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REVIEW: Comparison of 5 High End Digital Music Servers - Aurender N10, CAD CAT server, TotalDac d1-Server, Auralic Aries, Audiophile Vortex Box

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by romaz, Nov 9, 2015.
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  1. bmichels
    Thanks for your advices to look at Pink Faun’s streamer.

    Based on this I will also consider the Belgium ´ EVO 432 high-End i2s music server’ that includes a Pink Faun i2s board. (http://432evo.be/index.php/editions/432-evo-high-end-i2s ). Has someone heard a EVO432 server ? They made big impression at Munich 2018 with their new 2 boxes TOL server.
  2. toetapaudio
    @bmichels, you have a good shortlist there. I would like to borrow both for comparison. Being based in Belgium could you not borrow them and let us know your thoughts? SMG is another to consider perhaps, it’s had some great reviews. If it’s just a server then I can recommend the fidata which I do have personal experience with and is my current digital reference.
  3. flkin
    Yes the SGM 2015 streamer which uses the Pink Faun clock board is considered one of the top units. There's a rumour that a new version is on the horizon...
  4. Whazzzup
    No antipodes? My DX is in next week I think.
  5. flkin
    The Antipodes Dx Gen3 I had in my system for a few weeks. It's an amazing machine - and opened my eyes as to what could be achieved with a good streamer. It was night and day better than my Macbook Pro I was using at that time. Especially when passing through thr SOtM tX-USBultra reclocked with a Mutec Ref10.

    It was the dx sound that convinced me to invest in a good streamer.
  6. bmichels
    Has someone tested the 432 Hz processing that the EVO432 Server propose as an option ? it is not bit-perfect but... is supposed to make music more relaxing.

    Very intriguing.... and may be interesting when you are in a mood for relaxation ?

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  7. ZappaMan
    What streamer did you get then?
  8. flkin
    Ended up with the Pink Faun 2.16 server with 4 OCXO clocks.

    My setup is listed below in my system. I'm using the PF as the renderer and upsampler. Sending files to it from a SonicTransporter i5. I'm finding a good step up arranging it this way.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
  9. ZappaMan
    An expensive server !
  10. toetapaudio
    @flkin, can you give more insight into PF versus other streamers you have tried please?
  11. flkin
    I’ve done a Pink Faun 2.16x creation review in CA that can be found here :


    I’m still working on my listening impressions which will be in the next part. This will mostly be for various setup combinations but I will be making a direct comparison will be the Antipodes CxEx double box unit if all goes well.

    Memory comparisons to other streamers is rather difficult. I find that my hearing adapts after a while and what sounds like a step up becomes the norm. I had the DX for a few weeks in my Trifecta and that was pretty amazing. I heard things and spaces I never heard before. I’m hearing the same and more now with the PF but I can’t say how much difference there is between the two without a direct comparison to be fair. I’ve made so many changes to my system in the meantime.

    One thing for sure I can confirm, with a particular setup of the PF, the need for my tx-USBultra plus external clock is almost gone. It’s still a touch more dynamic with the tX-USBultra and overall a little more space and refineness but not a whole lot. When I had the DX, the tX-USBultra and clock made a big difference.
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  12. toetapaudio
    @flkin thanks for your reply and I look forward to your listening impressions. Did you get to try a 432 EVO?
  13. Whazzzup
    So you have the Cx ex combo to compare. Interesting. I have the DX coming as an upgrade to dt gs but as well will not be able to direct a/b. Don’t trust memory but put some thoughts on my antipodes thread hope later this week.
  14. flkin
    No I didn't. Would love to. Not easy to compare these top servers actually. I wish they were more accessible.
  15. bmichels
    I just bought a new DAC that I can deeply recommend: a Denafrips Terminator R2R. It is super musical and transparent. A bargain !


    So.... now I need a new server: I am tempted by a W20 but... are there any (serious) infos about a successor to the W20...which is +5 years old now (an eternity in the digital world) ?

    I will be very annoyed to buy a W20 and hear few months later that it has been replaced ! ( I know what you think: this stupid logic brings to always postpone purchase.. :). but I finalmly did the Jump on the DAC... :wink:
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