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  1. bodiebill

    Offline Upsampling

    Indeed, I finally managed to extract an ISO that Sonore's software could not cope with. Thanks for this pointer!
  2. From John Brown I understand that the U192ETL will be shipped coming Monday! I think it is wise not to order the DA96ETF (Fractal DAC) yet. Scenario's: (1) PC + U192ETL + Terminator TosLink sounds worse than SDTrans384 + Terminator I2S Then I have less confidence to buy the Fractal DAC as it should correct that delta. (2) PC + U192ETL + Terminator TosLink sounds as good as SDTrans384 + Terminator I2S Then I might use both setups. At least then I have added the possibility to conveniently play from my PC/music library via usb. And I would still be able to play 24/192 and DSD. (3) PC + U192ETL + Terminator TosLink sounds better than SDTrans384 + Terminator I2S Then I could switch to the U192ETL altogether and sell the other setup. I would loose the ability to play 24/192 and DSD but this could be compensated for by the overall SQ improvement. So in scenario (2) I might, and in scenario (3) I certainly would, add the Fractal DAC.
  3. Are you a clairvoyant? Struggling to exercise discipline 😐
  4. I just ordered an U192ETL to initially use with my Terminator. Who knows what is next... 🙂
  5. Agreed. Endless tweaking by laymen like ourselves cannot compete with simple but brilliant design decisions for the main building blocks. After years of tweaking, my recent adage is: 'to omit' rather than 'to tame'. And that is exactly why the ECD products appeal to me.
  6. Yes, read that also. Though much cheaper (and needing some DIY skills), it seems to be in the same league as the SDTrans384. (In the meantime I am using a HXMelody HX500, which is already very good with SD card and I2S. See below.)
  7. Clear, thanks. And that is due to proper isolation from the source I guess.
  8. Thanks! Do you mean no benefit compared to using the wtfplay PC directly into another DAC? Or compared to using U192ETL with another source? Apart from SQ there is also the Terminator's versatility compared to the ECD's limitations, offering more possibilities to compare different setups, with more file formats. Currently an SDTrans384 SD transport is on its way to me. Looking only at SQ, I would then be interested in this comparison: SDTrans384 => I2S => HDMI/LVDS cable => Terminator UPL96ETL => ElectroTos => Fractal DAC However, we are talking about two esoteric products (SDTrans and ECD) so it is not very likely that someone will compare these setups any time soon -- unless it is me 🙂
  9. I have been reading this thread and the ECD website with great interest and am considering to get myself a U192ETL usb transport or UPL96ETL usb-stick transport. My initial preference was the UPL96ETL as this appears to be a purer solution and I am already used an attached to playing network-less (and usb-less) from a standalone SD transport for which I fill an SD card ad hoc with wav (and DSD256) files. However, I became reluctant when I noticed the requirements for tagging the files with the UPL software; this seems to me too much much of a hassle. As an alternative I am thinking of: wtfplay standalone PC => usb cable => U192ETL => ElectroTos cable => Denafrips Terminator Would this work? I already tried the TosLink input on the Terminator and it is the best sound by far I have have heard with TosLink. P.S. A layman's summary of the ECD principles, philosophy and possible setups would be welcome. The makers' brilliant minds may benefit the products but do not always benefit the readability of the product descriptions.
  10. bodiebill

