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HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Going Vertical by DekaModder

Original Mod by the famous Dekamodder from SPAIN

Lots of detail build pictures!

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 fanless PC going vertical by DekaModder

Montaje del Hardware

IMG_20160510_144932La HDPLEX H5 es como poco tediosa de montar, viene completamente desarmada y te sientes como montando un mueble de Ikea. Cierto es que fue delicioso el ver cada pieza perfectamente empaquetada y expuesta cuando abrí la caja, pero hay que tener en cuenta que no es un chasis como los demás que lo abres y montas el hardware directamente, aquí hay un trabajo fino que realizar previamente de ensamblaje. Si tenemos en cuenta su formato reducido para ser un ATX y que viene todo desmontado, evidentemente dependiendo de lo que montemos dentro tendremos que escoger nuestras piezas del chasis y descartar otras… que no parezca esto una característica negativa del chasis si no mas bien todo lo contrario, ya que viene preparado para la gran mayoría de componentes del mercado y el abanico de posibilidades de montaje es enorme, está muy bien pensado este HDPLEX H5, pero no puedo evitar concienciar a quien quiera montar uno de estos chasis sobre su complejidad, tardé mucho tiempo en cuadrar todo el chasis para el setup que tenía y montarlo, sin mencionar que el anclaje de la fuente de alimentación se tuvo que adaptar. Pero como dice un amigo, si fuera fácil no sería divertido.

IMG_20160524_194227IMG_20160524_194838Al montar la placa base en el chasis y colocar el procesador, se monta un disipador pasivo y se ancla a la placa base, luego se colocan una serie de 8 heatpipes de cobre que nacen en el disipador del CPU previamente instalado y se anclan en una serie de canales que tiene, por dentro, el lateral del chasis. Ya que el chasis es de aluminio, ayudará enormemente en la disipación del calor generado por nuestro procesador. Este chasis viene preparado con unos canales idénticos en la cara opuesta, y con el accesorio adecuado podríamos disipar de esta forma también, una tarjeta gráfica. Estos 8 heatpipes requieren de pasta térmica por ambos extremos, lógicamenteIMG_20160525_110035; siempre que tengamos dos piezas independientes en contacto y nuestra intención sea la transferencia de calor entre ambas, la pasta térmica actúa como elemento de encaje para conseguir la mayor superficie de contacto posible, y con ello, la mayor transferencia de calor. Esta labor se realiza con una herramienta especial que encaja perfectamente en los canales del chasis y requiere de paciencia y delicadeza, ya que lleva su tiempo y es importante colocar la cantidad mínima de componente posible para una eficiencia óptima.

IMG_20160525_154113El frontal del chasis trae un botón con iluminación desmontado muy bonito, requiere de alimentación que se le suministra desde un puerto interno USB de la placa base y trae los dos cables básicos de power y hdled.

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaEl chasis una vez montado es un espectáculo, y mas aún cuando lo enciendes y lo exiges al máximo y ves como se defiende. El Xeon en full estrés no superaba los 80ºC de temperatura (ambiente a 22º), recordar que estamos hablando de un disipador pasivo, no hay ventiladores enfriando el sistema, realmente muy interesante opción, solo por mencionar una pega a tener en cuenta, nuestro PC en verano será un mini radiador de calor… pero por otro lado en invierno lo agradeceremos ?

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaA los discos duros M.2 les añadí unos disipadores pasivos ademas, ya que habíamos leído que estos modelos subían un poco de temperatura, como el ambiente interior del chasis sería caliente, mejor prevenir que curar.

El resto de componentes como el SSD y memoria RAM no requieren de comentario alguno, pero si me gustaría comentar algo sobre la fuente de alimentación. Tened en cuenta que el chasis viene preparado para una gran variedad de fuentes de alimentación… Podemos colocar la PSU dentro del chasis y disponemos de una serie de anclajes para muchos formatos, entre ellos ATX, SFX y FlexATX, siempre hablando en la rama fanless, junto con un extensor interno para el cable de alimentación… pero también podemos utilizar una fuente de alimentación externa, contando con los accesorios necesarios para todos los formatos existentes de PSUs externas y eliminando calor interior que disipar, una opción interesante si no nos molesta el cacharro fuera y la potencia necesaria no es muy alta.

