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by MikeC
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?
Replies: 57
Views: 44510

Re: SilverStone KL07: Perfect case?

If you wait long enough, most foam ends up falling apart. Literally, into fine particles. When's it's in that end-of-life state, touch it and it can smear greasily on your fingers. It is a petrochemical product, and it seems to fall back into its original state... You see that in foam roll surrounds...
by MikeC
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 210817

Re: HP MicroServer

Just posting to confirm that an Akasa Apache Black 120mm works great in my N40L. The pin out mod is very easy, thanks to everyone for the info..... It's great to be able to put together a capable 4 bay NAS at truly minimal expense so the review and follow up info in this thread has been really usef...
by MikeC
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: My 100% silent music(media)-server + some thoughts behind
Replies: 12
Views: 16999

Re: My 100% silent music(media)-server + some thoughts behin

I already said this about your original post, and it's still cool. Too bad those images are lost, as they are usually essential for full understanding of posts. You'll be better off to upload the images to SPCR's server; I think there's room enough still for a while. That way, the images will last a...
by MikeC
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Hush Atx Pc
Replies: 2
Views: 2073

Re: Hush Atx Pc

It was reviewed here a decade+ ago. Try searching. Documentation will be sparse; they were custom propretary builds. Study the components, work carefully & you coul replace the mobo, probably without chipset cooling. Might need different length heatpipes and come up with a new CPU heatblock. Oh, the...
by MikeC
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ability to speak on the internet
Replies: 3
Views: 7853

Re: Ability to speak on the internet

Hey Xen, you're always welcome to chat here! :wink: Interesting observations & experience. I don't do much posting except in niche topic forums which continue to have a more open atmosphere & practice, so can't really confirm all you say -- but I don't doubt it. The Internet has moved so far from wh...
by MikeC
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 30157

Re: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?

Mike, did you move to Bowen Island? Salt Spring Island. And of course, now that we're in the country surrounded by umpteen trees & hills, the whole coast is being hit with the stormiest coldest winter in years, maybe decades. Half dozen powerouts so far, burned through at least a cord of firewood a...
by MikeC
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 210817

Re: HP MicroServer

Techboy wrote:I've just checked and it's definitely the 12V version.
Not sure what to tell you. Perhaps that fan just doesn't play well with the Microserver PWM system. :?:
by MikeC
Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: HP MicroServer
Replies: 165
Views: 210817

Re: HP MicroServer

I have installed a new fan: Noctua NF-F12 PPC 2000 IP67 Noctua NF-F12 IndustrialPPC 2000RPM IP67 PWM 120mm High Performance Fan http://noctua.at/en/nf-f12-industrialppc-2000-ip67-pwm but as per the first fan that was tested in the article, my fan spins up as the system starts, then it stops and the...
by MikeC
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 30157

Re: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?

Sorry for the late reply.

Barracuda & Ironwolf, iirc, but they all should have the same acoustics. All spin at 7200, same # of platters...
by MikeC
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 30157

Re: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?

Did you move the anechoic chamber? That process might be an interesting write-up once you're all settled. Yes it will. The new test space is a fully underground 600'+ concrete basement -- floor & walls are concrete. Ceiling is the underside of the floor above, a portion of which is being insulated ...
by MikeC
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 30157

Re: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?

Gunbuster wrote:Mike, do you know what the smallest size is that uses that technology?
No but surely the Seagate site will tell you all about it.
by MikeC
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?
Replies: 22
Views: 30157

Re: Seagate Archive 8TB HD quiet?

