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  1. Yes, I agree it's very clunky and requires it to be changed on a track-by-track basis, and even then it's not (bit) perfect. (I tried to say as much in my post -- sorry if that didn't come across clearly!). 😎 Currently, Amazon Music on Windows 10 only supports Shared Mode playback (aka the Windows kernel mixer), which does just as you say... it does the math to re-sample and mux together every shared-mode audio source in the system to the selected output resolution: it samples up, samples down, applies various boosts and corrections, etc. As such, it stands little chance of being "bit-perfect" unless the bit depth and sample rates match the source *and* no other sounds are happening in the system *and* there are no psychoacoustic filters applied (room modes, bass boost, etc.) *and* the volume is set to 100% on both the source and on the system output... and even then, it's probably a crap shoot. WASAPI Exclusive Mode or ASIO are much better options, if/when Amazon gets around to support them (I wouldn't hold my breath for ASIO, but WASAPI is trivial to implement)... Which is why I urge everyone who uses Windows 10 to call Amazon, ask to speak with an Amazon Music specialist, and then say you're calling to request that the Developers add 'Exclusive Mode' playback to their Windows 10 application! 🤩
  2. I sent the following message privately to a few friends, but it's worth sharing here: Given how amazing this is (I believed it would be better, but I was not expecting such a substantial improvement!), I'm now curious what my next power cleanup step should be. So, for those who have a Qutest and also happen to have two or more LPS-1.2 units... do you find that there is substantial benefit to be gained by powering Qutest with an LPS-1.2 (via the 5V 1A micro-USB B power port) in addition to restoring the signal side (via the USB B with LPS-1.2 + ISO REGEN? If you also happen have a microRendu or ultraRendu, do you find that better 'bang for the buck' is to be found in powering the 'Rendu with an LPS-1.2 vs powering the Qutest? Or does cleaning up the signal side of the Qutest with ISO REGEN + LPS-1.2 make the 'Rendu power story less important?
  3. My experience isn't about bluOS per-se, but have found it possible to get 24/192 (in 'shared mode') via the Windows 10 Amazon Music app: For those seeking the same, you have to go into your DAC's sound settings and change the Default Format sample rate and bit depth to match the track in question. Yes, this is clunky, but that's all we get until Amazon adds Direct / Exclusive mode playback support... no telling if or when that will happen. I've already called them to request the feature. I suggest y'all do the same. How-To: Right click the volume/speaker in the Taskbar, pick 'Open Sound Settings' Pick 'Device Properties': Find and click 'Additional device properties' on the next page: In the classic control panel that pops up, click the Advanced tab and then change the Default Format to match the output you want:
  4. Now that you mention "loopback" mode, I found a similar post for JRMC from 2012 discussing the same thing, even mentioning the same limitations (lip sync, etc.). Pretty amazing what the right search keyword will yield. Thanks, @Confused!
  5. Bit of a fork here, and a bit of a shot in the dark... but I was wondering if someone has a solution to this? I currently use my PC for these scenarios: high-res music playback =^) watching netflix/hulu/youtube/etc playing video games general purpose computing As of now, I've only figured out how to use my ultraRendu for #1. The ultraRendu is connected to my PC via a second network interface (via a USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet adaper) that I have shared using Internet Connection Sharing in Windows 10, though that shouldn't matter, really. Suffice it to say, it's a network device. In order to use the DAC that is connected to the ultraRendu for scenarios #2 - #4, I have to unplug its USB cable from the ultraRendu and then plug it directly into the PC (so that it is seen as a USB sound device by Windows). I'm just wondering if there is an established way (virtual sound card driver, or the like) where I can make the ultraRendu appear as a sound device to Windows, passing through the capabilities of the attached DAC? That way I can have the sonic benefits of the ultraRendu all the time, and not just for scenario #1. And I won't have to keep moving my USB cable around and dealing with all of the perturbations that causes. -jer
  6. Not sure if anything was fixed, but I just blindly upgraded when I saw the email that a new version of the OS was out... and I got this error when RoonReady was trying to update... but the package manager reported that it was non-fatal and updated successfully. I can still use Roon just fine. So maybe I got spared by a different bug...? Note, I did perform the recommended Reboot after the update. My attempts to use Roon were made afterwards. I realize that won't fix everyone's problem (or maybe anyone's problem...), but it's worth a shot if you haven't restarted your Rendu. Log follows:
  7. I’ve had Plume for the last six months or so and it’s been fantastic. I have 3 SuperPods and excellent coverage around the house. I can actually say that coverage has improved over time as the network tuned itself, because for the first few days I thought, “reception is still kinda iffy down here in the bonus room, I might need a fourth pod”... but since then we’ve had full signal down there and all the occasional hiccups and dropouts our Fire TV was experiencing in that room have vanished. The app on the phone is slick, and I can watch my phone seamlessly hop from pod to pod as I move around the house. You can set guest passwords and see which devices are using which password, lock down devices, etc., with a few taps. You can grant a device visibility to the entire local network and the internet, or just the internet, or just to the devices with the same password and the internet. The last one is useful for containing IoT devices that inter-operate to their own virtual network segment and internet access without giving them visibility of all the other traffic happing on your network. It also keeps a pulse in your internet / WAN speed, showing you a chart over time so you can know if your ISP is fulfilling their bargain. You can retest on-demand for troubleshooting. And through the app you can test the device in your hand’s connection as well. (Though that’s hardly a unique offering). Its been pretty much painless since we got it. It did take the mesh offline for 5-10 minutes a couple of times shortly after we got it (I think it gets a quick tune after ~24 hours and a big tuneup after ~1 or 2 weeks?) when it was applying some firmware updates from their machine learning / cloud backend, and it did so without any advance notice or post-explanation... it would have nice if it would say “Hey, got a patch here. Should I apply it now or wait until 3am?”... apart from that it’s been steady as a rock and our WiFi experience has been effortless. The only oddity about having a mesh is that older WiFi devices see 3 access points, not one... and there’s no good way to tell them apart. I’ve not had a problem just selecting any one of them at random. Still works. Plume with confidence
  8. Feature Requests: As a seller, it would be great to have statistics on each listing that showed total number of views, as well as a breakdown of unique vs. repeat views, as well as how many people have 'favorited' / 'liked' the listing, a chart of views broken down by day & hour, etc. That will give us a sense (as sellers) of how much reach our ad has. As a buyer it's nice to know, at least on a gross level, the total number of views & the total number of likers/watchers (similar to what eBay has) so you can get a sense for how popular the thing is (i.e., how likely it is to sell soon...)
  9. Does anyone know which MT chip is in the Pioneer bdp-150? (most importantly, is it compatible)? (I ask because those can sometimes be found under $50. Would be sweet if they were useful as a ripper...)
  10. Glad to hear y'all are weathering well, all things considered. As Cyrus said, our thoughts [and prayers] are with you and the whole team, family, friends, neighbors...
  11. Neat! I'm contemplating a new Roon Server box... either going to get a used Mac Mini or build a fanless PC based on something like this, so this is very timely. I'd be curious how well Win10 + Roon Server runs on an N3450-based system... especially with just 4gb of RAM. If you feel so inclined, please kick the tires and see how it fares. =^) The box I'm contemplating (if I go the DIY route) is a ZOTAC ZBOX CI327 NANO. Passively cooled, has a 2.5" bay, card reader, dual-NICs (for bridging a wired connection to something like a *Rendu)... most of the cheese. Wouldn't mind to see it have an M.2 key and (stretch goal) Optane support, but hey... can't win 'em all. There's a step-up model which has an I3, and then there's also the NUCs, which are not passively cooled (big tradeoff) but do have the M.2. Choices, choices...
  12. Nice find! Found this: 4-Pin Male Molex Connector to 12V DC 5.5mm x 2.1mm Plug 16" LED Power Cable https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0121QHR2E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ygqNzbS0V5HTW
  13. The $6.9 million dollar total seems truly staggering until you peel back the covers and consider the staggering number of actual orders underpinning those dollars. Check out the backer counts for the campaigns: Pulse DAC: 13,417 backers + 553 backers (2 campaigns, a first one and a 'second chance' one) Wave DAP: 9,536 backers + 821 backers Stream: 122 backers (this campaign fizzled, but it became the foundation of the Geek Out V2+ (built-in battery)) Source: 155 backers Geek Out V2/+: 1,241 backers Analog Components: 258 backers Vi DAC: 1,145 ------------------ TOTAL: 27,248 backers $6.9M / 27,248 = ~$253 per backer. From that $253 per backer, Larry has to pay for facilities rental, CA B&O taxes, BOM, employee payroll (taxes, insurance, etc.), manufacturing (here and abroad), shipping (abroad), customer support, software developers (custom OS work for Source, Wave, firmware and driver development for all devices, web devs for forum and support ticketing, etc.), product repairs, returns, etc.
  14. +1 for SVS. I have an SB13 Ultra and it's a great sub. They've also got one of the best trials in the industry... 45 days, free returns (no restocking, no return shipping costs...), etc: https://www.svsound.com/pages/bill-of-rights
  15. Enjoy the break, @PeterSt! Send us some pictures when you get back from wherever it is. =^)
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