Modding, la peana

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaMi cliente vio el proyecto del HTPC lian-li mod de salón, le gustó y me pidió adaptarlo para este setup. No había mucho reto mas que el de lograr que la peana aguantara el nuevo peso que se le colgaría, es verdad que la peana sería mas grande pero el peso no sería proporcional al aumento de tamaño, si no mas bien mucho mayor (solo el chasis sin partes internas pesa 8Kg). Preví este inconveniente y me plantee dos posibilidades, usar un material mas grueso o unos mini pies que repartiría estratégica mente en la peana para darle la robustez necesaria. La primera opción sería la solución mas fácil, para el proyecto de la Lian-LI había utilizado aluminio de 2mm, tal vez con uno de 3mm para este HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKa fuera suficiente, tal vez 4mm me aseguraría pero ambos grosores implicaban una complicación mayor al momento de plegar este material que quería evitar, ademas de su mayor coste por supuesto. HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaAsí que pensé, si lo puedo hacer en 2mm mejor, mas barato, mas sencillo aun que tal vez, mas arriesgado… pero si salía bien me serviría la experiencia para otro proyecto…

Así que la peana la realicé de aluminio de 2mm, corté la pieza, la plegué y le monté el chasis… no solo se doblaba como un papel, si no que ademas se movía como un flan, había que buscar la forma de darle un nervio de refuerzo vertical y unos puntos de apoyo para que ésta, consiguiera estar erguida y estable.

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKa HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKa HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKa HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKa

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaPara solucionar la vertical, le coloqué dos perfiles en “U” de aluminio anodizado plata en la alzada de la peana del alto del chasis, justo entre el chasis y la peana, y la sujeté con 3 bonitos tornillos avellanados a cada uno. El chasis reposaría en estos perfiles o no, pero la peana ya no se doblaría en alzada. Ademas, al pintar la peana de negro, dejaría los perfiles sin pintar y le darían un toque muy bonito, rompiendo la sobriedad de tanto negro con estilo.

HDPLEX H5 Ptwo casemod by DeKaPara reposar la peana, le coloqué dos piezas cilíndricas de aluminio de iguales características al anterior perfil en “U”, sujetadas por un tornillo y una tuerca previamente redondeada y pintada del color del chasis, para conseguir mejor estética. Algo tan simple como colocar dos piezas para apoyar el ala de la peana y otras dos para apoyar a esta, el chasis fueron suficientes para soportar el elevado peso del chasis y conseguir que mantuviera su forma, estética y equilibrio.

Luego todo era simple, pintar, ensamblar y empaquetar.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE 16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Original review from Small Form Factor Forum

Received the HDPLEX Silicon riser (click “Package contents” for more pictures) today and boy what a great riser that is.
This might be the one I’ve been looking for all this time.

Short facts:
Costs about 1/3rd of the 3M riser, about the same as the LiHeat
Is thinner than any other riser in existence
Absolutely solid, can be folded and kinked with no performance impact
No retention clips but higher friction force

The riser just looks gorgeous. It’s also extremely thin as you’ll see in later pictures. You’ll immediately notice that there are no retention clips on the connectors. Their friction force seems to be much higher than that of regular PCIe connectors, I wouldn’t worry about them coming lose at all.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Not necessarily a problem, but certainly a weird solution. The riser has female ports on both ends and uses a small adapter plate to plug into the mainboard. What makes this even weirder is that you can’t plug it in backwards. I tried it, but the GPUs fans were running on full tilt and I got no picture on the screen, so I pulled the plug. Luckily nothing got damaged.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

On the bright side (HA!), the riser is actually somewhat transparent so you can see light shine through.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Let’s try it anyway. Here you can see the riser being mounted in Freilite Alpha.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Despite looking so damaged, the riser actually works with no problems whatsoever. I had to reboot once because GPU-Z showed the GPU to run @ x16 1.1 instead of 3.0 as you can see here.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Here you can see how thin and flexible it is. Exact thickness measured with a dial caliper is 0.14mm.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Did I say flexible? I folded the riser five times, sharpening the edges with a ruler. The bend radius is close to zero at this point.
The two folds directly at the connectors were the most interesting, I left about 2mm to the PCB the FPC is bonded to.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Bird it is. Here you can actually see how the riser still folds up in front of the edge of the mainboard. Even if you placed something right against it, there would be about 1-2mm of clearance to the riser itself.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

