Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

With respect to the Taiko Extreme how do you connect it to your DAC

  • USB

    Votes: 10 76.9%
  • Ethernet

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • Both USB and Ethernet

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • AES/EBU

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Dual AES/EBU

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 1 7.7%

  • Total voters
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nonesup

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True. This is the main reason for our more then generous upgrade / trade up program.
In agreement. Even in the event that the upgrade is impossible as of 2015 to Extrem, you take a 2015 for the purchase of Extrem. It is not usual at the manufacturer level.
 
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In agreement. Even in the event that the upgrade is impossible as of 2015 to Extrem, you take a 2015 for the purchase of Extrem. It is not usual at the manufacturer level.
Many manufacturers have similar programs, or simply instruct dealers to carry them, and accept the returned product, that is sold at a discounted price after being checked.
 

nonesup

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True. This is the main reason for our more then generous upgrade / trade up program.
Could you tell me what rating SGM 2015 gives to anyone who buys an Extreme SGM?
 

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Many manufacturers have similar programs, or simply instruct dealers to carry them, and accept the returned product, that is sold at a discounted price after being checked.
Really? I'm not aware of many doing that, upgrading to newer versions sure, but actually taking back older models? Not even in the same product range?
 
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Taiko Audio

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Could you tell me what rating SGM 2015 gives to anyone who buys an Extreme SGM?
I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, do you want to know the SGM 2015 trade in price towards an Extreme? If so it depends a bit on state, age and options, but around 2/3 of the purchasing price.

If you're asking about the Sound Quality delta, well it is really in a different class and therefor incomparable.

Please note the Extreme is not a successor to the SGM 2015, it is a new product, with different, no compromise, design goals. Like a Wilson Audio Sasha does not really compare to an Alexandria, or a MSB Premier is not a MSB Select.
 
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Hello

I understand all the development and the fine tuning of the Extreme have been done using R2R Dacs and most of the listening session described in the thread have also been done using R2R Dacs ( and top Tier ones...). Any experiences with the Extreme on non R2R DAC ?

Thanks
Alex
 

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Hello

I understand all the development and the fine tuning of the Extreme have been done using R2R Dacs and most of the listening session described in the thread have also been done using R2R Dacs ( and top Tier ones...). Any experiences with the Extreme on non R2R DAC ?

Thanks
Alex
Hello Alex,

Feedback on non R2R dac's is limited to the T+A Dac8 DSD, Nagra HD and Chord Dave so far.
 

christoph

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Really? I'm not aware of many doing that, upgrading to newer versions sure, but actually taking back older models? Not even in the same product range?
Lampizator does that ;):cool:
 
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Hello Alex,

Feedback on non R2R dac's is limited to the T+A Dac8 DSD, Nagra HD and Chord Dave so far.
Can I conclude it was mainly on USB?
 

Taiko Audio

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Thanks for your answer Emile. Where could I read those feedbacks pls ?

Alex
It's not posted online afaik. Generally speaking I can tell you the type of dac and/or interface does not matter much relative to server quality. A higher quality server will just give you better sound overall. R2R, delta/sigma, usb, aes/ebu, ethernet, it all benefits from higher quality components.
 

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nonesup

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I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, do you want to know the SGM 2015 trade in price towards an Extreme? If so it depends a bit on state, age and options, but around 2/3 of the purchasing price.
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Yes, I was referring to the price. I think 2/3 is a good offer.
 
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A general question about how to set up a music server in a system.

For the high end servers like the Taiko, Ldms, Innuous, Pink Faun: Is it a good idea to take noise isolation steps like locating the server some distance from other audio components and placing it on it's own dedicated circuit? Or is the noise isolation in such units and their Linear power supplies already sufficient?
I realize all the above mentioned units are not identical.
 
A general question about how to set up a music server in a system.

For the high end servers like the Taiko, Ldms, Innuous, Pink Faun: Is it a good idea to take noise isolation steps like locating the server some distance from other audio components and placing it on it's own dedicated circuit? Or is the noise isolation in such units and their Linear power supplies already sufficient?
I realize all the above mentioned units are not identical.
Good question. I am beginning to realise everything from your internet service from your provider (where it enter your house), has a BIG impact. The connection box at the entry, the router, then your ethernet cabling. And of course your power supply to those (normally cheap and nasty SMPS). Then finally your music server, player, PC or whatever you use, then your DAC.