    Offline Upsampling

    Another good option is xrecode3: https://xrecode.com/ I think I prefer it to EZCDAC for upsampling DSD64 => DSD256. Anyone else using this?
  11. Mind-boggling 🙂 And what would it achieve compared to I2S source -> Terminator ?
  12. The Gaia can convert from many inputs to many outputs. So it look useful to convert to, say, usb to I2S. However I see no I2S in. So it looks like there is no benefit if the source already outputs I2S?
  13. That is also how I understand it. So using polarity inversion on the HX500 seems the best option as then I do not have to change anything on the Terminator when switching between SDTrans and HX500. Thanks, I hope to receive the SDTrans in a week or so. Yes, but I think also for higher resolutions. I believe the Terminator upsamples to 1536 kHz.
  14. Thanks German. I now use a rather cheap (€ 27) 60cm AudioQuest Pearl hdmi cable. I do not want to start a new nervosa immediately. Another not so expensive one is on its way from China. Only when I hear important differences between several cables I might spend more. When I know my 'final' setup I may order an even shorter custom made one from https://aerialpixels.com/ as you recommended. These are the Terminator I2S LVDS pin-out settings: The SDTrans384 has the PS Audio '100' configuration. I asked the seller (Shenzhen Audio) for the HX500 config and the sent me this: To me this seems like the '111' setting, but when I set the Terminator to that I get strange noises. However, with '100' the HX500 plays well, and that is good news as I do not have to change anything on the Terminator when switching between the SDTrans and the HX500. In the output settings on the HX500 there is an 'I2S reverse' option (enabled or disabled) and when I translate the big yellow block above with Google Translate camera it says: So -- although I notice no difference in the sound -- I enabled the I2S reverse option. Actually I play with the Terminator in OS (not NOS) mode as this sounds better for PCM. For DSD there is no difference as the Terminator then automatically switches to NOS mode, even when the NOS light is off.
  15. I guess many of us here are familiar with the ‘eureka’ sensation — the ‘this is it!’ feeling we get it when we finally achieve ‘perfect’ sound as a reward for our latest tweaks. And then, when the tweaking goes on, eureka is repeated, the ‘it’ becomes ‘was’ and is replaced by a new ‘it!’. In the last decade I have had many such eureka’s. It all got better and better, optimizing my audio PC with AO, FP, Bughead rituals, Process Lasso, moving to dual box solution with HQPlayer embedded and NAA, with EC modulators, using AudioLinux and/or GentooPlayer, using fancy usb cables, usb treatments like the ISO Regen and/or iFi micro, replacing my network with fiber, first with FMC’s, then with fiber NIC’s, buying better routers, adding audiophile network- and usb cards, SATA-less endpoint with Apacer ECC RAM, and not forgetting feeding everything in the chain with expensive linear power supplies. Then, about a month ago, I got intrigued by discussion threads (mostly on other forums, but also here on AS) discussing minimal SD card players and I thought I should try one for my Denafrips Terminator. I looked at two options, the Japanese SDTrans384 and the Chinese HXMelody HX500, and found it hard to choose between them: The SDTrans384 attracted me because of its minimalism. It does not even come with an enclosure and only does S/PDIF and I2S (HDMI and raw). I thank @gstew and @pm325 for pointing me to it. http://www.tachyon.co.jp/~sichoya/SDTrans/SDTrans6.html The HX500 on the other hand was appealing for its versatility. It does S/PDIF coaxial, BNC, AES/EBU, TosLink and I2S via HDMI (the latter up to DSD1024). It also does network, NAS, DLNA, comes with a remote and there is also a smartphone app to control it. https://shenzhenaudio.com/products/hxmelody-hx500-digital-turntable-player-lossless-pcm768k-dsd1024-dst-direct-solution-player Very different beasts indeed. Oh, and neither has usb output. I decided to order them both; and am still waiting for the SDTrans384, customized with dual low-noise power and better oscillators. The HX500 has been burning in for a few days. It is the transport only version, i.e. without DAC. Yesterday and today I compared how it performs, switching between different sources and between different digital outputs. My initial impressions are as follows (where A < B means B sounds better than A to my ears, = similar, and << considerably better). sources external usb drive with LPS = NAS << DLNA << SD card with ethernet for app remote control < SD card without network digital outputs S/PDIF coaxial < S/PDIF BNC << TosLink < I2S/HDMI (I did not try AES) For me the clear winner is SD card as input and I2S as output, without network, playing wav or DSD256. However, a networked setup with DLNA, using UPPlay and Minimserver from a Windows PC, sounds very good already, actually considerably better than my previous fully tweaked dual box setup. And that without using any LPS or network upgrades. This networked setup even sounds slightly better than my previous favorite: networkless single endpoint with wtfplay. I guess it must be the I2S topology that does that, or — implied — the shortcomings of usb. I am still looking for better words to describe the different sound signature of I2S compared to usb (assuming that is what I hear). To mind come: open, direct, detailed, deep bass, clearer highs without any of the stridency I am so allergic to. Less artefacts. In the past TosLink connections have not worked for me, so I was surprised that with the HX500 fiber sounds stellar, only just behind I2S. Recommended, and a steal at USD 599. Makes you think… No more network- or usb nervosa. I love this ‘less is more phase’ I am going through. In fact, the HX500 sounds at least as good as my imaginary Taiko Extreme, although that could be just the eureka effect. Looking forward to comparing it with the SDTrans384 before long...
  16. bodiebill


