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  1. I didn't know that 100% and I do know that the Amanero USB board in the DAC 8 DSD is an older model which makes configuring it much more difficult, but there has been progress and you can see that in the beta firmwares that can be flashed onto the DAC 8 DSD right now. And Amanero's persistence that it's possible is also reassuring, as they'd be the best SMEs to say whether there'll be light at the end of this tunnel or not. In having talked with both T+A about this on several occasions over the past 18 months and with Amanero, I been given the impression that there's not a concerted effort from T+A about this problem. Amanero may have some interest, but without support and ownership from T+A, the right elements aren't in play to drive a dependable outcome in a sensible timeframe. That's my opinion, but I have put some legwork into it vs. just firing off the cuff.
  2. I was hunting around just yesterday and saw the new DAC on T+A's site. I didn't see the price, but saw it was listed under their top of the line product family, so I had my doubts... Maybe the 8 Series family will get something next year? I also emailed T+A again about the DAC 8 DSD lacking Linux support at DSD512 because I'm now facing a problem where if I want to buy one of the many new and capable streamers/renderers that work at DSD512, I also have to buy a new DAC FFS...
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    Article: Aurender Content Server ACS10 Full Review

    I get what you’re talking about and I’ve also been on the Euphony train for about a year, but if you really read this article you’ll see that there’s not much of an avenue for a comparison between what you outlined and what this product brings to the table. That is, unless you only focus on small portions of what the ACS-10 can do and ignore the purpose(s) of the product. If you only want a sound quality comparison, and again ignore what the ACS-10 is going to be bought for, it’s already mentioned that the ACS-10 pushes out music to a USB DAC roughly on the level of the Aurender N10. As as for the article, I thought it was a great overview and I love seeing more good products come to market. I will keep expanding my Roon anchored home system that uses multiple devices to achieve what this article describes about an Aurender anchored system.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    I was making sure you didn't mischaracterize my original reply, just as you're attempting to do so again with that reply regarding my reply. I understand now that I'm being trolled.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    I appreciate the reply, but I don't exactly think your self-provided answers are exactly "correct". If you take a quick look back at the articles posted over the past few months, you would see that one about JPLAY (for example) wouldn't be out of place. If you compare it to "the best version of ABC album", "super expensive Boulder amp", or "new TLS streamer", JPLAY is at least comparable in popularity, and especially so since this site used to focused on computer audio as a source and computer audio playback. Am I saying I didn't like those articles, no. Are they out of place, also no. Are they not "popular" enough for me, no again. I Iiked them and I'm very happy about the increase in curated content here. If we're being objective and not commenting from personal relevance, JPLAY has actually been a pretty longstanding player in computer audio playback (relatively, since it's a newer area) and features integration with other popular delivery schemes like Audiophile Optimizer and Fidelizer, just as Roon does, while some other players are not supported. Am I saying it's as popular as Roon, no. Was I specifically talking about only JPLAY, also no. I was replying to another point that other computer audio playback software would be nice to read about or be introduced here, rather than joining the mainstream and only seeing more articles about more of the same. We live in a niche of a niche and it's appreciated to be introduced to interesting parts of that niche that you may not otherwise know about. As compared to mainstream parts of it that you couldn't help but know about. Or at least that's what I inferred from the original commenter's post, and to which I provided a relevant example of without shitting on anyone.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    Maybe something like the new JPLAY 7, the first JPLAY release in +2 years and a complete overhaul. So far, by all accounts, it's a major improvement to an already good player. I do have Roon myself, though, so I understand and appreciate what it brings to the table.
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    HQ Player

