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  1. Early spring cleaning! Letting go of a bunch of stuff I do not use any more. All items ship free (Con. US only). Buyer pays PayPal or use friends-and-family. SOTM Trifecta: Modded SMS-200 (clock input) Asking $299. + txUsbUltra SOLD (12V version, clock output + 50 Ohms master clock input) + Dlink switch (clock input). Comes with all required clock cables (I have short 6 inch ones too), original boxes, power supplies (except 12V txUsbUltra does not come with one). Excellent and working condition. Aires Mini: In original box, near mint condition with all supplied accessories (no free Tidal subscription). Asking $315 LPS 1.1: Excellent working condition with the energizing supply. Asking ($Sold) Curious USB link cables: Type A-B 200mm link ($SOLD), 200mm cable for iFi DAC ($SOLD) SOTM Modded SMS-200: D-Link switch: Sold Aries Mini: (Sold) LPS 1.1: (Pending sale) Curious USB link cables: (Sold) tx-USBultra: Sold
  2. Background If you are reading this review, then you probably already appreciate the key role that power plays in the sound quality of an audio system. I own or have owned a JS-2, two LPS-1, two LPS-1.2, and two sPS-500. I have also heard the benefit of a double regulated SR7 powering my OCX-10 master clock. With one exception, all of my DC cables are Audio Sensibility Signature Silver DC cables. The Audio Sensibility cables are made from cryogenically treated Neotech twisted pair 16 AWG solid core silver wire and terminated with cryogenically treated Oyaide connectors. The exception is a Linear Solution DC cable made from Neotech twisted pair 16 AWG solid core silver wire and terminated with Oyaide connectors. I have not had time to compare the Audio Sensibility and Linear Solution cables. Earlier this year, I decided to start migrating to double regulated power supplies for their superior performance. The obvious solution was to buy a second Paul Hynes SR7. However, from my perspective, the SR7 is no longer a practical alternative. I am now in the 14th month of waiting for my first order, and there is still no hint of a delivery date. One day, while looking at The Linear Solution website, I noticed that the LPS-912 power supply specifications were remarkably similar to those of the SR7. Was Adrian using the same transformer as Paul Hynes? Were these numbers even real? I knew some trusted sources had found the power supply that shipped with his OXCO switch to be lacking. Was Adrian capable of building a power supply equivalent to a double regulated SR7? I decided to find out. I had numerous exchanges with Adrian discussing my objectives and expectations while doing my best to assess his ability to build a power supply meeting his published specifications. Ultimately, I decided to take a chance and placed an order. Once Adrian began work, I found his commitment to be exceptional. He went through several design iterations until he was completely satisfied with the sound quality. One of his key goals was to create a circuit that worked equally well for both digital and analog devices. He delivered the power supplies only after he felt that they met his objectives and designated them as Reference 1. I took delivery 5 months after placing my order. The final build is as follows: Single rail 12v/6A with dual regulators Cryogenically treated transformer Class A circuit Parallel super diodes Quad rectifier diodes Neotech 16 AWG stranded silver internal wiring Mundorf capacitors Furutech FI-06 NCF IEC Ground post Black case Dimensions - L: 16” W: 12” H: 4” (ground post adds another 1.75” to overall length) As you can see from the photos, there is a large heat sink attached to the case. Consequently, it is always cool to the touch. Impressions Back in August, I had the opportunity to meet with @austinpop and @limniscate for a master clock comparison. One protocol was to determine the best power supply for my modified OCX-10. Listening to The Chain by Fleetwood Mac (96-24 version) on Eric’s Magnepan 3.7i speakers with dual Rythmik F12G subs, we compared the JS-2 and SR7. The SR7 was unanimously declared the clear winner. I am very familiar with The Chain, but with the SR7 powering the OCX-10, I heard elements of the music that I never knew existed. When I returned home, I was naturally disappointed to find my JS-2 powered OCX10 was unable to reproduce virtually all of those elements through my HE1000 v2 headphones. After the Reference 1 was burned in for a few days, one of the first songs I played was The Chain. Now, I can hear all of the missing elements just as I remember them on Eric’s system. Am I claiming that my headphones now sound like Eric’s speakers? Certainly not. I am simply saying that to the best of my memory, the previously missing musical elements are now all present just as I heard them in August. More generally, detail and dynamics are enhanced, with a better sense of space and image separation. The bass is tighter and more well-defined, extends deeper, and sounds more natural overall. The texture of instruments and voices is richer and more complex. For example, I have been enjoying and appreciating the vocalizations of Mark Knopfler and Robert Plant more so than in the past. It is as if the microphone feed goes directly to my headphones. Overall, the music has more energy and is more palpable. Limehouse Blues from Jazz at the Pawnshop (192-24 version) has always sounded dynamic and lifelike on my system, but now I seem to be present in the room, a mere 15 feet in front of the musicians, and surrounded by others in the audience. I also have experienced Jimmy Page’s guitar in a new way. There are now times when I can feel the speed and energy emanating from it. I have