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Advice please folks

 

I recently purchased a JCat XE USB card and I'm told the next shipments for the XE are going out at the end of October.   Hohum.

 

In the mean time my ghent cables have been posted.

 

Any thoughts on the following.    I ordered the USB to 2.1mm cable to power the XE from the Keces.  Keces P8 has the 5vlt usb 1amp output which is the specs required for the XE.

 

My current Sotm PCIe has a 2.1 jack input for external power that I have never used.   The spec on the Sotm PCIe external power recommendations are 6-9.5 vlt and 2amp max.

 

Any thoughts on what the outcome will be using the 5v 1amp Keces output into the Sotm PCIe card.   I'm not fussed if it simply doesn't work but I don't want to damage the PCIe card.

 

Regards Cazzesman

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Not sure if you need to change jumpers on the SOTM, check manual,  but Keces should be fine to try, if it works will probably still be better than MB power if not it just wont work.  To be sure perhaps @Chanh could confirm. I think he is very familiar with the power supply circuit on these.

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I found when power the SOtM PCIe card with 7.5vdc yields best SQ outcome. However, from memory,  5vdc will still work. 
 

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@Chanh

 

cables arrived yesterday.   In today and zero issues.   Sotm appears to be working fine via the Keces 5v 1amp output.  

 

I will give it a few days of burn in before I offer some thoughts.   Initial listening over a few hours of my go to tracks, gives the impression of greater depth and richness.

 

Ghent cables get 10/10 for high quality fit and finish.   Extremely impressed.

 

Well worth a look and not expensive.

 

Regards Cazzesman

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I am currently put together a Shunt 5vdc PSU for USB card only. If you are near Mark, may be you could loan his for a trail in near future? 

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4 hours ago, Chanh said:

I am currently put together a Shunt 5vdc PSU for USB card only. If you are near Mark, may be you could loan his for a trail in near future? 

Happy to lend to you @cazzesman

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Thanks Fred, appreciate the offer.   I will see how this Covid thingy is tracking over the next month.   I just heard from JCat and my XE Card is held up.  No deliveries of the new batches until Mid November.

 

Regards Cazzesman

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I placed an order with Ghentaudio for 2 cables; a USB to 2.1mm and 2.5 to 2.5 power cord.   The USB cable is to power the XE (when it arrives) from the Keces.      Keces P8 has a 5vlt 1amp output which is the specs required for the XE.   The current Sotm PCIe USB card is still in place and successfully running off the Keces 5v 1amp output.   The 2.5 to 2.5 power cable is running from the Keces to the CAPS Lagoon mini PC.

 

After a few days in situ I believe the cables have done the following.......

 

A richer, more 3d presentation of vocals.  

Snares and piano notes have more snap to them. 

Bass notes are more authentic sounding.

Overall there is a greater ease of overall presentation across the range.

 

Very happy with the improvement in SQ.

 

Looking forward to the arrival of the JCat XE USB card, whenever that may be.  

 

Regards Cazzesman

 

 

 

 

 

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Top left in cabinet.

 

Mutec USB 3 into minidsp 22d with Dirac Live.     CAPS lagoon PC

 

Top right  HD tuner (plasma needs some help with HD Chanel’s).     Nuc for Kodi

 

Bottom left 

 

Kii 3 controller and Oppo 105D

 

Bottom right

 

Keces P8 LPS,

 

All driving my beloved Kii 3’s.

 

Simple really.   
 

Regards Cazzesman

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