I’m using a 2016 sonic transporter i5 (ifi PSU) with a Synology NAS (8TB Samsung 870 QVO drives). Works well and is certainly a high value solution but I know there is a lot of improvement potential at this end of the system…
I was really impressed by a demo of the Taiko SGM Extreme at my local dealer but €32k, ouch! And it’s kinda like a BMW, the price can climb another 50% when you add in all the options that any self-respecting OCD would require.
I am not really familiar with the Antipodes K Series. For those using them do you have them driving your DACs via USB or Ethernet? I know both Innuos and Taiko are optimised around USB, wondering if that is the same for Antipodes.
Interesting. How much ‘network’ is there between the K41 and the Rossini? (i.e. how many switches etc? Copper or fiber LAN?). Are you using any “audiophile” switches (like SOtM or Uptone) or other audio-specific optimisations on the network side of things?
The fact that you notice a significant difference compared to your sonicTransporter over ethernet really makes me curious. I haven’t taken the time to compare other servers in my own system and the servers I have listened to at my dealer (whose reference system I know the sound of pretty well) tend to be USB-optimized. Is it possible to characterise the improvement (magnitude and nature) compared to, say the upgrade from non-Apex to Apex?
Very interesting, many thanks. At a whisker over €11k here the K41 is certainly a bit more approachable than the Taiko. I’m going to have to find out if there is any way I can get one for home audition.
For my testing of the K50 vs CX, I was using USB into the Chord TT2 and there was a definite improvement there. I use ethernet with my dCS, but didn’t move to the dCS until after the CX had gone and I never got to compare their ethernet outputs.
CORE is running on a SMG i9 Optical Transporter powered by Paul Hynes 19v LPS. With fiber connection to Meraki switch and 8TB of SSD local storage which is auto synced to a Synology NAS which is the primary media store for music and video.