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Hi,

This is my first post on the forum and i am happy to be in the computer audiophile group.

I will start a new project this week building a dual PC's setup.

I read a lot on different forums since a couples of week and now i am not sure where to start with the softwares.

Windows 2k12, Fideliser, AudioPhile Optimizer, Jplay, ProcessLasso, BugHead Emperor Player....

I want best possible SQ without software conflict and need your experiences.

 

Here is my components:

2 Mobo Gigabyte H97N-WIFI with OCXO clock module from Paul Pang studio.

2 x i7 4790k CPU.

16 GB (2x8) DDR3 ADATA CL 9-9-9-24 1.5 volt for each MOBO.

2 x HDPLEX H5 Cases.

2 x Paul Pang SSD drive 64GB.

1 x 2TB Samsung Storage Drive.

3 x Jcat Sata cables.

1 x Jcat battery PSU. (Not sure it is needed since I use a linear ATX PSU)

1 x Jcat USB Card.

1 x Gemeni USB dual end cable.

2 x 300 watt HDPLEX linear PSU.

 

Thanks

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Greetings, I am wondering are the both control and audio pc in dual pc setup equally important for sound quality. If one installed PPA Studio OXCO motherboard clock to both would there be a significant benefit or merely a benefit at all?

 

Can Windows 2k12 be installed on the ssd so that one could still use another OS for daily internet browsing, watching movies etc? Afterall my pc setup will be a workstation, not just a dual audio pc for Jplay playback.

 

Thank you for your advice.

 

Slappy, you have chosen really impressive hardware, for starters. Greetings to Québec, from Finland.

 

 

Best regards,

svoo

Good discernment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad discernment.

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Hi SVOO,

Greetings to Finland From Québec :-)

The most important PC is the Music one not the control one but many people like myself will tell you that at a certain level we don't take risk and put the maximum on both to make sure we are achieving the best result. Money is not a factor in an audiophile world and this is also true that many sharks around will try to sell us all kind of junk so we need to be carefull. As an exemple Actually I have a serious doubt about the Network cable to join both PC's. Is there a real gain by adding a 500US$ cable....Many will tell us that it is impossible since the cable transport only Binary (1's and 0's) but it is also true that the same cable can catch and transfer external noise coming from interference or other and have nothing in relation to the data transmition itself.

 

You can install another operating System on your Control PC and choose dual boot configuration.

If you would like to listen music than you choose to boot 2k12. Don't work with the machines when you are listening to music using your 2 PC's setup. If you would like to browse on the internet at the same time, i strongly recommended a 3rd Pc's.

I suggest the following guide in pdf format https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=ssl#q=pdf+guide+to+audiophile+pc

 

Best Regards

Slappy

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Greetings,

 

I did not get the link above function. Perhaps you tried to link this Audiophile Optimizer Setup Guide:

https://pdf.highend-audiopc.com/audiophile-optimizer-setup-guide.pdf

 

The cables I use are homemade and amongst the very best. My interconnects beat for example Shindo Silver, Zu Varial, Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Oval, Triode Wire Labs interconnects and copper version of Kondo. They also come amazingly close to Chimera Labs Advantage. I think I have already enough knowledge to beat the Chimera Advantages, too.

 

Therefore I am very interested in making both my own ethernet cable between dual pc setup and i2s cable from my usb-spdif converter stack (consisting of four individual units) to the dac (the current one, Mirko Weizig´s Twindac+, takes only s/pdif coaxial to itse female rca socket).

 

What I don´t know exactly is how to install both Windows 10 and 2K12 using dual boot configuration on my control pc. I stopped upgrading my pc hardware for few years and now I find it challenging to get my current ssd drive or the forthcoming m.2 ssd succesfully installed. Meanwhile, I made cables, actually lots of them without price-cap approach.

 

Dear Slappy, AVM resonance dampening liquid could be an excellent addition to your setup. Anti Vibration Magic, that is.

 

Anti Vibration Magic

 

You can install another operating System on your Control PC and choose dual boot configuration.

If you would like to listen music than you choose to boot 2k12. Don't work with the machines when you are listening to music using your 2 PC's setup. If you would like to browse on the internet at the same time, i strongly recommended a 3rd Pc...

 

I used to have several cd-transports years ago so I am used to just listen to records. Luckily, I have no itching to browse the internet at the same time.

 

Thank you for your kind words. By the way, do you happen to know the exact number of lakes in Canada? It would be one heck of a count if one summed up all the lakes in Canada and Finland. Here we have 187 888. It is a little bit over 10% of the acreage of my country.

 

Best regards,

svoo

 

Ps. I can recommend Mapleshade Isoblocks, maple platforms and brass cylinders. As a matter of fact the best option might be to purchase Isoblocks from Mapleshade and subcontract the mapleblocks and brass cones from your local specialists. Finnish maple has a life span of little under 100 years; I use to arrange my platforms from Canada and US. Forget all that praise about birch plywood - Canadian or Finnish or whatsoever. :0) Maple is the way to go.

Good discernment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad discernment.

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"What I don´t know exactly is how to install both Windows 10 and 2K12 using dual boot configuration on my control pc."

 

Windows needs to be installed on the first primary partition on the hard drive. That means you only use 1 Windows install and no dual boot. What you can do, is dual boot Windows and Linux. Linux can be installed on any partition, and its a better choice for web browsing anyway. Its also very easy to do. Once Windows is installed (Windows needs to be installed first), you can have your system dual booting Linux in about 1/2 an hour.

 

If you must have the 2 versions of Windows installed, there's another way to do it. You can put an internal SATA hard drive dock in one of the free spaces on the front your PC case. It's just like installing a CD Rom drive. Put 1 version of Windows on one hard drive, and the other Windows on a 2nd drive. Then you can just sway out the drives depending on which OS you need to use.

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Hello CR250, thank you for your most welcome information. It looks like that two ssd drive-arrangement might come to question. I actually managed to refine your latter suggestion further to serve better my aims.

 

 

Best,

svoo

Good discernment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad discernment.

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I am considering buying activation key for Windows Server 2012. Which one is better for dual audio pc solution: Dataacenter or Standard edition? Do I have to purchase two individual licenses or will one key be sufficient?

 

Best,

svoo

Good discernment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad discernment.

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