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Shootout at the Linux Corral: AudioLinux vs Euphony

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It would be great if they could put together a special purchase discount for Audiophile Style members!


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Could one use HQPlayer embedded without having to control it through Roon, either using HQPlayer's own library management or maybe through their Stylus app?

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44 minutes ago, tedwoods said:

Could one use HQPlayer embedded without having to control it through Roon, either using HQPlayer's own library management or maybe through their Stylus app?

I cannot answer. I have no experience with hqayer. 

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5 hours ago, jkelly said:

It would be great if they could put together a special purchase discount for Audiophile Style members!

Or that you need only one copy if you have a server + NAA setup.

 


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1 hour ago, tedwoods said:

Could one use HQPlayer embedded without having to control it through Roon, either using HQPlayer's own library management or maybe through their Stylus app?

 

Yes to both! 😉

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3 minutes ago, misterspense said:

So when does the shootout begin?

 

About two hours ago I now have working Roon on the endpoint. 

 

The first part part of the shootout will be end point reboot to AL/RAM the back to Euphony. 

 

I am am working now. Bummer😾

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18 hours ago, dc-audiogeek said:

On second thought, yes to the latter and I'm not sure to the former.

Thanks, looks very promising...

I think I'll grab a usb stick and give it a go over the weekend...

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hi bob

how's the shootout so far?

for Euphony, I'm wondering whether it can run on M2 SSD on the NUC as endpoint? (coz right now my NUC is disc-less, only with 8G ram running AL)

 

does having SATA on NUC as compare with AL on ram, is the prior more noisy? notably?

 

Many thanks

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OK so @ArthurPower can you explain some key differences between AudioLinux and Euphony that might account for Euphony's reported superior sound quality?


NUC7PJYH/AL --> Berkeley Alpha USB --> Jeff Rowland Aeris --> Jeff Rowland 625 S2 --> Focal Utopia 3 Diablos with 2 x Focal Electra SW 1000 BE subs

 

i7-6700K/Windows 10 Version 1903/HDPLEX 200W/HDPLEX 400W DC-ATX --> EVGA Nu Audio Card --> Focal CMS50's 

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23 minutes ago, rickca said:

OK so @ArthurPower can you explain some key differences between AudioLinux and Euphony that might account for Euphony's reported superior sound quality?

 

So you're asking what's in the special sauce? 😉

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58 minutes ago, rickca said:

OK so@ArthurPower can you explain some key differences between AudioLinux and Euphony that might account for Euphony's reported superior sound quality?

Rick,

 

I would think that it would be valuable  if YOU could test this on YOUR systems and validate or invalidate what I am hearing.  That would "add to the shared knowledge" in a positive way.  

 

In addition, there are many OS variants that are used in audio systems that could be compared.  I think that while it might be interesting to develop that list and learn from it, we might not have time to sit down and listen for fun! 

 

I started this thread to encourage others to try what I am finding.  I really want others to just boot-up Euphony and see if it works for them.  

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19 minutes ago, bobfa said:

I really want others to just boot-up Euphony and see if it works for them.  

I get it, but I still think it's perfectly legit to ask the developer for some technical insight.  If you want me to start a different thread to solicit this input, let me know.  I didn't mean to mess up your topic.


NUC7PJYH/AL --> Berkeley Alpha USB --> Jeff Rowland Aeris --> Jeff Rowland 625 S2 --> Focal Utopia 3 Diablos with 2 x Focal Electra SW 1000 BE subs

 

i7-6700K/Windows 10 Version 1903/HDPLEX 200W/HDPLEX 400W DC-ATX --> EVGA Nu Audio Card --> Focal CMS50's 

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7 hours ago, bobfa said:

Rick,

 

I would think that it would be valuable  if YOU could test this on YOUR systems and validate or invalidate what I am hearing.  That would "add to the shared knowledge" in a positive way.  

 

In addition, there are many OS variants that are used in audio systems that could be compared.  I think that while it might be interesting to develop that list and learn from it, we might not have time to sit down and listen for fun! 

 

I started this thread to encourage others to try what I am finding.  I really want others to just boot-up Euphony and see if it works for them.  

Hi ,

 

Does the Euphony OS allow dual pc set up ?

If yes can you run both server and player pc from just USB key ?

What is the minimum ram requirement for server and player side ?

Can you run roocore and roonbridge config ?

 

Many questions , thank for your help. 


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8 hours ago, bobfa said:

I really want others to just boot-up Euphony and see if it works for them.

Is it possible to simply download the trial, boot off a USB stick and then run roon bridge? Or is roon bridge the part that I need the patch for?

 

I am keen to do this and compare directly with Audiolinux on my NUC7CJYH running roon bridge

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6 hours ago, Bricki said:

Is it possible to simply download the trial, boot off a USB stick and then run roon bridge? Or is roon bridge the part that I need the patch for?

 

I am keen to do this and compare directly with Audiolinux on my NUC7CJYH running roon bridge

The current bug is that it does not run roon bridge properly.  You can run Squeezelite and that will work.  

The problem you have is that the unlicensed version will not boot on that NUC

 

 

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8 hours ago, jean-michel6 said:

Hi ,

 

Does the Euphony OS allow dual pc set up ?

If yes can you run both server and player pc from just USB key ?

What is the minimum ram requirement for server and player side ?

Can you run roocore and roonbridge config ?

 

Many questions , thank for your help. 

Jean Michel

 

I have a whole thread dedicated to setup.  Short answer is you can boot from USB but I would not do that with sever..  There is a problem with Roon Bridge setup.  I do not know the minimum ram.

 

 

 

 

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@bobfa, if I understand correctly, one cannot boot from a USB thumb drive and try/install Euphony on a USB thumb drive. Is that correct?

I want to try Euphony on a mac mini with Squeezelite (currently running Daphile on the mac mini from a thumb drive in squeezelite mode with LMS running on a Synology NAS). 

I want to avoid reformatting/ erasing the mac mini hard disk. Is this possible?

Apologies for this basic query.

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6 minutes ago, austinpop said:

 

I'd like to see them construct a Roon distributed bundle (without Stylus) that is priced more attractively.

 

A very sensible suggestion!


 

 

 

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2 hours ago, austinpop said:

I'd like to see them construct a Roon distributed bundle (without Stylus) that is priced more attractively.

 And on the same lines......... I think it comes bundled with HQPlayer embedded, which is about $247 ; I already have that, so I should be able to get one without it for less.

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Well done! You guys have really captured my interest in Euphony! Right now, I'm just using a Raspberry Pi with an Allo Digi-One into a Chord Hugo 2. A couple quick questions for your collective minds here...

 

Is bobfa testing/experiments going back and forth between AL and Euphony on his Roon endpoint or on his Roon core server?

 

What would be the best NUC to use for creating a Roon Endpoint, that will NOT be doing any oversampling? In this use scenario, is there a SQ difference between an i3 or an i5 or an i7 based NUC?  Is there a SQ difference between NUC6, NUC7 or NUC8s?  Is there a SQ difference between M.2 versus SSD based NUCs? Thanks very much for any thoughts and guidance you might have.  

 

Right now, my Roon Core is running on a Mac Mini.  The suggested idea of special version of Euphony for Roon users only (without Stylus), but with an adjusted price would be fantastic.

 

I can't wait to give all of this a try.  Keep up the great conversation! I'm hanging on every word!

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