These are the results of running Unigine Heaven 4.0 five times without a riser. We’ll go from here.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Score without the riser being folded. The results are fluctuant and we’ve lost about 100 points. I’d call that tolerable, but this was done without cleanly rebooting before it.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

Apparently it works better when folded. This could be due to all sorts of things, but the bottom line is that the riser doesn’t care about being folded at all.
Only 50 points lost on the riser-less benchmarks.
I am left extremely impressed with this robust piece of hardware.

HDPLEX Silicon PCIE16 PCIE 3.0 Riser Card Review

HDPLex H5 Gen2 Silent Fanless PC Build from SPCR Forum Part One – Unboxing

Original review from SPCR Forum

Hi,

Unboxing, and build of new HD-Plex H5 Silent PC

Overall the build is very straightforward if you follow the instructions in the Guide.
Everything lined up perfectly and nothing needed to be bashed or fettled to get it to fit.
Machining quality is really superb.

All parts were present and correct in neat little bags and trays for easy identification.

I of course had to modify the design slightly so I made myself some extra work, but I got an even better unit for my needs/wants.

Final Parts List

HD-Plex H5 Gen2 Silent PC Case
ASRock Z97 Extreme6/3.1 (Amazon)
Intel i5 5675c Broadwell (Overclockers UK)
HD-PLex AC-DC 160W + DC-ATX 250W Power Supply (Direct)
Corsair Vengence Pro 16GB 1866 (SCAN)
Samsung 950 Pro SSD 500GB (OC UK)
KingWin 2.5 + 3.5 + USB3.0 Drive Bay (5.25) (Amazon USA)
LG GS40N DVD (Ultra Slim Slot Loading Writer) (Kikatek)
Windows 8.1 Pro (eBay from Latvia)

Additions to Standard Kit
10x M3x10mm Cup head screw
4x slim M3 nut
2x Aluminium plate 16 Guage 170mm x 80mm

Background . . .

I have been looking to build a silent PC for quite a while and kept looking at Streacom passive cases but last time I searched for ideas I came across the HD-Plex site and found that these cases were much better and about the same price. More options for internals with a passive GPU option up to say Nvidea 950, a TDP of 95W for both CPU and GPU plus amazing design and build quality.

I was initially going to build around an i5 6600K Skylake but then MS decided to stop support for Skylake going forward with Win 8.1, so I went back to the drawing board and discovered that the i5 5675C was the same power consumption with better onboard graphics. I was starting with no GPU as I probably don’t need one at the moment.

Part One – Unboxing.

Case arrives from German distribution hub.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Contents (without packing foam sheets)

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

DC-ATX 250W PSU Box

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

AC-DC 160W PSU Box

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

GPU Passive Cooler Box (Future Option)

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Main Case Box : Printed Manual – Front Panel – Parts Tray – Case Parts

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Main Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Front Panel Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Closer look – Main Parts Tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Case Bottom Panel – Inner side

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Top Panel

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Sides and Rear Panel

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Case Boxed weighs 8Kg

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Glossy Instructions

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Solid Copper CPU Heatsink

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Heatpipes

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

CPU Cooler Plate and side panel heat-pipe plates

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

GPU Cooler

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Solid Copper

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Front Panel Illuminated Touch Switch parts tray

HDPLEX 2nd Gen Fanless PC Case Unboxing

Next – The Build . . .

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Details about new version of HDPLEX H1 series Fanless PC case coming April 2016

New version of HDPLEX H1 series Fanless PC case has the following changes.

1:SSD installation position is being moved to the bottom plate below the motherboard. There is a “bathtub” being carved on the bottom plate for one SSD position or maybe two if it is super slim SSD (<7mm). This change enable H1.SODD to support regular SSD and to allow better heat dissipation since nothing will block the aluminum top plate. Old H1.SODD only supports mSATA/M.2 SSD.

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

2: CPU aluminum top plate will have teeth. Increase the heat dissipation area and thus efficiency.

