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    by Published on 01-29-2015 09:02 PM
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    This is the final installment of the CAPS v4 series! It will cover both the Maroubra and Bundoran servers because they are very closely related. This is the first time a CAPS design has been based on an Intel NUC. Part of me feels bad because there isnít much to ďdesignĒ when using the NUC platform, but I am more excited than anything because there is a lot of user demand of NUC based servers. For readers unfamiliar with the Intel NUC, itís a very small motherboard with the CPU soldered to the board. Itís one of the platforms Intel has decided to keep supporting, unlike its traditional motherboard business. Anyway, the main purpose for NUC based CAPS servers is size. These servers will fit into almost any component rack or fit nicely hidden behind a DAC. There isnít much hardware experimentation to be done when using a NUC, but I believe Iíve found a couple ways to make these last two designs a bit more audiophile than a standard off-the-shelf server. The Maroubra and Bundoran servers arenít for everyone, especially those who like to try different things and tweak their systems a bit. These servers are simple solutions that donít cost an arm and a leg and fit nicely into any existing audio system. I hope readers donít see this installment of CAPS v4 as anticlimactic but rather something offering two sensible solutions for specific members of the CA Community. ...
    by Published on 12-05-2014 08:27 AM
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    CAPS v4 Pipeline is more traditional than CAPS Cortes because itís designed to connect directly to oneís audio system. The server has space to add in cards such as USB, AES/EBU, or S/PDIF. In addition to cards, the server has plenty of room for power products and large desktop hard drives. Pipeline offers plenty of room and power for user experimentation as opposed to the mini servers of the caps v3 ilk. Iíve been using the server in a 100% silent configuration with a linear power supply and solid state hard drive with great success. I canít wait to see what members of the CA Community do to this server to take it beyond my standard configuration and push it to the max with tips, tricks, and tweaks. ...
    by Published on 11-21-2014 08:30 AM
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    CAPS v4 Cortes is like no other CAPS server to date. The server isnít designed to connect directly to an audio system via USB or AES/EBU. Cortes is a server in the truest sense of the word. Itís designed to serve music to a single zone or to multiple zones over Ethernet, be a workhorse for all types of file operations such as format conversion or resampling, run network diagnostic ...
    by Published on 11-13-2014 08:41 AM
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    Two years have passed since version three CAPS servers were announced. Over this period of time many of the server parts went out of production, leading to CAPS lookalikes. I am happy to see people coming up with their own solutions to the lack of parts problem. Unfortunately people's CAPS servers move further apart from a similar design. This fragmentation can increase troubleshooting time and compatibility with the many third party software and hardware solutions the CA Community is now using. Addressing ...
    by Published on 12-27-2012 03:30 PM
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    The fourth and final CAPS v3 server design is called Zuma. This design is a big departure from all other CAPS designs. Zuma is a high power server capable of nearly any audio task it's assigned whereas previous CAPS servers have slightly more power than needed for bit perfect audio output. Zuma is much more difficult to assemble than the previous servers because it requires installation of processor heat pipes to keep the CPU cool. Computer audiophiles are forewarned that Zuma isn't for the newbie seeking a weekend project. I hadn't built a fanless PC requiring thermal paste and heat pipes for over a year when I sat down to tackle this build. My sloppy work with the thermal paste can be seen in the photos. Once the paste is on a surface it's nearly impossible to remove. Fortunately any competent computer tech can put the server together or CA readers can simply purchase a fully assembled Zuma server from Small Green Computer. The look of Zuma is very nice and similar to traditional audio components with close to an 18 inch width. Zuma has three different display outputs, that should make users seeking a media server happy and eSATA for excellent external storage. CAPS v3 Zuma is a very versatile server with plenty of power and options to please many computer audiophiles. ...
    by Published on 12-18-2012 07:45 PM
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    CAPS v3 Carbon is the third of four v3 designs to be published and the last derivative design from v3 servers Topanga and Lagoon. The Carbon design is different form previous designs in several ways such as a more stylish case similar to an audio component, unique external storage expansion options, and a SATA filter. Carbon also provides endless opportunities for creativity inside the spacious chassis for items like batteries, power supplies, hard drives, and even a UPS. I believe the Computer Audiophile Community will have some very creative ideas for using the extra space inside this chassis. Carbon is my favorite CAPS design thus far and it's the one I use every day. I power the server and SOtM USB card with an optional Red Wine Audio Black Lightning battery supply. The sound quality from the CAPS v3 Carbon server is equal to or better than the best servers I've heard in recent memory. ...

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