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Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-02 21:43

I thought I would post this after reading it on the Snakeoil os site.


They have a parallel ITX build in the Southern hemisphere that is pretty consistent with the Hakai approach in most ways. https://www.snakeoil-os.net/wiki/Hardwa ... n-mini-itx

The main differences are the almost universal use in their builds of a USB filter and a Jetway motherboard. This is the build of agent_kith. The aspects that interested me were:

1. whether anyone on this forum has any experience of a USB filter?
2. if anyone has used a cfast card rather instead of an SSD? It seems logical to get rid of a sata cable but only if it sounds better.

Agent_kith has recently introduced RAM playing to the Snakeoil os - I'll try that as soon as I can and post clips.

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-02 23:02

Nobsound Elfidelity PC Hi-Fi Power Filter Card PCI/PCI-E HIFI PC Audio Power Purification for PC

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-02 23:15

Those power filter cards are in most Southern hemisphere builds including the ones highly regarded by Stereophile and made by Antipodes audio.

https://www.stereophile.com/content/ant ... sic-server

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Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-03 10:29

The Fredrik of the Southern hemisphere builds seems to be Mark Jenkins, owner of Antipodes Audio. I found it interesting how similar yet how different the builds were. They tend to go for less powerful motherboards than we do. They favour cables that are presumably local to them. In some aspects they went into more detail (e.g. RAM) and in others they go into less detail. And they don't seem to have a favoured DAC. But the initial forums have masses of history and discussion in the same way as the LsNas and others did on this forum. Perhaps it's a coincidence but the software Antipodes Audio runs has the same array of players as the SnakeOil OS.

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-03 12:04

One filter bought. I'll post clips when it arrives.

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by matthias » 2019-12-07 13:43

FairPlayMotty wrote:
2019-12-03 10:29
The Fredrik of the Southern hemisphere builds seems to be Mark Jenkins, owner of Antipodes Audio. I found it interesting how similar yet how different the builds were. They tend to go for less powerful motherboards than we do. They favour cables that are presumably local to them. In some aspects they went into more detail (e.g. RAM) and in others they go into less detail. And they don't seem to have a favoured DAC. But the initial forums have masses of history and discussion in the same way as the LsNas and others did on this forum. Perhaps it's a coincidence but the software Antipodes Audio runs has the same array of players as the SnakeOil OS.
A somewhat another approach and very interesting to read from the Netherlands:

https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/ ... 8me.27433/

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-07 18:29

Matt,

I read about that beast a while back when I was trying to find further hardware ideas, alternative software and solve what for me is the biggest Hakai puzzle. Unbelievable RAM set up, I'd love to hear it!

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by matthias » 2019-12-07 19:33

FairPlayMotty wrote:
2019-12-07 18:29
I'd love to hear it!
I listened to it at X-Fi Show this autumn, a few rooms away from Fredriks room, very impressive.

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Re: Southern Hemisphere Typical Build - Can We Learn Anything?

Post by FairPlayMotty » 2019-12-07 22:43

Cheers Matt, I trust your ears!

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