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Exotic Ethernet switches aren’t the only interesting new products that audiophiles can check out in their never-ending quest for heightened sound quality.

Over on the Audiophile Style forums, a user by the name of darkforce has shared what they are claiming to be the world’s first NVMe M.2 SSD developed for audiophiles. The storage device, which leverages 3D NAND flash, features specialized components that include a CCHD-957 oscillator from Crystek Corporation and Audio Note Kaisei Series electrolytic capacitors.

“Almost a year in the making, the world’s only NVMe M2 SSD designed for audiophiles and music lovers,” darkforce wrote. “Designed from ground up, co-develop with controller manufacturer using 3D NAND flash with pseudo SLC mode, external clock oscillator, 200% more PCB copper isolation, milspec PCB stiffness, 300% grounding surface, 5u gold plated connectors, plus external power input, additional capacitor filteration. These results to real 3 demensional souding, sense of vinyl and dynamic sound no other SSD currently can offer or even close to.”

“We are currently offering 2 test samples for experienced CAT users who willing to share your experience and feedbacks, if you are willing to participate in the experience, please send private message.”

Audiophile NVMe M.2 SSD specifications:

  • 1 TB 3D NAND flash in pseudo SLC mode = 333GB
  • Crystek CCHD-957 Femto clock oscillator
  • Audio Note Kaisei 2x 220 uF capacitors
  • External 5V DC power input 2.1 mm or internal MB power with capacitor passthrough
  • 2 oz. copper 8-layer PCB
  • Milspec PCB stiffness
  • 300 percent grounding area
  • 5u gold-plated connectors
  • CNC copper heat sink

Darkforce’s M.2 NVMe SSD for audiophiles was actually first shared back in April, but some forum members who have tried the device claim that it offers better sound quality than traditional drives such as Samsung’s EVO 860. At least one poster has criticized it for being “snake oil,” however.

Source: Audiophile Style

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11 Comments

  1. [QUOTE=”LeRoy_Blanchard, post: 45381, member: 137″]
    This… this has to be a joke. lol
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    I ordered 2 so I could RAID them for warmer tone.

  2. [QUOTE=”LeRoy_Blanchard, post: 45381, member: 137″]
    This… this has to be a joke. lol
    [/QUOTE]
    I can see someone use special components in his machine to minimize electrical noise from it to get cleaner sound though there are better options then this, but hey if everything gamer with LED’s gives more FPS why not this kind of crap.

  3. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 45386, member: 96″]
    I ordered 2 so I could RAID them for warmer tone.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’ll get 6 to get 5.1 surround.

  4. [QUOTE=”Stoly, post: 45401, member: 1474″]
    I recall at one time I read about audiophile grade motherboards.
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    They were a thing for about 30 seconds. I actually reviewed one back in the HardOCP days. It was a Biostar board. It was part of its “Hi-Fi” series. (No, I didn’t make that up.)

  5. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 45405, member: 6″]
    They were a thing for about 30 seconds. I actually reviewed one back in the HardOCP days. It was a Biostar board. It was part of its “Hi-Fi” series. (No, I didn’t make that up.)
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah, that’s the one. :LOL:

  6. I dont know much about audiophile equipment, do they use sound card with analog out? Is it all digital? Is it claimed that these dives cause less noise on ground or the data buses somehow?

  7. [QUOTE=”Elf_Boy, post: 45427, member: 438″]
    I dont know much about audiophile equipment, do they use sound card with analog out? Is it all digital? Is it claimed that these dives cause less noise on ground or the data buses somehow?
    [/QUOTE]

    From what I gather it usually involves an external AMP and DAC

  8. [QUOTE=”Elf_Boy, post: 45427, member: 438″]
    I dont know much about audiophile equipment, do they use sound card with analog out? Is it all digital? Is it claimed that these dives cause less noise on ground or the data buses somehow?
    [/QUOTE]
    I’d say there’s no official definition of “Audiophile” apart from just an enthusiast for audio equipment / music, usually chasing sonic reproduction accuracy above anything else.

    It’s not a lot different than any other niche, including performance home computing. Usually anything marketed as “Audiophile” is just an attempt to make people with more money than sense feel better about spending way too much money on something — much in the same sense in computers anything marketed as “Gaming”.

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