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  1. I have played around with computer audio for a few years now and like many others, spent $$$ trying to perfect it. However I was always drawn back to the Accuphase DP-950 SACD spinner as a superior source . Recently I did some digging to see what was available from established, full range high-end audio companies to see if any had produced a top quality USB server. I came across the Esoteric N-03T , the only server that fit my criteria. It was launched in 2018 but for some reason hasn't been promoted ( or even stocked) in Australia so it slipped under the radar. Firstly , it is built from the ground up for the task at hand, it is not pc or NAS based. To quote Esoteric " The dedicated power supply for the network module also has an EDLC (Electric Double-layer Capacitor), a super-capacitor that has 1F (1,000,000μF) capacitance." I understand the N03-T is a DAC-less version of the Esoteric N0-1. It can either be used as a streaming server or you can source the music from an attached SSD. It is Roon Ready, and has built in support for Tidal, Spotify etc and internet radio. How does it sound? Amazing! I was encouraged by rave reviews translated from Japanese and upon first hearing it I understood the excitement. It has the lowest noise floor, better timing , pace, depth and imaging ofany other server I have come across. Overall the sound is as natural and with great depth. It hits the eating edge of notes extremely well - the PC based servers I am familiar with could sound amazing, but this is on another level altogether. I only used an attached SSD for music source, and I haven't had a chance yo setup network audio yet. I think the local Esoteric Distributors could sell a lot of these if only they knew what it was capable of.
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