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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sam__, 25 Jun 2020.

  1. Sam__

    Sam__ Active Member

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    Just browsing the internet as one does and came across this gem:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nobsound-Elfidelity-Filter-Purification-Internal/dp/B01825TRCG

    There's another variant on Aliexpress:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/327...expid=591f840f-d853-483b-9763-2f8746f743d3-11

    This looks like the most amazing product, that just adds a shi!t ton of capacitance to the pci-e bus! I mean, I like the arrangements and colours, and different capacitor technology but I really can't see this doing anything useful.

    Thought you guys might enjoy it.

    Edit: just realised this is called Nobsound :duh: ...says it all really.

    Edit 2: my favourite review from Ali

    "Month patting the month additional purchase by PC fitted the kneader like the four key good good"
     
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  2. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Wait, you mean you don't have one? Hah! what a noob!

    My rig is ITX, so I don't have room inside the PC. I've found that it works just as effectively laying the card on top of the case, or even in a drawer, or a packing crate. In the loft. At my parents' house. 500 miles away.

    :lol:
     
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  3. modd1uk

    modd1uk Well-Known Member

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    Im all about the good good
     
  4. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Not sure whether I need a four key good good or a three key good super.
     
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  5. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    I actually had a nobsound super-integrated amp for a bit. It... worked. It was excellent for the money, but then again IIRC it was £25 for wireless streamer, DAC, pre and power amp in a tiny little box, so frankly simply switching on and functioning as designed was a win.

    A PCI card full of capacitors is far from the most ludicrous bit of hi-fi snake oil I've heard though.

    That said, at least a magic statue you put in your fridge can't actively do any harm... this seems like its more likely to set fire to your PC than improve sound quality.
     
  6. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    The maddest one i recall was simply a plank of wood.

    It hasn't been updated in years, but if you want a laugh there's always Wat Hifi - https://wathifi.com/
     
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  7. Sam__

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    I looked around and it does seem like they have some equipment which actually has a function, and at a low price point like you mentioned.

    I am in agreement with that you said about it harming your PC. If something went wrong then there's a lot of energy sitting in those caps that would just love to dump itself somewhere!
     
  8. Sam__

    Sam__ Active Member

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    :hehe::hehe::hehe:
     
  9. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    Damn, there's audiophile snake-oil for PC components too? Why haven't I been making a mint selling up-priced sharpies to paint over the edges of your PCBs (to stop the... electrons leaking out?) or rocks to tape to your SSDs (to smooth out that harsh electronic buzzing or something)?!
     
  10. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Rocks are so last year. Crystals are where it's at.

    Wanna buy a Diamante SSD case?
     
  11. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    You are very generous in your assumption that
    1: The caps even are caps (rather than something that escaped the basement of a fired Jou Jye Ltd Engineer)
    2: The connection between the Pci-e slot and the caps is more than imaginary
     
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  12. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees is not The Piper at The Gates of Dawn

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    Well, looked at lots of pictures of those two cards.

    I worked in electronics for a number of years and one characteristic all functioning PCBs have, is tracks to connect the devices on the PCB. I looked high and low for as many pictures as I can and in not one of them, could I see any sign of any tracks.

    Methinks this is just a load of caps, which may or may not be real, soldered in to a non-functioning PCB.

    I think I'll tie a piece of nylon garden string between my headphones and my monitor, perhaps that will improve the detail resolution...
     
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  13. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees is not The Piper at The Gates of Dawn

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    You need more ambition, don't settle for less than a five key super good good ultra.
     
  14. Sam__

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    Looks like I gave them way too much credit! Didn't even cross my mind that the caps might not be connected...
     
  15. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    Good for a laugh... but when you're actually looking for hi-fi reviews it does my head in.

    Like watching/reading a review or comparison thinking this is all relevant and useful information, and then the reviewer says "it wasn't until I swapped to a linear power supply on my wireless router that the sound really opened up" or something ridiculous like that... great, I've just wasted 10 minutes of my life reading up to this point.
     
  16. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    You gotta love their strap line:

    It does appear that there is a, more than significant, minority of the audiophile industry dedicated to farming cash from morons.
     
  17. Bloody_Pete

    Bloody_Pete Technophile

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    You didn't look very well as I can see plenty of traces on the Aliexpress link and a few on the Amazon one :p
     
  18. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    A quick flick of the scrollwheel and look for a Bode plot, or at least a table of values. Not got one? That article goes to the end of the list.

    Maybe if we dance in a circle and ritualistically sacrifice a vector analyser then NWAVguy will reappear?
     
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  19. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    There's one born every minute... and 10 others waiting to exploit them.
     
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  20. hamza_tm

    hamza_tm Well-Known Member

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    Can I just say that this thread is proving significantly entertaining :D
     
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