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

3: Improve the backplate for Thin mini ITX PCI Expansion card installation. Due to the decrease of thin ITX mobo options, I might make this thin ITX blackplate an option instead of include it by default. There is no thin ITX board for Intel Boardwell nor for Skylake CPU. Did they give up on Thin ITX??

HDPLEX H1 fanless pc case new version design change details

4: Side I/O board will be improved. One side I/O board with soft silicon based USB 3.0 cable and power button will replace the original two side I/O boards. So only one side will have side I/O. Silicon USB 3.0 head is very low profile as well.

5: New H1 faceplate will have new mounting pattern for power supply.
The mounting for 250W HiFi DC-ATX is unchanged.
In sum:

New H1.S will support:
1: HDPLEX 160W AC-DC+HDPLEX Direct Plug Style 160W DC-ATX (like PicoPSU). This direct plug style 160W DC-ATX is not released yet.

2: HDPLEX 80W AC-DC+HDPLEX 160W DC-ATX

3: HDPLEX 250W HiFi DC-ATX

New H1.SODD will support mini-ITX (with 24PIN on the side only) in addition to thin-ITX.

1: HDPLEX 160W AC-DC+HDPLEX Direct Plug Style 160W DC-ATX (like PicoPSU) if the motherboard 24PIN ATX plug is on the side instead of being on the front.

H1.S will have an updated SSD rack which support two SSD. So H1.S will support max 3 SSD, two via this rack and one on the bottom bathtub.

HDPLEX H1.S new SSD HDD rack

New version of H1.SODD and H1.S will be avaiable for sale around 2016 April

Fanless PC build HD-PLEX 2nd Gen H5 Intel I5 5675C and Asus Z97-P

Original Review from SPCR Forum

Hello i would like to share ,with my poor English, my first fanless pc build.

A little time ago i have decided to change my eight years old ,but still effective, PC with something new and different from traditional one.

I wanted a general purpose pc (personal productivity, internet surfing – youtube, HD video playing, lo-res gaming, programming) built with fewest possible internal component, with low power consumption, fanless and with a compact case.

Searching the internet (in sites like SPCR) i’he found the components that match my desidered build:

– Case: Hd-Plex 5 second generation fanless case.
This case is stated to support up to 95 TDW CPU whit eight copper heat pipe cooling.
It is not the smallest case but can accept atx motherboard and has a lot of space to support
upgrades / new internal component.
It can accept a low power discrete card that can be passively cooled with
additional pipes.

– CPU: Intel I5 5675C.
It suits my needs because is a desktop class (not underpowered laptop) 65W TDP I5 and it
has an integrate Iris Pro 6200 gpu adeguate for my usage (at this time i don’t want a discre
gpu).

– PSU: Hd-Plex 160W AC-DC fanless and 250W DC-DC fanless atx.
Power is adeguate for the build.

– RAM: Trident X DDR3 2400 16GB
For higher bandwith to the integrated gpu.

– HD: Samsung SSD EVO 850 500GB in M.2 format (sata,ahci)
I like the compact form M.2. The sata,ahci version is the “slower” type of M.2 but costs
less for GB then pcie,nvmi and is more than adequate for general purpose usage.

-MB: Asus Z97-P.
It as a Z97 chipset, M.2 socket and support 4K HDMI.

– OTHER : no need for other internal component (DVD , Hard Disk) because if needed i use
external usb version.

So i built the PC.

Below some pictures of the internals and external of the finished PC.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC build with 5675C

My impression of the main fanless components from HD-PLEX (case, cpu cooling and PSU) is good, they seems quality built.

I’ve put the pc on test for stability and temperature, below some results and measurements.
I5 cpu standard 3.1 Ghz – DDR3 on 2133 Mhz – room temperature 19.5 C.

After 1:45 hour of prime 95 4 thread blend test , average CPU package temperature 75 C

After 11 hours of mixed used (idle, office, internet, video playing, 3D gaming). Average CPU temp 45 C. MAX 76 C.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

Two pictures of case temperature measurement after some hours of 3D Gaming at CPU package temp of 75 C. Below temperature on top of CPU aluminium fins. 54 C room temperature 19.5 C.

