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  1. According to the SOtM website the new sMS-200 will be unveiled in May at the Munich High End. Hardware and software specification published on the website are as follows: "sMS-200 is a new generation of mini network player with built in ‘Media Player Board’ developed by our own technology. The significance of sMS-200 comes from the dedicated ARM processor board developed for only audio purpose, it is definitely not the similar kind of those ready-made processor boards in the market offered with dazzling low price but not that much of high sound quality, of which the most of audio product manufacturers experience deterioration of sound and are forced to use unnecessary features from the ready-made boards, but now it’s gone with the sMS-200. SOtM developed the product just for audio sound performance, getting rid of all unnecessary features concentrating on the high quality sound tone at a reasonable price. sMS-200 is particularly designed to provide the best sound quality based on our own unique technologies accumulated to date since those days of media players, and it is probably be the only one capable product exceeding the current network players on the market in terms of functionalities. As to the player software, ROON, MPD, DLNA, SqueezeLite and others are available. And the music files from an external USB storage device, network shared folders and streaming services are also available. As well, the more functions can be easily added via software upgrade. Plus, the simple and nice looking Web GUI allows users to choose the desired audio function, setup and control playing music file through Apps on users’ smart devices." Hardware Specification Dual core ARM processor 2G DDR3 RAM microSD slot for OS Audio grade USB port x 1 USB port x 2 for standard USB device GigaBit Ethernet port x 1 Optional WiFi module Power input : 9V/2A max Software Specification RoonReady Logitech Media Server Squeezelite MPD & DLNA audio Renderer Shairport HQplayer NAA and others Dimension : 105 x 53 x 150(mm) Weight : 1kg > Looks like a competitor for the new Sonore MicroRendu! They should have the same software, same functionalities, similar dedicated board, similar audio grade USB port. sMS-200 is certainly bigger, has 2 more USB ports for attaching external hard-drives and don't know about the Ethernet port. Price is not announced yet, but I expect it to be in the 600-800 $ range. Anyone with more skills than me would like to comment on this? Simone
  2. Hi everyone. I tried to find an answer to my question searching the forums but could not. I have fallen behind my hobby in the last 4.5 years and computer audio has moved on considerably. The last time I shopped around and felt like up to date, there was no Roon and no Microrendu, no HQPlayer. It was mostly about Jriver, Jplay and AO. And definitely linear power supplies. I’m willing to upgrade what I have in hand and I’m very confused. I will very much appreciate if you can help. Please do not recommend me to do years of reading. Help if you can. Digital side of my setup: 1. Dual boot Single PC CAPS V3 Zuma (Intel i7-3770T / Intel DH77EB Micro ATX / SOtM tX-USBexp / SOTM Sata filter / Streacom F5 / 128gb SSD only for OS) 2. Powered by 3 rail Paul Hynes linear power supply (Motherboard, SOTM, SSD) 3. Dual boot: a. Jriver19 on WinServer2012R2 AO1.26 Core – strictly audio b. Jriver20 on Win10 – audio, video, family, ease of use… 4. Meitner MA-1 DAC 5. Synology NAS – where all audio(/video) files are Now the hard part, I would like to upgrade my hardware to venture into more resource intensive software like Dirac and/or HQPlayer. My idea is to upgrade the CPU, motherboard and memory cards and stick with the rest (case, ssd, sotm gear and the power supply). I really need video capability, that’s why I have the dual boot currently. Does this make sense? I already have a brand new CPU in hand, i7-7700T. Can you recommend me a motherboard? Preferably microATX to stick with the former CAPS v3 design? Or am I being foolish? This route will ignore the MicroRendu trend, right? Spending all that money for new mobo, memory etc I could very well get myself a MicroRendu. Am I sacrificing too much for that friendly video capable win10 boot for family? Is there a way to have best of both worlds? Your guidance will be most appreciated.
