The Extreme is built for bit perfect output without upsampling the data stream to cater to the latest premium R2R and Sigma/Delta D to A converters. WIth bit perfect streaming, system latency (=active processing time) becomes a significant part of the resulting sound quality. In our design of the Extreme, we focused on providing the lowest latency possible for every instruction or set of instuctions the server has to manage.
Why? To maintain as short a queue depth as possible in all system components, which lead to a constant current draw, low EMI/RFI emissions and powerline pollution. This is the reason the Extreme’s computational power seems to be overkill, but in fact is paramount to the resulting quality of the audio stream.
This makes also sure, that the Extreme will not be harmful to any other associated equipment you have in your music plaback chain.
The operating system has been custom stripped to the very core of what is absolutely needed to run music services. We believe our solution to be better and more reliable than any aftermarket software and even better than running the whole operation system in RAM.