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51 minutes ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

I can’t wait for someone to try the M1 Max chip and HQP. 

I wish an M1 Max Mac Mini had also been announced.

 

It would have fewer thermal compromises and would likely be cheaper since it wouldn't need the expensive premium new screen. 

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1 hour ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

I can’t wait for someone to try the M1 Max chip and HQP. 

 

I ordered one today. Delivery time in mid-November. I didn't buy the 16 "MacBook Pro for audio, but for my IT business. Of course I'll try the HQPlayer. 😉

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I have a quick question! I have a Dac that will only do 64 DSD and 192 PCM, which mode would give me the best benefit using HQPlayer? 

Thanks, Sam

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2 hours ago, shum3s said:

I have a quick question! I have a Dac that will only do 64 DSD and 192 PCM, which mode would give me the best benefit using HQPlayer? 

Thanks, Sam

For DSD content DSD64 for sure. But for PCM I think it is hard to answer. DSD64 is too low rate to demonstrate the benefit of PCM to DSD conversion.


Currently I am playing into this one: https://www.amazon.com/Topping-E50-ES9068AS-PCM768kHz-Outputs/dp/B09F2BWQV2?th=1

It's $269 and it is amazing how it performs. I listened to many DACs in range < $1000, but this one surprised me much. Very neutral and detailed, but without any fatigue. Exceptional price/value ratio. You can find reviews and measurements on the web. Although no direct DSD path with Sabre based chip, with HQPlayer I clearly benefit from PCM to DSD conversion.

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1 hour ago, bogi said:

For DSD content DSD64 for sure. But for PCM I think it is hard to answer. DSD64 is too low rate to demonstrate the benefit of PCM to DSD conversion.


Currently I am playing into this one: https://www.amazon.com/Topping-E50-ES9068AS-PCM768kHz-Outputs/dp/B09F2BWQV2?th=1

It's $269 and it is amazing how it performs. I listened to many DACs in range < $1000, but this one surprised me much. Very neutral and detailed, but without any fatigue. Exceptional price/value ratio. You can find reviews and measurements on the web. Although no direct DSD path with Sabre based chip, with HQPlayer I clearly benefit from PCM to DSD conversion.

    In other words I will get better results staying with upsampling in HQ on the PCM side! 

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18 hours ago, shum3s said:

    In other words I will get better results staying with upsampling in HQ on the PCM side! 

I would simply compare what sounds me better. With PCM upsampling you get lower processor load.

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I am little new to music streaming services, and I am thoroughly enjoying Qobuz in the car, but I am trying to find out the best way to integrate Qobuz into my home system, which is a Denafrips T+ DAC, pre-amp, amp., etc.

 

I generally use Audiolinux with JRiver interface and HQPlayer as the player (I know not many people do that), and I might be open to use that, but for last several months, I am just using HQP Desktop in Windows environment.

 

My question is how to integrate Qobuz with HQPlayer in Audiolinux and Windows environment. I do have HQP Embedded license as well. Do I really need Roon for this (in AL and Windows)? Thank you.

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2 hours ago, sig8 said:

My question is how to integrate Qobuz with HQPlayer in Audiolinux and Windows environment. I do have HQP Embedded license as well. Do I really need Roon for this (in AL and Windows)? Thank you.

 

No, you don't need Roon just for that purpose, you can do it for free.

In Windows, the easiest way is to use Qobuz desktop app, set a loopback virtual driver (the likes of the free Virtual Audio Cable) as Qobuz output device, set it as input in hqplayer and you're done, you just have to specify the right sample frequency in hqplayer, whenever it should change. All for free. The complex way is using Kodi as DLNA renderer thanks to the free Supersonic plugin from Geoffrey Armstrong and a free Qobuz-compatible DLNA player like BubbleUPnP on your cell/tablet. I tested both and both are working ok after right settings. There are other ways too, but they are not free.

In linux using Embedded it should be even simpler, thanks to its UPnP renderer functionality (you could even use LMS to control it, very good and free).

 

 

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@Luca72c Thank you, but I will need little more explanation than that. This is what I see under Qobuz Desktop App, and I have not used any input device settings in HQP so for, but whatever I do I will play from my local storage also sometimes. Please give little more explanation. Thanks.

 

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38 minutes ago, sig8 said:

@Luca72c Thank you, but I will need little more explanation than that. This is what I see under Qobuz Desktop App, and I have not used any input device settings in HQP so for, but whatever I do I will play from my local storage also sometimes. Please give little more explanation. Thanks.

 

Ok, you can find some free programs for windows that create two virtual audio devices: a virtual input device and a virtual output device (they are called "loopback device drivers"). The most known is Virtual Audio Cable, but there are others. You have to install the program, then it will act as a "loopback" audio device, i.e. you can select the audio device input part as output device in any multimedia program or in the OS (you can imagine it as a "microphone" from another app), then all you play to that device is output in the audio device output part (you can imagine it as "loudspeaker" towards another app, connected to the "microphone" above). That virtual audio device part you have to select as input in hqplayer, adjusting the settings and playing the flow as described in hqplayer documentation and in this thread.

In Qobuz, you'll find the input part as a hw audio device to select as output. In hqplayer you'll find the output part as an audio device to select as input. Much easier to do than to explain... 😅

The only drawback is that in hqplayer you have to specify the input frequency, so if you play just 44.1 flows in Qobuz you can go stopless, but if you play songs with different frequencies you'll have to stop hqplayer, specify the right frequency than play the new audio flow.

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17 hours ago, sig8 said:

Thank you, but I will need little more explanation than that.

Here you can find an example configuration of Virtual Audio Cable on Windows with HQPlayer:
https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/the-hqplayer-thread.11376/#post-358014

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