I went to the SGM dealer in Hong Kong yesterday to listen to the Extreme again.
It had been "boiled" for 10+ days since arrival on 4th Feb.
There was very obvious improvement!
I listened to this 2-pianos album of Argerich's :
The grand pianos are gorgeous and Argerich was authoritative as...
IMHO linear powersupplies to NAS/switch/router/modem is only the first step.
There are many more tweaks available.
I probably will start a new thread on this issue later today, because afterall this thread is on Innuos Statement Server.
Not every CAS audiophiles whom I have visited got both configs to compare against.
However there is one CAS frd of mine whose NAS based FAS system is outstanding and IMO can compete with the best servers.
I shall share with you some of his tricks later today. I have to dig out the photos first.
Sorry I am not a tech guy and I guess not all we/engineers know currently can explain all the phenomena in the audiophile field.
I myself have a CAS systems and have listened to many CAS systems in HK.
I found that the network pathway has to be meticulously tweaked before the playing of NAS...
BTW pls transfer/copy your music files from your NAS to the internal storage disk of the Statement.
Playing the music files this way is significantly better sonically than playing them inside the NAS.
This kind of upgrade policy is very rare amongst the hi-end level components.
And I heard that price-wise it's very reasonable.
My salute to Emile & Edward!
I have friends in Hong Kong who have upgraded their SGMS2015 to EVO happily.
And a friend who has an EVO is considering to trade-in it to...
Thanks Mike for sharing your experience in footers for the Selects.
May I know other than the best option of the Tana+LPS platform, what passive footers have you tried and your comments on them?
I have reserved a set of Center Stage2 and will try them on the transport after the burn-in...
I just received a call from the MSB dealer in Hong Kong. He has read this WBF thread too.
He informed me that MSB is no longer supplying the soft-type of footer I mentioned on #1 of this thread anymore. All new Select/Reference Transports they receive will only have the metallic spikes &...
I did visit a Wadax Atlantis combo owner frd last year.
Not meant to be a meticulous shootout session. Wadax Server played files in NAS and streaming.
The Atlantis Transport was still sonically better.
Is such top transports comparison feasible in UK or N Am?
Very difficult to be done in Hong Kong.
They belong to diff dealers and of course they won't take risk orgaaizing such comparison sessions.
In fact most top transports are expensive and very heavy, owners are reluctant to move theirs to...
The Disk Union used CD/LP shop within the 紀伊國屋 bookstore in Shinjuku is again a must-go!
Each time I visit Tokyo, I will nealy empty my wallet completely when visiting this used CD/LP shop and the Shibuya Tower Records.
They are 2-SACD boxes and I bought two such Kogan boxes while I was in Japan last month. Here is the info:
Here is the list of the whole "Definition Series" SACD Series :
Is your saliva...
Nice to met another EVO/Extreme dealer here.
The HK dealer is now doing the same thing as you now. :D
BTW I think it's rather meaningless to do the comparison because the result is predictable.
It's more important for dealers to understand and be familiar with such a complex...
Ben Lau of Volent HK, the official dealer of Taiko Audio is still burning-in the Extreme and fine-tuning it to match his showroom components.
I luckily got a glimpse of its interior.
I was shocked. The interior is completely different from all audiophile servers/streamers in the market. It's...
Many of the internal components used are proprietary.
Emile sent me this photo which shows a proprietary electrolyte capacitor encased in panzerholz to modulate vibration :
All the RAM used are also proprietary and Emile ordered them with special requests.
Each RAM are carefully measured and...
Emile's Korean customers ordered Extreme without any prior listen!
Some of them such as WBF member Esotar are receiving delivery this week.
The dealer in HK has received an Extreme too.
It's bigger and heavier and has a totally diff chassis when compared to SGM2015 or EVO :
Emile of Taiko Audio told me that he has been very busy to fulfill the orders of SGM Extreme for his Korean customers and he doesn't have time nor energy to start a thread on WBF.
Let me do it for him. :)
Here are some of the spec of the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme :
Some audiophile friends asked me : why buying a transport in this "Era of CAS/Streaming"?
My answer is simple :
1. I got nearly 10,000 CDs, many SACDs and some DVD-audio & BR-Audio discs and I am too lazy to do ripping.
2. I have auditioned uncountable number of traditional disc transports...
The Chinese New Year in 2019 was on 5th Feb.
Chinese/Hong Kong people welcome spring and what it brings along: warmer weather, plants, new beginnings and fresh starts and for me, a new MSB Select Transport.
Its sturdy aluminum case is bigger than the wheels of my car. The shipping weight is...
I am interested in the GigaFOIL V4 too. I will be able to listen to it in a few day's time. Shall post my impression on it here.
Keces LPS are made in Taiwan. Very reliable and have excellent c/p ratios but of course performance-wise there are some better choices.
I notice that many of the...