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#41 Marcin_gps

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:05 AM

Hi Marcin,

 

Do you see any SQ benefit from doing the same tweak to XE card like you did with the FEMTO from firmware upgrade to version 2? 

In other words, only one usb port is active instead of two? 

 

Cheers. 

Chanh.  

Hi Chanh, 

 

I do not have access to firmware, so this option is not available. I will see if it's possible in the future. 

 

How do you like the card? 

 

Best regards,

Marcin 

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:27 AM

 

Hi Chanh, 

 

I do not have access to firmware, so this option is not available. I will see if it's possible in the future. 

 

How do you like the card? 

 

Best regards,

Marcin 

 

Thanks Marcin. I have received the XE card. Pretty much still in the anti-static bag, remains sealed. Currently in the process of finalize my Linear power supplies for the AudioPC. Should be able to test soon and will report back. I have couple mates in AU informed me that they've placed the order. Currently waiting for June.....  :)      


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:57 AM

OK - keep us posted! :) 


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#44 Marcin_gps

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:26 AM

NEXT BATCH UPDATE

 

I'm afraid I have unfortunate news. 

 

I've just received an email from Digi-key regarding availability of the OCXO oscillator we use on the USB Card XE. The original shipping date when we placed the order was June, 6th. Now the date is June 30, 2020, with an additional, approximate 6 business days transit from the manufacturer to Digi-Key.

 

The SiT5711 is popular and SiTime has not been able to get ahead of the demand. Regardless, we are pushing to get the oscillators sooner, but it seems that the USB Cards XE will not ship sooner than in July.  

 

I know this is disappointing, but there is very little we can do. 

 

I will keep you updated. 

 

On the bright side:

 

 

Sorry I ordered already and canceled 3 days ago cause of my already great sounding server but I heard it at a friends server and it’s a musthave….

 

 

Best regards,

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:36 AM

Hello Marcin,
Have you received parts now?

Thanks
John

Music Server: Control PC Gigabyte C246 WU4, CPU Xeon Ram Samsung 2X8GB ECC, JPLAYfemto Ethernet, 2X4GB SSD music Library

Audio PC   Gigabyte C246 WU4, CPU Xeon Ram Hynix 4X4GB ECC, JPLAYfemto Ethernet and JPLAY USB XE

Equipment: DAC PS Audio Direct Stream. Power Amplifiers -  PURIFI 1ET400A

Speakers Quintet15 Horn1, Townshend Audio Maximum Super Tweeters.

Cables: Speakers SlinkyLinks, Interconnects Homemade Silver wire XLR, Power Eichmann cables, USB Wireworld Starlight 7 1.5m, SATA Standard, Ethernet CAT8 

Software: Server 2019 core mode, using Firadisk on 8GB VHD, JPLAY Dual PC, Audio Optimizer 3,

Room Analyzer II Pro

Power supplies: PS Audio Power plant P5, HD Plex 200Watt, HD Plex DC to DC and 4 X iFi power X 5 volt DC

Incoming AC power: Dedicated 30amp AC, Eichmann eXpress Power cables, iFi Audio PowerStation

 

 

 


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Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:03 PM

Hello Marcin,
Have you received parts now?

Thanks
John

Hi John, 

 

Not yet. The OCXO delivery has been delayed again, but we had a call with the manufacturer and there is a chance we will get the oscillators this week. 

 
I will post an update once I have sth definitive. 
 
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Posted 22 July 2020 - 11:47 AM

The manufacturer of the OCXO (SiTime) delayed the delivery again from July 8 to July 30, but after a conference call with them we managed to expedite the delivery to this week. Once we receive the oscillators, we will start the assembly. Hopefully we will be ship the orders by the end of July. 

 

I wish I could give you better news, so you could enjoy the cards sooner. 


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Posted 06 August 2020 - 02:33 PM

Good news! The delayed oscillators were finally shipped yesterday from DigiKey warehouse to our factory. 


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Posted 18 August 2020 - 06:16 PM

We've started the assembly process. Once the cards are assembled we will be able to ship the orders. The factory promised to ship the cards by the end of next week. I'm sorry it takes so long, but I'm glad we're getting there finally.

