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  1. View Classified UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1.2 + UpTone Power Supply + Output Display Gently used, excellent condition. Board version 1.4. [Note - I have two of these for sale, listed separately] From UltraCap LPS-1.2 – UpTone Audio: The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived! In development for more than a year, and with 262 parts on the double-sided, 4-layer circuit board, this tour de force of engineering challenges traditional notions about what is important in power supply design. Use of the UltraCap™ LPS-1.2 in a quality music reproduction system will yield surprisingly audible improvements, and we invite comparisons to any other low voltage linear power supply. The LPS-1.2 is a single output, 1.1-amp linear power supply intended for powering a wide range of audio and computer devices. Examples include: UpTone's own ISO REGEN, the Sonore microRendu and ultraRendu, SOtM streamers, small DACs and headphone amps, USB>S/PDIF converters, specialty computer USB cards, SSDs, fibre media converters, PS Audio LANRover, SqueezeBox Touch, etc. A switch on the back of the LPS-1.2 allows for setting of the output voltage to 5V, 7V, 9V, or 12 volts. The input and output jacks of the LPS-1 are standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm size DC barrel connectors. "I recently replaced one of my LPS-1 with LPS-1.2, and like the result quite a bit. While trying this new supply, I also put it in other positions in my system to compare, the result in raising the SQ seems consistent, so a week later, I ordered another two to replace two other LPS-1's I have. With one week of burn-in, I am pleasantly surprised how much more the improvement is. I knew the improvement would be quite tangible, but for sure was not prepared to be this much. Overall detail retrieval, smoothness, dimensional layering, space between instruments are all took a nice step up. Kudos to UpTone for this fine product!" —Kevin S., Fremont, California Note, The UltraCap LPS-1.2 has a small, 3-pin (standard 0.1” header pin spacing) port for measuring output voltage and device current draw. Typically measuring the current draw of a device requires putting an ammeter in series with the power cable (DC or AC) feeding it. But this clever port provides a measurement of current with a voltage: 1 Volt equals 1 Amp. So if you measure 0.2V (across the pins labeled ‘G’—for ground—and ‘I’—for current), that means the device you have attached to the output is drawing 0.2A or 200mA. The pin labeled ‘V’ always outputs the voltage that the LPS-1.2 is set to. Small displays are available cheaply to use this. I am including such a display which can be inserted into the GVI header (black wire goes to the 'G' pin) for real-time monitoring of output amperage! Note, UpTone is NOT accepting orders for these due to supply shortages, so your only chance to get one is the secondary market. Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees. Seller Jeremy Anderson Date 04/29/22 Price 400.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products  
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    Gently used, excellent condition. Board version 1.4. [Note - I have two of these for sale, listed separately] From UltraCap LPS-1.2 – UpTone Audio: The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived! In development for more than a year, and with 262 parts on the double-sided, 4-layer circuit board, this tour de force of engineering challenges traditional notions about what is important in power supply design. Use of the UltraCap™ LPS-1.2 in a quality music reproduction system will yield surprisingly audible improvements, and we invite comparisons to any other low voltage linear power supply. The LPS-1.2 is a single output, 1.1-amp linear power supply intended for powering a wide range of audio and computer devices. Examples include: UpTone's own ISO REGEN, the Sonore microRendu and ultraRendu, SOtM streamers, small DACs and headphone amps, USB>S/PDIF converters, specialty computer USB cards, SSDs, fibre media converters, PS Audio LANRover, SqueezeBox Touch, etc. A switch on the back of the LPS-1.2 allows for setting of the output voltage to 5V, 7V, 9V, or 12 volts. The input and output jacks of the LPS-1 are standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm size DC barrel connectors. "I recently replaced one of my LPS-1 with LPS-1.2, and like the result quite a bit. While trying this new supply, I also put it in other positions in my system to compare, the result in raising the SQ seems consistent, so a week later, I ordered another two to replace two other LPS-1's I have. With one week of burn-in, I am pleasantly surprised how much more the improvement is. I knew the improvement would be quite tangible, but for sure was not prepared to be this much. Overall detail retrieval, smoothness, dimensional layering, space between instruments are all took a nice step up. Kudos to UpTone for this fine product!" —Kevin S., Fremont, California Note, The UltraCap LPS-1.2 has a small, 3-pin (standard 0.1” header pin spacing) port for measuring output voltage and device current draw. Typically measuring the current draw of a device requires putting an ammeter in series with the power cable (DC or AC) feeding it. But this clever port provides a measurement of current with a voltage: 1 Volt equals 1 Amp. So if you measure 0.2V (across the pins labeled ‘G’—for ground—and ‘I’—for current), that means the device you have attached to the output is drawing 0.2A or 200mA. The pin labeled ‘V’ always outputs the voltage that the LPS-1.2 is set to. Small displays are available cheaply to use this. I am including such a display which can be inserted into the GVI header (black wire goes to the 'G' pin) for real-time monitoring of output amperage! Note, UpTone is NOT accepting orders for these due to supply shortages, so your only chance to get one is the secondary market. Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees.

