Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AUDIO GRADE USB 3.0 PCIE CARD


V2,V3,V4 card is using 5V power supply only,
Higher voltage input will burned the card.
If the card has been burned  by higher voltage input,
That will be no warranty.
Repair fees is $USD50 for the V2 card,
$USD200 for the V3,V4 card.


High Grade 2 Rails LPSU





V2 USB CARD


Bracket for the external PSU is an option,
Offer 2.1mm or 2.5mm DC jack only.
Bundle with TZYUN top grade power cable $USD20.


Base on NEC uPD720202 chip
Window,Linux compatibility.
Low jitter TCXO with audio grade silver digital output transformer
Very smooth & analog like but in full audio performance
It is one of the best audio grade usb cards in the world. 


This card powered by a external +5V/1A min. from Molex 4pin socket.
And doesn't use any power supply from the PCIE slot.




 The heart of this card is customer made low jitter TCXO


This low jitter TCXO is similar to other very expensive large size low jitter XO module,
But integrated in a small compact size.



Hand made silver wire audio grade digital output transformer for TCXO,
This transformer is the top grade of transformer for audio 
It is much much better than any regular audio grade output transformer of the world.


V2S USB CARD


V2S with separate clock module like V4 card,
Design for the low profile chassis (ex. FC5).




Win8,Win10,Window serverer need no driver.
Win7 please download driver from this link

This card need a +5V/1A min. PSU connect to 4pin D type Molex socket ,
And this PSU will affect the SQ.
Battery PSU > Linear PSU >ATX PSU
Linear PSU + pico PSU is the highest cost / performance  ratio solution for this card & MB


$129USD including world wide shipping and a free low profile bracket,
You could replace bracket as you need. 

I accept paypal only,
Please email me for a paypal invoice.
ppastudio@yahoo.com.tw 




V3 USB CARD



Bracket for the external PSU is an option,

Offer 2.1mm or 2.5mm DC jack only.

Bundle with TZYUN top grade power cable $USD20.



Feed Back form users



Recommend to insert on the first pcie x16 slot.



The last pcie x16 slot is second choice.

V3 USB CARD has used customer made OCXO module with latest version digital output transformer.
It is the top grade audio USB CARD of the world so far.

OCXO need much higher current than Low Jitter TCXO,
Recommend to use 5V/2A min. power supply. 

Because of the large size of OCXO module,
The height of V3 usb card is 45mm.
Please ensure your server has enough space to install this card.

V3 card is base on V2 card but with OCXO module,
You don't need new driver for the V3 card.

If V3 card did not supply power output to USB device,
V3 card need 750mA when the oven on heating,
After 3 minutes when the oven is full heated,
V3 card need 200mA.
In the other hand,
If your PSU offer true 1A output,
V3 card will work fine.

My battery adapter offer 3A continue output,
5A max. output.
It has plenty room for the V3 card and could be driver SSDs at same time without the sound quality down grade.

V3 card is more analog, relaxing, easy and natural,
More detail in all frequency range.
V3 card is the top grade usb card for the audio,
Much better than any usb card.


Offer one year warranty,
But burned by higher voltage is not including.
Due to the high costs of OCXO,
V3 USB CARD is no return,Please understand. 

$USD429 including free shipping world wide.



   
V4 USB CARD

Bracket for the external PSU is an option,

V4 USB CARD base on V3 card but with separate OCXO module.
Ideal for the low profile chassis.
The height of OCXO module is 40mm. 

This OCXO with high speed buffer and with very high grade shield output cable also
The sonic is no different with V3 card,
And the length of cables could be 20cm to 80cm with no difference. 
Standard length is 30cm.






Regular cables length is 30cm.
Same price with V3 usb card. 


