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In Reply to: RE: Melco (Buffalo) 2nd generation media devices posted by fmak on June 27, 2017 at 07:33:11
Guessing that the largest difference is in the PS/Controller/cable/housing and not the SSD chips themselves?
Assume this to be a WORM application which would not require 'wear leveling' which tends to scatter bits about and require a lot of computations to find it?
Was told by someone who should know that differences in 'wear leveling' strategies and controller software is the largest difference in SQ of SSD drives so I'd guess that's the case here?
No link to HFN as it doesn't have a web page in the way that e.g. Stereophile does.
But here is a link to Melco and their top of line product. As they are a bona fide drive manufacturer I will take their description of the audio grade SSD operation at face value.
I had a long and impressive conversation with them at the Munich show and I may be a customer in the future ( NB : I am easy to impress :-)). Quite a fair amount of money however.
As they are a bona fide drive manufacturer
Where did you get that information? All I see on their product list are their audio streamers. The investment required to actually manufacture data drives is not inconsequential.
And they really need someone who speaks English to correct their many misspellings!
Buffalo, as in hard and solid state drives, LAN products etc, etc, is a subsidiary of Melco. Melco started out as a hifi company in Japan but entered the computer component supply market in the 1980s using Buffalo as its brand.
The Melco streamers are , I understand, the result of the founder reclaiming the interest of the company in its audio origins.
Buffalo like several dozen other "SSD makers" or "flash memory product makers" do not actually make the technology within these products. There are literally only a small handful of companies on the planet that actually have this capability. Intel, Micron, Toshiba, SanDisk/WD, are the ones that come to mind. Buffalo? Nope.
Is this just your assertion or do you have evidence?
In any case at what point in the manufacturing process does a product cease to be a a product of the manufacturer whose name it bears? OK I understand one may query badge engineering where a finished product from another supplier merely undergoes a minor styling change to rebrand it but I can think of few products where all of the technology or materials utilised come exclusively from the end manufacturer.
I have more credible evidence for my point than the O.P. has for his reference citing Hifinews. ;-)
"Melco says audio benefits are clear" ... Sure, what manufacturer would say otherwise about their own product? "...and this is confirmed in HiFiNews June review, " Confirmed by a tabloid-grade audio rag? OK. LoL!
See the link below which shows the small handful of NAND flash makers in the world, keeping in mind that NAND flash is at the heart of every SSD on the market from several dozen brands.
You make a valid point about finished product vs the core technologies within but there's not a lot the various 'brands' can control because the technology - and the cost of entry in this market - is far beyond most of these brands including Buffalo.
slur of many.
you have to buy a copy
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