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Posted on September 11, 2020 at 16:49:07
John Elison
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If you happen to have a digital player that plays digital files from USB SSDs or USB flash drives, and you get periodic dropouts, I've found a solution. My Fiio M15 plays digital files from a micro SD card and my Mytek Brooklyn Bridge plays digital files from a USB flash drive or hard drive. I used to get periodic dropouts until I applied Caig DeoxIT Gold to the memory card contacts and USB contacts. It solved the dropout problem completely. Since applying DeoxIT Gold I've been listening for nearly a week without experiencing a single dropout.

Try it! You'll like it!

 

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RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on September 12, 2020 at 12:55:18
LtMandella
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very good suggestion for any device that depends on contacts subject to corrosion and/or oxidation!

If art interprets our dreams, the computer executes them in the guise of programs!

 

RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on September 12, 2020 at 13:17:46
John Elison
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The contacts on both my players and the contacts on the memory cards and flash drives are all gold plated. However, I still experienced periodic dropouts until I decided to apply Caig DeoxIT Gold to the contacts.

Best regards,
John Elison

 

RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on September 13, 2020 at 09:00:49
Mel
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Gold plating may be applied in varying thicknesses.

"When connectors are plated with a very thin "flash" gold deposit (less than 10uin, 0.25um) the gold is a very porous. The gold plating thickness may look continuous but there are thousands of microscopic pores in the deposit making it more like a thin screen of gold rather than a continuous pore-free layer. Although the gold plating may not readily react to corrosive environments, the pores in the gold provide a path to the base material which will allow the substrate to oxidize and corrode through the gold." https://advancedplatingtech.com/

 

RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on September 13, 2020 at 09:59:51
John Elison
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Regardless of how thick or thin the gold plating is, Caig DeoxIT Gold solved my dropout problem.

Thanks!
John Elison

 

RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on October 5, 2020 at 20:50:44
smargo
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thanks for sharing! - thought it was something I had to live with - I have the exact same issue -

 

RE: Playing digital from SSDs and USB flash drives..., posted on October 6, 2020 at 19:35:53
John Elison
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You're welcome! I hope Caig DeoxIT Gold solves your dropout problem, too. Let me know!

 

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