made a few tweaks that have yielded varying results. First, I connected the ground post to my Synergistic Research ground block via a Synergistic Research HD grounding cable. Grounding the Reference 1 in this way had a surprisingly noticeable and positive effect. The primary enhancement was to further extend the bass with even better definition. Second, I replaced the stock fuse with an Audio Magic ultimate beeswax SHD fuse. I could hear a small improvement, but I believe Adrian did a good job of selecting a fuse. I would recommend first applying those funds to a better power cable. Finally, I replaced my Audio Sensibility statement power cable with a Synergistic Research UEF blue high current 10 AWG power cable. This cable had a dramatic effect in terms of lowering the noise floor while improving the soundstage and dynamics. I highly recommend it. At some point, I will compare a Synergistic Research blue quantum fuse to the Audio Magic fuse. The blue quantum fuse produced a startling improvement in sound quality with my Auralic Vega DAC. I will also place some EMI paper on the inside of the case. Adrian has endorsed EMI paper as long as it is applied in moderation. In conclusion, the Reference 1 is an excellent product worthy of consideration by anyone who is interested in a bespoke, custom linear power supply as a means of extracting the best performance from their audio system. It is clearly head and shoulders above all of the other power supplies that I have owned. Until I am able to hear one side-by-side with an SR7, there is no way to conclusively state that they are truly equal. Hopefully, @austinpop, @limniscate, and I can find a time and place to perform such a comparison. For perspective, my chain at the time of these listening impressions can be described as follows: FMC > switch > sMS-200ultra > tX-USBultra > DAVE > HE1000 v2 The OCX10 re-clocks the sMS and tX, which in turn re-clock the switch and both FMCs. (The FMCs and switch were modified by SOtM.) The OCX10 and tX are each powered by a Reference 1, the sMS and switch are each powered by an LPS-1.2, and the downstream FMC is powered by a JS-2 rail. I utilize a Synergistic Research ground block and HD cables to ground various components and cables, as well as a Gutwire HD cable to ground the DAVE.
  3. Finally, about a month after receiving my JS-2 and MMK from Alex, I was able to be home, have the tools, and the time to do the installation. Here are some of my thoughts... THE GOOD 1. I've just turned on the Mac Mini (late 2014 PCIe Flash) plugged into the JS-2 and it does sound really good (I can't quantify the improvement, but it's definitely there)! 2. Fantastic service and support from Alex (Superdad). I had a few questions over the past few weeks, initially with the order, and then some clarification questions, all of which Alex responded very quickly to! 3. Really nice build quality on the JS-2 (see picture below). I personally would have preferred not to have any text on the front fascia, but no biggie. COULD BE IMPROVED 1. I consider myself reasonably "tech comfortable", but even so I have to admit that I put off the installation project more than a couple of times because of the rather scary-looking documentation - granted, probably every step needed is described nicely by Alex in the little booklet, but it's in very fine print (a tad challenging for my nascent presbyopia), and there are no pictures! Not one (well, except for the cover photo)! 2. Having said the above, Alex did very kindly send me emails with iFixit links, for the tear-down (first part) of the installation. However, one will still have to read the documentation very carefully to figure out the second part, as it (of course) isn't on iFixit... 3. What made it a tad more worrying was that the documentation was obviously prepared some years ago - the very first line says "Install this product only in a 2010, 2011, or 2012 Mac mini". Alex did clarify in an email that it would work fine on my 2014 Mac mini, and did also describe some of the differences between the documentation and what I would have to do for my newer unit, but it did add to my fears (and the complexity)! 4. Another problem was that the Torx 6 Security bit, which is required to open the late-2014 Mac mini, is not included in the toolkit that Alex sends out, so I had to purchase it from iFixit separately. 5. There is no documentation at all as to how to use the JS-2. At first I didn't worry because, after all, there aren't that many connections! However, for the first few minutes after turning it on my Mac Mini refused to start up, until I figured out that the "sense" cable was loose, and also that I had to have the little switch at the back set to "sense", and that the DC cable had to be connected to the DC-2 output (in hindsight it is obvious, since it is the output closest to the "sense" input)... SUMMARY In summary though, I have to say that the actual installation process is very, very easy to do - it just looks difficult to those of us accustomed to having pictures to follow-along to! The resulting sound quality improvement (at least to my "freshman" ears) also sounds pretty good! And again, Alex was fantastic in being very prompt and helpful with his email replies! I've provided some photographs of my installation below, as it may be helpful for others in the future (do note that in the second-last picture the switch/sense is set wrongly - I took that photo while trying to figure out what was wrong). Art p.s. As mentioned, for the first (teardown) phase, I used this guide from iFixit:
  4. Does anyone have a LPS with enough power to feed 3 LPS-1 for sale ? Must have 230 VAC in. Maybe a HDPlex ? Or a 12 VDC Sbooster is preferred ?