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

Below temperature on the fins on aluminium case side with CPU cooling pipes. 49 C room temperature 19.5 C

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC Temperature Graph

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

Since the cat is out of the bag, let me post some pictures with bad lighting and without heatsink system as a place holder.

Few key details from these pictures:

1: 2nd gen H5 has three expansion card slot. One full height single slot, one half height single slot(no riser needed), one dual slot for the video card.

2: Passive Video card fanless heatsink system is facing upwards.This is important.

3: Pivot Door

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX 2nd Gen H5 Fanless PC chassis first look

HDPLEX H1.S fanless case modded to H1.VFD fanless PC by Mrbobb from SPCR!

Original Review from SPCR Forum

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

It makes me feel better to see the health of my boxes at a glance, plus the IR sensor can now be mounted inside.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

What the six bar graphs are currently programmed to display

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

No.Blink is a home-made circuit replacing the power button’s PCB, its special job is to UNBLINK the sleep LED that Mobo vendors love to do these days. Is HERE if you want to build it.

The absence of a USB3 header on my Mobo had me replace the stock jacks with my own USB2 and more manageable cable.

The Kingston Hyper were the only DDR3 SoDimm that I found with heat spreader. Thermal table follows below.

M.Sata for OS boot and Apps only, my media libraries are on NAS.

Spec: Single task bedroom HTPC, Dual core Haswell G3220, H81 Thin Mobo, 64G m.Sata, 4G Ram, no HD, no ODD, no gaming.

HDPLEX H1.S Fanless Chassis with VFD Mod

The temp of the Chipset+mSata were about 10c hotter before I installed the additional heatpipes. The “flat” heatpipes are available from Newark.com or uk.farnell.com, and in a way easier to install because they require no copper blocks and as long as there is a flat surface. VRMs received some enzotech and the DRAM built-in heat spreader will have to make do.

HDPLEX Linear Power Supply showing in Israel

Original review from Hifimusic forum from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 100W linear Power Supply from Israel

HDPLEX 250W DC-ATX Power Supply in NES 3.0 -HTPC NES build

Original Build log from Overclock Forum
Build details could also be located at linustechtips Forum

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($255.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Travelstar 1TB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.95 @ B&H)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($148.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: 1985 Nintendo (Purchased For $0.00)
Other: HDPlex 250W DC-ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $85.00)

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.0.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.1.DC-ATX

NES 3.0.HTPC.Build.with.HDPLEX.250W.3.DC-ATX

HDPLEX Linear PSU noise floor undetectable by oscilloscope!

Original Review from Audioaficionado Forum

Since replacing the capacitors and DAC chip on the main board, my MS300 has been running flawlessly (except for that damn Component Video problem). In fact, it’s running so well, I decided not to leave “good enough” alone and I upgrade the switching power supply or “brick” to a linear power supply.

The reason? A linear power supply is much MUCH less noisy than a switching power supply. Although I think the Pico PS & brick solution is a nice upgrade from the stock switching power supply, the brick still pipes in noise whereas the linear supply is super clean and quiet – in theory anyway.

I decided on the HDPLEX 100W Linear Power Supply. It a fanless design and has 4 outputs; 5VDC, 9VDC, 12VDC and 19VDC that will easily power my 12-25VDC Pico.

When I got it today, the first thing I noticed is how heavy the box was. I am really impressed at the build quality and I definitely won’t be hiding this thing behind my rack. Before I connected it to the server, I decided to power it up and look at the output on my oscilloscope. The noise was literally undetectable (lower than the noise floor on my scope)! That basically translates to zero noise getting into the MS300! Very impressive.

I connected the 19VDC output to the MS300 and as a really nice bonus, was able to simultaneously connect the 12VDC output to power my PC music server, basically eliminating yet another switcher! They provide the necessary cables – XLR to barrel connectors that plugs right into the pico’s connector and my PC.

For those looking to tweak their MS300/750 just a little more, I highly recommend the HDPLEX 100W linear power supply and the Pico. You won’t be disappointed with the clean power it supplies.

I’m playing Led Zeppelin II SHM-CD as I write this and I can’t tell you how amazing it sounds now! I think I’m done tweaking. Lol

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