  3. Hi Everyone, I recently delivery of the SOTM tX-USBultra and posted my impressions on another thread, but here it is again for those interested in this device. Initial impressions of SOTM tX-USBultra: I got delivery of my unit yesterday, then I plugged it in my system in the evening. What I did is to critically listen to 3 or tracks on my system with configuration (1): (1) Nimitra (JS-2)>>Curious 20cm link>>Intona>>Curious 20cm link>>RUR (LPS-1)>>Curious 20cm link>>Brooklyn DAC. The system simply sounded fabulous, music just flows with a sense of realism and 3D especially after installing my two dedicated circuits (one for digital and another for analogue) Here I would like to mention that I upgraded my AO from version 2.0 to 2.10 and it made a significant improvement, then I upgraded to the beta AO 2.20 and the sound went to another level (more transparent, wide soundstage and better separation). Then I removed the RUR+LPS-1 and replaced them with the SOTM tX-USBultra powered by the second rail of the JS-2 at 12V (my unit has the 12v option) so configuration (2) is as follows: (2) Nimitra (JS-2)>>Curious 20cm link>>Intona>>Curious 20cm link>>SOTM tX-USBultra(JS-2)>>Curious 20cm link>>Brooklyn DAC. just out of the box without any burn-in, configuration 2 clearly elevated the sound of my system in all directions, most importantly to me, a sense of feeling that the music is so real and so clear you feel that the notes are sharper and more defined in the soundstage, a veil taken off the music! (a cliche but it accurately describes my experience) I didn't try to power it with the VR MINI because I use it on the Brooklyn and if I change this configuration, then it won't be A/B comparison anymore. My logic now is that I can improve it by freeing the JS-2 from feeding two units and keep it only to Nimitra and get a dedicated PSU to power the SOTM tX-USBultra, but too early now to make any decisions before I get my DC ammeter working. So (RUR+LPS-1) will be staying with me for a short time to do some A/B comparisons after 1 or 2 weeks when the SOTM tX-USBultra has settled in my system and most probably will be listed for sale. My learning is that isolation by ultra-capacitors is important but super clock with a good LPS can be more important. I hope this helps others on a similar path
  4. The SOtM sMS-200 is one of the more popular products on the market in the Ethernet to USB category. A category that was pretty much created by the team at Sonore with its early products and the release of the microRendu. Ethernet to USB devices are now the 'it" products. More manufacturers are copying these idea and features, to implement them in products at all price levels. At its most basic level, the sMS-200 is a digital to digital converter. Ethernet packets in and USB packets out. I guess it's even possible to consider the device a protocol adapter, from TCP data packets to USB data packets. The sMS-200 is great for people with USB DACs or even more traditional DACs without USB or Ethernet inputs. In the case of a USB DAC, a direct connection between the sMS-200 and the DAC is made by a single cable. Other DACs will require a USB to S/PDIF converter to sit between the sMS-200 and digital to analog converter. If all this sounds like a lot of converters and boxes and potential problems, it really isn't an issue for the most part. A larger problem is replacing a DAC that one paid thousands of dollars for, just because it isn't RoonReady or doesn't support Ethernet input. Devices like the sMS-200 open a whole world of possibilities for any USB DAC, and save one's investment in whatever DAC he or she already owns. With respect to hardware, the sMS-200 appears to be a ground-up SOtM design. It features an ARM processor on a custom motherboard that's typical SOtM white in color. On the inside, the device looks very similar to one of the popular SOtM USB cards that many in the Computer Audiophile community have used for years. Digging deeper into the software running on the sMS-200, reveals a Linux operating system and support for Roon, as a RoonReady endpoint, Squeezelite, MPD / DLNA, AirPlay, and HQPlayer as a Network Audio Adapter (NAA). I know many readers will want to understand differences between the sMS-200 and the Sonore microRendu, and the software is where a major difference lies. The software running on the sMS-200 is less stable and far less advanced than that of the Sonicorbiter OS running on the microRendu and Sonore's Sonicorbiter SE hardware. For example, I frequently switch USB DACs and input applications on these devices. When doing so, the sMS-200 didn't always work. I tried to restart the application such as RoonReady or HQPlayer NAA, but sometimes these apps would just spin in circles, as if stuck in a loop trying to restart. To resolve the issue I restarted the whole sMS-200. Once rebooted, everything worked great. Another less than advanced "feature" of the sMS-200 is the requirement that each update to the system software be done serially in order. When updating my review unit, I clicked the update button, waited for the update to download and install, then restarted the unit. Upon reconnecting to the web interface, I had to update to the next version and go through the same procedure. Unfortunately I was about five versions behind the current release, so I had to manually update the unit five times. It would be nice to just click update and have the sMS-200 update to the current version of the software (from version 1 to version 3 in a single update rather than from version 1 to version 2 to version 3). One other piece of the sMS-200 software that could use an improvement to get closer to the level of the microRendu is the informational screens, or lack thereof. The mR offers several places to get information about the connected USB DAC. This would have been nice on the sMS-200 when I had issues connecting to the McIntosh D1100 DAC. It turned out to be an issue with the DAC, but I was unsure because I didn't have any information about the connection from the DAC to the sMS-200, like I did when connecting the same DAC to the microRendu. There are little things that the Sonicorbiter operating system, used by Sonore products, does much better than the sMS-200 OS. Some users will never notice these things and never care about the differences. Others will find that these are deal breakers. I'm just presenting the information so each reader can decide for his or herself. One area where the sMS-200 has a