Hi astrostar59,Nice reports Sami. I am also looking at the weakest link - the server. I am looking at the SOtM combo. The addition of the Ultra USB box is supposed to take it higher, and then the external clock even more.
Are you using Room with it? And if you are feeding it with a Laptop, that will hold it back some. I am also looking at the entry points into my house, they have an impact. Routers and switches etc. These can be lowered by an LPS to clean them up.
How are you connecting the SOtm, from your Laptop? Does your Laptop run the Room Core?
Don't forget to not upsample any data with the Kassandra, it likes it as is, but perfect, no resampling.
Also your USB cable, what are you using? I am trying the Final Touch Audio Callisto tn a day or so, against my Curious USB. The Curious is very transparent, and beat many others I tried so far.
Agree with you on the sotm combo:neo se+sp500+usb hub+clock is the ultimate combo; but then we are talking about 6600€ new and 4 boxes.
The price of a zen mk3 new 2500$ and zenith mk2 4000$ according to what i read is first class and exceeds sotm perf.
Check darko blog, innuos se is in the premier league all the rest comes after.
Pink faun 2.16 ~ 6000€ is in my shortlist as well.( it is paired with kassandra in upcoming munich show).
In my case the zen mk3 or second hand zenith mk3 is more logical.
Yes i m using roon, it is actually a condition of my next streamer.
All my modem,router,switch are treated by the ifi power supply.
I dont upsample, just native format.