    400.00 USD

  3. View Classified UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1.2 + UpTone Power Supply + Output Display Gently used, excellent condition. Board version 1.4. [Note - I have two of these for sale, listed separately] From UltraCap LPS-1.2 – UpTone Audio: The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived! In development for more than a year, and with 262 parts on the double-sided, 4-layer circuit board, this tour de force of engineering challenges traditional notions about what is important in power supply design. Use of the UltraCap™ LPS-1.2 in a quality music reproduction system will yield surprisingly audible improvements, and we invite comparisons to any other low voltage linear power supply. The LPS-1.2 is a single output, 1.1-amp linear power supply intended for powering a wide range of audio and computer devices. Examples include: UpTone's own ISO REGEN, the Sonore microRendu and ultraRendu, SOtM streamers, small DACs and headphone amps, USB>S/PDIF converters, specialty computer USB cards, SSDs, fibre media converters, PS Audio LANRover, SqueezeBox Touch, etc. A switch on the back of the LPS-1.2 allows for setting of the output voltage to 5V, 7V, 9V, or 12 volts. The input and output jacks of the LPS-1 are standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm size DC barrel connectors. "I recently replaced one of my LPS-1 with LPS-1.2, and like the result quite a bit. While trying this new supply, I also put it in other positions in my system to compare, the result in raising the SQ seems consistent, so a week later, I ordered another two to replace two other LPS-1's I have. With one week of burn-in, I am pleasantly surprised how much more the improvement is. I knew the improvement would be quite tangible, but for sure was not prepared to be this much. Overall detail retrieval, smoothness, dimensional layering, space between instruments are all took a nice step up. Kudos to UpTone for this fine product!" —Kevin S., Fremont, California Note, The UltraCap LPS-1.2 has a small, 3-pin (standard 0.1” header pin spacing) port for measuring output voltage and device current draw. Typically measuring the current draw of a device requires putting an ammeter in series with the power cable (DC or AC) feeding it. But this clever port provides a measurement of current with a voltage: 1 Volt equals 1 Amp. So if you measure 0.2V (across the pins labeled ‘G’—for ground—and ‘I’—for current), that means the device you have attached to the output is drawing 0.2A or 200mA. The pin labeled ‘V’ always outputs the voltage that the LPS-1.2 is set to. Small displays are available cheaply to use this. I am including such a display which can be inserted into the GVI header (black wire goes to the 'G' pin) for real-time monitoring of output amperage! Note, UpTone is NOT accepting orders for these due to supply shortages, so your only chance to get one is the secondary market. Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees. Seller Jeremy Anderson Date 04/29/22 Price 400.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products  
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    Gently used, excellent condition. Board version 1.4. [Note - I have two of these for sale, listed separately] From UltraCap LPS-1.2 – UpTone Audio: The world's first bank-switching, microprocessor-controller, ultracapacitor-based, ultra-low-noise external linear power supply has arrived! In development for more than a year, and with 262 parts on the double-sided, 4-layer circuit board, this tour de force of engineering challenges traditional notions about what is important in power supply design. Use of the UltraCap™ LPS-1.2 in a quality music reproduction system will yield surprisingly audible improvements, and we invite comparisons to any other low voltage linear power supply. The LPS-1.2 is a single output, 1.1-amp linear power supply intended for powering a wide range of audio and computer devices. Examples include: UpTone's own ISO REGEN, the Sonore microRendu and ultraRendu, SOtM streamers, small DACs and headphone amps, USB>S/PDIF converters, specialty computer USB cards, SSDs, fibre media converters, PS Audio LANRover, SqueezeBox Touch, etc. A switch on the back of the LPS-1.2 allows for setting of the output voltage to 5V, 7V, 9V, or 12 volts. The input and output jacks of the LPS-1 are standard 5.5mm x 2.1mm size DC barrel connectors. "I recently replaced one of my LPS-1 with LPS-1.2, and like the result quite a bit. While trying this new supply, I also put it in other positions in my system to compare, the result in raising the SQ seems consistent, so a week later, I ordered another two to replace two other LPS-1's I have. With one week of burn-in, I am pleasantly surprised how much more the improvement is. I knew the improvement would be quite tangible, but for sure was not prepared to be this much. Overall detail retrieval, smoothness, dimensional layering, space between instruments are all took a nice step up. Kudos to UpTone for this fine product!" —Kevin S., Fremont, California Note, The UltraCap LPS-1.2 has a small, 3-pin (standard 0.1” header pin spacing) port for measuring output voltage and device current draw. Typically measuring the current draw of a device requires putting an ammeter in series with the power cable (DC or AC) feeding it. But this clever port provides a measurement of current with a voltage: 1 Volt equals 1 Amp. So if you measure 0.2V (across the pins labeled ‘G’—for ground—and ‘I’—for current), that means the device you have attached to the output is drawing 0.2A or 200mA. The pin labeled ‘V’ always outputs the voltage that the LPS-1.2 is set to. Small displays are available cheaply to use this. I am including such a display which can be inserted into the GVI header (black wire goes to the 'G' pin) for real-time monitoring of output amperage! Note, UpTone is NOT accepting orders for these due to supply shortages, so your only chance to get one is the secondary market. Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees.

