I’ve looked at this LPS subject everywhere, including here. It seems to be a moving target. I am about to go to the dark side with an MSB Discrete, with an ethernet renderer, so I will connect from my Nuc 10i7 Roon core via ethernet (through Etherregen). I think I need a better (than OEM) power supply. This Intel Nuc uses 19V power supply. What’s the best LPS choice?
I got HDPlex 300w. Not cheap, but gives me the advantage of powering my network hub, Nuc (in my case Nucleus+) as well as Matrix X-spdif 2, and I still have one more free connector. The sonic benefits are immediate. Two of the outputs allow voltage adjustment. The unit weight 22lbs / 10kg and has built in protection which is a great value for me. It comes with a swath of DC cables.
Intel NUC’s including the 10i7 can be supplied with external supplies with a voltage range from 12V~19V DC, and power supplies that can supply 13.8V works just fine as long as it can provide enough current.
I’ve seen some people using LTA for their Nucleus. Take a look at Their LPS:
PS- I’m interested to hear about the MSB Discrete decision
LTA’s 50w reference tube power amp looks interesting.
I have the same NUC running ROON ROCK as michael-denmark and I use an HDPlex 300W. It simultaneously powers the NUC at 19V, EtherRegen at 9V, Matrix at 7.5V and a 12V spare. I’m pleased with the performance and the fact that I don’t have 3 separate LPS’s.
I’m looking at configuring and building a Nuc now. What case is that?
It’s an Akasa case
Akasa AK-PD120-03M - power adapter - 120 Watt Akasa Intel NUC Case Turing Fanless Support 2.5’ - 2 xSamsung 860 QVO 2.5" SSD - 4TB Kingston A2000 M.2 NVMe SSD - 250GB Kingston HyperX Impact DDR4-2666 C15 DC - 32GB Intel NUC8I7BEH Bean Canyon - Core i7-8559U
- Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH)
- Akasa Touring Case
- SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 250GB - M.2 NVMe
- Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 3200 MT/S
Already had a 1 TB SSD that has music on it that I plan to install as well.
Several positive reviews/comments on this one. If shipped to the US, VAT is substracted from the bill.
Roon nucleus also specs a 19V requirement. Although perhaps the NUC platform notes a more flexible range, Roon’s white paper underscores the need for 19V. Seems like that might not strictly apply to you though.
The Teddy Pardo LPS looks promising as well: