lejonklou wrote: ↑
Clip 2 for me two. That one was enjoyable.
Please tell us about the differences.
The overall results of the clips indicate that the Intel DN2800MT sounds best, the Gigabyte Hakai boards still sound good.
I have separately recorded the Intel DN2800MT with and without the isolation card in place and, much to my surprise, the isolation card does seem to be effective.
The sets of clips just verify what I've heard in the room from the day I received the first Intel DN2800MT board. The Intel DN2800MT sounds better to my ears over a very wide array of music.
Matt asked about the CPU influence. The CPU of the Intel DN2800MT is lower power than the Celeron in the Gigabyte boards. I believe that the simplicity of the board and the low noise/low CPU are just a further extension of the logic that made the Gigabyte boards sound great. Obviously there's an element of luck in the way the manufacturer got the board to sound great but it's worth remembering that the two motherboards that Tasso (the major contributor of the Oz thread) used were the Jetway board [unavailable] and the Intel DN2800MT which use the exact same processor. There was much testing that got them to those boards. Several people on the extensive threads tried other boards including Celeron and right up to the Intel Core i7. They all went back to the Atom boards.
I received three other Intel DN2800MT motherboards and as soon as the other kit I ordered arrives I will build the new server based on one of these boards and test whether it sounds better as a server than the Gigabyte boards.
There is much more testing needed to be conclusive on here but I am in no doubt that the board inside a used Intel computer for £50 is the best sounding board I've heard so far.
Clip three was the Asus Tinker Board.
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