    400.00 USD

  5. View Classified UpTone Audio ISO REGEN, USPCB A>B Adapter, Meanwell PSU From the UpTone ISO REGEN page: The UpTone Audio ISO REGEN is the first device—designed specifically for quality music systems—to deliver both true high-speed galvanic isolation and extremely high signal integrity in a single, small and affordable package. The ISO REGEN includes many significant enhancements over our famous USB REGEN (almost 4,000 sold worldwide)—the original device which changed the way audiophiles think about what matters in USB audio—and which spawned a number of imitators. Using and enjoying the dramatic musical benefits of the ISO REGEN is simple: Just insert it between your USB source and DAC. No software drivers are needed, your computer will “see” your DAC though the ‘hub” of the REGEN. All music data-stream formats are supported. And you won’t need any additional USB cables! NOTE: This unit is no longer available from UPTONE because the Silanna ICE09USB galvanic isolation chip was discontinued by the manufacturer two years ago and all stocks are gone. If you want one the only way to get it is on the used market. Includes the highly regarded USPCB A>B Adapter to go from USB A to B and a Meanwell 7.5V power supply. USPCB A>B Adapter – UpTone Audio ISO REGEN – UpTone Audio Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees. Pairs well with an UpTone LPS 1.2. I have a couple of them for sale. If you want to buy several items from me, I can offer a discount. DM me and we'll work something out. Seller Jeremy Anderson Date 04/29/22 Price 300.00 USD Category Computers / Networking Gear  
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    From the UpTone ISO REGEN page: The UpTone Audio ISO REGEN is the first device—designed specifically for quality music systems—to deliver both true high-speed galvanic isolation and extremely high signal integrity in a single, small and affordable package. The ISO REGEN includes many significant enhancements over our famous USB REGEN (almost 4,000 sold worldwide)—the original device which changed the way audiophiles think about what matters in USB audio—and which spawned a number of imitators. Using and enjoying the dramatic musical benefits of the ISO REGEN is simple: Just insert it between your USB source and DAC. No software drivers are needed, your computer will “see” your DAC though the ‘hub” of the REGEN. All music data-stream formats are supported. And you won’t need any additional USB cables! NOTE: This unit is no longer available from UPTONE because the Silanna ICE09USB galvanic isolation chip was discontinued by the manufacturer two years ago and all stocks are gone. If you want one the only way to get it is on the used market. Includes the highly regarded USPCB A>B Adapter to go from USB A to B and a Meanwell 7.5V power supply. USPCB A>B Adapter – UpTone Audio ISO REGEN – UpTone Audio Price includes shipping to CONUS only and PayPal fees. Pairs well with an UpTone LPS 1.2. I have a couple of them for sale. If you want to buy several items from me, I can offer a discount. DM me and we'll work something out.

    300.00 USD

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    The excellent new UpTone UltraCap LPS-1.2 power supply for sale. In excellent condition with its box. Payment via PayPal. Shipping is included in the price.

    340.00 USD

  8. UpTone EtherREGEN View Classified I am looking for UpTone EtherREGEN for immediate purchase. Preferably from Europe. I can allocate up to 500 euros. Seller kostas6a3 Date 02/23/22 Price 550.00 USD Category Computers / Networking Gear  
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    I am looking for UpTone EtherREGEN for immediate purchase. Preferably from Europe. I can allocate up to 500 euros.

    550.00 USD

  10. Due to some reconfiguration in my system, I have 2x LPS-1.2 units that are surplus to my needs. Both are in excellent condition, and come with all original packaging and accessories. Price: $360 each if bought individually, $700 the pair. Payment: PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle Shipping: Free shipping to Continental US, international buyers pay actual shipping.
  11. I have compared: 1. Sonore optical rendu with both copper ethernet and optical ethernet (optical module) with CI Audio VDC•7 MKII power supply. 2. SOtM SMS200ultra with Uptone Audio UltraCap LPS-1.2 power supply. Both fed by Sonore dc-cable and used as roon endpoints. Speakers are Verity Parsifal, which are capable of revealing minor differences. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to use the same power supply for both streamers, since lps 1.2 doesn’t work with OR. In summary: OR/Ci: More analytical. SMS/Uptone: More organic. Almost always I prefer the a more organic sound, which I do here as well, so all in all I prefer sms over OR. Some notes from a few test tracks, the comparison is between OR w/ copper ethernet and sms: Elanor McEvoy – The Rain falls. (flac file, 16/44) OR – Precise, clear voice. SMS200u – "Flowing sound", warmth, not as precise, piano more natural (the piano was probably of the clearest shortcomings of OR). Allan Taylor – The Beat Hotell (Tidal, 16/44) OR – Good command of the bottom end, lacks coherence due to a little bit analytical sound. SMS200u – Coherent, warmth, "flowing sound". Kari Bremnes – Rim sin stemme (flac file, 24/96) OR – Good imaging, clean, precise voice. SMS200u – "Flowing", warmth, coherent, not as analytical as OR. Fink – Troubles is what youre in (flac file, 16/44) OR – PRaT, spacious, lacking in euphoria. SMS200u – lacking in PRaT, euforic. OR with optical module had sounded cleaner and had a little bit better PRaT, however one lost in depth of tonality. To what extent the different power supplys have played a role in the outcome I don't know. Since the OR/Ci is too analytical in my ears, going with optical doesn’t improve things, quite the opposite. I prefer copper over optical ethernet, no matter what people say about optical being the technical superior technology. I think that OR is too analytical and lacks some euphoria, I crave the latter for an immersive listening experience. If you prefer a clean and precise sound OR with optical Ethernet might be the right choice. Some people might say that OR with optical ethernet sounds correct. Firstly I dont agree, it lacks too much of warmth and other aspects to sound natrual, but most importantly I don't really care about whats theortically considred (by some) to be the correct souding technology. I will return the OR and keep my own sms.