leg up on the microRendu is when playing high resolution content under a very specific set of conditions. I'm not talking about sound quality here, I'm talking about playback without dropouts. On the rare occasion that someone has an enterprise class network (think Cisco switches and the like), and plays 24/192 content or DSD128 or upsampled HQPlayer material, the microRendu can drop tons of packets. This leads to dropouts because the mR's 1 Gbps Ethernet interface can't keep up with the incoming data. The sMS-200 only has a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet interface and this somehow makes the sending servers slow the data down. Even setting a switch or the microRendu manually to 10/100 doesn't fix the issue for the mR. The mR's gigabit interface is an achilles heel in these very rare circumstances. No, extremely rare circumstances, that I've only experienced in my home. The problem doesn't happen when using Roon because Roon Labs implemented a fix for the issue last year. In addition, I can slow down the data just enough if I stick an Ethernet isolator from Baaske inline with the mR. This resolves the issue 100%. Note: I mistakenly thought the sMS-200 had a 10/100 Ethernet interface and that was the reason it worked when the microRendu didn't, but I've been corrected by SOtM. The sMS-200 has a gigabit interface. Overall, I think the sMS-200 is a really good product that needs some tweaking on the software side. The hardware is pretty fast and accepts either the SOtM power supplies or any of the aftermarket supplies that the CA community is so fond of using (myself included). By explaining a few of the shortcomings of the sMS-200, I hope to make decisions easier for people considering a product in this category. If these shortcomings don't bother people, they may just save some money by selecting the sMS-200 over a more expensive product. Listening I've had the SOtM sMS-200 in my system for a pretty long time. During this time, I've connected the unit to many DACs. Based on my tests, the sMS-200 had no trouble playing PCM or DSD (via DoP) to any of them. Playback of Native DSD may be a different story, but I was unable to test native DSD for this review. The system I used for much of my listening consisted of a RoonServer outputting to the SOtM sMS-200 to either a Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB / Alpha Reference DAC Series 2, EMM Labs DA2, dCS Rossini, McIntosh D1100, or Schiit Yggdrasil DAC. The analog side of the system was a Constellation Audio Inspiration PreAmp and monoblocks, with Wire World cabling. Powering the sMS-200, I used the SOtM mBPS-d2s "intelligent battery power supply." Earlier this week, the McIntosh Group hosted John Mellencamp at its townhouse on Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan. I watched the interview and was inspired to listen to John's new album and his older stuff that got him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I stumbled upon an acoustic version of Pink Houses (DR11) via Tidal. After listening to the track a few times I created an acoustic playlist and added both the acoustic versions of the Stone Temple Pilots' Plush (DR12) and Pearl Jam's Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (DR11) to the playlist. One thing was constantly on my mind as I played these three acoustic tracks. The sound is so clean. It's hard to explain more about this sense of cleanliness that I heard. In a way, this is like proving a negative. How do I write about something that isn't present? As I switched from the dCS Rossini to the EMM Labs DA2 to the McIntosh D1100, I could hear clear sonic differences when playing the same acoustic tracks. This is exactly what a source component should enable. I should be enable one to hear the differences between components further downstream, as well as components upstream and most important of all, the recording. On Pink Houses, I heard nothing but John Mellencamp's voice and his guitar. Ah, that sounds rather stupid, as this is an acoustic recording. But, this was something different. The sound provided a view back into 1983. Perhaps the fact that John's voice sounded 500,000 cigarettes cleaner, contributed to the lack of grunge, noise, or anything I would consider dirty. Note: John estimates that by 2010 he had smoked 650,000 cigarettes in his life. Later in 2014 he told the Associated Press, “Two million cigarettes later and I finally sound like a black guy. Thank God. The cigarettes finally paid off. They’re going to give me cancer and they’re going to kill me, but for a short amount of time, they’re going to make my voice sound like it should.” Given that the acoustic version of Pink Houses was recorded in 1983, John's much-less smoke-affected voice contributed to this very clean sound I heard. I also can't discount the fact that the SOtM sMS-200 doesn't seem to be adding any noise to the recording. This raises some serious questions, 1) Is the SOtM sMS-200 doing anything to the signal to make the music sound clean? 2) Is this clean sound similar to edge enhancement in video, that soon becomes unnatural and annoying? Without a deeper scientific analysis of the sMS-200, I can say that all the music is bit perfect. The sMS-200 isn't changing anything that would cause my bit perfect indicator lights to go dark on a couple DACs. Also, I haven't experienced any fatigue or unnatural sound when using the sMS-200. This leads me to believe the music signal isn't changing and if something else is at play, it isn't a negative to my ears in my system. Sonically, this clean sound is very different from the sound I hear through the microRendu. That statement shouldn't be taken to mean the microRendu is the opposite and dirty sounding. Rather, the mR sounds more organic and analog-like than the sMS-200. From a technical point of view I can't explain the sonic differences, but I suspect some of this may be related to the different power supplies and technologies, or there's always the placebo effect. I'm disinclined to believe it's a placebo, based on the amount of sonic difference I heard between the units. Comparing the sound of the sMS-200 to the microRendu further, I listened to some 1970s rock and roll. I've been on a real 70s kick lately. Playing it for my five year old daughter in the car on the way to school in the morning as well. Not sanctioned by the hoity-toity audiophile society, but damn good music made to sound as good as it can through a real HiFi system. I put on