In other words IMO we have to go right back to the house entry point and attack the noise and poor power supply, isolation etc, and probably the jitter in those cable / fibre optical boxes as well.

I am in the network player camp, the multi box route with ext clocking. I am not confident a one box (even expensive one) will fix all the hash we are getting in a typical domestic setting.

I tried to get away from multi boxes after some years with the USB to SPDIF fixers and later Ethernet fixers.

Still, a multi box solution should have the potential to sound fabulous, is flexible in it's approach and can be building blocks in nature, so buy boxes as you can afford them. I am very interested in the SOtM approach for my solution.

The music servers / players that are a closed system, small LCD screen and no way to build / mod or change anything, those are the ones I am least interested in myself.

Lastly, having read thousands of posts on head-fi, computer audiophile, on here, I find there is a common theme running through them in the quest for best sound via streaming. The power supply. It seems most folk, once they get a really good power supply hooked up to their streamer / server, things really take off. It seems the base requirement to get above the humble PC or laptop level of sound quality. Then isolation and clocking.

Anyway, my thoughts on this so far, I am still experimenting. But I believe good quality can be had for not crazy money, if you are up for some effort and inconvenience.
 

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A general question about how to set up a music server in a system.

For the high end servers like the Taiko, Ldms, Innuous, Pink Faun: Is it a good idea to take noise isolation steps like locating the server some distance from other audio components and placing it on it's own dedicated circuit? Or is the noise isolation in such units and their Linear power supplies already sufficient?
I realize all the above mentioned units are not identical.
We have designed the Extreme to perform well when located near your system. The 3 main differentiators are:
1) Powersupply interaction
2) Vibrational behaviour
3) Shielding of emissions

The hole pattern ventilation slots visible on the photos of the Extreme is not there for looks, it has a very large effect on 3) (and a bit on 2) as a bonus). These holes are "waveguides" which attenuate emissions by 81 dB which is around 10.000 times.


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Taiko Audio

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Still, a multi box solution should have the potential to sound fabulous, is flexible in it's approach and can be building blocks in nature, so buy boxes as you can afford them. I am very interested in the SOtM approach for my solution.
Pre SGM I used to have a multi "box" setup, I probably had between 15-20 "boxes" running in my system just for streaming. If you enjoy tweaking and fiddling around, this way gives you virtually unlimited tweaking potential. Total setup cost was way over SGM retail though o_O
 
Pre SGM I used to have a multi "box" setup, I probably had between 15-20 "boxes" running in my system just for streaming. If you enjoy tweaking and fiddling around, this way gives you virtually unlimited tweaking potential. Total setup cost was way over SGM retail though o_O
I am looking at 5 boxes, 2 power supplies, the SOtM 200 network player, USB filter and ext 10mhz clock.

Just found an interesting tweak today. Romaz on head-fi managed to bridge his Mac mini ethernet ports so he could connect the 200 Ultra direct and it could still access the internet for streaming. He reckons there was a big jump in sound quality. And this tweak would be almost zero cost.

Lots to look into.
 

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Hello

I understand all the development and the fine tuning of the Extreme have been done using R2R Dacs and most of the listening session described in the thread have also been done using R2R Dacs ( and top Tier ones...). Any experiences with the Extreme on non R2R DAC ?

Thanks
Alex
I tested SGM Extreme with Dave, Manhattan II, and Directstream.

SGM Extreme makes good sound with upper three Delta-Sigma DACs.

Personally, I don't like Dave because Dave sound is sensational, so easily tired.

SGM Extreme makes Dave sound softer and more comfortable.

As my thought, the best matching DAC with Extreme is Directstream.

Directstream sound is originally very good.

SGM Extreme can reach out Directsream's potential level.

Also, Extreme covers Dave and Manhattan II's weak points.

Best matching DAC is Directstream, but I think Dave users are the most satisfied with SGM Extreme.
 

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