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An "Audiophile Grade" SSD—Yes, You Heard That Right


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A company dealing with niche audiophile-grade electronics on Audiophile Style, a popular site and marketplace for the community, conjured up an SSD that it feels offers the best possible audio. Put simply, this is an M.2-2280 NVMe SSD with a fully-independent power delivery mechanism (one that's isolated from the motherboard's power delivery), and an over-the-top discrete clock-source for its controller. The drive has its own 5 V 2-pin DC input and switching hardware onboard, including [get this] a pair of Audionote Kaisei audio-grade electrolytic capacitors in place of what should have been simple solid-state SMD capacitors that are hard to even notice on any other drive. It doesn't end there.

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What an odd product lol. Am I missing something ?

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I say this as an audio enthusiast: Audiophiles are insane.

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get one for review 🙃

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Electromagnetic interference from internal components is a potential issue with PC audio, but as far as I understand that really only impacts anything after the digital to analog conversion process as digital would be immune to any EMI. The storage, being the first link in the chain would come way before the digital to analog conversion and therefore it couldn't possibly have any impact on audio quality. If the user isn't even converting to analog and just using HDMI for audio then it's a non-issue entirely. On top of all that, I think an m.2 SSD has got to be so low power anyway that nothing about it's power consumption could possibly make a tangible difference in audio quality. 

 

I think even if you try to give this thing the benefit of doubt, it's still nothing but a useless gimmick; but here we are talking about so if it was intended just to grab attention for being absurd in hopes of selling to a few people who are crazy enough to buy this, looks like they achieved that goal. I've seen this on multiple tech sites already. 

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5 hours ago, UltraMega said:

Electromagnetic interference from internal components is a potential issue with PC audio, but as far as I understand that really only impacts anything after the digital to analog conversion process as digital would be immune to any EMI. The storage, being the first link in the chain would come way before the digital to analog conversion and therefore it couldn't possibly have any impact on audio quality. If the user isn't even converting to analog and just using HDMI for audio then it's a non-issue entirely. On top of all that, I think an m.2 SSD has got to be so low power anyway that nothing about it's power consumption could possibly make a tangible difference in audio quality. 

 

I think even if you try to give this thing the benefit of doubt, it's still nothing but a useless gimmick; but here we are talking about so if it was intended just to grab attention for being absurd in hopes of selling to a few people who are crazy enough to buy this, looks like they achieved that goal. I've seen this on multiple tech sites already. 


Let me sum it up VERY simply.....

Snake oil! 🙃

There's a sucker born every minute though :lachen:

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Hey, look at that.  They say so in the article too!
 

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Digital audio is stored in ones and zeroes, and nothing is accomplished through an isolated power delivery or clock generation on the storage media. It's nice of the designers to include jumpers that let you switch between the discrete power source and motherboard power; so listeners can see the snake-oil for themselves.

 

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1 hour ago, Avacado said:

Nobody wants to read anything by you. 

 

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I said E should get one you mean rude person 

 

 

1 hour ago, Avacado said:

PHITE ME!

 

you're fighting someone who's asleep and hasn't submitted anything in 5 months, yet:

 

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5 hours ago, The Pook said:

 

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I said E should get one you mean rude person 

 

 

 

you're fighting someone who's asleep and hasn't submitted anything in 5 months, yet:

 

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