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  1. The ultraRendu with a SBooster works extremely well, however the 9v unit makes the uR too hot (IMHO), haven't tried the 6v SBooster. I have had positive results using Channel Islands VDC-7 mk2 7v supply which I replaced the 9v SBooster with, sounds great and the uR runs cooler.
  2. Not good and very disappointing coming from Music Hall, I would have expected better. Thanks for posting this.
  3. @pwhinson I appreciate your frustration, been there done that, as they say. My completely non-expert advise is to make sure you don't have any problems somewhere within your network. Network glitches may reveal themselves in unpredictable ways.
  4. @pwhinson This is a long shot but I once had a hard drive crash while Roon was playing music (Roon Core was on the HDD). This really caused unexpected issues with my ultraRendu when I switched back to using MPD. Music would only play for 10 minutes at a time and then stop. Try disconnecting everything from the Rendu, power, USB, Ethernet, and let it sit for a while. I left mine disconnected overnight and when I reconnected everything, it worked fine again. No explanation why but it worked.
  5. Seems to me that if you are using Roon the Bluesound node 2 is somewhat redundant. Why do you need to use both?
  6. Nothing specific, just like to keep things reasonably up to date. However, I am curious about how the new mpd support of Qobuz can be used.
  7. Any MPD update planned for the near future?
  8. Connect one of the Aurender's analog outputs into one of the analog inputs on the Classe preamp. This will let you use the DAC section of the A10. Alternatively, you can take a digital output from the A10 and connect to a digital input on the Classe preamp. This will use the DAC of the Classe. Try both and see which sounds better to you. Does the Classe SSP convert all inputs to digital? If so, is there an analog input that bypasses this A to D conversion step?
  9. I have been using my ultraRendu for nearly a year with a stable dynamic IP address. Recently the IP address has been changing on a random basis and driving me nuts. The unit is fully up to date and nothing else has changed within my network. I guess the next step is to assign a static IP address but I was wondering if anyone had ideas as to what might be going on? Why the sudden change? When I look at the status of the uR on my router, sometimes it shows "active" and sometimes "inactive," not sure if that means anything.
  10. The Synology NAS is a good one. Synology and QNAP seem to be the most popular brands, I have a Synology DS216 & a DS416. Time Machine will work, just follow Synology's instructions on how to set it up to work with TM.
  11. In my experience, if the QX-5 is stuck on "Updating" then your USB file was not prepared correctly. The unit recognizes that the USB stick is there but it cannot read the file. This happened to me twice, in both cases I turned the unit off with the rocker switch & removed the USB stick and then did things correctly. If your unit has an Ethernet module, then doesn't it automatically update via the network? My QX-5 does not have the network module so I update manually. If you don't want to do the above, you can try to contact Ryan Berry through PM. As far as Roon is concerned, describe what you mean by distortion. Are you hearing "crackling" noise like overload or do your upper frequencies sound boosted? Distortion can mean a lot of different things.
  12. @Ultrarunner Thank you for sharing your experience with this combination, I also think that the ultraRendu and QX-5 sound great together. Your suggestion to look into a network issue is a good one. I hadn't really considered this as once everything is working I never have any problems, only after rebooting the uR do I have any issues reconnecting to the QX-5. I'll look into this.
  13. @thyname Thanks for you response. My QX-5 does not have the network module, I didn't feel that it was worth the added cost at the present time. I've been very happy with using the ultraRendu and mpd, extremely happy with the sound quality of this combination.
  14. @Ryan Berry, @vortecjr I'm hoping to get some help on why I am having so much trouble reestablishing a USB connection between my ultraRendu & my QX5-Twenty. It seems that whenever I have to restart my ultraRendu I have to go through all sorts of machinations in order to get these two pieces to talk to each other. This has become extremely frustrating as there seems to be no consistent pattern to solving the problem. My QB-9DSD always required me to cycle the power off and on to fix this kind of issue, but it always worked. Yesterday, with the QX-5, I tried all of the usual tricks involving startup/turn-on order, power cycling which have worked in the past, however this time to no avail. At one point I was able to see the QX-5 under DAC Diagnostics on the ultraRendu but there still was no connection between mpd and the QX-5. It seemed like the ultraRendu could "see" the QX-5 but not the reverse. Finally, against all past experience, I rebooted the ultraRendu with the QX-5 on and this reestablished the USB connection allowing me to once again play music. I fear that one day I will not be able to get these two pieces to work together at all. I have had the QX-5 for nearly a year and this issue has gotten progressively worse (QX-5 or uR firmware updates?), going from no issue at all to now being ready to pull my hair out. Yesterday all I did was power down the ultraRendu to disconnect it from the system and then later on reconnect & restart it, no updates or other changes were involved. Is there something obvious that I am missing here? Is there a known, reliable procedure to establishing a USB connection between a renderer/streamer and the QX-5? I am not ruling out that this issue lies at the ultraRendu end or that these two pieces of gear just aren't that compatible (for whatever reason). Whatever the cause of the problem, I would like to find a solution if possible. Any help would be appreciated. I would also be interested to hear if anyone else has encountered similar issues. Thanks in advance! Bob
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