 Full size extension face plate for external PSU

2.5mm DC jack (2.1mm option) allow external PSU input for USB card.
$USD20



USER's feed back

I could pick up my PPA V4 card yesterday and the installation went as a breeze.
I was up an running in less than half an hour with the proper Renesas drivers installed and was immediately impressed.
What struck me right away was the increase in overall smoothness without loss of macro/ micro details,
rather the opposite in fact.I can now  here low level subtleties in the recordings I have never noticed  before.
There is also improved spatial cues compared to my "old"  trusted V1 card

 

If you can't detect the USB DAC with V2 card under Window server 2012 R2
 Select system properties



Select device manager



Select scan for hardware changes




The USB DAC will be display on sound,video and game controllers,
If not work,
Please try to scan for hardware changes one or two more times.

 USB DAC set up with Foobar 2000


ADD ASIO driver for the USD DAC,
Recommend to use ASIO out put for the foobar 2000.



Select proper USD DAC


103 comments:

  1. Hi very nice post. Very useful information regarding isolation transformer and its specifications. Thanks for sharing this useful blog.

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  2. Hi. If the offboard DAC being used is asynchronous I understand that means the signal is clocked by the DAC, not the PC. In that case, does it matter having a high quality low-jitter TCXO on the USB board?

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  3. I am using a asynchronous DAC,
    I recommend you to try V2 card and find out it is matter or not.
    Thank you!

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  4. Very informative article, yes I agree with Paul V2 cards are good for sorting thins out.It has also helped us in our usb drives,thanks for sharing

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  5. My PPA USB card arrived and a couple of question came to mind. I am running Server 2012 R2 in Core mode and I turned off Plug n' Pray.

    Does the card require drivers in WS 2012? Do I need to exit Core mode and turn on P&P for the card to be picked up by the OS?

    Thanks!

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  6. Hi Paul, I'm running Daphile on a Intel NUC D34010WYK, is this card working on my system? Any drivers needed? Thank you so much.

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    1. This card need no driver for Linux,
      Thanks!

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    2. Did it work with Daphile? I am interested also.

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  7. I recommend you to try V2 card and find out it is matter or not gambar payudara . Thank you!

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  8. Hi Paul,
    Could I replace an Audiophileo by the V2 card ans to obtain a same or better result ? If not, have you an economic solution for me ?

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    1. Hi,
      V2 card is design for the high end DDC or USB DAC.
      Thanks!

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  9. Amazing improvement over mobo USB ports! So musical... Thank You for a great product!

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  10. hello intel mother board I7 chip . what driver do I use . I tried the ver 2 driver but it show sin control panel wrong driver .what do I try.

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    1. Please down load the NEC uPD720202 driver,
      Remove the old driver and install the uPD720202 driver should be work.
      Thanks!

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  11. Hi, may I know if this card fits into an Intel nuc, which I thknk only supports mini pcie. Also does the dimension fits in the box as well?

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  12. Hi,
    Sorry!
    This card is not fits with intel NUC.

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  13. I installed the card ...WOW ! The quality of the sound was amazing ! It was powered by external
    battery.
    I was normally shocked how your card improved the sound over regular USB
    port.
    It is impossible but true ;-)
    Good work !!!!

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  14. Can i use a regular usb 2.0 cable with this card, ( can you suggest where to buy it in the Netherlands or direct with you)

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    1. Yes! usb 2.0 cable is compatible with v2 card,
      Please order from knooppuntaudio.nl,
      http://www.knooppuntaudio.nl/index.php/en/.
      Order from me is fine also.

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  15. where can i buy this usb in indonesia, i live in jakarta thanks

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    1. I accept paypal only,
      Please email me for a paypal invoice.
      ppastudio@yahoo.com.tw

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  16. is there any difference between the two usb ports

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  17. maybe, a option for future version,
    one with 5v for dac, and one without 5v

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    1. I strongly recommend to keep the original power of the usb port,
      Even your device need no 5V power supply from usb port..

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    2. Why?
      I'm thinking of buying the V2, but don't need the 5v bus power.
      Does the card work properly (-5v) if i don't power it with 5v LPS?
      In other words, is the card taking power from pcie to operated and uses the 5v external power only for usb bus? Thanks in advance

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  18. Great product, it improved the sq very much. Works very fine with daphile and audiophilleo usb/ spdif converter.
    Thanks Paul!

