TeraDak DC-30 Linear Power Supply - Review

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 21,456
    edited March 2
    ... actually, I think it's the Australian model, but they printed the "Z" sideways (and the "O" upside-down).
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    The entire word "ON" is upside down. :)
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,169
    NO it is!
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    TeraDak said there is no difference between a DC-30 and DC-30W. They did not explain why some units have the "W" designation and some don't.

    They are going to send me a replacement faceplate.
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    edited March 13
    I received a second DC-30 linear power supply today and it has face plate label errors also, plus, they sent me a DC cable with the wrong size DC power plug! The second LPS is for the hard drive enclosure in my stereo system at work.

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    Figure 37. First DC-30 on left, second unit on right.

    The second unit gets just as warm as the first when it is working. I am guessing that the hard drive enclosure draws near or at the power supply's current capacity (2 amps).

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    Figure 38. The answer is still NO! The second DC-30 unit arrived with the word "ON" engraved upside down (or in reverse order) and the cryptic label "Car DC-DC Linear Power Supply".

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    Figure 39. I ordered a DC power cable with a plug size of 5.5 mm outside diameter and 2.1mm inside diameter. They sent me their standard cable with 3.5mm x 1.3mm plug.

    A corrected face plate for the first DC-30 as already been shipped. In just three short weeks, I will have a corrected face plate and corrected DC power cable for the second DC-30.


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  • dragon1952dragon1952 Posts: 4,589
    Ha ha...oh my god. And they turn away our recycle :^ / Reminds me of the Chinese Buffet restaurant with the sign out front saying "You Can Eat All"
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,169
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    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

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  • machonemachone Posts: 1,100
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    I installed the new TeraDak LPS in my system at work. I use the same brand and model of external hard drive enclosure as at home (Rosewill Armer RX304), but the hard drive is different: 3.5" Western Digital Black 6 TB at home, 2.5" Seagate 5 TB at work.

    After 30 minutes of music play, the TeraDak's top was only 87.9 degrees. I used this same power supply at home and, like the first TeraDak LPS, the case top was up to 120 degrees after 30 minutes.

    I checked the current draw specs on both drives and there is a substantial difference:

    Seagate 5 TB 2.5" HDD
    Read/Write current draw: 0.38 A/0.42 A
    Idle current draw: 0.22 A

    WD Black 6 TB 3.5" HDD
    Read/Write current draw: 1.82 A/1.82 A
    Idle current draw: 1.42 A

    So yes, the TeraDak LPS is working very close to its max output with just the WD Black HDD alone. When the current draw for the Rosewill enclosure's fan and controller circuits are combined, the total current draw is probably right at the TeraDak's max output.

    Anyway, the TeraDak's tenure in my two channel stereo system will be short lived. When my evaluations are complete, the external HDD will be replaced with a Synology DS718+ NAS.

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    Figure 39. The sound quality is identical between the external HDD (with its power supply and USB cable improvements) and the NAS with just ordinary Ethernet patch cable.

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    Figure 40. I tried five different Ethernet cables, and I perceived no audible or tactile sensation difference among them. Left to right: AudioQuest Cinnamon Cat7 ($100 - 5 feet), Bluejeans Cable Cat6a ($18.50 - five feet), Amazon Cable Matters Cat6a ($3.40 - 5 feet), Synology stock Cat5e cable that came with the NAS ($0 - five feet), Belkin Cat5e ($1.87 - five feet)
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,424
    Raife,

    Although it is only a measly Cat5e cable, I recommend the Acoustic Revive LAN 1.0 PA ethernet cable. I use one in my system, and compared it to a number of other ethernet cables and will say there are definite improvements in detail, soundstage, clarity (less so), and "speed". The cable is made in Japan, and to a high standard. Recommend you pick one up to compare. (I have not compared it to AQ Cinnamon, however. A review can be found here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/acousticrevive3/1.html
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    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:
    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\
    My response is: If you need 60 seconds to respond in one sentence, you probably should't be evaluating Polk speakers.....


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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    I'd like to try the Acoustic Revive cable, but the cable does not appear to be easily sourced. On Amazon it comes with very high shipping costs. For example, an Amazon purchase comes with $42 a shipping cost and a similar cost if I return it. On eBay, this cable is available from multiple vendors, but I am concerned about getting a counterfeit.

    If you have any suggestions about acquiring this cable from a reputable stateside vendor with a reasonable return policy, please PM me.

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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    headrott wrote: »
    Raife,

    Although it is only a measly Cat5e cable, I recommend the Acoustic Revive LAN 1.0 PA ethernet cable. I use one in my system, and compared it to a number of other ethernet cables and will say there are definite improvements in detail, soundstage, clarity (less so), and "speed". The cable is made in Japan, and to a high standard. Recommend you pick one up to compare. (I have not compared it to AQ Cinnamon, however. A review can be found here: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/acousticrevive3/1.html

    What equipment is your Acoustic Revive LAN cable connected to?

