opened a blog here so decided to move it over to the blog. Here is a report detailing my experiences of building a customised CAPS. Hopefully this will benefit others who are thinking of also building a machine for themselves - or at least provide some entertainment Before I start I would like to thank all those that helped me on these forums, especially Hifidelit and also Larry from HDPLEX; and of course Chris for blazing the way. This project started with the demise of my last CAPS (CAPSv2) which I had purchased ready mad
  3. Early in 2010 the original Computer Audiophile Pocket Server design was published on CA. At the time I wasn't sure if readers would be interested in building their own servers. I thought it would be a great thing if many computer audiophiles used the exact same music server. This could ease troubleshooting and enable the sharing of successful tweaks among all C.A.P.S. users. I had no idea the C.A.P.S. server would become incredibly popular among computer audiophiles. Many CA readers commented on the original build with suggestions to make it better while others were delighted someone else had
  4. CAPS v4 Pipeline is more traditional than CAPS Cortes because it’s designed to connect directly to one’s audio system. The server has space to add in cards such as USB, AES/EBU, or S/PDIF. In addition to cards, the server has plenty of room for power products and large desktop hard drives. Pipeline offers plenty of room and power for user experimentation as opposed to the mini servers of the caps v3 ilk. I’ve been using the server in a 100% silent configuration with a linear power supply and solid state hard drive with great success. I can’t wait to see what members of the CA Community do to t
  5. I have no experience building PC's and have been looking for a ready built fanless computer along the lines of the CAPS series. After reading countless forums on the the subject I know I am not alone. My research has come across this unit from Atlast Solutions in an attractive case that includes a single PCI-e slot for your audio specific USB card. Fanless cpu cooler with heat pipes, core i5 processor, 8gb RAM and Samsung 120 GB SSD for $716 ex VAT. I would really like to know what CA community thinks of this unit.The price and overall package seems like the best I can find out there in a read
  6. Hi everyone. I tried to find an answer to my question searching the forums but could not. I have fallen behind my hobby in the last 4.5 years and computer audio has moved on considerably. The last time I shopped around and felt like up to date, there was no Roon and no Microrendu, no HQPlayer. It was mostly about Jriver, Jplay and AO. And definitely linear power supplies. I’m willing to upgrade what I have in hand and I’m very confused. I will very much appreciate if you can help. Please do not recommend me to do years of reading. Help if you can. Digital side of my setup:
  7. Hi, I've noticed this with my CAPSv1 as long as I can remember, though due to other commitments am only just getting round to looking into it. I have the CAPSv1 (Computer Audiophile - Computer Audiophile Pocket Server - C.A.P.S.), i.e. Intel D945GSEJT motherboard with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 integrated video. I am connected via VGA cable to a 24.1" Asus PA248Q monitor, VGA input. The issue I am having is this - there is a constant kind of banding/flashing/flickering over the entire display. It's not that obvious, though quite noticeable if you sit in front of the mon
  8. G'day - First some background then the newbie questions: I'm looking to move away from my trusty Squeezebox to better handle DSD files on my main system. I'm looking at using JRiver to translate on the fly into a PCM USB DAC. Someday I might consider a DSD DAC or a two-processor DAC, but for now I'm happy with a Hegel HD25. I've used Squeezebox for years from a ReadyNAS, and so far I still plan on using other SBT's in my home office and workshop, but can foresee some frustration when future DSD files are not available there. Also I'm no videophile, although we are getting a Sony 4K 85
  9. Hi all, I intend to build my first CAPS music server. Other then good audio i also want to use it as my XMBC player to feed my HDTV with movies. Components: Case: Streacom FC5 WS EVO / or / Streacom FC9 Processor: Intel Core i3 3220T (MB: 1155) / or / Intel Core i5 4570T (MB: 1150) / or / Intel Core i7 3770T (MB: 1155) / Other new generation Intel processors? Motherbord: Intel DH77EB (1155) or Intel DH87RL (will this newer MB be usable with the passive cooler of the Streacom FC5?) Memory: Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 Power: Mini-box PicoPSU-150XT + 102W Adapter (any other options?)