Fleetwood Mac's Gold Dust Women in 24/96, first through the microRendu. Once I had that sound committed to memory as much as possible, I switched to the sMS-200. I immediately thought the sMS-200 was louder. I don't know what contributed to my perception, but I know it wasn't a change in the audio signal. I was so concerned that I immediately checked the sMS-200 and the microRendu for bit perfect audio (again). Both were sending unaltered audio to the dCS Rossini. Despite the (mis)perceived difference in volume, I heard the same types of differences with Fleetwood Mac that I heard with the acoustic tracks, but a bit less audible and with a slight twist. The sMS-200 was very clean, just as it was previously. The sonic cleanliness was nice, but it perhaps gave the sound an ever-so-small amount of sterility. By contrast, the microRendu sounded a little lower in level and, as it did before, sounded more organic and closer to an analog sound. Neither device is perfect nor 100% better than the other, for all people in all systems. I'm unsure if the sonic differences I heard would be present in another system, connected to different equipment. Or, if they'd be present with someone else's ears and brain. When considering a device such as the sMS-200, one should consider the whole, rather than a single piece. Consider the software, support, upgradability, sound quality, and anything else that's important to the individual. Conclusion The SOtM sMS-200 is a reasonably priced Ethernet to USB converter that adds Roon, DLNA, AirPlay, Squeezelite, and HQPlayer NAA to almost any system. If the sMS-200 hardware is the system's heart, the operating system is its head. Based on my tests, the sMS-200's heart is in the right place, but its head is a few steps behind the curve. Also note, this may not mean anything to those who want to set it and forget it. The SotM sMS-200 will likely work very well if connected to a USB DAC, set to one of the output modes such as Roon or DLNA, and left alone. In fact, this is what I imagine most users will probably do with the unit. When it comes to sonic quality and the sMS-200's ability to reproduce music, it's a wonderful piece of equipment. The sound I heard through my system, with the sMS-200 in the mix, was incredibly clean. In a way, it was like a pristine Steely Dan or Donald Fagen recording. Everything was tight, with no loose ends or extraneous frequency bumps. Compared to the microRendu, I'll say the sMS-200 is like a clean crisp compact disc whereas the mR is more like a 180 gram vinyl record. Both can deliver the goods sonically, but one may be better suited to a user's specific taste or requirements. I'm certainly sold on the concept of the SOtM sMS-200 and all its input application options. I used this device, and its competitors, seven days a week here at CA HQ. The product is very capable of delivering what most HiFi aficionados want, and that's great sound quality first and foremost. I recommend everyone in the market for such a versatile device consider the SOtM sMS-200 and its matching mBPS-d2s power supply. Many people will find they can simply add this SOtM combination to any existing USB DAC and call it a day. Product Information: Product - SOtM sMS-200 ($450 or $510 w/ 1 yr. Roon subscription), SOtM mBPS-d2s ($450) Product Page - sMS-200, mBPS-d2s Operating Instructions - sMS-200 (PDF), mBPS-d2s (PDF) Associated Music: Computer Audiophile 100 Playlist Computer Audiophile PJ4CA Playlist Associated Equipment: Source: Roon DAC: Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series 2, dCS Rossini, McIntosh D1100, EMM Labs DA2, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil D-to-D Converter: Sonore microRendu, Sonore Sonicorbiter SE Amplifiers: Constellation Audio Mono 1.0 / Monoblock Power Amplifiers Preamplifier: Constellation Audio PreAmp 1.0 Loudspeakers: TAD Labs CR1 Compact Reference Remote Control Software: Roon Remote Remote Control Hardware: iPad Air 2 Playback Software: Roon, HQPlayer, JRiver Network Attached Storage (NAS): Synology DS1812+, CAPS v4 Cortes Server Audio Cables: Wire World Platinum Eclipse 7 Interconnects (XLR & RCA), Wire World Platinum Eclipse 7 Speaker Cables, Wire World Platinum Starlight 7 Digital Cables, USB Cables: Wire World Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0, AudioQuest Diamond USB 2.0, Nordost Purple Flare USB 2.0 Power Cables: ALO Audio AC6 Power Cables Ethernet Cables: AudioQuest Vodka Ethernet Cables throughout system Network: Cisco SG200-26 Switch, Baaske MI-1005 Ethernet Isolator, Apple AirPort Extreme, Calix 716GE-I Optical Network Terminal, ZyXEL C1100Z modem / router, CenturyLink 1 Gbps download / upload
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  6. I now received my new gear (Vitus Audio SCD-025) and am thinking about to improve sound quality of my chain. First of all a description of the starting point: I am using Roon 1.3. Roon Core is running on a Mac mini Server late 2012 i7 16 GB located in my workroom. For Roon remote I am using an iPad. Via wired network actual I am using a Raspberry PI Digi+ Pro as Roon endpoint located in my living room which is connected with my Vitus Audio SCD-025 DAC via coax. Mac mini —> Cisco Switch SG 100-16 (workroom) —> Raspberry Pi (living room / out coax) —> Vitus Audio SCD-025 (CD/DAC) The audio specifications of the VA SCD-025 are listed below: Digital Audio Output: 192 KHz/24 bit Digital Audio Input: USB Class A/B supports up to DSD128, 32bit 384KHz PCM AES/EBU 1xXLR Following constellations I am thinking about: Mac mini —> Cisco (work room) —> Aqvox AQ-Switch (living room) —> SOtM sMS-200 —> Intona High Speed USB Isolator —> VA SCD-025 Mac mini —> Cisco (work room) —> Aqvox AQ-Switch (living room) —> SOtM sMS-200 ultra —> Intona High Speed USB Isolator —> VA SCD-025 Mac mini —> Cisco (work room) —> Aqvox AQ-Switch (living room) —> Lumin U1 (via USB and/or AES/EBU) —> VA SCD-025 The sMS-200 will be powered by a UpTone UltraCap LPS-1. I am quite uncertain about an additional extension of alternative 1. with tX-USBultra or perhaps to use dX-USB HD and the AES/EBU input of the SCD-025. I also will try the additional usage of HQ-Player in the next weeks. Any thoughts and/or recommendations would be very welcome. Also recommendations besides the above mentioned constellations 1. - 3. SCD025
  7. I have an older SotM tX USB card. Unfortunately, the driver is gone and I could not find the driver anywhere. Would anyone have the driver for this card? Thanks.