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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,424
    I bought my Acoustic Revive LAN cable on Audiogon back in 2012. I understand that you are worried of receiving a counterfeit ordering from Ebay. I don't blame you for not doing it Ray.

    I haven't searched for the Acoustic Revive LAN cable since 2012, so I cannot recommend a legitimate source and having cheap shipping, unfortunately.

    As far as my usage of the Acoustic Revive LAN cable: I have it hooked between the Denon DVD-5910 Universal (at that time anyway) player, where I tapped the pre-encoded DSD signal and output it to an RJ-45 jack I installed into it. Using the Acoustic Revive LAN cable, I have it hooked up to a self built DAC using the Buffalo II DAC and tube output boards utilizing two 1978 Tesla E88CC tubes and two 1961 RCA 5751 tubes. I recently received two Tung-Sol angled square getter, long black plate 12AX7 tubes, but have yet to install them as I am evaluating some Quetline Mk III filters in my system, and didn't want to start switching things up until I hear any differences. I have already perceived differences in (mostly) air, and some detail in my system.

    I would definitely be interested in hearing your thoughts on the Acoustic Revive LAN cable if you can attain one at a reasonable price.
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    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:
    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\
    My response is: If you need 60 seconds to respond in one sentence, you probably should't be evaluating Polk speakers.....


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    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    OK, I was wondering if you were using it as a digital interconnect or as a LAN cable. I would be using them as LAN cables, one between my Bryston BDP-3 digital player and a wireless access point and the other between my two channel system NAS and the access point. In my application I wouldn't expect to hear a difference.

    In your application as a digital interconnect, audible differences among Ethernet cables are more likely to occur.
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  • headrottheadrott Posts: 5,424
    edited March 16
    Very good point Ray. Depending on the application, it may be more likely to hear a difference using this cable, I definitely heard a difference (as a digital interconnect).

    Using this cable may, or may not allow you to hear a difference. It may be an interesting experiment to see if, at some point there is an audible difference between ethernet cables used in your application. That was my thought on the subject. I have not tried the Acoustic Revive in your application, so I don't know whether or not you could perceive a difference. It would be an interesting experiment to see if at a certain point even using an ethernet cable as a LAN cable would allow you to hear a difference? I see you tired different cables, but at some point, do you think there could be a difference?

    Also, that may be why (tolerance levels involved), when I used a self built ethernet cable as a LAN cable it worked, and when I used the same cable as a digital interconnect it did not work.
    Relayer-Big-O-Poster.jpg
    Taken from a recent Audioholics reply regarding "Club Polk" and Polk speakers:
    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion." :\
    My response is: If you need 60 seconds to respond in one sentence, you probably should't be evaluating Polk speakers.....


    "Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru"- Jon Anderson

    "Have A Little Faith! And Everything You'll Face, Will Jump From Out Right On Into Place! Yeah! Take A Little Time! And Everything You'll Find, Will Move From Gloom Right On Into Shine!"- Arthur Lee
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    @Moose68Bash

    Plugging the DS718+ NAS into the wall resulted in a small loss of clarity, detail, image weight and tactile sensation. The loses were particularly evident in the bass. Whether the NAS was fed from the wall or from regenerated AC, I didn't hear a difference among the Ethernet cables compared.

    Of course, now that I know the NAS is responsive to cleaner power, I want hear how it sounds with a linear power supply compared to its switch mode power supply. I sent an email to TeraDak asking if they offered an LPS suitable for powering a NAS that required 12VDC @ 5.14A and uses a four-pin DC power plug ( I sent a picture of the power plug). I received this response:

    "Yes. We have the type PSU."

    Now I am waiting for them to respond to my followup question asking for the specific model number of that particular PSU.
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    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
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    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • Moose68BashMoose68Bash Posts: 3,571
    @DarqueKnight,

    Great information. Thank you.

    My Synology 713+ uses a 12VDC @ 6.0A switching mode power supply. I won't try to upgrade the power supply to a linear model till I decide whether I want to upgrade the NAS to a faster processor -- Core i3 -- and 4GB RAM to run Roon Server, rather than Synology's DSM. Roon also recommends a small SSD to store their database.

    I look forward to reading your assessment of the effects of the linear power supply on the performance of your NAS.

    Have you considered using Roon?
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    Not interested in Roon at all.
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    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    I ordered a customized version of this LPS:

    http://teradak.com/products/75.html

    Mine will have a 150 watt transformer and 4-pin DC power cable providing two 12V 6.25A sources to the NAS. Cost was $317, which is close to 80% of the retail price of the DS718+ NAS.

    People on other forums have reported good performance improvements after replacing the stock power supply of their Synology NAS with a TeraDak LPS.

    I also maxed out the RAM, going from the stock 2 GB to 8 GB. There was no audible benefit from more memory. It just comes in handy when running multiple streams and multiple applications.
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    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    edited March 29
    The replacement faceplate for my first TeraDak DC-30 power supply has been received and installed. I had to desolder/resolder four wires in order to remove the old faceplate. I am still waiting on the replacement faceplate for the second DC-30.