  12. Just upgraded my system and have some items for sale for anyone who wants to get started in the wonderful world of streaming digital audio. Buy one buy all. Please feel free to make offer. All offers considered. Pictures available upon request. All items guaranteed to work properly. Please feel free to ask any questions. Uptone Audio Ultracap LPS 1.2 with stock cables (New $435) Used $375 Sonore Microrendu 1.3 with stock power supply and cables - $250 2X - TPLink Fiber Optic Media Converter MC220L - (New $23 each) $25 for the pair Fiber Optic Cable - 6 Meter Multimode Duplex (62.5/125) - LC to LC - Orange (New $15) Used - $7 Uptone Audio USB Regen Amber with stock cables and power supply (New $175) Used $75 Linear Power Supply (2 rail adjustable 5 - 12 volt) This is a 2 rail version of the well reviewed "El Cheapo", R-Core transformer linear power supply. Both outputs are user adjustable via a small screw inside the unit. For buyers uncomfortable setting themselves or who do not own a volt meter I would be happy to set and label for you. I used this unit to good effect to power the units above in various configurations. Happy to provide pictures of the inside. I believe this was branded as Zerozone on Ebay when purchased. Used - $50
  13. Just a cautionary note for anyone wishing to purchase anything from Uptone Audio. Over the past 3 or so years I have owned an ISO Regen, two LPS 1's and two LPS 1.2's. When they work they are OK. However, when they do not, you cannot really count on any meaningful support from Uptone Audio - under warranty or not - and even more so if you are not in the US. One of my LPS 1's failed during the warranty period after less than a year of use. It would not output anything. I contacted Alex Crespi of Uptone who arranged for a replacement. I shipped the faulty LPS 1 back (costly). I received a replacement in about a month. The replacement I received had dings on the case that were not there in the first place. I just chalked it up to shipping issues. Two months later, the replaced unit failed again. It would not light up. It had more than a year left under warranty. I contacted Uptone again who requested I ship it back again for replacement. However, they discouraged it and proposed a credit of US$185 towards the purchase of a new LPS 1.2 in lieu of the warranty on the unit which faltered so quickly after it was replaced. Upon further questioning and correspondence with Uptone, it came to light that they had not repaired the unit I had sent in for warranty replacement with new parts. Instead they had replaced the board with parts culled from used and returned units previously sent in for trade in or repair purposes. In short, the warranty is tantamount to having your unit replaced with a used one which may or may not have been faulty in the first place, which they claim to have "tested". It is no surprise that the unit faltered so quickly after their supposed warranty replacement then. As such, their so-called warranty replacement is pretty much flawed. Alex got defensive and quoted some self-derived metric about the failure rates of their products being extremely low and put the cause of successive failure in my units down to my bad luck. He also said that I had electrically damaged the unit which is baffling since I had used it only with their supplied OEM Meanwell switching power supply which still works fine up till today. To date, in the last 20 or so years of being in the hi fi hobby, these Uptone products are the only ones to have malfunctioned so badly. Wishing to cut my losses and to avoid having to ship the faulty unit back to the US at costly charges when the "warranty" replacement would most likely fail again shortly, I paid the remainder towards a brand new LPS 1.2. Alex made it clear that he would not assist with repair of the faulty LPS 1 and I disposed of it. I received a shipment of the LPS 1.2. However, when I unpacked it, the unit had a clear rattling noise when removed from the box. Upon closer inspection, there was a slight scratch on the front chassis plate and the screws were badly stripped. It was pretty clear that Alex had shipped me a used unit or one that had escaped their seemingly lax quality control. I contacted Uptone immediately and requested that they make arrangements for their carrier to collect the unit from me for return to them and replacement of a brand new unit to me. Alex admitted to their negligence citing size slippages and disparities in their OEM case specifications which caused the misfit and rattling noise and worn out Torx screwdrivers stripping the screws. He was certainly aware of the issues affecting the unit I was shipped. However, he refused to do anything about it. He suggested that he would send me some screws and that I open up the unit myself and mount some electrical tape inside the case to stop the rattling noise. Again, he seemed to be fully aware of the issue and how to fix it. Unfortunately, I am not technically inclined nor do I own a Torx screwdriver. To render those fixes I would have to pay a technician to do so. This is rich considering that I had paid for a new and finished product and was shipped a used