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Will my netgear switch labeled 12V 0.5A work with ifi i power x12 V/2.0A.
As per what @nxxo wrote, it should work well.

What sound improvements could be expected with this tweak?
Absolutely nothing.
Feedback we got on this specific subject is a mixed bag. Some customers said that a quality PSU for their switches did nothing. But some folks who used iPower with network switches designed to work in audio setups (I'll skip brand names) listed the same improvements: cleaner background in music and less grain.
 
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Haha :beyersmile: That's debatable - even though I won't disagree with you, I like to have good power supplies in my whole chain, which might be a little bit OCD.
Probably if your brain tells you that it's better you'll hear a difference but it's been a long time since I believed in the unicorn :)
 
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Will my netgear switch labeled 12V 0.5A work with ifi i power x12 V/2.0A.

What sound improvements could be expected with this tweak?
just get the half-cheaper older non-X version and send it back if no audible improvement, to top it off it's black and doesn't illuminate like a xmas tree.
 
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just get the half-cheaper older non-X version and send it back if no audible improvement, to top it off it's black and doesn't illuminate like a xmas tree.
personally the lights don't bother me, BUT the color I have to admit it's not very nice.
 
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personally the lights don't bother me, BUT the color I have to admit it's not very nice.
And the new (100% pricier) X version comes with the exact same 1uV ripple spec as the old one, a lot of unproven claims regarding how it's so improved over the old one but no proof whatsoever.
 
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And the new (100% pricier) X version comes with the exact same 1uV ripple spec as the old one, a lot of unproven claims regarding how it's so improved over the old one but no proof whatsoever.
I don't know, I've never compared the two versions, but one thing is sure, it sounds as good as an LPS-1.2...I know I did the test
 
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I don't know, I've never compared the two versions, but one thing is, it sounds as good as an LPS-1.2... I know I took the test.
Uptone's crazy expensive PSU's are based on LT3080 that comes with 0.8uV spec, there's a good chance you would be equally happy with the old 1uV non-X version.

Of course ripple spec is not everything when it comes to PSU's according to this comparison: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/super3-a-supercapacitor-lps-by-farad-power-supplies.29931/ but any tiny improvement will cost quite a bit and if the powered device comes with a poor voltage regulator you'll lose any improvement over a cheaper PSU anyhow.
 
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I somehow feel the design
And the new (100% pricier) X version comes with the exact same 1uV ripple spec as the old one, a lot of unproven claims regarding how it's so improved over the old one but no proof whatsoever.
At least ifi claims that the input and output capacitance is improved by 50% and 150% respectively. But not too many hard facts otherwise..
 
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Uptone's crazy expensive PSU's are based on LT3080 that comes with 0.8uV spec, there's a good chance you would be equally happy with the old 1uV non-X version.

Of course ripple spec is not everything when it comes to PSU's according to this comparison: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/super3-a-supercapacitor-lps-by-farad-power-supplies.29931/ but any tiny improvement will cost quite a bit and if the powered device comes with a poor voltage regulator you'll lose any improvement over a cheaper PSU anyhow.
which do you think is the best LPSU?
 
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which do you think is the best LPSU?
I'm from team bang4bucks, only problem with old iPower is that reliability can be a hit & miss after a few years, hardly a problem if powered device comes with its own voltage regulator but if power is fed untouched and *IF* reliability of X newer version has been improved then the latter would be a better option I guess in order to avoid frying the device if it ever started malfunctioning and outputting +50% voltage like my 3yo 9V iPower did sporadically.
 
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I'm from team bang4bucks, only problem with old iPower is that reliability can be a hit & miss after a few years, hardly a problem if powered device comes with its own voltage regulator but if power is fed untouched and *IF* reliability of X newer version has been improved then the latter would be a better option I guess in order to avoid frying the device if it ever started malfunctioning and outputting +50% voltage like my 3yo 9V iPower did sporadically.
So... would you give it a thumbs up then :) ?
 
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I don't know, I've never compared the two versions, but one thing is sure, it sounds as good as an LPS-1.2...I know I did the test
How did you test this?
personally the lights don't bother me, BUT the color I have to admit it's not very nice.
Depends on how strong the light is. Its more dim light then strong? I wouldent want to illuminate the ceiling in a dark room.
 
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Would this work as a charger for ibasso dx220? Can this wprk as a charger for android based devices. Or is this only a power supply.
 
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How did you test this?
Do you have many ways to test this yourself? you remove one and put the other, unless you have another way to test them at the same time

Depends on how strong the light is. Its more dim light then strong? I wouldent want to illuminate the ceiling in a dark room.


Would this work as a charger for ibasso dx220? Can this wprk as a charger for android based devices. Or is this only a power supply.
I personally believe that for any object where there is a battery, Chord Hugo, ibasso, etc., this is useless, because the power circuit must always go through the battery anyway, whether it is connected or no. and going through a battery you already have the best DC power in the world
 
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