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    Figure 41. TeraDak does know how to make a proper faceplate free of spelling errors.

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    Figure 42. Can I just live? Can I order merchandise from far away lands and not have spend time and effort replacing parts errors that should have been caught by QC? They were probably rolling the dice and hoping no one would notice. Bye loser.
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    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
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    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,806
    I picked up a Aries Mini and it came with the stock power supply as well as a TeraDak. I can say hands down I heard a difference between the stock and the TeraDak. Thank you for bringing awareness to a reasonably priced linear power supply.

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,566
    DK, any suggestions on a similar linear power supply for a chromecast audio? It uses a USB to MicroUSB connector if I remember right.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,806
    Not to derail, on my Chromecast audio, my paranamax has USB for one of the power sources. That is where I connected it for power instead of using the wall wart.
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,169
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office Bluesound Node | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | 2 Parasound A23's | Marantz 2252B
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    DK, any suggestions on a similar linear power supply for a chromecast audio? It uses a USB to MicroUSB connector if I remember right.

    The link that @Mikey081057 posted shows the iFi Audio iPower supply as an upgrade for the Chromecast. The TeraDak LPS in this thread is a big upgrade to the iPower.

    Thanks @Mikey081057

    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,566
    DK, any suggestions on a similar linear power supply for a chromecast audio? It uses a USB to MicroUSB connector if I remember right.

    The link that @Mikey081057 posted shows the iFi Audio iPower supply as an upgrade for the Chromecast. The TeraDak LPS in this thread is a big upgrade to the iPower.

    Thanks @Mikey081057

    Yeah but Mikey’s thing is for the chromecast, (not audio) if you look at the pictures.... so not sure if it really is...
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  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    Oh, OK. I'm not familiar with Chromecast stuff at all.
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    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,456
    I received some more stuff from TeraDak.

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    Figure 43. The second DC-30 linear power supply came with the wrong DC power cable. This is the correct cable.

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    Figure 44. Both of my DC-30 LPSs came with faceplates with misspellings and other errors. on the left is the replacement faceplate for my second unit.

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    Figure 45. I'll cut these into shuriken...get some practical use out of them.

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    Figure 46. The newly arrived DC-150VA linear power supply which will be used with the Synology DS718+ NAS in my two channel system. After trying this power supply with the NAS in my home theater system, I decided to order a TeraDak linear power supply for that NAS.

    The DC-150VA LPS provided modest improvements in clarity, detail, and tactile sensation when I attached it to the Synology DS718+ NAS in my two channel system. When I took the DC-150VA to my home theater system and attached it to the Synology DS918+ NAS, there were modest improvements in sound and video quality.

    Replacing the switch mode power supply in my Oppo UDP-205 with an Oppomod LPM SE linear power supply provided big improvements in sound and video quality:

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    Figure 47. Still images photographed from OLED 4K TV screen. Picture with stock Oppo UDP-205 power supply on left, picture with Oppomod LPM SE power supply on right. Images are from the beginning of "Alien Covenant" at time 00:01:17. The picture with the linear power supply is brighter and has more detail overall and better color rendition.

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    Figure 48. Still images photographed from OLED 4K TV screen. Picture with stock Synology DS918+ NAS switch mode power supply on left, picture with TeraDak DC-150VA power supply on right. Images are from the beginning of "Alien Covenant" at time 00:01:17. The picture with the linear power supply is brighter and has more detail overall.

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    Figure 49. Still images photographed from OLED 4K TV screen. Images are from "Alien Covenant" Picture with stock Synology DS918+ NAS switch mode power supply on left, picture with TeraDak DC-150VA power supply on right. The picture with the linear power supply is brighter and has more detail overall. Notice the increased detail
    in the dark areas of the picture.


    If you right-click on figures 49a ad 49b, the following differences can be seen:

    1. The brightly lit parts of the picture exhibit blooming (exaggerated brightness and bloating of the image) with the stock power supply. This is seen in the sunlight reflecting off the tether line and upper flat parts of the metal. The orange-yellow light to the left of center, as well as the reflection of that orange-yellow light to the right of it, also exhibit blooming.

    2. The dark areas of the picture, such as the centers of the circular parts, show more detail with the linear power supply.

    3. The gray metal surfaces with the stock power supply appear blurred compared to the their rendition with the linear power supply.

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    Figure 49a. Scene of Covenant spaceship exterior from "Alien Covenant" with stock Synology DS918+ NAS switch mode power supply.

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    Figure 49b. Scene of Covenant spaceship exterior from "Alien Covenant" with TeraDak DC-150VA power supply.

    Figures 49a and 49b were cropped from the scene below:

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    Figure 50. "Alien Covenant" space walk scene, with stock power supply on left, linear power supply on right. Some of the stars also exhibit blooming with the stock power supply.





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