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Low noise 9v, 12v & 15v 1.5A PSU

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Very happy power supply owner here, mine arrived today for the Aries Mini and is a noticeable improvement, don't now how or why and I don't care  I must admit I was a bit worried and sceptical but very comfortable now that I have just tried a few tracks. Thanks Clay [mention=112957]Gieseler Audio[/mention]

Posts like this are pushing me closer to pulling the trigger myself. Out of interest, how do you tend to use the Mini most of the time - pulling stuff from an installed hard drive/SSD, streaming from a NAS or Tidal or something? Wondering if the improvement is more noticeable in one mode than another.


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%100 from 1TB standard hard that is installed, I do have the 3 month free trial of tidal but probably won't continue with it unless Aries get the MQA thing going. The main reason I got the power supply was the extra drain the HDD would be putting on the system. I know with a raspberry Pi you can't get away with a cheap generic power supply so same should apply here.

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I'm also 100% from an installed drive (SSD in my case). Thinking more and more that I'll be getting in touch with Clay very shortly.

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On 2017-5-9 at 7:11 PM, Cardiiiii said:

Has anyone tried one of these with an Uptone Regen?

 

You bet.

 

Clay, myself and one Mr Lenehan tried the Uptone regen with Clays supply on the LE Mike just got.  Instant and easily audible improvement.  Less grunge and more detail - cleaner and clearer.

 

Next step is Clay's supply running the LE and the new ISO regen - will see what that does.

 

I was so impressed with all this I got an Aries Mini, arranged to get and ISO regen, and asked Clay to build two supplies for it - one for the Mini and one for the Regen.  Should prove very interesting since the Mini costs just $389.  Reading stuff from people like John Darko, the difference was subtle with a good supply:

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2016/02/audiophile-grade-streaming-with-the-auralic-aries-mini/

 

 But with the new ISO regen maybe even better - we will see.

 

BTW Clay talked me into selling him the Aries - I have a Bridge 2 for my Direct Stream (DS) anyway - but from what we heard it may be better - only more listening will tell. A big upgrade is coming to the DS, both the engine and bridge, and it may, just may do full MQA decoding.  A comparison of the Aries with regen etc and Clay's DAC to the DS when that happens should prove very very interesting.  Before I gave the DS a slight edge over the Konverter (its also a lot more expensive - being twice the price) - now things may be a bit different - we will see.

 

I can feel a GTG coming on. 

 

Thanks

Bill 

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2 minutes ago, bhobba said:

 

 

BTW Clay talked me into selling him the Aries -

Jealous.

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On 2017-5-11 at 6:50 PM, powerav said:

I do have the 3 month free trial of tidal but probably won't continue with it unless Aries get the MQA thing going. The main reason I got the power supply was the extra drain the HDD would be putting on the system.

 

Version 5 of the software is now in beta.   Myself and Clay have checked it - it does MQA - not via standard MQA though.   But who cares - how does it sound is the question - answer - very good.

 

Will compare it to proper MQA in the Explorer 2 and, hopefully the Direct Stream that may do it next release.

 

We will see how both of these go against Clay's Konverter - the Explorer 2 while very good for the money, and your jaw drops when you hear it with proper cables, is not as good as the Klein, and definitely the Konverter is better - the DS - well that's another story - see my Konverter review.  Trouble is those proper cables cost $800.00 or more - gulp.

 

Thanks

Bill

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2 minutes ago, bhobba said:

 

Version 5 of the software is now in beta.   Myself and Clay have checked it - it does MQA - not via standard MQA though.   But who cares - how does it sound is the question - answer - very good.

 

Will compare it to proper MQA in the Explorer 2 and, hopefully the Direct Stream that may do it next release.

 

We will see how both these go against Clay's Konverter - the Explorer 2 while very good for the money, and your jaw drops when you hear it with proper cables, is not as good as the Klein. and definitely the Konverter is better - the DS - well that's another story - see my Konverter review.  Trouble is those proper cables cost $800.00 or more - gulp.

 

Thanks

Bill

At the risk of injuring my wallet, what were those "proper" cables again?

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22 minutes ago, scumbag said:

At the risk of injuring my wallet, what were those "proper" cables again?

 

Mikes cables is what was used.  But other people like Keith Eichmann make 'proper cables' as well.  If you are spending that sort of money you owe it to yourself to hear a few.

 

The only thing is the Explorer 2 has a 3.5mm jack and Mike is making a pair with a 3.5mm plug at one end, otherwise you need a little converter like the following:

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/comsol-3-5mm-stereo-male-to-2-rca-female-audio-adaptor-co352rcaad

 

Will getting rid of the converter make a difference?   Who knows.  Like I said you need to listen to a few.

 

Trouble is the explorer is about $440, the Klein $750 and the Konverter $4k.   You maybe can justify it for the Konverter - the others - well make up your own mind.  I have heard the difference and am getting one for the Explorer - but I am a nut.  Will sell the whole lot - Explorer and Cables a bit later.

 

Thanks

Bill

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So, which cables of Mike's were / are you using? I have used plenty of "proper" cables, including the Eichmann stuff and wasn't all that super impressed. 

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1 minute ago, scumbag said:

So, which cables of Mike's were / are you using? I have used plenty of "proper" cables, including the Eichmann stuff and wasn't all that super impressed. 

 

It's some new ones he is making - beyond his old ribbon flex which I have in my system right now.   He makes the Curios USB cables these days (Clay uses them in his system):

http://www.lenehanaudio.com.au/curiouscables.html

 

I think he will be calling them that.  But really such a discussion belongs on Mikes forum rather than Clay's.

 

Thanks

Bill

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I already have 2 curious cables.

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13 minutes ago, scumbag said:

I already have 2 curious cables.

 

Yes - his Curious USB cables are IMHO the best and many seem to agree - I use them for USB but right now simply have a spdif from my Oppo feeding my DS - my system is not complete right now - that will happen soon though and my 'experimenting' will stop - its far too financially draining as my dwindling bank balance readily attests to - but boy is it fun.

 

Mike is calling his new cables Curious as well.

 

Some likes Mikes cables, other Keith's - its a personal preference thing.   The main thing is make sure you don't spend that sort of money until you hear them.

 

I personally find Keith's power cables good - but wont be drawn into a discussion about the others - its what you like.  Mike tried to do a power cable but failed miserably - you can read about it on his forum.

 

Thanks

Bill 

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I've really enjoyed my wireworld spdif cable. I've tried quite a few including one of the older Eichmann ones. The wireworld Starlight has, to my ears, a very natural sound. I'm sure there are better out there but I don't have the motivation to investigate at the moment. 

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12 hours ago, scumbag said:

I've really enjoyed my wireworld spdif cable. I've tried quite a few including one of the older Eichmann ones. The wireworld Starlight has, to my ears, a very natural sound. I'm sure there are better out there but I don't have the motivation to investigate at the moment. 

 

Aurealis makes a pure silver one.

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I was just reading  about that. I'm not looking to get another coaxial cable though. Anyway, we are easy off topic sorry. 

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