The Taiko Audio SGM Extreme is a State of the Art Music Server designed to deliver the most realistic sounding musical presentation from both stored music files and streaming music from Qobuz and Tidal.
The hardware architecture is based around dual multicore CPU’s running under a Taiko Audio custom assembled operating system.
The Taiko Audio SGM Extreme is powered by a custom in-house linear power supply with choke regulation and a large capacitor bank utilising the highest audiophile grade Dueland and Mundorf capacitors.
Weighing in at back breaking 45kg the SGM Extreme is based around a fully custom chassis manufactured from CNC machined hybrid Copper, Aluminium and Panzerholz.
The finely machined aircraft-grade aluminium as a shield from external noise, but also keeps your other components free from pollution. The heavy top layer for example hosts a total of 6.000 machined holes. These holes are “waveguides” which attenuate emissions by 81 dB!
Inside the SGM you will find multiple measures to tackle the vibrational behaviour of the various components. Copper and Panzerholz have proven to be the best materials for this task, bringing low mechanical impedance and a benign vibrational spectrum to the table.
The Extreme is a sight to behold and built to last!
Cooling is fully passive using a 240W in house design, no active components, no fans , zero moving parts.
The Extreme is built for bit perfect output, focussing on the lowest possible latency, these 2 factors combined becomes a significant part of the resulting sound quality. Under the hood there is a total of 48GB of RAM and 2 x Dual Intel Xeon Scalable 10 core – 20 thread CPU’s for 20 cores – 40 threads in total to make up the processing power for the SGM Extreme – each CPU comes with it’s own dedicated memory bank, one domain is dedicated to the operating system, the other for music playback, so processing duties are not compromised essentially.
Music storage is via PCI-e SSD which has a directly connection to the CPU, which is much faster and quieter than a conventional 2.5 inch SSD drive. This level of quietness is another aspect of the SGM Extreme which explains why the performance level is so Extreme!
2TB of storage are included as standard, and you can specify additional 2TB drive for £300 per drive, up to a total of 28TB. RAID configuration is not recommended as it affects performance, so an external back up is recommended, which is very easy.
In terms of playback the SGM Extreme was designed with Roon in mind, it can act as both the Core and the Endpoint. The choice by Emile and his team to design a dual CPU system was for a large part fuelled by finding a way around the impact Roon’s luxury interface has on sound quality. It does enable Roon processing to become virtually inaudible, a world’s first in both Taiko’s experience (and my own!).
Not wanting to stand still Taiko have been working hard on developing their own interface, the first iteration of this was called TAS (Taiko Audio Server), which has existed in beta form for some time. The TAS interface comfortably outperforms Roon in performance terms, it is incredibly clean and accurate. Although to be fair using Roon on the Taiko is still an experience like no other!
Behind the scenes Taiko have working on a second interface called XDMS – which is due for launch soon and will effectively replace TAS.
Taiko released the their Extreme Audio Card as an option in 2021 and it was an instant and huge success, they spent a long time developing this card and their remit was to simply outperform the standard USB output that came on the Taiko by default. This USB card delivered a profound impact on sound quality and every single Taiko I have supplied came with the USB card fitted.
Fast forward to the March 2023 and Taiko have just launched their Extreme Network Card and their Extreme Network Switch.
The Extreme Network Card is like the USB card, it is a card that be up fitted to an existing Extreme to upgrade it’s performance with streaming music, to add an Extreme Network Card to an existing SGM Extreme Server is £1750.00
As of 1st of March 2023 the Extreme SGM Server has increased in price to £30,000, but this price includes both the Extreme USB Card and Extreme Network Card as standard, they are no longer optional.
The Extreme Network Switch is £5150 and is not included with the Extreme as standard, for existing Taiko SGM Extreme owners you can purchase the Extreme Network Card and Extreme Switch in a bundle for £6850.
Home demonstrations are no problem at all, as are demonstrations in my listening room if you want to get flavour of what the Extreme can do.
If you are looking for the finest digital transport money can buy this is it. It will realign your reference point and it really does rip it up the digital rulebook over everything else and by a significant margin as well! Part exchange is welcome as well.
If you require more info on the Extreme don’t hesitate to get in touch
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.