 
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Posted 27 August 2020 - 12:18 AM

For those who want very good power to justify an XE but can't afford the Optimo Supply consider a Cuinas Supercap! Don't want

to be political or take away from what is obviously a phenomally well designed PSU,  but the Cuinas outperforms the Uptone LPS 1.2

on my JCAT Femto USB and that is even more apparent with the firmware upgade.  Interestingly enough its half the price of the Uptone! 

 

 

Just saying, but If I had the money I would order the Optimo in a heartbeat!

 

Happy Listening to one and all,

 

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Posted 27 August 2020 - 03:02 AM

And I thought John had discontinued making the Cuinas Supercap.
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Posted 29 August 2020 - 07:50 AM

Yeah I am quite impressed with it.  As John suggests you can hear what eliminating regulators on the outputs does!



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Posted 09 September 2020 - 07:03 PM

Hi, 

 

I would like to ask for your advice. If my budget is around 800 eur for a USB  card, will I get greater sonic benefits from going with XE which is connected to PC power source or Femto card which leaves me with 400 eur to spend on Linear power supply (and what would be the best pick in that price range for the femto card)?

 

Second question: I have two USB cables Curious Cable 1.5m and much lower priced Audioquest Cinnamon 1.5m. When I connected my DAC to my laptop via Curious Cable it plays flawlessly from foobar 2000 DSDs and everything, but when I connected my PC via the same cable to Asus Prime motherboard it starts acting up, crashing, not playing some files etc (same files, same foobar 2000 setup). But when i replace Curious with AQ Cinnamon for PC then the problems go away and it plays flawlessly. Unfortunately AQ Cinnamon is audibly inferior to Curious. So I would like to ask if Curious Cable will play without problems with both cards with my PC? 

 

Mark 

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Posted 10 September 2020 - 01:28 PM

The least expensive really good power supply I have tried is the Cuinas Audio Super Capacitor ISO.   In my opinion

it outperforms the Uptone LPS 1.2 at half the price and has more than twice current output.   Check on their website.

You will probably have to contact John Kinney for the latest pricing.   I love mine!  Best supply I have tried.  Would

love to get Marcin's new one but I can't quite manage that.

 

Good luck and happy listening,

 

jgwtriode


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Posted 10 September 2020 - 03:59 PM

Thanks Jgwtriode for the tip on power supply. would you (or anyone else) have views on my two other questions: 

1) If my budget is around 800 eur for a USB  card, will I get greater sonic benefits from going with XE which is connected to PC power source or Femto card with ~400 eur power supply (like the the Cuinas Audio Super Capacitor ISO). 

 

2)  I have two USB cables: Curious Cable 1.5m and much lower priced Audioquest Cinnamon 1.5m. When I connected my DAC to my laptop via Curious Cable it plays flawlessly from foobar 2000 DSDs and everything, but when I connected my PC via the same cable to Asus Prime motherboard it starts acting up, crashing, not playing some high res files etc (same files, same foobar 2000 setup). But when i replace Curious with AQ Cinnamon for PC then the problems go away and it plays flawlessly. Unfortunately AQ Cinnamon is audibly inferior to Curious.

 

So I would like to ask if Curious Cable will play without problems with both cards with my PC? 

 

Marcin, maybe You can help me :)?



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Posted 10 September 2020 - 06:08 PM

Mark, I replied to your email :)

 

PSU is more important in my opinion. 

 

Regards, 

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Posted 11 September 2020 - 04:08 AM

Marcin:

 

Are you backorded on the XE's or do you have stock right now.   Trying to juggle the budget and make a decision!

 

 

Thanks,

 

jgwtriode



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Posted 11 September 2020 - 10:20 PM

Mark, I replied to your email :)
 
PSU is more important in my opinion. 
 
Regards, 
Marcin


And so are DC cables.
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Posted 22 September 2020 - 03:02 PM

Are you ready to ship XE CARD?

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Posted 22 September 2020 - 05:46 PM

Are you ready to ship XE CARD?

Please check your email :)


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