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    Mac Mini vs. MacBook for music server

    IMO having tried many of the Mac models, although not the 2021 models, I would say the Mac Mini is the best bet for some key reasons: 1. Noise: you really need to power a music server with pure 12v DC of an LPS, as ALL Mac or PC power supplies are horrendous SMPS circuits with lots of NOISE...
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    Indeed, the AEON is a superb performing server, centred on where it matters, PS design and optimised for USB Dacs. This gives you SOTA performance at real world prices. I use mine as Bit Perfect with the Kassandra, it is a great match. The 432 EVO tuning really works, and very effective with...
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    SOtM sNH-10G Switch : Mods & Tweaks!

    Interesting thread guys. So, my network is up for some tweaks. My room has: Fibre optical input 400 Mbs into Fibre box > Movistar Router with Ethernet and Wifi > Ethernet cable > 432 EVO Music server. Of course I first changed the power on the Router to 9V DC LPS. I am now looking at what...
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    Most Respected Amplifier Designers

    Well I may be accused of bias, but I put Stavros Danos in the hat, of Aries Cerat. Rewinding to the time before I became an AC distro, I was shocked how radically different his approach is, and how since then he has forged ahead with so many remarkable amplifier designs. Size and weight is of no...
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    Aries Cerat Genus SET 25 watts integrated amplifier - on order

    Kassandra DAC MKII > I have tried on USB: Wireworld Platinum, Audioquest Diamond, Curious & Curious Evolved, Phasure Lysh MK1 and MK2, Final Touch Audio Callisto. Callisto is the best, no question. Kassdnra DAC > Genus Integrated RCS: On interconnects I have tried Audioquest, Van Den Hull...
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    The Master is more refined. But the sound is in the same family. I would be perfectly happy with both TBH.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    My point exactly, many of the servers I have heard are closer to the cost of the Kassandra, but don't give better performance. We also tried many of the servers with the Chord DAVE DAC as well, same result. You must not assume performance of any server is based on specific price, that is my...
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    Aries Cerat Kassandra Ref II MK2, Genus SET integrated, Zingali Client Name Evo 1.2 speakers. Audeze LCD4, Abyss TC headphones. PS Audio P10 powerplant. Final Touch audio cables.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    That was beyond my budgets. The servers I tried are up to 12K euros area, and IMO the AEON is better at 5K euros.
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    New to the forum: high end music server with Roon Core and 3 x dedicated linear power supplies

    I haven't seen much mention of this server on here yet, so I thought I could start a thread about my own findings. I was looking around for a top performing music server early 2019. After much research I tried the usual suspects: 1. Innuos Zenith Mk2 2. Innuos Statement 3. Pink Faun 2.16x 4...
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    Is there a streamer front end that doesn't cost mountains!?

    Yes, here it is. The 432 EVO got best of show in Munich. And there is the next model down AEON at 5K euros which is superb. 2 x linear power supply, custom OS, 432hz tuning, SSD, Roon core and Logitech Media Server. PM me for details. I am running a promotion at the moment.
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    State-of-the-Art Digital

    The 432 EVO server are also excellent, they are centred on high end USB output with a dedicated USB board and clock, that also has it's own linear power supply. 2 external linear power supplies actually. A lot of the Innuos units have shared power off the mother board, and USB tagged off the...

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