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  19. I recently purchased a V2 card from AudioPhil and am definitely interested in the V4 card for a low-profile HTPC. A couple of questions...

    * Is there any loss of performance due to the added 20cm cable length on the V4 card (versus V3)?
    * Is it possible to order one with a shorter length?

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    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    2. Thank you!
      This OCXO with high speed buffer and with very high grade shield output cable,

      The sonic is no different with V3 card,

      And the length of cables could be 20cm to 80cm with no difference.

      Standard length is 30cm.

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  20. Hi Paul,
    Your V3 card sounds amazing right out of the box,and powered by a regular power supply. Analogue sound, and hearing details in music that I never heard before. I run a top notch asynchronous DAC(Phasure NOS) and didn't expect much of an improvement, but I was proven very wrong. Keep up the good work and my very best to you.Regards,Don

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  21. Hi, I have your ppa audio card V2. I would like to ask if I can power this up with KingRex Mk2 linear PSU, 13V DC?

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    1. Hi,
      This card accept +5V only,
      Higher voltage will burn this card.
      KingRex Mk2 linear PSU, 13V DC is not compatible with this card.
      Thanks!

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    2. Thanks for your reply. Btw do you sell the cable that connects PPA card to linear power supply? If I'm not wrong, it is molex-to-dc cable? And how much is it if you're selling?

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  22. i got a card to test from a friend (now has the v3) but we don't know if it's v1 or v2 (so which drivers to use on server 2012)
    How can one see difference between v1 and v2

    Thanks!

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  23. V1 card with bigger PCB than V2,V3,V4 card,
    Thanks!

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  24. Bummer. installed the card using v2 drivers on xp 32 bit system. card shows up, no problem. Plug in m2tech evo. get regocnised, drivers do install. All seems fine! than i can't play music because the evo can't be openend. tried v1 drivers but same problem. Plugin evo into onboard port works directly.
    any idea how i can fix this ?

    Thanks, Ray

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  27. Hi Paul,

    I am planning to buy one.

    I have oppo-ha 1 DAC that uses asynchronous USB version 2. Your USB cards are using USB version 3 standard. Can you please let me know if you can USB version 2 cards? or confirm if I use USB version 3.0 it wont matter in terms of sound quality and compatibility.

    Thanks,

    Boris

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    1. usb 3.0 card is compatible with usb 2.0 device.
      Thanks!

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  28. Hi Paul. Determined that I have v2 card and so am using correct drivers. Is there anything i can do to get this card working with m2tech evo please ?

    Thanks, Ray

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    1. Select device manager>>>>>Select scan for hardware changes

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  29. Hi Paul. Thing is that all hardware appears correct in the device manager. So if i put evo into onboard > it shows under audio devices and i can choose it in foobar. Than i put cable into PPA card > evo shows up in device manager , i can choose in foobar but it doesn't work. it;s driving me nuts :(

    just got card out and compared to picture. seems there was a rewire done. One wire from red thing is now going to normal pcb instead of upper pcb. now idea why this is but can this be the problem ??

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  30. can i email you directly ? than i could send photo

    Thanks, Ray

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    1. Hi,
      Sorry for the late reply!
      Please mail me directly,
      ppastudio@yahoo.com.tw

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  31. Hello PAUL, I want to buy this USB card my email is konstantin-kostrov@yandex.ru

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  32. Replies
    1. V4 card is $USD429including shipping,
      Thanks!

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  33. What's the maximum voltage of the V3 card? I have a 9 volt rail on my power supply which I'd like to use if possible.

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    1. V3 card accept 5V only,
      Higher voltage will burn this card.
      Thanks!

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  34. Dear Paul,
    Today, i installed the V2 card. Very good move in the direction of the sound. More detail, dynamics and lightness. Thank you so much! From HUNGARY

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  35. My computer didn't see USB card.
    At first, My DAC can detected it. I listened to it for couple of hours after restarted,nothing can be heard.
    I've just send e-mail to you.
    Please help.

