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    micro/ultraRendu - support thread

    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.
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    Question about purchase

    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.
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub

    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.
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub

    @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.
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub

    @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.
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub

    @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
  7. I just open a track in Audacity to see what the sample and bit rates are.
  8. Seems to me that if the format is the problem (quite likely), then you need to use a method to boot into Linux. I don't know how much Linux knowledge you have (mine is very limited) but I guess I would try creating a Linux thumb drive to boot off of and see if I could then access/reformat the drive. Seems like the AV forums has some useful help available. I wonder whether you could have reformatted the drive while it was still in the NAS and changed the format to something Windows friendly? I am assuming that you don't have access to a Mac computer either, sometimes a Mac will allow you to reformat the drive but you must make sure that you change the boot record partition to something that Windows will read. Good luck and sorry I can't be more help!
  9. @the_doc735 The Synology Forum location has changed, are you looking at the old site? The new site is: https://community.synology.com/ Do you have access to a Linux computer that you can attach your USB dock to? You may need to change the boot record partition when reformatting the drive, e.g., Master Boot Record partition. The Synology may have modified this to one that Windows cannot read. Had a similar problem on my Mac with a USB thumb drive.
  10. Doing this negates the benefit of the balanced design. Just connect your headphone amp when you want to use it and then disconnect when done.
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    micro/ultraRendu - support thread

    This is not true, the Rendu needs to see the DAC before you can play music. To get full diagnostics, then yes, music does need to be playing. The attached screen shot shows how it should look with no music playing.
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    explaining Micro Rendu

    Simply put, it is a "bridge" between networked audio files and a USB DAC. It can also perform the role of music player using the onboard Music Player Daemon program.
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    Sonore microRendu

    Roon's stance seems to be that if the Signal Path shows lossless, then there is nothing more to be said. We all know that many music players sound different and I don't think anyone really understands why. Nevertheless, most of the people who create these programs are generally trying to improve the sound with each update. Roon doesn't seem to be concerned with absolute sound quality, only the feature aspect. Roon support weren't even interested in trying to reproduce what I was hearing, they are only concerned with what the Signal Path indicates. My experience with Roon was that it sounded like the upper mids & treble were boosted. This caused an over emphasis of harmonics changing voices and changing the tonal structure of instruments such as violin. This also gave Roon great depth and air but after a while it became quite obvious that there was something wrong musically. This was easy to demonstrate in my system, my wife picked up on it right away. To Sonore's credit, the ultraRendu did provide the "best" sound from Roon. The uR provided very smooth sound with no harshness but the harmonic emphasis remained.
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    Sonore microRendu

    I recently trialed Roon for 60 days and did not subscribe. Roon sounded significantly worse than an ultraRendu using MPD as music player. I tried Roon core on my iMac with both the uR as endpoint and a MacBook Air running Roon Bridge. I even set up a NUC as a ROCK. All combinations sounded worse than using MPD alone. I have no idea why this is but nothing I tried changed the fundamental SQ of Roon. I'm not surprised that you found LMS to sound better. I found little difference in the SQ between the MBA/Bridge and the uR/Roon Ready, the problem appears to lie with Roon itself. This, of course, is my personal experience, YMMV.
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    Kate Bush remasters... 24/44.1

    http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/view/154693 Hounds of Love has been posted in the DR database.