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  1. Holzohr

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    Not that easy to answer. I "think" the X-SPDIF 2 is not really necessary when you have one (computer) source only. USB does a great job and I have the feeling the sound via the X-SPDIF 2 is not really better than via USB input of the X-Sabre Pro (MQA). But I should mention that I (still) don't use an external ps for the X-SPDIF 2. It uses the 5V via USB cable. Also I have maybe too many variables here to make a serious comparison. I use a Element H that for some reason seems to "work" only on Windows, soundwise. The card never could convince me on Linux. No matter if with Audiolinux or Euphony. One reason could be that these both Linux versions give realtime priority to USB in general. That means to the USB ports from the mainboard. Not to the irq the PCIe cards are using. Well, I am no expert. I still have a NUC7CJYH as endpoint in use. I could try to make a comparison with its two rear USB ports. From one straight to the USB input and from the other one via X-SPDIF 2 to the I2S input of the X-Sabre Pro.
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    HQ Player

    I too bought a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2 when I had my DS DAC. I liked that it can "convert" DoP to native DSD. The biggest surprise - soundwise - gave me a Pi3 / HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro / Audio-GD I2S-to-HDMI modul diy-solution with the PiCorePlayer and later RoPieee. When I sold the DS DAC I also sold the X-SPDIF 2 just to buy another one after I bought a Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA). With the X-Sabre Pro in synchronous mode the X-SPDIF 2 is the "master" (after turning on the MCLK dip) when connected via I2S. I am still not sure if that does bring something. Sometimes I think oh yes, sometimes hmmm... What I am sure about is the good quality of the USB interface of the DAC. I like to listen via USB very much. Maybe I have to spend the X-SPDIF 2 a good power supply.
  3. That's interesting! I am just playing with JPLAY Femto on my Windows machine. Stylus plus JPLAY Femto as renderer that could be a winning team.
  4. Holzohr

    HQ Player

    Depends on the Windows version you are using. In Windows Server (core) AO makes Windows "ready" for HQPlayer (qwave thing) and also you can autostart the HQPlayer by shell replacement (or by Fidelizer).
  5. Holzohr