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  37. The V4 USB card has taken my Audio-PC to an unbelievable level, I highly recommend this card, it is easy to install and fits perfectly in my Streacom ST-FC5WS-Evo chassis with a little modification for the mounting screws. The clock temperature runs at about 30 degrees centigrade, which is no issue. Definitely worth the price.

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  38. I think Paul should mount the clock to anothet bracket (optional)
    Bcuz not everyone have tech skill at least...me.

    V4 is my big improvement. Sound more realistic, natural analogy.

    Feed him with separate lpsu is much more better. It's a boundary where i never reached b4!!

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  42. Hi Paul
    Got the v4 card today, installed on a machine running Daphile (linux kernel 4.1.15 rt). With some USB DACs the card works fine, but not all ! Sadly my main DAC does not work :-(
    Why might this be?

    Using 5v 5A external PSU and I know DAC does not "need" 5v on its input. DAC has Amanero input card

    Thank you

    Neill

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  44. Hi there, what about using the V2 with an HRT Music streamer II+? is it still available? Thans in advance

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    1. V2 is compatible with HRT Music streamer II, please email for the paypal invoice.
      ppastudio@yahoo.com.tw

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  45. Hi, Paul
    PPA V4 doesn't work with Brooklyn DAC.... need your help.

    I just bought a new DAC (Mytek Brooklyn) for a couple of days. After everything connected, my pc didn't see DAC (sometime see, sometime not).

    I tried everything, uninstalled, installed, plug and unplug back and forth many times but it still be the same.

    Finally I changed to connect DAC via USB on mobo instead... then it worked.

    I think it may be your usb card that is not compatible with Brooklyn.

    Could you please help me fix this thing out? Can it be upgraded? ( its firmware )

    Thanks

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  46. Because of the chip used in the USB card (NEC) the card does not work with certain DACs. It depends entirely on the USB receiver chip in the DAC. It can be fixed if you can somehow flash the DAC firmware but this is very unlikely to be possible

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  49. Hello Paul, after using your V2 card, I noticed something weird that seems to happen a lot and it's that I consistently get Code 10 errors. I am running Windows 10 and have the correct driver. It drives me insane because sometimes it works and other times it's just in code 10 error. Do you know how to fix this?

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  51. It's boring so much to keep asking you everyday, Paul. WTF with my 256G SSD ha?
    Why don't reply me about my repair 256G SSD, i think i should report this to local police and also kaoshiung police because you don't take any response for me. I don't know that it loss or stolen or something.

    As i only know is i don't receive it . I don't receice tracking number or even deliver date notification from you.

    You guys stop foolin around buying crap things here. It will turn you to the worst nightmare when you need is after sales service...




    If you don't reply me about my repair 256G SSD, i think i should report this to local police and also kaoshiung police because you don't take any response for me. I don't know that it loss or stolen or something.

    As i only know is i don't receive it and tracking number or even deliver date notification from you.

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  55. Hello Paul.I am using v2 usb card connected to Singxer SU-1. When i try Audiocadabra dual head usb cable-both heads plugged into V2 card the Singxer not get the signal.But when i plug one to v2 and other head to pc usb the Singxer work. Why i cant plug both to V2 card?

    http://www.audiocadabra.com/blog/audiocadabra-ultimus2-solid-core-silver-dual-headed-usb-cables/

    http://www.shenzhenaudio.com/singxer-su-1-usb-digital-interface-with-xmos-xu208-cpld-dsd256-dop.html

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    1. I have no ideal what cause this issue,Please try data connector to both use slot of V2 card,If the slots is working fine with any usb slot,This issue may came from the grounding design of your usb cable.

