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Just a FYI to people with Innuos streamers who might want to greatly improve their sound by turning their Innuos in to a 1536kHz capable embedded HQPlayer.

I have been researching this for some time so thought I would share for other Innuos owners who might have been considering HQPlayer but like to keep their nice Innuos HW.

I just upgraded my Zenith mk3 and it is one of the best upgraded I have ever done to my system for the small price of a HQPlayer license!

1: Download and install a Disk Image writer like Win32 Disk Imager on a PC (https://win32diskimager.org/). Don’t know how to do this on a Mac but I am sure someone else can help out.

2: Download Miska´s embedded HQPlayer Image (https://www.signalyst.com/embedded-install.html?)

3: Write Image to a USB drive (should be quite narrow to not interfere with the dac USB)

4: Connect keyboard and display to the Innuos (only needed in step 4+5 and maybe the display in step 6 the first time to see it working)

5: Change the boot priority in the bios to USB first (will still boot to the normal drive if there is no USB attached)

6: Boot Innuos with USB inserted

7: Configure HQPlayer over web interface (I am using PCM, Sinc-Mx, LNS15, 1.536M

on my May dac) (remember to change password)

8: Configure you player (I am using Roon from a ROCK server)

9: Enjoy the sweet combination of HQPlayer and your upgraded Innuos device!

Roon ROCK server (NUC10i7FNH) -> Etherregen (Powered by a Teddy Pardo PSU) -> Innuos Zenith Mk3 running HQPlayer -> Tellurium Ultra Silver -> Holo Audio KTE May DAC -> Tellurium Ultra Black XLR ->STAX SRM-007II -> STAX SR-009.

Audio components all connected to a PS Audio PowerPlant 3 via Tellurium Black.

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https://www.snakeoil-os.net/forums/Thread-Snakeoil-Installer-1-2-0-Gear-Isolation?pid=4560#pid4560

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Just for your information, i installed a low latency kernel "liquorix" (https://liquorix.net/) on snakoil. Result is quite better in terms of SQ (better transparency, expand sound image and quickness improved)

After first comparisons, with this low latency kernel on my goldmund setup, snakoilOS 1.2.2 outperformed innuOS 1.4.7! And this is just the beginning of optimization. Well done guy!

 

HQPlayer

https://www.snakeoil-os.net/wiki/Players/hqplayer

 

Yet another potential option for those of us who might be interested.

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1 hour ago, seeteeyou said:

Thought for a moment you where trolling me with the reference to snakeoil... 🤣

I did not know of this OS option - thanks for sharing!

Roon ROCK server (NUC10i7FNH) -> Etherregen (Powered by a Teddy Pardo PSU) -> Innuos Zenith Mk3 running HQPlayer -> Tellurium Ultra Silver -> Holo Audio KTE May DAC -> Tellurium Ultra Black XLR ->STAX SRM-007II -> STAX SR-009.

Audio components all connected to a PS Audio PowerPlant 3 via Tellurium Black.

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On 7/19/2021 at 8:41 PM, dkdali said:

Just a FYI to people with Innuos streamers who might want to greatly improve their sound by turning their Innuos in to a 1536kHz capable embedded HQPlayer.

 

I have been researching this for some time so thought I would share for other Innuos owners who might have been considering HQPlayer but like to keep their nice Innuos HW.

I just upgraded my Zenith mk3 and it is one of the best upgraded I have ever done to my system for the small price of a HQPlayer license!

 

1: Download and install a Disk Image writer like Win32 Disk Imager on a PC (https://win32diskimager.org/). Don’t know how to do this on a Mac but I am sure someone else can help out.

 

2: Download Miska´s embedded HQPlayer Image (https://www.signalyst.com/embedded-install.html?)

 

3: Write Image to a USB drive (should be quite narrow to not interfere with the dac USB)

 

4: Connect keyboard and display to the Innuos (only needed in step 4+5 and maybe the display in step 6 the first time to see it working)

 

5: Change the boot priority in the bios to USB first (will still boot to the normal drive if there is no USB attached)

 

6: Boot Innuos with USB inserted

 

7: Configure HQPlayer over web interface (I am using PCM, Sinc-Mx, LNS15, 1.536M

 

on my May dac) (remember to change password)

8: Configure you player (I am using Roon from a ROCK server)

 

9: Enjoy the sweet combination of HQPlayer and your upgraded Innuos device!

 

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

I was under the impression that HQPlayer needed heavy CPU resources and the Celeron chip in the Innuos didn't have the chops to handle it. So is that not true then?

 

Cheers,

Alan

Synergistic Research Powercell UEF SE > Sonore OpticalModule (LPS-1.2 & DXP-1A5DSC) > EtherRegen (SR4T & DXP-1A5DSC) > PinkFaun modded Buffalo BS-GS2016P (Farad Super3 & LPS-1.2) > (Sablon 2020 LAN) Innuos Zenith SE server > (Sablon 2020 USB) Innuos Phoenix > (Sablon 2020 USB) PS Audio Directstream DAC > PS Audio M1200 monoblocks > Salk Sound Supercharged Songtowers 

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PCM → PCM ain't too difficult for most CPUs these days, in reality even Raspberry Pi 4 could handle that with ease

 

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/hugo-m-scaler-by-chord-electronics-the-official-thread.885042/page-650#post-15367437

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HQPlayer PCM upsampling needs only a Core i3. That is 44.1/48khz PCM upsampled 16x to 705.6/768khz PCM uses 15% of a Core i5 and <10% on a Core i7. You can set bits=24, filter 1x,Nx = 'Sinc-M' (or 'poly-sinc-long-LP') and dither = none. IMO, with months of listening, this comes so very close to WTA1.

 

It's a totally different story if we're talking about PCM → DSD, though.

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Thanks @seeteeyou,

 

Cheers,

Alan

Synergistic Research Powercell UEF SE > Sonore OpticalModule (LPS-1.2 & DXP-1A5DSC) > EtherRegen (SR4T & DXP-1A5DSC) > PinkFaun modded Buffalo BS-GS2016P (Farad Super3 & LPS-1.2) > (Sablon 2020 LAN) Innuos Zenith SE server > (Sablon 2020 USB) Innuos Phoenix > (Sablon 2020 USB) PS Audio Directstream DAC > PS Audio M1200 monoblocks > Salk Sound Supercharged Songtowers 

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Yes this solution is mainly for up-sampling and filtering in the same format as the source. I am using the Holo Audio KTE May DAC and it shines at 1536kHz and the Innuos is more than capable of delivering that. It is also capable of up-sampling DSD64/126 to DSD256 in all filters but EC.

Here are my settings:

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Roon ROCK server (NUC10i7FNH) -> Etherregen (Powered by a Teddy Pardo PSU) -> Innuos Zenith Mk3 running HQPlayer -> Tellurium Ultra Silver -> Holo Audio KTE May DAC -> Tellurium Ultra Black XLR ->STAX SRM-007II -> STAX SR-009.

Audio components all connected to a PS Audio PowerPlant 3 via Tellurium Black.

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Thank you for sharing! I made a try, but is not working for me on my zenith mk3. I successfully booted the embedded hqplayer on a usb drive. In the config menu, I see, that the os recognised my dac. The problem is, that the hqplayer cannot find any music library. What should I do, to find music on the ssd drive of the Zenith? A took some picture... 

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