  8. SOtM dX-USB HD USB to SPDIF converter with optional SOtM sCLK 2224 Super Clock (this option costs $500 extra, but greatly improves the preformance). 3 months old, 10/10 condition. $499 US retail: $499 + $499 (sCLK 2224 Super Clock) Price for EU residents (with VAT) - €549 dX-USB HD is a high performance DDC that can upgrade the sound from PC. dX-USB HD converts the maximum 24bit/192Khz signal to high quality AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical output through USB connection. It is designed by USB audio class 2.0 asynchronous interface. Key Features: -24/192 USB interface -Asynchronous clock mode -Bit-transparent operation -USB power operation -External power operation -AES/EBU,Coaxial,Optical output -sCLK-2224 option installed (+$500) Comes in original box and packaging, PSU, all manuals. All enquires welcome and will be answered in full. NO TRADES. Price is FIRM. PayPal pls add 4.9% Shipping: EU: €35 US: $50
  9. SOtM sDP-1000EX High End Audio D/A converter and preamplifier with battery PSU Only, 4 months old, 10/10 condition. $1590 US retail: $3200 Price for EU residents (with VAT) - €1790 6moons glowing review: 6moons audio reviews: SOtM sDP-1000 sDP-1000EX is a high-end D/A converter and pre-amplifier. It can be summarized as a high-end featured device; a USB audio function which supports DSD playback, a high-performance clock circuit, a battery power supply and a high performance preamplifier. The design is compact and classy. Various digital and analog connections are available. The OLED display window shows the information related to usage and is easily controlled by the remote and face-plat switches. USB audio uses an asynchronous mode to connect the digital audio source device such as a PC. It can playback a 32 bit/192KHz PCM signal (maximum) and DSD signal. In addition, the sound quality from the input source can be improved by the specially designed high performance clock and 32 bit up-sampler circuit. All audio circuit parts including the DAC and preamplifier volume control are fully balanced circuits. Not a single coupling capacitor is used in the audio signal path since that would cause distortion of the sound quality. These designs allow us to hear clear, excellent and high resolution sound. Also, to supply high quality power, it has two battery packs installed, while one battery provides power, the other charges and switches between these functions automatically, so there is no additional work needed once it’s connected to a power supply for charging the battery. The sDP-1000EX will work continuously via battery power only. There are already many DAC’s on the market, but the sDP-1000EX is incomparable. The sDP-1000EX will perform as the center of the finest high-end audio system. Key Features: -32bit/192KHz PCM -DSD, DXD support -OLED display -Remote control -universal voltage 100V-250V Comes in original box and packaging, detachable IEC AC power cord, all manuals, remote. All enquires welcome and will be answered in full. NO TRADES.PayPal add 4.9% Shipping: EU: 80 EUR US, Asia: $200
  10. Hi I'm playing around with the idea to use a Single Computer Board (SCB) as a music streamer rather than a full blown PC. I have two questions regarding that. 1) How do these devices (Odroid and Raspberry Pi2) compare to a full blown PC? Are they better soundwise? Worse? The same? Different? Did anyone ever measure or compare the two? 2) I'm thinking of building the following device: Odroid or Raspberry Pi2 board (good following, broad support, the Odroid is slightly more expensive and has higher energy consumption but is more powerful) Linear power supply. At the moment I am thinking a small Teddy Pardo as the maximum I'd need is 20 watts. SOtM tX-USBhub with a linear power supply, connected to the SBC through a Male A to Male B USB connector. Good USB cable (Chord Sarum) Uptone Audio Regen DAC Music source is a Synology NAS connected over home network (Cat7 cable, two switches and powerlines). Running on Raspbian/MPD or Volumio or something along those lines I want to play CD quality and hi-res on it. No upsampling or format conversion. Anything I would need to look out for? Yours Arie
  11. Okay here is my question. I have a HDPlex 100W linear power supply and a SOtM sMS-200 on the way. I will power the sMS with the linear power. My DAC is powered by USB and also receives digital signal over the same cable from the sMs. I am wandering, because I am supplying the sMS-200 with clean linear power, will the DAC will benefit as well or if I need to get an adapter like the UpTone Audio USB Regen to split the power off from the usb out on the sMS-200 and add back in power from my HDPlex supply? So firstly would it be beneficial to power the DAC separately versus off of the sMS (powered from a 100W linear supply)? Secondly, if it is beneficial to power the DAC separately, instead of an expensive USB Regen and more high quality cables, could I not just order a high quality USB-Y cable and remove the ground and 5v connections from the first male end that goes into the sMS-200 and then just plug the other male end directly into my linear power supply so that data is received from one male tip in the sMS and power is received from the other male tip in the linear supply?