  10. CAPS v3 Lagoon is the second of four designs and a very nice upgrade from the entry level Topanga server. Lagoon has major similarities with Topanga such as the same motherboard, memory, base power supply, and case. I made a point to enable easy upgrading from the Topanga server while at the same time not dumbing-down the Lagoon design. A familiar addition to Lagoon is the SOtM tX-USBexp PCIe USB card for improved USB audio performance. In addition the mSATA drive from Topanga has been replaced with a new very low power SSD. The power saved by switching disks is not insignificant and plays a r
  11. Need help here. I m trying to install SOtM sCLK-48 as an upgrade to my existing tX-USBexp card. My case is an HDPlex H5s (1st gen), it's very similar to the Streacom F5. My motherboard is microATX size and I have one SSD in the case. The good old CAPS v3 Zuma setup. Is there anybody out there who has accomplished this? Comments? Recommendations? Any pics?
  12. voxel

    My CAPS V3

    Finally I have my first music server installed. I'm not a totally newbie on PC DIY, but it took considerably more effort than expected. The configuration is based on the 'Zuma' published, with some changes for my usage. Thanks Chris:) Basically it's setup to run JPlay, so I have * HD-PLEX H5.S case & 150W Pico PSU I prefer a fanless case which is smaller (just enough for ITX board) and a bit taller (does not need a riser card for expansion). However, the limitation on motherboard is huge, so I switched to this one which supports microATX board. * Intel i5 3470S CPU I
  13. This is the final installment of the CAPS v4 series! It will cover both the Maroubra and Bundoran servers because they are very closely related. This is the first time a CAPS design has been based on an Intel NUC. Part of me feels bad because there isn’t much to “design” when using the NUC platform, but I am more excited than anything because there is a lot of user demand of NUC based servers. For readers unfamiliar with the Intel NUC, it’s a very small motherboard with the CPU soldered to the board. It’s one of the platforms Intel has decided to keep supporting, unlike its traditional motherb
  14. CAPS v4 Cortes is like no other CAPS server to date. The server isn’t designed to connect directly to an audio system via USB or AES/EBU. Cortes is a server in the truest sense of the word. It’s designed to serve music to a single zone or to multiple zones over Ethernet, be a workhorse for all types of file operations such as format conversion or resampling, run network diagnostic tools if needed, and be the most flexible music server in the CAPS stable of designs. Cortes is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) replacement. The impetus to design a NAS replacement such as Cortes came fr
  15. Two years have passed since version three CAPS servers were announced. Over this period of time many of the server parts went out of production, leading to CAPS lookalikes. I am happy to see people coming up with their own solutions to the lack of parts problem. Unfortunately people's CAPS servers move further apart from a similar design. This fragmentation can increase troubleshooting time and compatibility with the many third party software and hardware solutions the CA Community is now using. Addressing the issue of parts unavailability is difficult, if not impossible, without ordering mass
  16. Ok folks, my XP music server died after 10 years of service and I need to replace it with a newer Win 7 server. I have a Lynx AES16 (the PCI version not PCI-express). This really limits the motherboards that I can use since most newer ones only support PCI-e. So here's the question. If I'm only using it for playback (not recording) do I really need the AES16 at all to feed my Bryston BDA-1 with a perfect bitstream? Wouldn't any sound card with an SPDIF/Optical output sound the same? The rest of the audio system is fairly high res audiophile (Thiel speakers, Sim-Audio pre, Sunfire amp, MIT
  17. Chris, What is your estimate to launch the CAPS v.3? Cheers.
  18. Hello, I'm considering two Roon/Tidal setups: 1. C.A.P.S Pipeline, as headless Roon core/output, Ipad controlled. Linux (Roon recommendation) or Win (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) or 2. Small PC as Roon core (e.g. Mac mini, Intel NUC) + Auralic Aries as Roon output, Ipad controlled. As I currently see it: Pro 1. Versatility, easier to repair in case of hardware failure, hardware upgradable, can be reused for other PC duties if replaced, one unit, can use HQPlayer (if I ever find out what to use this for) . 2. Optimized hardware, optimized software (upgra
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