and/or damaged one. I wrote back to insist on a replacement unit being sent to me and that Uptone arrange to cover the return shipping costs to themselves. Again, Alex refused steadfastly and got hostile, saying that I was taking advantage of them. How exactly am I taking advantage? I paid full price for a new and finished product - that is all I expect, no more and no less. Alex also stated that he did not wish to lose any money on this sale even though Uptone offers the best customer service possible. His final offer was that I return the LPS 1.2 to them at my own cost and that he would refund me the US$250 I had paid meaning I would have to write off the US$185 credit value on the disposed LPS 1 which he is contractually obliged to repair but had refused to assist me with. In this whole experience with Uptone, Alex strikes me as someone who is simply full of excuses. He pays lip service to providing good customer service but it is really just marketing talk. When it comes to the crunch, he fails to deliver but instead makes excuses and puts the blame on anyone but Uptone and himself. Outrageously, he even believes in his own self manufactured press. I recall earlier correspondence with him on why the Uptone ISO Regen would disconnect from my DAC for no reason, requiring that I unplug and replug the DC cable from the Uptone LPS 1.2 for it to work again. Not knowing that I was powering it with a LPS 1.2, he began by questioning the power supply I used. When told it was a LPS 1.2, he blamed the issue on the Silanna chip Uptone used in the ISO Regen - after all, it was an Uptone supply and he could not blame that anymore. I mean you manufactured this product, sourced and supposedly tested the parts and then sold it to the customer as a finished product for good money. The sheer lack of responsibility, ethics and professionalism! As an example of Alex being purely a marketing act, you can see on the Computer Audiophile forum how he derides Sonore's optical module and Optical Rendu, since Uptone now makes a competing product. Recall, Uptone came into existence making derivative products such as USB fixers and power supplies to be used with Sonore's series of streamers - the hypocrisy of it all. I appreciate that others may have had a good experience dealing with Uptone Audio but unfortunately, that hasn't been the case with me. Uptone strikes me as a bucket shop. There are lots of cottage industries and artisanal products in hi fi and that is fine and good, so long as they are run with honesty, integrity and professionalism and not at the expense of unsuspecting customers. Pete of Triode Wire Labs is a great example of a fine one man show company who provides great customer service. Uptone is definitely NOT - YMMV!
  14. Melco has together with Buffalo Technology made a switch for “audiophiles”. It will cost quite a bit more than the switch that Up tone is about to realize and the one from SOtM. Would I like to discuss the pros and cons of the designs as well as the SQ impact of those switches with others that are interested in audio grade switches. Some info/marketing stuff about the S100 can be read here: https://audiobacon.net/2019/10/23/melcos-new-audio-specific-s100-data-switch/
  15. These are times full of choices I've got a microRendu with LPS-1 and I'm very happy with the upgrade in soundquality it gave me. Now there are several options to upgrade without spending too much money at once: 1) upgrade the microRendu to ultraRendu. 2) add the isoRegen and keep the microRendu 3) update the microRendu hardware to V1.4 (with better clock) Investment in the three option won't differ much. Because there is so much praise for the isoRegen I leaning to this option. However in that case I have to power isoRegen or microRendu with the iFi iPower. The update to V1.4 is not my favorite option because shipment costs to Europe. It's a bit early to ask about experiences with ultraRendu but it won't be long now. Any thoughts?
  16. Hear is your chance to grab Uptone Audio JS-2 power supply. I am asking for $500. Please contact me for payment and shipping instruction. Thank you.
  17. Used but in perfect condition. Purchase was made on 05/26/2016. £100 through paypal, buyers pay the 3% paypal fee. Free shipping in the UK. Can also do the shipping in the EU, shipping quote may vary. Leave a message if you are interested. Thanks.
  18. UpTone Audio USB Regen Orange - ships from Europe, so no duty and VAT tax for EU residents. Box and Meanwell PSU included. 130 EUR (cost in Europe is 200 EUR + shipping: http://www.itemaudio.co.uk/home/802-uptone-usb-regen.html) Shipping ~15 EUR via registered post. PayPal add 4.9% Price is FIRM.
  19. Very curious as to whether anyone has had an opportunity to compare these two fine products.
  20. For sale UpTone Audio Regen USB with original UpTone Audio supplied PSU. Both units in 10/10 condition. Selling for 100 EUR (firm) + 4.9% PayPal + shipping (25 EUR by UPS to most EU countries) EU retail is 207 EUR (175 GBP): http://www.itemaudio.co.uk/home/802-uptone-usb-regen.html Unit ships from Poland, which is part of the EU (no extra taxes or duties when shipping to other EU countries).
