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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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    The 1st SGM Server EVO Edition in Hong Kong

    Indeed there are not many choices for breakout cable. As an alternative to mounting AES output connectors to the backplate of the EVO, building a custom breakout box could be a possibility. Interesting to note that RME's own breakout box is no longer in production
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    The 1st SGM Server EVO Edition in Hong Kong

    We can only extrapolate from our observations with a SGM Evo feeding a Lampi GG which had both the R2R PCM modules and the DSD 512 module, and also relate to our experiences with PCM DAC's and the SGM Evo A few take aways - PCM to PCM upsampling can work very well when the quality of the rips...
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    Best music software?

    If it sounds good, it is harmonics, if it sounds bad it is noise, LoL Management of RF emissions is certainly an important part of getting good sound from a system
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    proximity effect of speaker magnets to amp transformers?

    Near speaker drivers, transformers, and power cords. Have some suspicions about magnetic fields produced by AC ring mains in some countries. Anyway it will be interesting to measure the strength and frequency spectrum of oscillating magnetic fields ;-)
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    proximity effect of speaker magnets to amp transformers?

    Sensitivity around 100 micro Tesla and up to 1 KHz
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    proximity effect of speaker magnets to amp transformers?

    Very interesting data point Mike. I can well imagine how the transformer core laminations could be a drag on the fluctuating magnetic fields of the speakers. A system like your is so revealing that small effects such as this are readily audibly apparent. On my to do list is to carry out...
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    Best music software?

    Hi barrows I have been an avid reader of your posts on Computer Audiophile for many years, and have been following your work together with Jesus at Sonore with great interest. Your observation which I quote above is quite consistent with our observations at several SGM client locations...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    On the East Coast Daiza + Tana Evo raise the bar for Bill A good customer of Taiko Audio / Sound Gallerieshas just sent us his report. Evolution Acoustics MM 2’s are delivering the sound
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    Hi Mike, It’s made our weekend to hear you have been getting great results with the Tana, Evo LPS and Daiza combination under the Dart’s ! I would just like to add a few data points on our journey to this point for forum friends About a year ago we tried a TS-140 with the 10+10 PZH and Alu...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    Yes, for offline digital to digital applications, vibration reduction brings audible benefits as well ! Reduced CD read error rate, or something else going on in addition to this ?
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    Sadly, I did not take any vibration measurements of the floor when the music was playing, that would have been interesting It's the same accelerometer measuring the vibration in / on different locations, with almost exactly the same music playing, so quite comparable as Mike's room is so quiet...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    The horizontal vibration measurements with music playing are of a much larger magnitude than the vertical. The reduction in vibration amplitude is in the 15 -25 db range, so it's not surprising that the difference is clearly audible :cool: The red plot is the floor with no music, the white...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    vibration measurements with Music playing ! It's been a long time coming, but I am happy to present vertical vibration measurements with music playing !! The track being played is Hans Zimmer's Supermarine from the movie Dunkirk playing loud. The spectrum analysis is over a period of about 90...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    The retail price, not including VAT and shipping for a 400 x 450 x 40 mm size is Euro 500. For the 500 x 600 x 40 mm size, the retail price, not including VAT and shipping, is Euro 750 VAT in Holland is 21 pct. However if you have a VAT number, then Taiko can ship to you Dutch VAT free...
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    Taiko Audio with 'Evo spec' meets MSB Select II digital + NVS tt

    As incredible as it may seem, we have actually observed burn in time for Daiza platforms ! It seems that when you place and load up a Daiza platform, some creep in the material takes place and it takes time to settle and the sound signature changes for the better. The effect is not huge but it...

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