    Can someone let me know if I understand this configuration correctly: NAS->RoonCore(NUC7i7DNHE)->HQPlayer supercomputer (whatever's capable of DSD512 xtr)->RoonBridge(Fidelizer Nimitra)->T+A DAC 8 DSD. ? Without the HQPlayer supercomputer, I could also do the upsampling inside Roon on the RoonCore, then pass the DSD512 stream via RoonBridge on the Fidelizer Nimitra to the T+A DAC 8 DSD. This is a bit more simple and easy for me to understand, but it's the above configuration I'm wondering about. The reason being, if the HQPlayer supercomputer has a GPU for GPU offload, then I'm going to need to cool it and that's either going to be noisy via a pump for liquid cooling or noisy via a fan from, fan cooling. That means I'll need to relocate the HQPlayer supercomputer outside my listening room, then connect them via ethernet cable. And above, Jussi mentioned the best combo for XTR for now is likely the insano clockspeed 8-core i9 9900K + GTX 2080/2080 Ti. You get high clockspeed on 8 cores, then oodles of cores on the GPU to scale out with. If I understood his thinking correctly.
  8. Yeah, it's got enough smoke for sure. I specifically picked it due to the 4C/8T CPU upgrade over the 2C/4T ones from the previous generations. I'd bought it before all this Audiolinux stuff came up, so I sorta lucked out there if that stuff is "true". I have a T+A DAC 8 DSD, so I upsample everything to DSD512. I'm also in the process of centralizing and expanding my library, where I should have >100,000 local tracks for Roon's DB within 2 months. Previously this would have directed me to the 2C/4T i7 NUC, so I figured why not get the still approved, newer 4C/8T DNHE model? I don't need any dual purpose machine, this one is totally bought for and dedicated to RoonCore and serving my network endpoints/renderers throughout the house. Why do you say the Roon approved list/support list is meaningless? For me, I'm not looking to tinker with my Core, I want it to be a DB handler and sit in a rack for several years. This is why I like the sound of "long-term support approved" or whatever they're saying they partnered with Intel for. For the tinkering side, that's where my renderers come in. Unfortunately with my main DAC, the DAC 8 DSD, it can only receive the DSD512 stream from a Windows PC, which limits the ways I can deploy a renderer.
  9. There are a few OSes, besides Roon ROCK (custom Linux), that you can run RoonCore on. Audiolinux is the popular one now, but there's also Daphile like you mentioned, and Snakeoil OS, which no one ever mentions. My build out is like mentioned above: NUC7i7DNHE 8GB (4GB x2) Intel 118GB Optane PCIe nvme SSD 19V, 5A Linear PSU Roon ROCK I'll try giving the other Linux distros a shot sometime later. Audiolinux + optimizations on the NUC7i7DNHE is getting a lot of good press now, so I'm comforting myself that I have the right NUC for whenever that itch comes. A major motivator for me is being able to set the Roon approved NUC up, install the Roon approved ROCK OS, then leave the RoonCore all alone for a long ass time and just enjoy the rest of my system and music. I worry about the long-term stability with an unapproved OS. That's my take. I also have several endpoints/renderers and support that whole "2 box" approach. I have many, many more than 2 boxes now.
  10. Still beating the dead(?) horse here, quoting my own posts now for the 3rd time in 9 months. @alvin1118 Can you tell us the status of the DSD512 capable firmware update? Is it time we start getting ready for the next flagship DAC from Denafrips because this one is getting long in the tooth? Thanks.
  11. You're a lying turd. You and the company you work for are a stain on an industry that has a hard enough time dealing with being called 'snake oil'. You're a disgrace and I feel sorry for those who were deceived by you and your colleagues, yet who continue to plead with you to just do the right thing. Sorry guys.
  12. Besides "shooting from the hip", "bein rel", or whatever you want to call you comment, what grounds or past bad history do you have with anyone from Fidelizer to support what you're saying? I've dealt with Fidelizer a few times and gotten nothing but good support, good advice, and honest feedback. He's actually got a good reputation around here for being just like that. If you're just trollin, throw in a lulz or something, otherwise you just sound like a knob. Me, I was happy to read the OP's post. It's not -straight factz- or whatever shit, but it is feedback on the topic and that's good for those that're looking. I've been grinding through server and renderer OSes now for ~6 months, trying to find the best sounding one for me and only using the same hardware platforms to test. Verdict is still out. I am happy to hear some kind of anecdotal feedback, even if it is basic, as it's all helpful for me.
  13. Nice article, thanks for taking the time to put it together for us. I look forward to reading your future ones too, it's a nice style and the needs matrix at the end was helpful to drive home the point that there are genuine use cases that will be better met by different apps rather than trying to force one application to do it all or that doing it all doesn't mean it's doing anything better. One feature I really like in Jriver is the VST plugin support. I've taken great advantage of this over the years. But Roon is still my daily driver now and I do hate how toxic and troublesome the Jriver owners are. I feel Jriver is now the stereotypical "techie, niche, hard to deal with" company, and that's unfortunate because I think they've got a very capable product that many more people could enjoy if only the leadership over there was more in tune with the people who want to use their product. Roon has that part nailed, and even though it can't meet every need I have, I'm happier with it as a customer and happier to make due where needed rather than Jriver, which has taken up a solid spot on the backburner. Even knowing Roon's limitations, I happily shelled out the 8x more expensive price for something that might go belly up any time.
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    Fidelizer 8.0

    Just as an update, Keetakawee scheduled a d updated my Nimitra to the most recent version in only several minutes, then came back again to fix a start-up issue I caused by not mentioning my desired configuration to him earlier. It's the best, most pleasant, and thorough service I've ever had in audio. I'm a big fan of his company's and highly recommend his hardware products as well.
  15. Wow, thanks a lot Felipe! That's a great effort. I won't be able to try this out for myself for a little while because I'm on the road, but I have long wondered what happened with RAMdisk and why people didn't talk about it as much anymore. It used to be a topic on here 4-6 years ago, but lately software like AO, Fidelizer, or Roon/Roon ROCK, whole servers from Innuos, Fidata, Aurender, or Antipodes, and now endpoints from Sonore, SOtM, or DIY are the central topics. I will try your RAMdisk idea as soon as I can, but can you share what you've compared it to, maybe in reference to some of those more common topics I mentioned above?