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@Chanh @Tasso and @anyone else that can help;

 

I'm going to dip my toes into soldering to upgrade various components (predominantly SOtM cards ) and could do with some advice on purchasing a:

 

  1. decent soldering iron 
  2. solder sucker and 
  3. any associated equipment

please. I'm willing to spend what it takes to get something that lets you do the job well (and I'd be the bottleneck instead of the gear) but ideally don't want a SOTA uber station as I doubt I'll be that  serious. 

 

Any advice welcome,

 

Thanks in advance.

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@Chanh @Tasso and @anyone else that can help;

 

I'm going to dip my toes into soldering to upgrade various components (predominantly SOtM cards ) and could do with some advice on purchasing a:

 

  1. decent soldering iron 
  2. solder sucker and 
  3. any associated equipment
please. I'm willing to spend what it takes to get something that lets you do the job well (and I'd be the bottleneck instead of the gear) but ideally don't want a SOTA uber station as I doubt I'll be that  serious. 

 

Any advice welcome,

 

Thanks in advance.

Sotm is pretty straight forward Martin. Don't apply too long on your joint, no more then 10 sec if possible. Otherwise the trace might lift, then you are in trouble with additional works.

All the best!

Edit: You are definitely needed a desoldering unit with suction gun. It's your friend!

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Stewing overnight on it, I realised that using the 2.5mm barrel-type connectors, the earths would be shared by all equipment connected, including different power supplies - a potential nightmare.

 

Also, that to avoid confusing 12V and 5V by using the same connector type, I should use what I already have on the 1st server:

 

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Rated to 10A at 32VCD, and hey it's a computer, so why not screw-on?

 

Still looking for Oyaide sockets for the lower ones; I'm pretty sure they are insulated. "Nobody knows"?

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5 hours ago, realysm42 said:

@Chanh @Tasso and @anyone else that can help;

 

I'm going to dip my toes into soldering to upgrade various components (predominantly SOtM cards ) and could do with some advice on purchasing a:

 

  1. decent soldering iron 
  2. solder sucker and 
  3. any associated equipment

please. I'm willing to spend what it takes to get something that lets you do the job well (and I'd be the bottleneck instead of the gear) but ideally don't want a SOTA uber station as I doubt I'll be that  serious. 

 

Any advice welcome,

 

Thanks in advance.

depended on your budget but I would suggest following for easy operation

 

* Rework station best thing I ever bought for soldering, easy to work with, fully adjustable for different purposes

Solder tips or another package

* Vacuum solder sucker second best thing I ever bought for soldering

* Solder wire third best thing I ever bought for soldering, low melting temperature for delicate components

Solder tip cleaner

Magnifier

Desoldering Braid Solder Wire

 

you might not need all of it for start and you can choose different type or even cheaper products but can't guarantee quality and operability, my top 3 are marked, this will let you do the job in very easy way for decent money...

youtube will be your friend for soldering/desoldering technique and how to use those things or just ask if you are unsure  

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Second day with soldering fumes..., slowly progressing....
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1 hour ago, realysm42 said:

@Chanh Do you take precautions when soldering with fumes, or doesn't it matter?

 

Oh dear...the things I could say...never mind...

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@Rob181  Go on, just say it.

 

your no longer a Qlder and you live in the land of sun&honey.

 

Say it.

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@Chanh Do you take precautions when soldering with fumes, or doesn't it matter?

I reckon they are good for my lungs, assist the growing of my brain cells, and provide the antioxidants to my growing body.

I simply can not have enough of em...!

All in seriousness - they haven't killed me but making me stronger..

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16 minutes ago, Chanh said:


I reckon they are good for my lungs, assist the growing of my brain cells, and provide the antioxidants to my growing body. emoji23.png

I simply can not have enough of em...!

All in seriousness - they haven't killed me but making me stronger.. emoji106.png

HAHA, would have to agree, keep away from the acid flux fumes though.

Nice soldering BTW, impressive.

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...for several months I was fooled like little child until yesterday when I found out my Onkyo HF player upsampling everything to high-precision DSD 5.6Mhz, I knew I set it up at the beginning to get best out of my HA-2+PM3 combo but fully forgot about it and didn't realized until I tried other music player streaming same music from my NAS in original format, lifeless :( ....why am I saying this? I didn't realized how important role could upsampling of music play, I believe this is well known for those using HQ player on their PCs but I couldn't imagine it'll be so obvious and audible...

good news I found out bad news I know what does it mean...more money into more powerful PC :( 

 

@Chanh are you ready with your DC->ATX board, I might need one :D

 

 

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33 minutes ago, kukynas said:

@Chanh are you ready with your DC->ATX board, I might need one :D

 

Me three @Chanh :P 

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37 minutes ago, kukynas said:

...for several months I was fooled like little child until yesterday when I found out my Onkyo HF player upsampling everything to high-precision DSD 5.6Mhz, I knew I set it up at the beginning to get best out of my HA-2+PM3 combo but fully forgot about it and didn't realized until I tried other music player streaming same music from my NAS in original format, lifeless :( ....why am I saying this? I didn't realized how important role could upsampling of music play, I believe this is well known for those using HQ player on their PCs but I couldn't imagine it'll be so obvious and audible...

good news I found out bad news I know what does it mean...more money into more powerful PC :( 

 

@Chanh are you ready with your DC->ATX board, I might need one :D

 

 

Daniel - Have you carried out the comparison between;

1. The authentic DSD mastered materials, playing direct to a DSD capable DAC?

2. The PCM mastered source via up sampling player like the HQ-player to the same DSD DAC?

If so, any idea which is better? I am certain to put my hard earned monies on the number one for SQ!

 

Wrt ATX management board, a revise version will be released early next year. I will offer to those interested in both pcb and fully tested assemble unit(s). Might consider offering the complete upstream power supplies for those are preferred not to diy. Should the demand for the complete build server is high enough, I will be happy to offer them too. Pls feel free to shoot me a pm with your query or registered your interest? Profit will be donate to snakeoil and StereoNet Australia.

 

Issue is I am currently working away from home and can only work on this hobby on my R&R. Need the primary funding for this hobby somehow.... :)

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server porn :D 4K beasty

CPU went in today, stopped for a moment to marvel at the "thing"

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