  12. My current DAC only way of receiving power is over USB. I have the ability to power it over the USB and send it digital signal through S/PDIF, but I just ordered a SOtM sMS-200 and I would like to use it in my setup. I am wandering if the sMS-200 audio usb port sends digital audio signal as well as 5v power. I know some high end audio units strip the 5v power line out of a USB to remove a possible source of noise, so that is what made me curious as to whether the sMS-200 will power my DAC as well as send it digital signal. I have asked the question twice to SOtM, but there appears to be a translation issue and they think I am just confirming that I can send digital signal to my DAC via USB. I know that if it does not output power over USB then I will be forced to buy something like the UpTone Audio USB Regen to allow me to add power to the line cleanly from my linear supply. If anyone has insight on this issue please share your knowledge. If I need a device to add power to the USB line then I would like to order it now so I am not sitting staring at the sMS-200 waiting to hear it. Thanks guys. Mike
  13. Hello everyone, I would like the discuss chaining the above equipments. Has anyone tried that already? I would like to replace my hq player naa with the sMS-200.
  14. Greetings, My name is May and I’m working for SOtM as a marketing manager. It’s so pleasure to introduce myself here officially and great chance to announce the sMS-200 availability through this chance. Some may already have known our sMS-200 but some may not know about this brilliant mini network player, so here I briefly introduce what sMs-200 is, [ATTACH=CONFIG]28837[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]28838[/ATTACH] It features - Excellent modern design. - Use the separated audio power board. - Use the exclusive large audio condenser. - Use the exclusive audio components to reach forward to analog sound. - Use the heat sinks for the stable operation and anti-noise. - Use the high standard noise reduction circuit which has been qualified by SOtM’s tX-USBexp, SATA filter and others. - Use the high standard active noise filter and UKJC which has been qualified by SOtM’s tX-USBexp, sDP-1000EX and others. - Use the High-End audio grade USB port. - Use the 2 x standard USB ports for USB storage device. The pictures below prove how sMS-200 is valuable. And the new features are planning to be also updated step by step. [ATTACH=CONFIG]28839[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]28840[/ATTACH] And there will be the same series of products coming up, the USB audio signal re-generator called tX-USBUltra will be the next up which has the upgraded "sCLK clock" board installed and the audio grade power supply will be following up soon. All these combinations will bring you the most satisfaction. [ATTACH=CONFIG]28842[/ATTACH] This is the certificate of Richard Beers Innovation Award, the award honors “those who contribute to the growth of our industry and encourage innovation every year”. Please check more details including specification on our website, click here. and also you can purchase sMS-200 through our website. Click ‘Buy sMS-200’ button and it will lead you to SOtM shop to purchase sMS-200. Every user who purchases a sMS-200 would get a 2 months free trial Roon license and we can offer a 1 year Roon license at the very special price if you request. Lastly, we are preparing the event for our valuable customers who are currently using our sMS-100.The event will be arranged by this simple way, but this is not fully confirmed yet, I will need to discuss more details in next few days and get back to you shortly.. Step 1. Return your sMS-100 to us. Step 2. Buy sMS-200 in US$350. Thank you for taking your time to see what sMS-200 is and how valuable it is. I may need to update few more information after this weekend. In the meantime if you have any question regarding sMS-200 or our products, please feel free to leave a message or question. Thank you very much. Warmly, May Do not allow cheap products. Don’t be blinded by well-advertised products. But enjoy your music life with the valuable audio products made by SOtM.
  15. Greetings, Please have a look and update your sMS-200 to the latest F/W ver. 0.2.1, it is now available. Please proceed the upgrade via Eunhasu Web GUI. 1. Enter http://eunhasu/ or its IP address(http://eunhasu/local on iOS) on the web browser. 2. Mouse over or click the System Setup image on Eunhasu web page and the action buttons will appear. 3. Click the System upgrade button and the Upgrade page will appear. 4. Click ‘Upgrade Now’button to upgrade to the latest version. It will take around 10mins to be updated, please do not disconnect while proceeding the upgrade. sMS-200 is now completely profiled and tested as Roon Tested player. And HQplayer and Shairport have been updated. SOtM will exhibit at RMAF, and bring the variety new products, the room number is 5032. Please visit and enjoy your time with us. Thank you very much!
  16. Greetings, Finally, I came back with the event for whom owns our sMS-100 currently. Thank you for waiting for this event and all your patience, I'm going to copy this and make the new post shortly. Before I officially proceed this event, I would like to share the reason why we prepared this event, it is simple but is going to be very meaningful for ourselves and our customers as well since we would love to give a full of joy for all our valuable customers and it will be also a great chance to upgrade the current system to the higher level of sound system for sure. [ATTACH=CONFIG]29063[/ATTACH] Here is how to join this event, Step 1. Return your sMS-100 to us by any shipping service. There are special shipping instructions required, Please pack sMS-100 very tightly and safely, so that sMS-100 can’t be damaged while shipping. Please put sMS-100's value as under US$70 on the shipping bill if it is necessarily required, otherwise it will take longer to clear customs in Korea or we may need to ask the extra charge to clear customs. Shipping address : Attn : May Park, SOtM Address 1 : 202(Ssangyong Dong), 84-9, Wolbong 4ro, Seobuk gu, City : Cheonan si, Province : Chungnam, Country : Korea Postal code : 31171 Tel : +82-41-576-7663 Step 2. Please email me or send me a private message with the tracking number, your shipping address and your name. so that I can distinguish the parcel when it reaches to us. [ATTACH=CONFIG]29064[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]29065[/ATTACH] Step 3. Once we receive the unit at our end, we will generate US$100 coupon or the link which can purchase sMS-200 at US$350 as the very special price. This event will be starting from 19th, September to 19th, October for a month. In the meantime we are running the event, we will attend 2016 RMAF and exhibit at Room 5032 with BOENICKE audio, and the sMS-200 will be demoed and the earlier mentioned upcoming products(the USB audio generator, new power supply and new music server & player) also will be displayed as well. Check us at 2016 RMAF! As always, if you have any question or concern regarding our product or this event, please simply email me. May : sotm.marketing@gmail.com or marketing@sotm-audio.com Thank you very much. Best regards, May PS, Check these combo sets for your current computer audio system, "tX-USBexp and sCLK-48.0" or "tX-USBhubIN and sCLK-12.0", the sCLK clock guarantees the outstanding enhanced audio performance with absolutely crucial mid-high range for audio band operation. If you already owns tX-USBexp or tX-USBhubIN, please request how to upgrade your current USB card to work with sCLK clock.