    HQ Player

    Hi Gabriel, a kind of downsizing? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Imagine you would have purchased the T+A SD 3100 HV (with integrated NAA!) instead of the Termi (and the Monos). Or the SDV 3100 HV. Now with your Monos you could sell the HV amp. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers, Mario
  6. Update! With HQPlayer embedded on Audiolinux and also on Jussi's HQPlayer OS the upsampling on DSD256, poly-sinc-ext2 and EC7 is possible. No stutters so far but using a fanless Streacom F8 I better stay with upsampling to DSD128 (and EC7).
  7. Sorry, a) is what I tried to say. โ˜บ๏ธ I was comparing the Element H on Euphony (server) with one of the rear USB ports of a NUC7CJYH (Euphony endpoint) and I always prefered the latter. On Windows I don't have this preferation anymore. Indeed I already wanted to sell the Element H but now I am glad I still have the card. I was using Windows Server 2019 in core mode untill February this year when I tried Euphony on my former hardware (without any additional USB PCIe card). How do you say in English, 'I was blown away' (more than by Audiolinux) and purchased the license. In March I bought the Element H then and new mainboard, processor and so on. The strange thing was I was not really blown away anymore via USB port from the Element H. Later when the Euphony team released the ramroot version I reactivated the NUC and yes! The 'magic came back'. Maybe you have read the post from @FelipeRolim. He is using a JCAT USB card (when I remember right) in its system and was testing Euphony. Afterall he prefers Windows. Maybe it's the same reason that Windows addresses his JCAT card better than Linux. Who knows.. but thinking about this, I have installed the Windows server on another Optane 32Gb stick (btw the installation was a pain!) two-three weeks ago and surprisingly the Element H does its job! I have switched my two Optane sticks several times and all I can say is the Element H works better on Windows than on Euphony to me. My conclusion is Euphony (and Audiolinux) is great on NUCs or other systems without additional USB PCIe cards. Well, I am expecting beside a NUC7i7DNKE another Optane 32Gb stick for testing the new Audiolinux on the server, included the Element H.
  8. Not Bob but my two cents or impression.. the Element H works on Windows much better than on Linux (Euphony). Euphony and also Audiolinux give realtime priority to 'USB' by default but this does address the USB ports of the mainboard not the irq which the Element H card is using. Maybe a general thing for such USB PCIe cards. The Element H didn't really convince me on Euphony. Neither when I changed the rt priority from 'USB' to the from the card used irq via the rtirq.conf file.
  9. I have an i7 8700 (without K or T). With HQPlayer embedded on Euphony DSD256, poly-sinc-ext2 and EC7 is not possible. DSD256 and EC5 works 'sometimes'. Of course HT and Turbo Boost are enabled. Speed is about 4.3 GHz. With HQPlayer 4 Desktop on Windows Server 2019 in core mode on the same machine DSD256, poly-sinc-ext2 and EC7 is possible. The problem (to me) is the HQPlayer 4 Desktop is a trial version. I have purchased the embedded version.. lol. I still want to give HQPlayer embedded on Audiolinux on the same machine a try before making a decision about purchasing HQPlayer 4 Desktop and remaining with the Windows installation.
  10. I have gone this way. I had purchased the HQPlayer 3 Desktop license 2(?) years ago and finally wanted to "experience DSD512" and sold my PS Audio DS DAC 15 months ago, bought an iFi Pro iDSD instead and replaced my computer hardware by something more powerful (Intel i7 8700). I was also interested in the T+A DAC 8 DSD but the long-time problems of its Amanero USB-board firmware accepting native DSD512 under Linux kept me away. Meanwhile I have sold the iFi DAC (it was too versatile to me besides I am not a headphone guy and need a remote control not only to turn up/down the volume) and run a full Matrix Audio chain (Element H USB 3.0 PCIe -> X-SPDIF 2 with activated master clock -> X-Sabre Pro MQA in isochronous mode) now. I know Jussi is not a big fan of these Sabre DACs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have used a Windows Server 2019 system in core mode before untill I changed to Euphony (Linux) this spring and purchased the HQPlayer4 embedded license. To be honest I run DSD512 now and then only. Usually I keep the HQPlayer's output at "Auto". PCM gets upsampled to 705/768khz, DSD to DSD512 (though now with the new EC modulatores the maximum is DSD256). So using the HQPlayer with these EC modulatores you don't need a DSD512-ready DAC. These modulatores give more benefit soundwise than upsampling to DSD512 (imho). So, would I go this way again, selling the DS DAC? I am not sure. I like tinkering now and then but sometimes I am missing the PS Audio DAC. I would recommend not to change the DAC but look for a powerful system to run HQPlayer with the EC modulatores upsampling to DSD128 at least. Btw, didn't Ted want to make the I2S inputs ready for DSD256 by a firmware upgrade? When I had my DS DAC I also bought a Matrix X-SPDIF 2 for these I2S inputs. "Of course" I also sold the X-SPDIF 2 when I sold the DS DAC just to buy again another X-SPDIF 2 for my X-Sabre Pro two-three weeks ago. ๐Ÿ˜
  11. No doubt about their value but with these Intel NICs I was almost about to give up. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  12. Thanks a lot! I have an ASRock Z390M-itx/ac with two Intel ethernet ports and was fighting with the Windows Server 2019 installation since yesterday. I even installed Windows 10 to see if these Intel NICs work at all. The link posted by rickca helped me very much. I had to press the F8 key and chose "Disable the Driver Signature...." before installing the drivers. Now everything works but I run out of the five activation keys.. lol ๐Ÿ™‚
  13. Good question. I was not really sure about that with my iFi Pro iDSD. Now with my Matrix X-Sabre Pro my opinion is the changed rtirq.conf has a positive effect. The X-Sabre doesn't need the 5V for the handshake. Maybe that's a reason, too. I "only" have an iFi iPower 12V for the Element H at the moment. I plan to install Windows Server 2019 on this system on tuesday. Have a spare 32Gb Optane stick for this.
  14. Yes, you can adjust the rtirq.conf file even on Euphony without asking ลฝeljko. I have tried to describe it here
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