Ok ted here is the update on CPU,s. For a caps server.
Thee types of CPU , s used. One I5 dual core 2.40
one I7 xion 3.5
one I7 2.45
one xion I7 2.5
three different mother boards , this is some thingi had to do for the test as audio,optimizer makes me use a machine code if I change the chip,or mother board . Full core mode one PC setup . No network connections .
all was done with a main battery for mother board by red wine . This atx adaptor fed the main board and PPA USB card only.
The two hardrives have seperate bakoon battery supplies . No fans and pp red sata cables. And PPA ram drive and filter ram board .
pcm both red book , hinrez and dsd was played and both 54 and 65 were used as well.
For PCM there was no difrence to be heard no matter hiw hard I tried. Now with complex PCM I did feel the staging changed a little from soft to,loud or simple to complex . But I honestly could say all,the time so not sure.
But with dsd yes the I7 just added more deatils to the music and made the staging a little different. But not like the I3 I heard that really changed things for sure it was obvious. Regarding the firmwares. Wow what change from 54 to 65. It’s much closer to the music , almost removing a vail but honestly 54 is not vailed it’s just a little more laid back. But with the caps the sounds are so defined it’s kinda ok to be a little furthure back . Again depending on the mood . The caps give the dac such a boost in performance I think anyone who hears this way would be buying one . The music literally changes as the voices and instruments I heard from a different vantage point . Anyway another few hours of music listening is done.
I know Paul loves his mc mini and ted I do not know what you use at shows but a caps is truly stunning when used with the DS.
that’s it good night .