Seagate's 8tb 7200rpm drive samples in my lab are amazingly quiet. 2 thumbs up. Sorry the review isn't up still -- major house move this summer.
by MikeC
Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus
Replies: 58
Views: 71681

Re: Electronic Noise and Tinnitus

RIchardF -- you sound like a fairly extreme HSP. If you haven't encountered this term before... http://hsperson.com/ I am borderline HSP; used to be more, but better habits & self-management have been enough to let me live "normally". I have mild tinnitus, the ringing/squealing kind, which comes mai...
by MikeC
Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC
Replies: 7
Views: 20727

Re: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC

I might make the wood panels L-shape for a "normal" desktop PC, and put the PSU on the same side as the motherboard. This would reduce the footprint further, tho it would get a bit taller. That's assuming the extra ports & fan controller aren't needed.
by MikeC
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC
Replies: 7
Views: 20727

Small Footprint Silent Lab PC

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Small_Foo ... ent_Lab_PC

It's a simple but possibly unique twist in the small silent PC quest.
by MikeC
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98089

Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs

FYI, a sneak preview: Measured at 1m distance, neither of the 2 Seagate 10TB samples on hand (Barracuda & Ironwolf) raised the ambient level of the anechoic chamber by more than 1 dBA. They increased overall level to around 12 dBA, from the usual 11 dBA. Remember, these are 7200rpm drives!!!
by MikeC
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: SPCR Lab Clearance Corner
Replies: 35
Views: 304431

Re: SPCR Lab Clearance Corner

More price reductions, and a whole lot of mostly new high end PSUs added at super prices.
by MikeC
Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design
Replies: 22
Views: 9148

Re: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design

Well, if it worked for you, great!
by MikeC
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design
Replies: 22
Views: 9148

Re: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design

That eggshell foam you linked will do virtually nothing at all. It's way too thin & too light (not dense) to have any effect below say... 1-2 kHz. And even above, I'd be surprised if maximum SPL reduction was more than a couple dB. It could have a mild reduction in higher frequency echoes if lined e...
by MikeC
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design
Replies: 22
Views: 9148

Re: Bitumen sheets, Fractal Design

Just so people understand -- the function of the bitumen sheet lining is to reduce the tendency of the case panels to vibrate. It is panel damping. It does nothing for the airborne noise. So if you float mount HDDs and soft mount fans and generally use quiet components, there's really no audible dif...
by MikeC
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
Replies: 37
Views: 98089

Seagate's 10TB HDDs

Seagate announced their new roster of 10TB drives today. An impressive lineup. They also revived the Barracuda name, and added two more: Ironwolf for NAS and Skyhawk for surveillance. Not bad choices :!: , relevant to their intended functions.
by MikeC
Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua's new fans coming
Replies: 11
Views: 40145

Re: Noctua's new fans coming

Neil's explanation is good... But funny thing is, we've seen fans that follow this concept & sound good, but others that don't and still sound good. Ditto the converse. This is because strut/blade geometry is only one aspect of overall noise.
by MikeC
Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Noctua's new fans coming
Replies: 11
Views: 40145

Noctua's new fans coming

by MikeC
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 26917

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

For me, the simplified version, is: RME HDSPe MADI FX via AES to a Dangerous Source, to a Tannoy TS10 sub into a pair of Dynaudio BM5a MK2 As for headphones, I have a pair of Audio Technica M50x - I've gone through lots of headphones and these are one of my absolute favorites. That's all studio-typ...
by MikeC
Sat May 28, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Mike, what do you think about this mic for audio test @home?
Replies: 6
Views: 12124

Re: Mike, what do you think about this mic for audio test @h

Not a great choice, mainly because any mic used for testing must be calibrated. This means matching its sensitivity to a known reference signal source, namely a mic calibrator. Such calibrators are almost all designed to fit over the head of a 1" diameter mic head. The one used here in SPCR lab is v...
by MikeC
Fri May 27, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 mini-1U Server
Replies: 1
Views: 6686

FS: Supermicro SuperServer 5018A-FTN4 mini-1U Server

Exactly as tested, with 8GB ECC RAM -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/Supermicr ... 5018A-FTN4

Current retail price is ~US$550 + shipping, taxes. Asking $400 + shipping. (Note -- the industrial motherboard has a guaranteed 7 year production life.)
by MikeC
Fri May 27, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: FS: Logic Supply ML210G-10 Fanless mini PC
Replies: 1
Views: 6342

FS: Logic Supply ML210G-10 Fanless mini PC

exactly as tested -- http://www.silentpcreview.com/Logic_Sup ... ail_System

Retail value is $687 + shipping & taxes.

Asking US$500 shipped to anywhere in US or Canada.