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432 EVO Master Music Server / CD Ripper
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The 432 EVO Master is our flagship and a best in class music server with a cost no object performance. It can easily surpass any other digital source, including the most exclusive digital CD transports, sounding more like analoge sources with no hint of digital harshness.

Tried and tested in world class systems and designed according to the most extreme audiophile standards for ultra low jitter and low noise, the Master was introduced at Munich High End 2017. It immediately won best of show from both AV Showrooms and Hifi Pig.



Our dual enclosure chassis has a true triple linear power supply with no shared transformer and utilises the very best components such as gold plated PCB’s, and is a major upgrade over our AEON model (from which existing customers can upgrade). The MASTER runs full Roon or Logitech Media Server and our sublime 432 Hz enabled player, which can also play bit perfect to the highest possible quality. It also features a bit perfect Teac CD drive for ripping your CD collection.

Dedicated Core


The 432 EVO Master incorporates a modern power efficient quad core CPU with 8 GB of RAM.
We implement techniques from the supercomputing world inside the Master to guarantee a stellar audio performance: the audio decoders and 432 Hz processing run on a dedicated core, and will never run out of CPU cycles or have to fight with other processes.The dedicated audio core runs a custom clock scheduler which doesn’t interrupt the critical audio processes 1000 times per second, greatly improving software jitter, as process switching is minimized.

The Master also eliminates typical “chaos” found inside the OS of other servers by using advanced kernel & process tuning configurations not found in any competing product, further lowering software jitter by reducing entropy. This is a remarkable achievement and key to it’s stellar performance.

Using custom BIOS and kernel tuning, the EVO actually shuts down chip functionality on the motherboard, so it acts like a software defined custom motherboard. The big advantage of this approach is that the Master is future proof. If faster and/or better sounding main boards become available, the customer will be able to upgrade unlike may of our competitors. We already offer this to existing customers.

We use a custom realtime Linux OS, refined and tuned by 432 EVO’s owner Frederic Vanden Poel, who is also a senior Linux consultant building on 20+ years of IT experience. The EVO can be on 24/7 and will never run hot, always running cool while sounding analog and very refined.

Linear Power Supply


The importance of a pure and clean power supply for digital audio cannot be stressed enough. Digital audio’s enemy is noise, and much of that comes from poorly designed power supplies or cheap SMPS (switched mode power supplies). In fact a dirty power supply can not only ruin the sonic performance of a server, it can also inject noise down the mains to infect the rest of your system!

We thus take the design of our power supplies extremely seriously. The Master has a true triple independent power supply. Instead of offering masses of dependent DC rails from one transformer, every output rail in the Master has a separate AC filter, medical grade shielded custom transformer and dual stage DC buffering.

The second part of the DC buffer is inside each of the three bundled color coded silver DC cables, leading to a very short current paths towards the dedicated USB output board and superclock board, which is just a few centimeters. The “IT” parts inside the server also have their own dedicated power supply, with DC filtering between storage and main board, acting as a noise firewall for the moving parts inside HDD’s, or the PWM converters in SSD’s. As we use 2.5 inch models, the electrical & mechanical noise is already drastically lower compared to normal consumer drives.

Using a triple design with 3 transformers leads to much faster transients compared to a shared transformer. The power supply is also free of any transformer noise.

