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    Active Anti-vibration Platforms : Accurion i4 and Herzan TS150

    Hi Pleroma, We have had quite a bit of experience now with the active anti-vibration platform in different settings and are takeaways are as follows - The equipment which active anti-vibration will have the largest effect are turntables and DAC's followed by pre & poweramps, and music servers...
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    The 1st SGM Server EVO Edition in Hong Kong

    Post # 184 in the Taiko SGM Extreme thread posted by CKK in Hong Kong All three servers are very good at their price points
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Here is an extract of an interesting post dated March 13 on Naver.com's in one of its High End Audio Cafes. The session was captured in the video above posted by Esotar. The translation is by Google The long post is by Muscle Pain in his Cafe Blog Free Audio Club What's interesting for me...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    OCXOs, implemented well, can provide a nice sonic uplift for their parts cost, but the following should be noted - they take quite a while to stabilize and deliver their best sound - they have their unwanted sound signature too that needs to be managed What Emile has been able to do in the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    There have been three interesting posts on Hiendy.com in Hong Kong from audiophiles visiting Ben Lau's showroom where the Extreme has been playing to the Totaldac D1-12 Mk 2 [CAS] 2019 Chinese New Year Play Test Report 2: SGM Extreme Server Post # 48 After the completion of C K Keung’s...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    The RF emissions from these two servers are different. Where are these emissions picked up ? Our best guess is anywhere and everywhere ! - out the power cord for sure We have done a test where a server was hooked up to a DAC using an Adnaco fibre optic USB connection. You make changes on...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    What's important and audible, is how quickly the OS and playback software executes its processes. We have known for a longtime that low latency improves the sound of a server. Low latency will more often than not shorten the execution time of code blocks, less waiting around and so delivers a...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    That's why I said "internal processing" The MSB Select II has a very powerful 80 bit processor that is not sleeping, but doing a great job
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    In the demo room in Hengelo Emile used to have and was very happy with a pair of VTL mono blocs. Then we heard what the Audionet Stern Preamp and Heisenberg mono blocs could deliver. Besides ruler flat frequency response and extremely low distortion the SNR of these units is as low as we have...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    As they say it all depends on the implementation ! There are some DAC's such as the MSB Select II that do a very good job of upsampling / internal processing and have a low noise floor. However with these DAC's you may find you need to pay a lot of attention to vibration control otherwise the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Hi Bill, For us the interesting development in DAC's is the emergence of discrete R2R PCM DAC's that achieve a low noise floor by running R2R converter boards in parallel. The Total DAC D1-12 mk 2 has no less than 6 converter boards per channel When the total system noise floor is lower, you...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    A post from the Hiendy Forum in HK by powerpaul, a very keen audiophile who has the SGM Evo ant 2 days ago heard the extreme The rough translation is Today, I went to Sir Ben’s demo room in Tsim Sha Tsui for the New Year. The SGM Extreme is far ahead of SGM Evo. Even though (the Extreme)...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Each DAC has its better sounding input channel be it USB, Ethernet, AES/BEU or SPDIF. Depending on the DAC and its best sounding digital input a good third party can take advantage of the better sounding input Even if you have an optical connection between the Extreme and the DAC, the RF noise...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Back in 2015 I was sceptical too. How can digital equipment delivering an un-corrupted data stream, buffered and timed with precision, sound any different ? The interesting consistent empirical observation is that the listener heard sound quality coming from digital equipment is very vibration...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    It has been my good fortune to listen to the Extreme every 3 to 5 weeks since the first test mule was sitting in a prototype chassis. A totally different computing strategy and no OCXO sonic magic, the Extreme prototype was simply was not as musical as the SGM EVO 13 months ago but the...

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