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Everything posted by guiltyboxswapper

  1. I would try without CUDA. At least in my setup, not enabling the GPU (CUDA) reaps rewards across the board. Removing it again reaps another worthwhile improvement. As always, YMMV depending on card itself (1080 GTX FE in this case).
  2. @craighartley built in, using Sonore's OpticalRendu as NAA. I can check for you by going line-out later to see if you have that issue with HQPlayer (popping), if that helps? BTW, have made the upgrade to be11 - seems to be SQ improvements with it too!
  3. I think we need to tread carefully here. The opticalModule, opticalRendu and ER do some kind of signal regeneration / clean up process. I imagine other switches are doing similar via reclocking too. I have tried the off-the-shelf FMCs such as recommended StarTech, not nearly as capable.
  4. Not best for ER, certainly much improved on oM+oR but found the planet variants sounded less mechanical with the oM+oR too.
  5. There was an interesting post on WBF at some point where someone had a 30m fiber in coils using long distance (80km in this case) SFPs. They then tidy'd things up (nice straight lines). And with it, found the sound deteriorated. Those coils were adding attenuation to the path which resulted in better sound quality! Nice easy one to test...
  6. Apparently not supposed to mix/match; let us know if you hear any improvements. But yes quite an improvement for what is quite little spend, especially those planet SFPs.
  7. @Steffenegede I believe the Shanti dual outputs are galvanic isolated, and both can run the oM no problem (tested both). Seems good so far, though not compared to much else but a ground shunted IFI ipower at 5v. It is however passing on changes upstream from the ER which I've just added an MPAudio HPULN LSIB type less than 24hrs ago, so guess its doing a decent enough job.
  8. @Johnseye they sound better, more dynamic, and the planet variants less mechanical. Tried multi mode TPs that came with Sonore equipment with multi mode cable... back in the box they went.
  9. NAA over Fibre (opticalModule + ER atm). For me at least I hear a more relaxed sound, less "hash", wider soundstage, better depth placement etc.
  10. Interesting, I've not used CUDA GPU support in HQPlayer for a while now as it has a negative effect on SQ, even when the GPU is mildly (<20%) loaded. Not a mild effect either with 1080 GTX btw. Anyone else noticed similar?
  11. I did use attenuators for the 80km SFPs, but for the 20km Planet variants I've not had to / tried with attenuators. Attenuators are very cheap if you want to try it yourself. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01EN33JZM/
  12. A few off the shelf ICs do have a NOS mode, when they're accepting a high enough input sampling rate.
  13. Other than supporting higher DSD/PCM rates, and NOS filter for PCM side, how does this differ to the DAC8DSD?
  14. You'd have to compare their Signature Optical range, ideally with tier ii (+ turbo PSU) - which uses the same opticalRendu PCB. I tried to get ahold of one in the UK, but its a real struggle hence went for the oR and will recase and apply a heatsink to it's SoC. Lots of reviews, though. Edit: opticalRendu PCB is the same in all Signature SE Optical ranges, its the modifications (fuse, EMI shielding and Turbo PSU) that differentiates it. These days they simply have 1 offering (thankfully).
  15. Not at all (toe stepping). I'd honestly forget about the Windows situation to be honest. Makes sense. I'm (often) when powering the DAC on, and defaulting to the OPT setting finding its having trouble picking it up as a PCM stream (changing filters = DSD on screen). A few switches between inputs and its fine after that. My OPT socket is not in the best of states, so I don't think its necessarily the firmware or even PCB at fault.
  16. Out of interest, any fibre in your system's network? Agreed - use as works best for yourself, that's all that matters.
  17. Is there an "XLR out" version of this available for non-HP users in the near future? Needless to say they'll be a queue awaiting such a device if so. Beautiful chassis design, by the way!
  18. @matthias I did see this posted, infact, I brought the planet SFPs as soon as Emile mentioned them. I suspected with the tiny chassis's the oR and oM came with that they too would benefit from lower EMI footprint SFPs. They did btw, as mentioned certainly sound less mechanical. I should have posted about that, but apologies writing isn't my forte. One thing I've done that I don't see mentioned by others (or maybe they dont discuss it) is vibration control. Main system is covered in Daiza's and Towshend seismic podiums for the KEF blades, all other ancillaries using combo of Pulsar Points + mini ISO-Pucks. Main listening area is bordering padded cell - prob should get professional assistance there at some point (!). But yes, still surprised their findings match my own.
  19. TBH I was quite surprised to find I preferred without moat on my main system, without resorting to an extreme. Ryzen 3900x w/industrial ram running HQP Server on one end, NAA oR on other. It reminded me of switching an Ethernet port between 100mb and 1gig - sure, less haze as you mention, but you do lose some transient definition in voices & natural instruments especially (which translates into less presence).
  20. @matthias you and Emile are correct. With the Allo USB Sig, I prefer using the B side. On the main system with the oR, A side (transients sound less "rounded" in that setup). Have to try again with different power and topologies mind (i.e. skipping oM).
  21. @Superdad the only reason I havent taken you advice (yet) is not having an equally good super3 available in the 7-12v range at the same time as the opticalRendu. I'm actually sending my 19v Super3 back to Farad on Monday to be adjusted to 12v just so I can follow your advice - but thank you for pointing it out netherless!
  22. @Gavin1977 I don't, no. Spent the money on the oR + oM hoping they'd have a clean enough output to begin with.
  23. Based on @Gavin1977 observations, and with my own ER arriving, i'd long thought "much of the magic coming from the opticalRendu must lie in its ability to clean up ethernet on the way". There's clearly markings of "regen" on the oR PCB. This is easily apparent when simply switching a StarTech FMC with the Sonore opticalModule (another added level of clarity, dynamics, transients). Since I still have a Farad Super3 19v and NUC i7 to hand, I decided to fire these up with GentooPlayer, using out of the box configuration with NAA. This time the ER was connected directly to the NUC's ethernet port and fed with the Farad Super3 7v that I use for the opticalRendu. Opticalmodule running Shanti 5v output on other side, from a Cisco 2960G. All cabling is Belden Catsnake for ethernet, Sablon Elite 2020 USB, and Ghent provided GAC4/1 ultra pro for XLRs and the DC inputs (via GX16-4s). https://www.lambda-tek.com/Planet-MGB-TLX~sh/B3252019 SFPs used in all items (I too found them less mechanical sounding than the 80km StarTech variants). There is vibration control throughout the whole chain, and some vibration sinking too. I'm waiting for an MPAudio board for the oR, so I can move the super3 to the ER. ER (before swap to NUC) was powered by ATL Audio 12v. Whilst there was an ever so slight increase in overall dynamics (prob due to Super3 7v ER?), despite leaving it overnight to settle and warm up, the palpable/room presence and especially transient attack/edges were clearly lost. This is regardless of using the 100mbit or 1gig port on the A/B side of the ER. It should be said though the ER _does_ certainly close the gap with the oR significantly - prior to this, they weren't so comparable. ER comes recommended regardless !! I do have an Allo USB Signature, but I'll wait for the MPAudio to arrive before comparing it with the ER and oR/oM. I wouldn't be shocked to find its similar to @Gavin1977's outcomes due to lack of native onboard ether-regen circuits, but no harm in trying. PS: NUC in passive case, industrial apacer RAM (4GB), and Gentoo allowed the CPU to turbo.
  24. How do you mean? Be10 variant has been very stable for many of us for months with a recent Linux kernel 🙂
  25. @craighartley not tried be11 (I find it stable with be10), however I know from past experience you can re-flash and therefore roll back and forward between the versions using the T+A latest firmware no problem.
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