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[How-To] Properly setup Windows + Best Practices (incl. free PDF guides)

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On 5/31/2019 at 8:29 AM, AudioPhil said:

With AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 we decided to create specific installation guide's for each supported operating system. This covers Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 & Windows Server 2019. The OS installation itself is a very easy task, still it made sense to create a general guideline how its done properly. Everything else important for great audio playback is done by our AudiophileOptimizer so you don't have to care for all the litte settings and fine-tunings, it's all done for you by AO within a few minutes.

 

Windows 10 is the most complicated OS to install and configure and als the worst sounding from all AO supported OS'es, it's great advantage is its price tough.. If you go the Windows 10 route don't forget to remove most of the bloat that comes with it by using our "Strip down Windows 10" feature of ServiceTool. This features removes and uninstalls dozens and dozens of uneeded software components from Windows 10 making it a bit more suitable for the task of high end audio reproduction.

 

All Server OS'es are much less complicated to install and configure than Windows 10, they don't come loaded with all that bloat but rather with nothing at all. Therefore there's not much to configure or consider during installation aside the decision if you want a graphical user interface or not.

 

Windows Server 2019 in GUI mode gives you about the same sound quality like Windows Serverr 2016 in Core mode, but without the hassle associated with core mode. So for most people in most cases Windows Server 2019 in GUI mode combined with AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 is the best way to go, giving extraordinary good sound quality and all the convenience you could ever want.

 

But before you actually start installing the operating system we highly recommend you to have a close look at our Best Practices guide. It covers many topics aside the OS installation like proper BIOS/UEFI configuration, driver installation, latency settings of your DAC/DDC and so forth. You can find the Computer Audio Best Practices Guide here: https://pdf.highend-audiopc.com/computer_audio_best_practices_guide.pdf

 

If you want to try out one of the AO 3.00 supported OS's you can download the Evaluation ISO's directly from Microsoft by using on of the following Links:

 


And these are the OS setup guides in PDF format for each Operating System compatible with AO 3.00:

 

Enjoy it,

AudioPhil

Which Windows Server 2019 version is better for audio purposes:
- Windows Server 2019 or
- Windows Server 2019 Essential?

 

Are there any different recommendations for the operating system when using a 2-PC solution, for example:
- Control PC -> Roon Server
- Audio PC -> HQPlayer?

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Hello

 

Without AO Standard is the much better choice than Essentials.

 

With AO, respectively the „prepare essentials Edition“ feature of ServiceTool the disadvantages of Essentials Edition are equalized and make it exactly the same level of sound quality as standard edition. 

 

The second question asks about OS but lists player software? Please clarify what exactly you like to know.

 

Best,

AudioPhil


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The player software was intended as an example only.

 

For me, Control PC runs with Roon Core, but also contains music files (NAS) and rips CD's. Roon controls HQPlayer in Audio PC over the network.

 

Audio PC is used as renderer. HQPlayer converts PCM to DSD 512 and is therefore heavily loaded.

 

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15 hours ago, StreamFidelity said:

The player software was intended as an example only.

 

For me, Control PC runs with Roon Core, but also contains music files (NAS) and rips CD's. Roon controls HQPlayer in Audio PC over the network.

 

Audio PC is used as renderer. HQPlayer converts PCM to DSD 512 and is therefore heavily loaded.

 

Maybe Picture helps. I know you like this 😉

 

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like it? I LOVE IT! :)

 

The recommendation does not differ in general, i would definitely use Server 2019 for your AudioPC. You can go with the GUI version, very uasy, no hassle related to Core mode and fundamentally better sound quality out of the box compared to Windows 10. Put AO 3.00 on and there ya go!

 

Best,

AudioPhil


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Shop | Reviews | Reference System | AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 | PDF Guide | MUTEC MC-3+ USB

 

 

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On 6/6/2019 at 8:48 AM, AudioPhil said:

 

like it? I LOVE IT! :)

 

The recommendation does not differ in general, i would definitely use Server 2019 for your AudioPC. You can go with the GUI version, very uasy, no hassle related to Core mode and fundamentally better sound quality out of the box compared to Windows 10. Put AO 3.00 on and there ya go!

 

Best,

AudioPhil

Many thanks 😁I will try it!

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