  17. Dear valued Readers We'd like to proudly inform you about the new SOtM flagship product, the sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition with AudiophileOptimizer & Roon and take the chance to start the official thread in coordination with SOtM Audio and Chris Connaker. The SOtM sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition is a joint-venture between SOtM Audio & Highend-AudioPC. For this high-end music server we are using the already well-known SOtM sMS-1000SQ hardware and combine it with Windows Server 2012 R2 and our AudiophileOptimizer 2.00. We combined the excellent hardware of SOtM Audio with all the know-how about Windows Server and audio high-end audio optimization of ourselves to create a "ready-to-run" high-end music server. What came out in the end is truly spectacular! The Music Server comes with Windows Server 2012 R2 (Essentials Edition) as well as AudiophileOptimizer 2.00 pre-installed and pre-licensed. All Updates & RollUps of Windows Server are already installed as of July 2016. RoonServer is pre-installed as well as TIDAL, Foobar200, Qobuz, etc. On top of that the "AudiophileShell" is included as bonus. The AudiophileShell is a launcher Tool, it will make it very easy to launch your MediaPlayer, reboot or shutdown your music server, etc. By pressing "I" (a hidden option) the AudiophileShell will configure itself as Shell Replacement. The image SOtM is using to deploy the music servers is made by Highend-AudioPC from A-Z, so you can be assured you'll get the very best installation of Windows Server possible. Alternatively you can choose between two software variants, the standard variant has no Media Players pre-installed and the second variant comes with RoonServer, TIDAL, Qobuz, Foobar2000, etc. pre-installed (only trial versions of the media players). The unit is available in two colors (silver & black) and three different hardware variants: USB, Analog & Digital. The USB version comes with a tX-USBexp based USB output. The digital version comes with AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical and tX-USBexp based USB output. The analog version features balanced and single ended outputs as well as the tX-USBexp based USB output. You can choose between various combinations of SSD's and hard disks, ranging from 32Gb SSD for the OS up to 4TB HDD for music storage. An Ultra Low Noise Clock-Upgrade (SuperClock based on sCLK-2224) is available as well for all three editions. To see more details about all possible configurations, pricing or even directly place your order please visit: SOtM sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition with AudiophileOptimizer Please also have a look at the very detailed guide (attached below) about how to setup the sMS-1000SQ with AudiophileOptimizer as Roon Endpoint. Please don't hesitate to contact either SOtM audio via sotm@sotm-audio.com or us directly via shop@highend-audiopc.com if you have any questions. Very best, Phil sMS-1000SQ Windows Edition Quick Guide-Eng.pdf
  18. I have seen its product descriptions on website. " 4 pin and 3 pin supported " Can i use 4 to 3 pin adapter for VGA card?
  19. Hi everybody, I need help to setup my systems based on SOTM-sms 100 feeding an Audio-GD NFB Dac by USB. The dac is with ESS Sabre 9018 DSD capable. Playing PCM files is trouble free, but if I try a dsf file, I can see that the file is played but there is no sound! I have tried with Logitech Media Server 7.9 with the DSD player plugin activated and the file type sate to native and dsdplay on LMS server side. On the SOTM side I have tried different values for the buffer and period count with squeeze lite activated without success :-( I have also tried with minimserver combined with minimstreamer and the parameters dsf:dopwav and dff:dopwav, still no sound with dsf files. What am I missing? Thanks in advance Serge
  20. I hope this has not been discussed before - search did not bring up useful information.... I need your help - I'm starting to get into deep and terribly unknown water. I am planning on changing/upgrading my computer to something new(er), maybe back to something sophisticated/built by me instead of my current Off-The-Shelf Mac Mini. I am running a NAD M51 via USB from the mentioned Computer. A week or two ago I taped the 5v pin on my USB cable and confirmed to myself that the NAD M51 is properly running without the 5v line being connected to a computer. Neither for start/handshake nor playing. That is good! As per Data sheet the NAD M51 is asynchronous, just as a reminder/info. Now, This got me thinking - I know, mostly that's dangerous ;-) I can perfectly relate to the technical aspects that besides proper 5v power to a USB receiver and grounding issues there is also ripple and signal quality on the data lines to be concerned about. And, for systems depending on the senders clock accuracy, the USB Clock. These aspects have been put into place by several products. Example SotM USB Card: -Possibility of proper 5v power -Good (assumption - type/brand unknown) USB clock -Filters on PCI-E connection -Filters and good regulation for used components Since the NAD M51 obviously does not need 5v from the USB bus, and, since it is running in asynchronous mode, does a "specialty" USB card like SotM or PPA even improve something? If I interpreted all the schemas and design documents correctly, then I think not. Same question goes for devices like iFi iUSB Power and similar. Concerning the USB cards this also extends to linear PSU or battery PSU as further optimization. Conclusion / long story short: In respect to my setup - Computer connected to NAD M51 via USB whose 5v line has been completely blocked - do any of the well known sophisticated USB cards/addons and devices deliver better/cleaner signal or other improvements compared to simple on-board USB connections? And if so, could I ask you to explain why? Thanks in advance - let's rumble ;-)
  21. How is this different from a Sonore device, other than the case work obviously?<br /> <br /> Second, I wish Peachtree would find a way to get their Grand Pre USB input working with Linux...
