January 27, 2022

This SSD for audiophiles sounds suspicious


WTF?! If there’s a sure-fire manner that an organization can justify promoting on a regular basis {hardware} for a excessive worth, it’s by advertising and marketing it at audiophiles. The newest product to fall into such a class is an NVMe SSD created particularly for music lovers, although it is debatable how significantly better it would carry out audio duties in comparison with normal SSDs.

Noticed by Tom’s {Hardware}, the audiophile-grade SSD was posted to the audiophilestyle boards by its developer alongside some advertising and marketing blurb. They declare it’s been designed from the bottom up and co-developed with a controller producer. The co-developer is unnamed, however the image of the SSD reveals it with a controller from Realtek, which has a background within the sound processor enterprise.

The drive comes with a Crystek CCHD-957 Femto clock oscillator, two Audionote Kaisei 220uf capacitors, 2oz copper 8 layer PCB, Milspec PCB stiffness, 300% grounding space, 5u gold plated connectors, and a CNC copper heatsink. What additionally separates it from different NVMe SSDs is the exterior 5V DC energy enter—it requires an exterior energy supply as an alternative of being powered from the motherboard. Once more, that is supposed to enhance audio efficiency.

Whereas the drive itself options 1TB of 3D TLC flash, customers solely have entry to 333GB because of it operating in a pseudo-SLC (pSLC) mode. The poster notes that this mode will increase its life span by 300% in comparison with a typical SSDs and provides higher efficiency—some present SSDs have already got pSLC modes. In addition they declare this mode improves music high quality over the usual TLC mode, as defined by this wine-like description:

The sound high quality is simply our take a look at expertise, this take a look at is carried out beneath the identical normal product (PCB, exterior energy jack, crystal oscillator, capacitors, and so forth. haven’t been modified).

TLC mode: It feels like background music, no options and powerless, all the things is flattened, lacks extension and density.

pSLC mode: There’s a particular pure feeling, it turns into extra easy and calm, the thickness is barely elevated, and general it’s extra immune to listening to however nonetheless barely dry.

There aren’t any different particulars in regards to the drive, reminiscent of speeds, nevertheless it’s tough to think about it bettering customers’ audio listening expertise seeing as that is simply an SSDs. Nonetheless, there are plenty of excited reactions on the discussion board.

No phrase but on worth because the maker is at the moment providing out 2 take a look at samples to assemble suggestions. Count on it value a small fortune when it does arrive, similar to the “audiophile-focused” $10,000 Ethernet cable and $2,500 Ethernet change.

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