    Thanks @frd__ for explaining.
  17. bodiebill


    Does anyone know how in wtfplay a usb drive name (such as /dev/sda1) can be made persistent (static) when remounting or rebooting?
  18. Agreed. It was done for my own use and refined over time. Not easy to just copy it to someone else's system. Also, a fair bit nerdy discipline (adherence to folder/file naming conventions) is required to maintain it. 🙂 Hence my reluctance posting it. But who knows it could help someone else out there to setup something along these lines. Interesting. However I am not sure exactly what you want to achieve. What is 'freely defined'? Are the folders real or virtual (i.e. simulated by tags)? Why do you miss folders? In spite of my own method, I do think that a fully tag based approach is equally viable.
  19. Reluctant to say how I do it because I was ridiculed years ago when I posted something similar on the JRiver forum, but here goes 🙂 For classical I have a strict way to name folders. Example: \Classical\Modern\Berg, Alban (1885-1935)\(1908) Piano Sonate opus 1_Yeol Eum Son_2015 Based on the folder level and name, JRiver automatically tags the files: .Genre = Classical .Period = Modern .Composer = Berg, Alban .ComposerDates = 1885-1935 .Work = (1908) Piano Sonate opus 1 (Berg, Alban) .Artist = Yeol Eum Son .RecDate = 2015 .Album = (1908) Piano Sonate opus 1 (Berg, Alban) - Yeol Eum Son 2015 .WorkDate = 1908 The dot before the tag name (my own convention) indicates that it is a calculated field, for which editing is not needed (and not allowed). The only fields/tags that I edit manually, usually later when needed, are ratings, comments, etc. Some fields, such as .WorkDate, WorkRating or AlbumComment, are relational in the sense that when they are assigned to one file, they are automatically assigned to all files/performances that belong to the same work, or files that belong to the same album. At one time I put a lot of work into this, as you can see from just one example of how a field -- in this case .Work -- is calculated, using regex (regular expressions) and JRiver's expression language: =If(Isequal([.GenreHL],Classical),If(IsEmpty(Regex(FileFolder(),/#^(.+)\._(.+)#/,-1)[R2]),Regex(FileFolder(),/#(.+)_(.+)_(.*)#/,-1)[R1] /([.Composer]/),Regex([Filename (name)],/#(.+)\.(.+)#/,-1)[R1] /([.Composer]/)),) For almost a decade I have used this system without problems, and without having to think about tags other than the few manual ones that I add later. Works like a breeze. And similar for non-classical, but there it is all much simpler. By the way, I use JRiver as database only, not as player.
  20. The Mundorf silver/gold DC wires have now been burning in for about a week (much less than the 500 hours that some say they need), but I am pleased to report that I now listen to them with great pleasure. The stridency is gone and the holographic imaging is back. If my memory serves me well they already improve on the previous (Supra CAT8 with JSSG360) DC cables. Worth it! 🙂
  21. Take care: When using rsync (1) all source files that have been updated will be copied over to the target (in an extremely efficient way where only changed parts of files are copied and if the file is exactly the same it is not copied over at all); (2) all source files that have been deleted are deleted on the target. Neither (1) nor (2) will be done when using --ignore-existing Initial high disk activity could be the result of reading the source and target files. Maybe you can monitor what is happening by adding --progress
  22. Well said. And I agree about what you say about renderers built specially for audio. Computer audiophile DIYers spend a lot of time and money to remove or mitigate the shortcomings of devices built for general use. In a top down approach, PC's have to be stripped down, network- and other connections to be made noise free, and OS'es tamed. You would expect the bottom up approach of dedicated audio products to give better results. That is not always the case though.
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