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  1. Not sure what you mean by a new disk. My oR has a small disk, of course. Never knew the STi5 has one too. I’ll take a look tonight.
  2. I’d certainly like to try repeating the upgrade process but sadly my STi5 no longer connects to the internet or my home network.
  3. Vincent, it sounds like you and I have had an identical experience (horrible) with this software upgrade on the Sonic Transporter. Like you, I have no clue as to why my STi5 no longer connects to my home network. I called Andrew this morning and he suggested that 'there must be something wrong with my STi5' so I should send it back to him for analysis / repair. Aside from the obvious pain of being without my primary music source for an extended period, I'm having a very hard time understanding how and why it went from performing absolutely normally one minute, and then it's suddenly non-functional as soon as I did the 2.8 update. I'll refrain from expressing how frustrating this is. My instinct tells me that this must be some kind of IP / networking cock-up. Unfortunately it's very hard finding information that normal human beings can understand to resolve networking issues. Basically, we're buggered. I shall probably continue to try futzing around and will also see if anyone on the Roon Community site has any useful advice. @R1200CL, yes I used the correct IP address, and the sonicorbiter.com site has no solutions
  4. Well the instructions don't actually mention the 2 stage installation as such, but I eventually figured that out and got to stage 2 and waited for that to complete. At the end of the installation my ST failed to reboot. I turned off and back on again. Now it is not connecting with my network......Left it off all night and it still won't connect this morning.
  5. Just tried updating my Sonic Transporter i5 from 2.7 to 2.8. It was all going so well.....I keyed in the relevant UPC address and the update started as advertised. How exciting! And then it abruptly reached the end of 'Stage 1' of the update. And I haven't succeeded in starting 'Stage 2'. Waiting for further instructions....until then I'm in limbo.
  6. I concur with many. Certainly lots of Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson in there but nonetheless a gorgeous listen. Just enjoying it over a late breakfast and coffee on my kitchen system but looking forward to hearing on the main rig tonight. Sounds like a high quality recording with beautiful song writing, for sure.
  7. I bought the Douk Audio U2 Pro...typically around $56. Too cheap to work, right? Apparently not, if my ears don't deceive me. And the kicker is that it works better USB powered than when I tried an iPower X 5V PS. Not saying you couldn't try a Farad etc if you wish. And of course I haven't compared the Douk to a higher class DDC such as one of the Denafrip models, or the Audiowise product that feeds dual BNC into the Qutest. For all I know, these are even better. But I can confirm that I wouldn't go back to USB after using the simple, inexpensive Douk converter. They do not sound alike.
  8. Before replying I actually did a quick back-and-forth between USB and Optical just to make sure I wasn't suffering from some kind of delusion...these things can easily happen with hifi :) But no, I'm not losing my marbles (thankfully). My setup sounds almost like two different systems, the difference is so obvious and substantial. In short, the optical input provides a bigger, richer, more textured and (yes) more analog sound than USB. Substitute your favorite adjective for 'more musically engaging'. My USB cable is a Curious Evolved link from my EtherRegen. But when connected to my cheap converter, and that in turn is linked to the Qutest via an ordinary AQ Cinnamon optical cable - a major transformation happens. For example, the white filter is now my default - whereas with USB I'm an orange kind of guy. Hope this helps....
  9. @Calvin & Hobbesdid you ever try your Qutest with a good optical feed? I switched over from USB a few weeks ago, with a cheap Chinese converter no less, and the improvement in SQ has been game-changing in my system. I hate to say it, but from my experience in my system all tests/comparisons of Qutest are off unless we're talking about using it this way.
  10. "Here's one I made earlier....." (UK participants will know what I mean)
  11. Yup this is the same item I'm using. Set up through my OticalRendu was perfect and instantaneous. No issues whosoever. It plays up to 192 files faultlessly. It's a no-brainer if you've been thinking about trying optical or SPDIF with your Qutest, but find the Denefrips no-return situation a little bit of a barrier.
  12. Had the cheapie Douk Audio in my system for about 5 days, converting USB to optical, and I'm completely blown away by the improvement provided by this simple 50 buck device. What's more, I'm finding it works much better in my system using the USB power, rather than a 5v wall-wart (the only option I have in the house). I've never had a more sophisticated DDC in my chain so I can't provide a comparison, but I can clearly confirm that optical connection via the Douk Audio box is miles better than the USB directly into my Qutest.
  13. Sounds good - looking forward to getting it. Do you recommend using a separate power supply or just power from the USB?
  14. I just ordered this converter https://www.doukaudio.com/products/mini-xmos-xu208-usb-to-coaxial-optical-12s-converter-digital-interface-dsd256 Not sure if it can do 192kHz over Toslink but Im interested to find out how it performs with my AQ Cinnamon optical cable. I'll let you all know my findings once everything has settled in.
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