  22. Hi folks, I'm hoping to get some advice in regards to an excellent quality sound card for my media center. I'm currently using a M-Audio 192 coax into a Schiit Bifrost dac. I'd like to upgrade my sound card and seem to see a couple of popular options. Option 1- purchase the USB Uber upgrade and pickup a SOTM USB PCI card. Option 2- Pickup a Lynx AES 16 and run coax out to the Schiit Bifrost dac. Here's my question- Will a SOTM USB card connected to the Schitt Bifrost via usb provide less jitter and sound better than a Lynx AES 16 connected coax to the Bifrost? Both options will be using good quality USB and Coax cables to connect between the cards and the dac. I will also be using JRiver Media Center 18, soon to upgrade to 19 when stable version is released, I usually stay away from Beta releases. Thanks for everyone's time and opinions, I'm tired of trying to research this to death and want to start listening to my music files and know I have a quality solution in place.
  23. I recently moved and have my system cobbled together in my new house, which lacks the dedicated room my last place had. Here is what I have: In my office, I have a Mac Mini, dual core I7, 8gb ram, 256GB SSD connected via Ethernet to a Drobo 5N with about 1 gb of music on it. I also listen to a lot of internet radio streamed to iTunes. This computer is my main work unit so nothing is optimized for music. I do have A+ on it. The Mac Mini is connected via 1.5 meter generic USB to a Berkeley USB. The Berkeley USB is connected to an Alpha Dac series one by a 20’ Canare DA206 110ohm digital cable and that cable crosses a doorway on the way to the living room (not ideal in length or routing). The balanced outputs of the Alpha Dac are connected to a Meyer Sound CP-10 and in turn to a pair of Meyer Sound HD-2 monitors. The RCA outputs go to a JL112 sub. The system sounds pretty good but not as good as I would like. The room has tons of volume and isn’t treated in any way but the EQ has helped on that front. Here are the changes I am looking at: --Buying a new rack to organize everything and help with vibration control. --I have a BPT 3.5 Signature Plus that I want to add in to clean up the AC. --Buying a new server, I have spent hours and hours reading here on this one and can’t figure out if I should get a new mini, a 2009 mini, a macbook pro, a Zuma, SOtM sMS-1000, or other server. I’d love to avoid the cable to the office. I’m coming to the conclusion that the differences are really minor but my system is VERY resolving so I should hear more than most if there are differences. I don’t really want to buy more than one to try so I’ll have to go on options. I am not married to the Apple system or Itunes but I’m no computer IT guy either. I posted here as this is the toughest issue. --Should I access the music wirelessly? Lastly, FWIW, I listen to jazz, rock and a lot of very dynamic live recordings; this system is built around the latter. I’ve had better systems for solo vocalists or simple ensembles but nothing that handles a live Grateful Dead recording like this one. Any and all opinions and suggestions would be great.
  24. If you have a large classical music library DON'T look to SOtM sMS1000. I contacted Eric at Tailored Technologies and explained in the first conversation that I had a large classical music library and also wanted Sonata music server software or the cataloging capability of Sonata. After many conversations Eric convinced me that the sMS1000 would do the job. WRONG! The sMS1000 works through Vortexbox and Logitech Squeezebox which only accesses 1 metadatabase which is NOT classically oriented. The ipeng or mpad control apps only show 2 fields. The title field usually shows up but the artist field gets confused between composer, performer, conductor, and orchestra and only displays the word 'various', which is of NO help. Eric's suggestion was to get DBpoweramp. He didn't tell me I would need another computer to run DBpoweramp from and rip from. Eric accused me of "changing the goal posts" but my requirements were stated up front and didn't change. I think the need of another computer was a MAJOR goal post change. I refuse to spend an additional $600 for a laptop computer. My legs are going south on me and have a queen size adjustable bed in my listening room and cannot make 1000+ round trips to my desktop to rip the CDs. Eric also knew this up front. Lastly. Adrian, from Simple Design, the other SOtM dealer in the US and, as I understand it designed the sMS1000, told me he would NOT recommend it for a large classical music collection. The End!
  25. Has anyone tried the MolexT battery power supply with an SOtM card? The supply uses 9V batteries and is quite a bit cheaper that other power supplies mentioned in other threads. Buy MOLEXT - Battery Powered Molex Power Supply - XCONSOLES USA - Fast WorldWide Shipping