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  1. I have used two system monitors GKrellM and conky. GKrellM is good right out of the box. Conky is better overall but you need to also install the Conky Manager in order to tailor it better. Miska was the one that suggested GKrellM to me several years ago.
  2. Has anyone tried one of these units as a HQP NAA? I asked @Miska about it and he thought one of the Debian versions might work. It would be good to load one of the NAA images onto a SD card and be good to go.
  3. Well dang-it, this would have been perfect for my needs - 4 SFP+ slots but I purchased the QNAP QSW-804-4C a few weeks ago. Certainly happy with the QNAP unit but it was lots more $$$. Where did you get the Foundry 1G RG-45 module? I could still use this unit to replace my one TP Links FMC.
  4. ericuco

    HQ Player

    It is my understanding that the Min/Max are the setting for the volume control knob on the main HQP Desktop console. If you are not hearing anything, then check the position of the knob. I have my settings at Min = -60 and Max = -3 for which I keep the volume control knob turned all the way up (clockwise) which translates into a -3 setting for which I believe Miska usually recommends. In my case the Min = -60 is a bit arbitrary given I don't adjust volume using the volume control knob. You can achieve the same thing by having Min = -6 and Max = 0 and have the volume control knob set at the 12 o'clock position which translates into -3.
  5. New Audio Linux user here. Purchased and installed AL LXQt about two weeks ago. Sorry for the length of this but wanted to share my experience in hopes of getting advice and encourage new users that is relatively easy to do. Everything has gone fairly well with a few lessons learned items along the way. I run HQP 4 Desktop and Roon Server on this server. Output is via fiber optic NIC to an opticalModule and then to microRendu (HQP NAA). I used Win32DiskImager to create the USB boot flash drive. Then used my Ubuntu Studio installation for the second part of repartitioning ext4 using gparted. No problems. I originally was booting from a USB flash drive until I had my music server upgraded to 16MB RAM (up from 4MB) last week so now I am successfully running in Ram Root mode. (FYI - Roon database is 3 GB). Also, removed my internal SSD so everything is booting/running off USB drive. For the Roon database, I had been doing automatic backup to my NAS. I copied one of the backups to a separate USB flash drive which took some time with a 3GB database. Once AL was up and running, I used my iPad (Roon remote) to connect to the new Roon server (core). Using the Roon menus (Settings > Backups), I pointed to the backup files on the USB flash drive and everything was updated which again took some time with a 3GB file. One question: I was updating the kernel and was presented with two choices, one being the BFQ. Initially I installed the non-BFQ version but when reading through the documentation, seems that I should be using the BFQ version so I installed that version. Can anyone provide suggestions as to which version I should be using? Some of the lessons learned have been associated with the Realtime Priority settings. Lesson 1: Given that I use Roon as a front-end to HQP, the documentation suggested that HQP be listed first and that Roon could be removed from the RTAPP list (well that was my intreptation at least). First off, the list )see below) is not correct if you are using HQP 4 Desktop: APPLICATIONS="jackd mpd hqplayer hqplayerd RoonAppliance RoonBridge sox mediacenter24 networkaudiod deadbeef a2jmidid ardour-5.12.0 rosegarden audacity" Need to replace "hqplayer" with "hqplayer4desktop". I had removed RoonAppliance from the list for which Roon was NOT happy and non-responsive so I added it back in front of hqplayer4desktop and everyone seems happy now. I might swap the order of HQP and Roon at some point but for now everyone seems happy including me listening to music. Lesson 2: For the RTIRQ configuration, the fiber optic NIC is the main output device so I had changed per suggestions in the documentation: RTIRQ_NAME_LIST="usb" to RTIRQ_NAME_LIST="enp3s0" This made my USB ports unhappy to the point they all shutdown and became unresponsive. Changed to RTIRQ_NAME_LIST="enp3s0 usb" and everyone is happy again. The journey continues but that is all for now. Any and all suggestions are welcome noting that I am not looking to go to the nth degree on this and pretty happy where everything sits at least for now.
  6. I have been using Google Wifi which is mesh-based and it works well. I have three of the units - one (router) on the 2nd floor and two on the 1st floor of my house. The associated app is useful in that you can test the mesh to make sure the connection between the three units is good. For two of the units, I have Ethernet cables connected that in turn connect to switches so if you don't want to use wifi, you can connect via Ethernet.
  7. From what I can tell that Mutec is a reclocker, not a DAC, at least in the conventional sense. So my guess is that is your issue. Do you have a more conventional DAC that you can try?
  8. Maybe a silly question but do you have "the device" connected to your DAC? If the NAA is not connected to the DAC then HQP does not see the NAA, at least that is what I have found. Sometimes my mRendu has problems connecting to my DAC and when that happens HQP does not recognize the NAA. Also, have you changed the HQP settings to look for a NAA?
  9. The link is provided at the very bottom of the page under the section Network Audio Daemon: 3.5.6 https://www.signalyst.com/consumer.html
  10. The various NAA images can be downloaded from https://www.signalyst.eu/bins/naa/
  11. Ubuntu Studio 18.X running HQP Desktop & Roon Core on i5 with 4 cores, sorry not sure other hardware specs. I have been using the ASDM7+f512 modulars at DSD256 rate. All four CPU's running about 50%. With the new EC modulators, I have to move down to DSD128 with the DSD5EC & ASDM5EC, CPU's running about 60 - 65%. With ASDM7EC, about 70 - 75% with no stuttering. Tried DSD5EC at DSD256 rate but got lots of stuttering. CPU's around 80 - 85%.
  12. Here is what Netflix recommends for streaming speeds. I know this is not apple-to-apple comparison for purposes here but provides some idea of what is required for video. 0.5 Megabits per second - Required broadband connection speed 1.5 Megabits per second - Recommended broadband connection speed 3.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for SD quality 5.0 Megabits per second - Recommended for HD quality 25 Megabits per second - Recommended for Ultra HD quality https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306 I live in an area (Chattanooga, TN) which has fiber optic cable service and get roughly 300Mbps (up & down) service which is really overkill for us (2 adults & 1 child). I use Google Wifi where you can monitor usage and I have never seen it go over 100Mbps. They offer 1Gbps speed but I can't see why I would spend the extra $$ although a lot of my neighbors do. My rule of thumb is 25Mbps per person which is based on the Netflix speed for Ultra HD video. So if each of us is separately watching an Ultra HD movie, that is 75Mbps. Also, on my Linux music server, I monitor the network traffic and it usually runs around 3-4Mbps. I don't do streaming for music so can't really comment on what that takes but all this provides some idea.
  13. ericuco

    HQ Player

    You can connect HQP to another device via Ethernet using HQP NAA software. That is very common. Lots of the streamer devices already have NAA installed or you can download NAA and it install it.
  14. Interesting. I never actually tried to use those ports with 1Gb SFP's. Just saw that indicator lights did not come on and assumed it didn't accept the 1Gb SFP's. IMHO, this switch is a good option for this community where you don't need lots of ports. Most of the industrial-grade switches (used on ebay) I had considered had 12, 24, 48 ports which are overkill for my intended purposes. Also, the combo-ports make it very flexible and somewhat future proof. Compared to the inexpensive Chinese-brand switch I was using, this switch is a tank. Some of it can be contributed to the internal PS (vs external PS).
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