• Uncompromised CD ripping using a bitperfect Teac rip facility.
• 4 TB storage on spring suspension system: ultra low noise laptop HDD or optional silent SSD, both with SATA noise filtering and SATA protocol tweaking for lower EMI.
• True triple linear power supply with triple AC filtering, triple shielded transformers for faster transient performance compared to designs with a shared transformer, triple dual stage DC regulation, with buffering inside the triple DC cables. Three high-end silver color coded DC cables are included. Zero hum.
• Ultra high-end upsampling with 10 selectable and tweakable upsample filters.
• Bit perfect mode, upsample only mode or upsample with 432 Hz post-processing.
• Custom remote supported Linux with realtime kernel, and dedicated cpu core for audio, and separated cores for the library management (Roon or LMS).
• All critical area’s of the server have their own power supply.
• No reclocking: our high-end USB board is directly clocked (not reclocked) from a dedicated ultra low jitter clock board, and both are powered independently.
Digital output Superclock based dedicated USB 3.0 output supporting USB Audio Class 2.0 to connect to your USB DAC
Network streaming with realtime scheduling to any Roon endpoint and Logitech / Squeezebox based players
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet 1x RJ45 for realtime clocked gigabit supporting true gigabit ethernet ISP’s
USB 1x ultra high-end low jitter superclock based USB DAC output
2x USB 3.0 ports for backup or connecting additional USB dac’s
2x USB 2.0 ports for connecting additional USB dac’s
HDMI HDMI port supporting HDMI dac’s and surround processors / receivers
KVM VGA, DVI, HDMI and keyboard/mouse service ports – normally never needed as the EVO is VPN supported
Grounding terminal Optional grounding terminal supporting bare wire, banana and spades can be purchased when ordering your 432 EVO, to connect grounding cables and grounding boxes, or to create a direct grounding path between your EVO and DAC
OPEN FILE FORMATS
Logitech Media Server All common formats including DSD, WAV, flac, MP3, ogg vorbis, aac, … Passthrough of MQA
Roon MP3, WAV, WAV64, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, OGG, and AAC at resolutions up to 32 bit 768kHz. Roon also supports DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, and DSD512 in the DSF and DFF formats.
DRM FILE FORMAT
Logitech Media Server Ogg Vorbis as supported by Spotify Passthrough of MQA towards MQA DAC when using bitperfect mode
Roon MQA first unfold supported & any MQA feature in Roon As MQA does not recover any new audio data in the second unfold, second unfold can be replaced by 432 EVO’s own upsample which also can support minimum phase rendering with one cycle of post-ringing, or the superior sounding Archimago minimum phase filter.

AUDIO TRANSFORMATIONS
Bitperfect mode No audio transformations occur, unless DAC does not support sample rate or bit depth of format, otherwise true bitperfect matching or even beating the most exclusive CD transports
Upsampling-only Output most DSD & PCM formats in any input samplerate as 24 bit or 32 bit output in one of the following output samplerate:
44.1K, 88.2K, 176.4K, 352.8K and DXD, 706.6K
48K, 96K, 192K, 384K, 768K
432 Hz mode Same as upsampling mode, but with 432 Hz processing without resolution loss. 432 Hz and upsampling are a combined one step algorithm, therefore no additional load is caused on the CPU when using 432 Hz mode compared to upsampling
SUPPORTED TUNING TRANSFORMATIONS USING 432 Hz MODE
Input pitch 440 Hz up to 445 Hz in one step increments
Other pitches can be added by special request
Output pitch 415 Hz
426 Hz
430.5 Hz (Equal Tone Temperament)
432 Hz (Verdi’s A, Pythagorean Temperament)
440 Hz (today’s Concert Pitch) → used for upsample-only mode
444 Hz
Supported input formats Any audio and file format from local files on the internal storage on the EVO or a NAS, internet radio, on demand streaming services such.
444 Hz mode not compatible with live internet radio
UPSAMPLING RECIPES
For Upsampling-Only And 432 Hz Modes
Linear phase User tunable linear phase filter, including tuning of processing buffer size and several precision options. All frequencies have the same delay through the filter.
Minimum phase User tunable minimum phase filter, including tuning of processing buffer size and several precision options. No pre-ringing.
Post-ringing can be regular long tail “minimum-phase” without aliasing, or reduced MQA / Ayre inspired one cycle of post-ringing with free bonus aliasing, create pseudo ultrasonics.
Intermediate phase The only server on the market supporting Archimago’s Intermedia Phase upsampling, the most ideal filter with mainly post-ringing and no phase issues within the audible range.
432 EVO implements his original recipe, and two improved variants of this filter
AUDIO SAMPLE RATES
Sample rates All common multiples of 44.1 and 48K
All common DSD formats
Bit depths 16, 24 and 32 bit