  21. Every PSU kicks some noise back into the AC line, which may have an influence on the rest of your gear connected to the same AC line. I still remember a review written by Martin Colloms of some gear using onboard SMPS, where he claimed that simply connecting said component (otherwise not connected to the system) to AC line, made his system sound considerably worse. So how bad is the problem ? Having bought a wideband AlphaLab EMI Power Line Noise Meter I decided check that out on various PSUs I had on hand. The setup To get a reference/base noise level I have used my old and trusty Audio Power Industries Power Wedge Ultra 215 power conditioner, which I normally use to 'sink' all of my computer related PSUs - main server PSU, SSD battery SMPS charger, UpTone Audio JS-2 powering two LPS-1 PSUs and a computer monitor. The noise level measured at the output was just 23mV. I have used one of outputs to connect a simple power strip (with no filtering): [/img] The PSU under test was connected to the same power strip, next to the EMI meter: I had 8 different PSUs on hand: 3 linear ones and 5 SMPS (switch mode) types: [/img] 1. Teddy Pardo linear PSU 2. UpTone JS-2 linear PSU 3. SOtM supplied SMPS (PowerTek) 4. Meanwell SMPS (supplied by UpTone with Regen and LPS-1) 5. Some generic linear PSU I found lying around 6. Ktec SMPS that I got with an external HDD 7. iFi iPower SMPS 8 Co Ming Data SMPS Since I have observed the level of noise beeing kicked back to the AC line varies with PSU load, I have measeured those PSUs in the following conditions: 1. Idle - PSU connected to the power strip, but nothing connected to the PSU (no load) 2. Noise under light load - PSU powering Regen, which in turn was powering AQ DragonFly DAC 3. Noise under moderate load - PSU powering SOtM sMS-200 4. Noise under heavy load - PSU powering the LPS-1 Ultracapacitor PSU, which in turn was powering the SOtM sMS-200. The results I got are as follows (green = best case; red = worst case): Please note that the smallest, generic linear PSU (last column) was not tested with LPS-1, since its power rating was too small. Some things I have noticed: The SMPSu in general injected much more noise than linear ones. Even the cheapest generic wall wart linear PSU was better than the best SMPS. In many cases, the noise figures dropped at idle a few mV below the reference level. It is my understanding that this is due to filtering built at the input of those PSUs, which interacts / lowers the noise on the AC line. The PSU noise readings were jumping up and down when the LPS-1 PSU was connected (chence the results are in ranges). You can see this on a short video I uploaded on youtube. It is my understanding that noise spikes were caused by the LPS-1 bulit in (capacitor) charger - when the charger was running, the noise was higher; when the charger was idling, the noise was lower. I'm not sure if higher noise readings are caused by higher current draw or the noise is comes from the LPS-1 charger itself. Whatever the reason - some PSUs were much more sensitive to that than the other. For kicks, I have also measured several other PSUs and even light bulbs: - iPhone, iPad and MacBook chargers are pretty harmless when at idle. I wouldn't want to have one connected to my powerstrip when charging though (all of you using MacBooks and other laptops connected to your system take note). - CFL light bulbs (and LEDs) are huge noise generators (unlike regular light bulbs, which generate close to zero noise). - chineese iPhone charger knock off from ebay, creates some absurd amounts of noise - many times more than the original Apple accessory (one more reason not to buy knock offs). - TeraDak linear ATX PSU that powers my CAPS v4 Pipeline server generate generates only 48mV of noise - suprisingly litte. Final notes: If you have lots of those generic SMPS around your audio system (powering DACs, HUBs, routers, external HDDs etc), it probably makes sense to replace them with something designed with the AC noise pollution in mind, like the $49 iFi iPower SMPS for example. Linear still seems to work best though. Having said that, please remember, that the best PSU is not necessarily the one which kicks the least amount of noise back into the AC line. The best PSU is the one that has low AC noise footprint and offers stellar DC output performance.
  22. I have simplified my digital chain recently, and have an Uptone ISO Regen unit, for which I am seeking a good home. The ISO Regen needs no further introduction on CA. This unit comes with a standard USPCB USB A>B adapter. There is no included PSU. Please see my listing for the Uptone LPS-1 for the perfect companion PSU for the ISO Regen. I am also offering both at an attractive combo price. MSRP Prices: $325 Asking Price: $260 Combo Price (with LPS-1): $550 Terms Payment via PayPal Price includes USPS Priority shipping within continental US only, and PP fees I will consider international buyers, but they must cover actual shipping and international PP fees.
