I'll pm you for the "fresh ears" proposal!
Coen, please do. You know I like it very much.
Something else meanwhile :
I don't know where it was any more, but somewhere (maybe 2 months ago) I wrote about the 300W HDPlex PSU's getting too hot. Mind you, this is from what I READ (past tense) somewhere.
Meanwhile I had a 100W myself (btw still have) and although this gets warm and the load (= PC) is under my strict supervision, I can see that it wastes energy where this "obviously" is without reason. I mean, if I do it myself, nothing gets warm really. Now :
What only from very recently coincides is the story of Joachim, but this is not know to you. Actually to me myself it is a bit of "interpretation at the distance" of what happened over in Finland, but of what he told
me (which is not necessarily the 100% truth, haha) he was able to have a sort of melt down of his PC, fed by the same 100W HDPlex (but with different ATX module). What I get of it, is that the unit got warmer and warmer, until something went "over" and the PC suffered (it did not break).
I think all depends largely on how the (ATX) protection works out and how the lot is challenged to begin with. Thus, let things heat up too much and performance (efficiency) will be more poor, which heats up more, which ...
Btw, Joachim most certainly did not confirm this, but he sure experienced a break down (things worked less and less until ...).
Now if the protection does not work as should (officially) anything can happen and it is hard to predict what. But say that the PC controls itself largely (OS + CPU does) and when the power supply starts to fail, possibly no further protections can kick in, like sudden shutdown before the damage gets too large. So you know, it really requires the IR Temperature meter to be used each 30 seconds, for a week in a row.
And aimed at anything that could potentially fail and when it fails you are probably too late to prevent further damage. But you can see it coming.
Mani too not so long ago talked about his Teradak being crazily hot - even without knowing for how long that had went on. Sure, things mostly are allowed to be so hot that you for sure would not like to touch them (say 100C+) but because of that heat, other things will sooner or later fail. For example a capacitor normally lasting 5 years may now die in 2 months. And capacitors tend to bridge plus and ground and if they fail they may short cut. And if you have a short cut, you will end up with nothing left (and hope that things don't get on fire).
You are right. A turntable has only a motor and should be less dangerous.
And when I was a small kid, I listened to my fathers turntable of which I knew how to switch it on and listened to the sound from the needle only. So maybe that is even more safe ? (stereo image would be less though).
Ok, nothing to really laugh about. But possibly your HDPlex failed on you because maybe it is not powerful enough, no matter what you think from math. It did not work for Joachim either (with his 80W TDP processor) and what I recall of it myself was that with that the lot consumes 20 (or was it 30 ?) Watts more (I wrote about this). That tells something.
Ok, back to work ...