  5. I'm selling a mint condition Vinnie Rossi MINI PURE-DC-4EVR power supply. If you're reading this ad, you already know this is one of finest PSUs out there, due to its isolated, ultracapacitor design. This unit is set to 9V, and is rated to deliver 2.5A continuous output current (max) / 5A transient current delivery (< 1 sec.) These units are out of stock from the manufacturer, and rarely go on the used market. I am only selling mine because I am consolidating components, and had one surplus. Asking price is $600. Price includes free shipping (within continental US). I will entertain international offers, but buyer bears the shipping cost, and any PayPal fees. Payment via PayPal F&F or Wells Fargo Sure Pay.
  6. Hi, New to the forum here. I used to serve my music (stored in NAS) from my laptop running JMC via USB to my DAC (LKS MH-DA003 unmodded) but have stopped now as the laptop has packed and I need a new server/streamer device. I am ready to take the plunge to purchase the sotm sms-200 and due to budget constraint that I can not afford the well-known more expensive LPS such as Ultracap LPS-1 etc at this stage. I read from somewhere (probably from this forum) that owners (sms-200/ultra and microrendu) have good results with the less expensive r-core transformer type LPS e.g. zerozone and teradak for less than $100 (£80). As I never owned a LPS before and I need advice which specific zerozone/teradak LPS model I should get and to help understand what specific voltage/amp requirements for the sms-200. I have read that some used a 12v LPS for the sms-200 and i produces better sound but I wonder will it cause damage to the sms-200 due to the 9v-vs-12v. If not the r-core type, are there any good Chinese made LPS that are not that expensive and are good with the sms-200? Thanks in advance for your help.
  7. Hey there. I have a PS-1 in mint condition for sale with three modules (and cables) included. It's modular design allows up to four devices to be powered at once, and they can even be different voltages. The PS-1 has four power zones in back. Each power zone holds a power module. Each power module can be set to one of four voltages (5v, 9v, 12v, 15v) and can power one device. I bought brand new from Wyred 4 Sound and have used it to power up to three different devices myself, including Chord 2Qute, SOtM sMS-200, and SOtM tX-USBultra. It's bloody brilliant, but I recently sold my sMS-200 and 2Qute, so I really only need a power supply for the tX-USBultra. Retail on the PS-1 with three modules is $700, plus shipping. I am looking to get SOLD $500, asking buyer pay PP fees and shipping. Pics up shortly. Thanks for looking!
  8. The PSUDP205 is the ultra low-noise full discrete power supply kit for the OPPO UDP205 series player.Fine tuned setup and layout from the PSUPD to brings the best and huge improvement to the OPPO UDP205. It supplies the clean power to the player, improves the performance of the video, audio and the digital output. It is the stepping stone to bring the player to another level.Deluxe version avalible as an option. Special selected parts and tuned up to brings the ultimate performance. The installation of the PSUPD can be done easily by screwdrivers with few steps in 10-15mins. More detail: https://www.clonesaudio.com/product-page/psudp205
  9. used Breeze Audio R-core linear power supply with DC power cable and 10’ AC power cord good for Sonore microRendu, SotM sMS-200, Uptone Audio USB REGEN output voltage adjustable from 5V-10V with LED readout $65 inc.PayPal and shipping, USA only
  10. Product Details The CLONES POWER STATION LITE is the low current version of the POWER STATION. Provide 3A current output. The good power source can make a huge deifference performance is the fact to admit of no doubt. The POWER STATION built with all discrete components. Ultra low noise but capable to drive the high consumption devices as the CAS, Laptop, NAS storage server… We accept the custom order for the output specification within from 3A and 5V to 12V. Lite Package included: - Custom DC cable - POWER STATION ultra low noise power supply unit * The modification is reversible for warranty issue. * The standard length of the POWER STATION DC cable is 1 meter. Specification Output: 12V/9V/7.5V/5V 3A (Fixed) Weight: 3.5KG Dimensions : 100(W)x150(D)x100(H)mm * 3 year warranty HKD2,990 (USD387) + shipping Price in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) CLONES audio
  11. Hi guys, Some weeks ago I order with Alex a JS-2 and MMK board - one of the most important components in my set. At the first time, I read the manual... is very well documented.. it describes ever single detail. However, I take some photos for all installation and I will share here... I will not describe which steps or what you need to do. this is just a photo album. Alex, if you want yo uese this photos, please feel free... Just like fatanstic... the package is "Apple-Standard"... very well packaged....
  12. UpTone amber REGEN in box complete w/all accessories. Breeze Audio R-core linear power supply w/DC cable and 10’ AC cord. Power supply has user-adjustable 5-10V output w/LED display (set at 8V for REGEN). $175.00 including PayPal and USPS priority shipping. USA only.
  13. I am selling my Auralic Aries (upgraded version with dual Femto clocks and low noise linear power supply). I am the original owner ($1599 retail) but decided to use a different server for Roon. The unit has received light use in a dust-free environment and works great. Asking $899 via PayPal with free shipping in the U.S. Thanks!
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