PC audio has come a long way over the years. A decent sound card is well worth the money. Audiophiles are known to spend exorbitant amounts of money in the pursuit of audio excellence, but there are limits. An audiophile SSD so far? Take the aluminum foil hat.
Tom’s Hardware caught our attention on the Audiophile Style forums, where a developer proudly showcased a 1TB NVMe SSD with several optimizations aimed at delivering enhanced 3D sound and “dynamic sound that no other SSD can currently or even deliver. near “. Yeah. Sure. To the right.
The specs of the player look pretty good. There is a capacity of 1TB, or 333GB in pSLC mode which is supposed to be the mode that makes the magic happen. There’s an external clock oscillator, Audionote capacitors, reinforced copper PCB insulation, gold-plated connectors, and even an external 5V power input. This would all sound pretty good if we were dealing with analog signals. Attention to detail on the electronic side of things will generally improve the quality of analog sound, but maybe not so much on the physical storage side. There are other more influential parts between the SSD and your ears.
The problem with this concept is that an SSD stores binary data stored in 1s and 0s. These 1s and 0s should not encounter any interference or corruption until they reach the audio processing part of the PC or the computer. DAC where they are converted to analog. This is the area where electronic components will affect audio fidelity, and at this point the influence of SSD is no longer relevant. Since the storage medium is apparently so big, I wonder if an audiophile thinks of the CD that costs 10 cents to make when it pops into a $ 2000 CD player?
It’s interesting to read some of the reviews from users on the Audiophile Style forums who really believe their ears can tell the difference between this SSD and an ordinary consumer drive. I wonder if a blind audio test would reveal the same? Confirmation bias at its best.
Actually, I consider myself a bit of an audio junkie. A high quality speaker set is a real investment. I have a set of Klipsch Reference speakers that I have had for over ten years, and they are each worth the roughly $ 5,000 I spent on them. But my PC connects to a Rotel amplifier via S / PDIF and so this SSD wouldn’t have exactly any influence on what comes out of my speakers.
Just laugh at the absurdity of an audiophile SSD. There’s no pricing information, but it sure won’t come close to that $ 10,000 Ethernet cable. Or will he do it? Someone with too much money will buy it. A fool and his money are soon separated.