JCAT Announces Xtreme Edition USB Audio Card and Low-Noise DC-Output PSU for Computer Audio

While many in computer audio have embraced all things dedicated or small when it comes to streamers and servers, or combos thereof, for those audiophiles who use a dedicated PC or laptop rig for their digital needs, JCAT is listening.

The company just announced the Optimo 3 DUO linear power supply and USB XE Card. The Optimo 3 features ultra-low noise, dual independently galvanically-isolated DC outputs. Built to partner with existing JCAT USB & NET cards, or any other component requiring up to 3A load, it is equipped with an enclosure and PSU layout “optimized for lowest possible mechanical noise.” The USB Extreme Edition Card is touted as state-of-the-art, with linear power supplies, and latest generation high-precision Emerald OCXO clock with ±5ppb stability to provide a plug-n-play upgrade for any computer equipped with a PCIe slot.

The Optimo is priced at approximately $1,650 USD (depending on Euro exchange rate) and the USB XE at $875 USD (depending on Euro exchange rate).

Further specs from JCAT

Optimo 3 DUO.

  • OPTIMO 3 DUO does not use any switching power supplies. 12x State-of-the-art LT3045 ultra low noise linear voltage regulators (6x per output) are used. The result is perfectly clean DC voltage with noise level below measuring range (< 2uV).
  • Bespoke massive low induction 100VA transformer with magnetic and electrical shielding, sealed with epoxy resin guarantees noiseless operation and spectacular dynamics.
  • The OPTIMO 3 DUO incorporates supreme quality audio grade capacitors. Internal wiring is made of high-purity OCC copper.
  • For pure voltage transmission the OPTIMO 3 DUO comes with high quality sockets from Furutech and Neutrik.
  • Two high quality 1.2m PC-OCC 0.7mm² double shielded DC cables with 5.5mm x 2.1mm DC barrel plugs (2.5 plugs available on special request) are included which guarantee superb connection.
  • For best customer experience the PSU incorporates these protection features: short circuit protection, current limit and thermal overload protection, transient overvoltage protection. Manufactured in EU with either 115/230V input.
  • Price: 1500EUR and includes free worldwide express delivery.
  • USB Card XE: Emerald OCXO (oven controlled oscillator) delivers the most stable timing in the presence of environmental stressors such as airflow, temperature perturbation, vibration, shock, and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
  • Industry's best LT3045 linear regulators and filters eliminate noise interferences from a PC.
  • Truly linear design: no switching power supplies anywhere.
  • Next generation low latency & low noise ASM3142 USB 3.1 host controller generates a clear USB Audio datastream.
  • External PSU option eliminates computer as the source of power for lowest noise & best sound quality (requirements for the PSU: 5V/1A min). The OPTIMO 3 DUO power supply is highly recommended for absolute best sound quality.
  • Supported operating systems: Windows (all editions), Linux, Mac OS (10.16 or later).
  • Price is 800EUR and includes free worldwide express delivery.

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PeterMusic's picture

I'm a bit confused--can't I buy an excellent purpose-built server with a great power supply and USB solution (or elimination) for the same $2-3K?