The music server
for the most demanding audiophile
There is no rocket science in our SuperKomputer. Some people ask, if they can assemble a similar machine themselves. Yeah, sure, but it will be similar only in "tech" parameters, but nowhere near - in sound.
We spent 3 years refining this machine, doing everyday tests and prototyping new solutions. We destroyed over 10 different motherboards, tried and tested (musically) every RAM brand available, same for processors, USB cards, SSD drives etc. We created our own version of Linux, that is as lean as possible, while optimizing the collaboration between Roon, Linux kernel, motherboard bios, processor core assignments, temperature control, fanless cooling, etc.
Our Linux allows us to do remote servicing by RemoteViewer app, and helping clients without physical shipping. We optimized Linux for sound - comparing it to well known Linux builds as well as Windows server with Optimizer and Fidelizer.
Our server architecture allows to have multiple boot partition or even multiple system drives, with possibility to boot to Linux or Windows, depending on the mood and need.
The biggest issue is: DSD support up to 512x, ability to cool the processor in real time PCM to DSD upsampling (almost nobody on the market can do this), long term stability of the system, and last but not least the capability to have circa 20 TB on board plus seamless work with NAS and internet streams.
Our SuperKomputer can read say 6 databases simultaneously, and play to 6 different users at the same time (like to all family members). It is a multi user, multi login, multi client server.
It takes time and money to buy EVERY part from a different vendor from a different country. First we have to import and stock this stuff in bulk. Pay shipping, customs and duties. Make sure everything matches. Have a skilled IT man put everything carefully together which takes 3 full days and 2 days testing and troubleshooting. Then, because we reject impulse power supplies like ATX or even HDPlex, we built our own, massive linear supply. That took "only" 1 year to accomplish. Everything is in house designed and specified: the 350 Watt transformer, fully potted, encapsulated, with 4 secondary windings, each for different task. Then our PSU is fully linear, CLC filtered, regulated, with 12 outputs, each custom built for each task. The whole PSU is fanless.
The mother-board is the best we could find with really “open budget”.
It is dedicated to Intel processors and and we use i7 4-core, multi (8) thread processor. It fully supports our custom BIOS and remote management in case of need to do Remote Viewer.
Other specs are:
16 GB DDR4 -PRO type RAM (Linux will not read more ram anyway, so we decided not to use more) , the heart of the system - SSD M.2 embedded drive carrying our own, home made audiophile Linux version, dedicated to Roon software and our hardware. It is so lean that there is not a single line of code we can remove further. A tablet acts as a remote control, This machine plays both PCM and DSD and as far as we are concerned it is the best that PC technology has to offer.
Playing test music is conducted always with Pacific DAC as our ultimate sound benchmark!
Playing in our special dedicated listening room that no other "normal" computer company can even comprehend.
We added the other key elements of good sound: High End USB for audiophile quality 3.0 output. 256 GB M.2 SSD drive from SAMSUNG PRO series with highest transfer speed of 20 MBIT that holds our Linux and the custom settings, OS and with a restore partition, second - music storage drive SSD (1TB) or traditional 4TB highest spec drive WD-RED - special one for 24/365 operation, possibility to add infinite external volume via USB3, Sata, LAN or WAN.
Side-entry trays for hot plugging four different 2,5 inch drives, SSD or HDD to add up to 16 TB in the trays
For quick playback you can instantly play from a memory stick, from CD/Bluray -USB drive, external 3_1/2 inch drive or from the internet. A 5 inch drive requires a docking station to work.
Our software of choice ROON can play from internet radio, Tidal, QUBUZ. You can use ANY existing music playback app, like J-River, MediaCenter, Foobar, Audirvana, Kodi or VLC.
All machines come with English version.
All machines will play DSDx64, DSDx128 DSD256x and 512 even on Linux and in native form.
Conversion on the fly is possible with right settings. It concerns both DSD to PCM and vice versa.
CD ripping and burning hardware support is possible by request. Video playback of 4K movies is possible by software request
Specification is subject to change.
WHAT YOU WILL HEAR
The SuperKomputer will be undeniably sound superior to any digital source you ever heard. In our tests it beats any CD transport - Esoteric VRDS Neo, Theta, Teac VRDS series, Philips PRO series, CEC TL0 3.0, simply - anything out there. In computer world, only Sound Galleries Monaco, Aurender W20 and Pink Faun are comparable. The sound is very dynamic, spacious, large, full of un-forced details and very musical at the same time. There is more meat on the bones of music, these are not cardboard cut-out skeletons. You get the sensation of immersion in a huge musical cloud of sounds, three dimensional and omnidirectional. That's what high end is all about.
The LampizatOr DSD Komputer is a professional Canon 400 mm f/2.8 lens, bringing astounding clarity and vivid imaging; when you are used to shooting photographs with a stock lens, the differences are astounding. It wasn’t that my system lacked for clarity and detail before; the Von Schweikert VR-5 Hovland Special Edition is a very revealing speaker, but with the DSD Komputer as its source, my system’s performance is superb.When the song finished, he said, “I feel like I died and went to heaven!”I couldn’t have said it better. An Audio Expo in my living room? Yes -- and more. With the LampizatOr DSD Komputer, my quest for a music server has ended.
I’ve found SuperKomputer to be an exceptionally fluent performer. Its inherently easygoing sound, enhanced by deep, tangible and precise soundstage with background as black as Autumn’s night, makes the outcome coherent, very enjoyable and on the laid back side.