  23. Bricasti M1 > M5 > M12: Network Player - Member REVIEW w/OEM Response from Brian Zolner President/Owner Bricasti below s Hey Guys - I have been going back and forth between what to go with for a Ethernet Network Media Player - either Innuos, SOtM, Sonore, Uptone, Bricasti M1 Network Player or M5, etc. I have a thread dedicated to working toward this decision and got some fantastic help from many CA members. I learned so much and in such a short time. This forum is Fantastic - so many people are so helpful and I appreciate it very much. I am including the link below to anyone interested in that very educational journey. Great stuff if you are interested in Innuos, SOtM, Sonore, Uptone, Bricasti Network Player or M5 I purchased a bunch of these product to try and learn for myself to be sure. I did not want to question my decision with any what if's and wanted the best sounding option for me and my system. I ended up going with the Network Player Option installed in my Bricasti M1SE DAC and I wrote this feedback to one of the best people in all of Hi-End Audio, Brian Zolner President/Owner/Designer Bricasti Design. His digital and analogue products sound absolutely fantastic and the build quality is second to none and the support is as good as it is anywhere. All made by hand right here in good old Massachusetts, USA. I asked Brian if it would be OK if I share my thoughts with the super helpful crew - the CA members that were so important in helping me get to this decision. He said no problem I also asked if he wanted to respond and comment and he provided some great insight below my feedback on his thoughts on the M1, M12, M5 network players and USB audio. I am glad to be able to share this with you guys. I will send Brian this link and I am sure if any of you have any questions or feedback or thought that would be fantastic. We will get you all the info you need. This is some seriously good sounding gear and its a lot less money than the Aurender and Lumin and it blows their doors off! Also, I would love some idea's and feedback and any idea's really now that I am all in with Ethernet audio what is my next step? One member told me to buy The Linear Solution OCXO Audiophile Switch. (link at bottom of the page). This is supposed to provide a great bump in SQ and it is $679 and comes with a dedicated purpose built Linear Power Supply. Please share you thoughts on this or any other upgrade that can help me get the most out of my Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Media Player. Subject: Re: Feedback Send to Brian Zolner and Joe at Bricasti Hey Brian and Joe, I wanted to reach out and thank you both for the very kind and outstanding service installing the Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option in my M1SE DAC. Guys, it is absolutely fantastic! It needed about 40 to 60 hours of burn-in to get to where it was going and honestly the upgrade over that time was substantial. I get that some people don't believe in burn-in and others like me clearly hear it but I am just telling you guys this Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option is absolutely fantastic. At first I was strongly considering the M5 just because I already own all of the premium - supporting USB Gear and thought it might be great and I am sure it is but honestly guys in all fairness I didn't think the Bricasti M1SE Ethernet Network Player option would end up being this good? Man is it good! I thought it would be good and/or even great but it surpassed even those expectations and that's not an easy thing to do. I am looking for an awful lot out of my gar and I had some premium gear it needed to stand up against. I can speak from first hand experience about this Network Player option and how it compared to all the similar other gear listed below. All my thoughts are in comparison to the gear listed below. I was able to do a/b verse some really good Ethernet / USB options that are some of the hottest, best selling products going and I assumed from an a/b it would be close and/or maybe I couldn't even tell the difference but this is where my non-audiophile wifey serves as a sort of blind test. Yes her ear has evolved but she is not an audiophile. What the Bricasti Network Player option does that is so much better than everything else is actually something you never even knew was missing until you hear it and then remove it. It jumps off the page during A/B's. Sometimes A/B's can be tough but here it stands out as clear as day it was simple. To test myself I asked my wifey for her help and what she thinks. I set up the Sonore/Uptone Combo and then the SOtM/Uptone power supply combo and the Bricasti Network Player and mixed them up and she picked it out each time. She actually picked out the SOtM over Sonore also so maybe her ear is getting better than I think but she heard it and picked it out clearly and simply so that reinforced what I already knew but wanted to check it. Bricasti Network Player is so much more direct and decisive. It's immediacy and directness just can't be missed. I was like "yes, yes, oh man yes"! "Thats what I am talking about" and you know what - those are far and few between these days so when it happens you REALLY appreciate it. Thank you It not like it is a little warmer and a little clearer or it widens or deepens the stage or something like that which by the way it does all these things but that's not my point. It is immediate, decisive and startlingly quick. Its got jump and you are just much closer to the event. It was a combo of heightened transparency with just layers removed and more information magnified and exposed in all its greatness. Also, I want to make sure to note that I am not talking about being more upfront either because it offered a deeper stage and the voices are actually pushed further back which normally I don't prefer. I actually like that dynamic and sort of upfront sound as a rule but that is not what this is. This does it totally different! It does it the only fashioned way. It earns it. This is no designers voicing choice, this is simply a much more robust and substantial component. It performs at a much higher level and it is shows on so many levels. Vastly better separation and delineation in that more direct package. The stage opens and the walls expand and out comes a richer and more layered and more natural presentation. Man that separation is just fantastic! I just can't get over that open space it puts around everything and the air and the extension go on and on. It's just that every item is so sharp and precise and magnified in 3D space. Everything is tighter and wider and deeper and it all just holds together so well and is so confident and that heightened image precision is such an enjoyable effect. I don't want to touch anything - this the best sound I've ever had and I'm ecstatic! Better than analogue IMO. I am sure there are some uber turntables that will out do it but pound for pound I doubt it IMO. I was impressed at this much closer to the event effect. It's kind of hard to articulate but I think this might shed a little more light. Sort of that same effect you get when you have a great DAC or CD player and then you remove the preamp. The only thing with removing a great preamp is you gain that great immediate directness but then lose all that greatness that a great preamps provides but that increased directness is such a desirable effect so many people do it. I did it but then you get a great preamp