CONTROL APPS
Roon Official Roon remote running on Apple or Android tablets & phones
Desktop version of Roon for PC or MAC acting as a Roon remote control
Logitech Media Server Any web browser for web based version of GUI
SqueezePad (iPad)
iPeng (iPhone/iPad)
Orange Squeeze (Android)
Squeezer (Android)
Squeeze Remote (Windows)
CONFIGURATION INTERFACE
Web Gui Web interface usable on any phone, tablet, laptop or desktop:
1. Configure the 432 Hz enabled player
2. Check the riplogs
3. Switch between Roon & Logitech Media Server
4. Several other system configuration parameters not often changed
HARDWARE
Ripdrive Hand tested Teac slot-loading, tested with at least 5 retail CD’s which are known to cause rip issues on some drives. All CD’s must past our extreme test.
Default storage Ultra low noise laptop 4 TB HDD on spring suspension system, with sata noise filtering and sata protocol tuning for lower EMI
Storage upgrades Optional 4 TB SSD or 2x 4 TB SSD merged as a virtual 8 TB instead of 4 TB HDD is possible. Please ask your reseller for pricing.
CPU J4205 tuned to a more constant power draw for lower software jitter.
More modern and faster than some competitors who use the outdated N4200
Memory 8 GB, plenty enough for Roon even when importing larger collections
SUPPORTED STREAMING SERVICES
Roon Internet radio, Qobuz and Tidal
Logitech Media Server Internet radio, Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify and any service for which an LMS plugin is available
REQUIREMENTS
Mains supply 230V or 115V AC
True triple linear power supply with triple transformers
Versions for 110 / 220 / 120 / 240 Volt countries on special order
Internet Internet connection required for updates, VPN support & metadata retrieval.
Can work standalone (e.g. hifi shows, shows on location) with just a Wi-Fi router attached via ethernet and no active internet connection
DAC USB To use the superclock based USB output, you’ll need a USB dac conforming to USB Class Audio 2.0 standard (most DAC’s follow this standard)
Network endpoint To stream to endpoints, you’ll need Roon or Squeezebox compatible endpoints

PHYSICAL
Colour Black or silver
Weight PSU 8.2 KG
Server 5 KG
Dimensions PSU 435 x 325 x 60mm (W x D x H, 69mm including feet)
Server 435 x 325 x 60mm (W x D x H, 69mm including feet)
What’s in the box DC cables
Server
PSU
Manuals & Quickguide
Cabling Triple set of red/green/yellow color coded high-end DC cables
3x DC high-end cables included, each approx 80cm
Server & PSU can be placed top down,or even on different rack shelves, or side by side – bundled cables are long enough for all these variations.
Chassis Modular chassis which will support future hardware updates such as new mainboards as they come to market
WARRANTY & REMOTE SUPPORT
2 years limited warranty
2 years VPN support included with the 432 EVO

We are still delivering orders as normal. When your order ships you will still receive tracking details. For UK shipments, Our couriers have procedures in place to ensure deliveries are arriving as quickly & safely as possible. Drivers can now sign for your parcels, however will notify you that they have arrived, in order to ensure you receive your parcel. Signing for the parcel has now been stopped temporally for hygiene reasons. Drivers are also working with customer instructions, so you can ask them to leave the parcel in a safe place (doorstep etc...) if you prefer not to come into direct contact with the driver.

Express Deliveries

Express Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. Express Delivery offers delivery in 24-72 hours from time of purchase. We use premium couriers for this service, mainly DPD & Royal Mail. DPD will offer you a one hour window for delivery to make sure someone is at home, or you can reschedule the delivery if no one is around. 

Standard Deliveries

Here at Kronos AV, we have vast experience with e-commerce sales. Making sure that your parcel arrives undamaged is a huge priority for us. That’s why at Kronos AV, we only use premium couriers for all our orders. All our parcels are shipped with DPD or Royal Mail and are always sent Signed For to make sure it gets to the right person. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!

Details

Delivery is FREE on all orders over £50. In order to offer FREE delivery to UK customers, we use several premium couriers to ensure your delivery arrives safe.

Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

We can offer very generous trade in offers across the majority of our product range. 

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