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  56. Installed the v3 card onto an asrock h97m-itx with windows 10 pro v1607. Installed the drivers, rebooted. Device manager still doesn't recognize the card. Properties of the card in device manager say:

    'The device cannot start (Code 10)

    (Device timeout)
    The specified I/O operation on the hs% was not completed before the time-out period expired'

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  57. well, I took the card out and installed it into an x79 motherboard and it showed up right away. So i took it back to the asrock and reinstalled the drivers. It started working. Bizarre. It must have been an electrical connection. Perhaps the contacts needed a little 'scuffing' to get good contact.

    Sounds smoother than the native usb.

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  58. Discovered the problem. The card has to be powered BEFORE the pc finishes its boot. Otherwise the usb card does not respond properly when windows enumerates pc devices and loads the wrong driver.

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    1. Please use 5V / true 3A output PSU for the USB card, Less current may cause this issue.

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    2. anyone get this card to work on a mac?

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  59. In this blog, you give a great information. V3 USB CARD has used customer made OCXO module with latest version digital output transformer.It is the top grade audio USB CARD of the world so far. I find your opinion, thanks for sharing.
    https://www.cruxaudio.com/

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  60. Hi Paul,
    I've just installed your V2 USB card in my win server 2012 R2 PC and it sounds fantastic! I am really amazed! The card played without the need of installing the NEC uPD720202 driver kit.. Do I have though to install that driver for enhanced sq or just leave it that way?? I am looking forward for your advising and many thnx again for such a fine product!

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  61. since the latest round of windows 10 updates I am getting blue screen errors pointing to the renesas driver.
    The crash dump shows this:
    crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\011417-6015-01.dmp
    This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x14A6F0)
    Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF8005106F2E0, 0xFFFFBA80B9425390, 0x0)
    Error: SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION
    file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

    Event log shows this:
    Device PCI\VEN_1912&DEV_0015&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02\4&63638ad&0&0008 had a problem starting.

    In Device manager->USB controllers->Renesas Electronics Host Controller->right click to properties-> select hardware id from dropdown and you see PCI\VEN_1912&DEV_0015&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_02

    So I dont know what is flaky about this driver but the error:
    Bugcheck code: 0x3B (0xC0000005, 0xFFFFF8005106F2E0, 0xFFFFBA80B9425390, 0x0)

    is related to user code that tries to execute at a privileged level.

    Has anyone run into this?

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  62. I bought the V3 USB card and it sounds amazing! I had an SoTM USB card, both powered by linear power supply and I found that the PPA V3 sounds much smoother and more analogue so I sell the SoTM with no regret.

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  64. Hi Paul Pang,
    I am Dat from Vietnam. I haven't received your USB V2 Card for more than 1 month ( I have transfered you $122.55 USD payment by Paypal on 07/02/2017). Please check again for me!
    My email: thanhdat46@gmail.com

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  65. Hi Paul Pang,
    I am Dat from Vietnam. Currently I haven't received your USB V2 Card (near 2 months)
    I have sent you many times but you didn't reply
    Can you tell me what is the problem ???
    My email: thanhdat46@gmail.com

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  66. The motherboard i am using ( ASUS H110T https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/H110T/) has a compatibility problem with NEC/Renesas USB3 chip (version 0.96).You think it will work with v2 board ?

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  68. Hi Paul,

    You said that V2 must be connected to a PCIe x16, but I have only a PCIe x1 available.
    I will get a lower sound quality?

    Regards.
    Luis.

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    1. PCIE 1X is fine, the sound quality is no difference with 16X,

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    2. Paul,

      I have changed my chassis and put an HDPlex instead. I put a Riser cable for PaulPang USB V2. Some times windows 10 start with the drivers of Renesas not working. I open the chassis, move the extension cable, restart windows and PP is recognized. I think riser cable is bad, change PP usb card in another slot, try to connecting directly to PCIe x16. Restart windows and not work.
      Reinstall Windows 10 and not work.
      I'm pulling my hairs!
      Any help is welcome, please.

      Regards,
      Luis.

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    3. Have you installed the chipset driver? Please update the win10to the latest version and try again

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    4. Hi Paul,

      Problem solved: I try V2 in another PC and works. I buyed new mother board and new processor and now V2 works fine.

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