and you say man I love the directness but I am giving up so much to get it. Some big time trade off's and many go back and forth. I know I did for a while. So this new Network Player upgrade was like keeping your amazing preamp and all the great benefits the pre provides while still getting that great directness a preless set up gives you. Best of both worlds! How often do you get to have your cake and eat it too? Well that is what happened here IMO with this so I think you can see why I am so happy about it and hope this does a little better job of explaining the main effect of this Ethernet Network Player option I added to my system. This preless type directness while keeping all the greatness of a preamp is worth the price of admission all by itself but there is more. All that directness has a great effect on the bass which is tighter, cleaner and more nuanced with much better separation. There isn't any more slam or power. It is not rounder or warmer which some may prefer but it is different. It is more nimble and lighter on its toes with more precision and definition. I don't think its any less powerful but it's different sort of like my Magico speakers are. People think or feel with Magico's sealed Aluminum cabinets there is less bass when in actuality there isn't any less but it is faster and more defined but some interrupt this as less bass but I don't agree but also each to their own. I find it to be a nice improvement and upgrade but I can see someone that likes to listen to a lot pop or rap music they may refer a thicker or rounder sound but everyone else will love this IMO. I will take quality and precision over quantity every time but that's just me and everyone is different. I want take a moment to thank you and your company again for your approach to supporting the folks that purchase your gear. Premium Hi-End Audiophile gear is quite expensive and so many of the top Hi-Fi companies come out with a new model every few years and that kills us. We need to sell our old one to get the new one and that makes expensive gear insanely expensive to own. Many people like me want the most recent and best gear they can afford. You guys make this possible and care more about your customers than any of the other OEM's and we appreciate it very much! You guys are totally different from the Vast Majority of high ends OEM's. Also, this feedback was not made in a vacuum. Here are the items I had in my system that I did an A/B with that allowed me great insight into how your Ethernet Network Player option worked verse the others. Some of these I only owned a for a short while because I knew there was no contest. Most have either been sold or are in process of being sold on Audiogon because your Network Player made them obsolete. I am keeping the JS-2 and P10 for my new system set up. Tellurium Q Black Diamond USB Cable Curious Regenlink USB Cables (2) Uptone Audio USPCB Connectors Uptown Audio ISO Regen USB Uptown Audio LPS-1 UltraCap Power Supply Uptown Audio LPS-1 UltraCap Power Supply Breeze Audio 12v Linear Power Supplies Breeze Audio 12v Linear Power Supplies Uptown Audio Amber Regen USB Uptown Audio JS-2 Linear Power Supply Sonore mircoRendu 2.5 Ethernet / USB Player Ghent customer DC power Cables PS Audio P10 Regenerator SOtM tX-USBultra w/50 ohm connector SOtM sms-200 Ultra w/50 ohm connector I honestly thought in my heart of hearts USB might be the way to go just because it has come so far in not that long of a time. Sonore, SOtM and Uptone Audio in my opinion changed the world in regards to the USB landscape and in a huge way. There are a few others as well. They brought, real world price upgrades to USB that made semi-inexpensive gear better than super expensive legacy products from just a few years back (CD and SACD Players) and this changed the game. Now it appears you have changed the game on the Ethernet side. I call tell anyone out there that doesn't own a Bricasti M1 is to buy the M5. I am not sure how the M5 sounds because I have not heard it but if it sounds anything like the M1 Ethernet Network Player then there is nothing that can touch it. Great job and thank you guys. With your permission I would like to share this personal email on my forum post and if you are ok with it any of your responses as well. People are waiting to hear my thoughts so I thought I could email you and inform them at the same time. Thanks Frank Fsmithjack Subject: Re: Response / Feedback from Brian Zolner Bricasti President/Owner/Designer to Frank Smith / Fsmithjack Frank, Thanks for all that commentary, and well guess only thing I can say or add is once we got the LAN working in the M12, and then the M1 ( it’s the same streamer used in all products) I never went back to USB, clearly better even just connecting with 50’ cat5 from my server to the M1. We do all shows with the LAN and try to convince users this is the way. I feel that regardless of the cables and power supplies and clockers etc for USB that seem to make some differences, one might say they create differences and subjective to if its better or not, but I feel USB is fundamentally flawed and when the player or renderer is installed directly in the M1 it eliminates all the issues of USB, it removes it from the computer, and places it in the M1. We made our own player, running on a linux core on an ARM processor, runs off the linear supply in the M1 too. so no extra processors running as with a PC where the computer is doing all kinds of other co processing, switch mode power regulation on the PC mother board etc. But in the end of all that stuff, this approach eliminates it. For the sound of USB, People are fooled by things and as you point out someone might like the effect of the USB, but I think what we get with the streamer is true sound reproduction with no jitter and noise added to make the sound dance a bit, I hear it clearly on my Tidals, and our M28s, no loss of bass at all for me, but tight clear and excellent extension, no bloating. The M5 was made so that a user could run off the network or PC without using USB, I feel the AES is the best as removes these issues. But installed in the M1 or M12 is the best, direct I2S to the DSP and then to the DAC. The M5 with AES is darn close to what you have, I have done a lot of listening and that was the idea of that product to offer great playback and no USB for anyone and any DAC. Enjoy it, I know it changed my life, my server PC is in another part of the house and I run it all from Jremote, there is just no other way to play, besides the sound there is the convenience factor and I play tracks from my phone or stream from it to the M1, or the server, or the NAS or any PC in my home, all the computer stuff goes in another room away from the listening room. It’s a network and that is what starts becoming interesting and you don’t get that with USB or any other point to point interface. Go ahead and share the story, its what we hope others will find out too. Brian Subject: Re: Response / Feedback from Joe at Bricasti to Frank Smith / Fsmithjack Hi Frank, thank you for great write-up! Enjoy your M1, if you ever need anything just let me know. Thank you again, joe http://www.bricasti.com/en/consumer/m1se.php http://thelinearsolution.com/ocxo_switch.html
  24. In mint condition, as shipped originally. New price is $175. US only. I will ship UPS - buyer pays shipping. Payment via Paypal, buyer pays Paypal charges if any. Thx.
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