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  1. bogi

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    Hi @luisma , to the topic of Linux NAA discovery on Windows HQPlayer computer in the case of direct ethernet cable connection (without network switch): I desribed my solution is here And my sound comparison of Linux based and Windows based NAA here: Because of Windows 10 NAA sounds better to my ears I am using that one. When I wrote those posts in 2017 I just moved to a new house where I didn't have any network infrastructure available so I used a USB 4G dongle and no local network at all. Later when I had both ethernet and WiFi networks available I compared the new possibilities with direct cable connection. I remembered Miska's posts where he suggested to use network switch, which adds another level of isolation between HQPlayer computer and NAA computer. Few other forum members posted information that combination of WiFi and ethernet may sound the best. My result is: I reached the best sound with [HQPlayer notebook] > WiFi > [router] > ethernet > [switch] > ethernet > [NAA]. That sounded clearly better than [HQPlayer notebook] > ethernet > [switch] > ethernet > [NAA]. Ethernet connection with switch sounded me slightly better than direct ethernet connection without switch. I am not using any LPS or iPower with my router and switch, so maybe I could yet improve my result.
  2. bogi

    HQ Player

    Why you didn't do it on the fly in HQPlayer? File > DSDIFF/DSF Settings > [x] 6 dB gain (I never convert DSD to PCM, so I'm not 100% sure that this settings applies also to DSD to PCM conversion ... just try it) If I have understood well the description then no. The main difference of Desktop and Pro is that Pro allows to save processing result to files. If I well understood the processing filter quality is the same for Desktop and Pro. Miska, is it so?
  3. bogi

    HQ Player

    When needed, I'm using foobar2000 for that. The Converter module is part of standard foobar2000 installation. It allows to split album image file to track files with metadata transfer from CUE sheet to track files. It also allows renaming of track files according to metadata (for example <track_no> - <track_name>). I am not using foobar2000 for playing music, but I'm using it as powerful tool - music library manager, metadata editor, converter with optional DSP functionality, Dynamic Range meter, CUE sheet creator (for example for portable player) ... it is capable of much more things.
  4. bogi

    HQ Player

    OK, then use ASIO with your Berkeley USB to SPDIF converter. I don't know why you are not getting lock with 192k DAC switch setting. I looked at information about your DAC. The 96k/192k switch is used to select target sample rate to which the DAC is upsampling PCM content when it has lower sample rate. The DAC chip is then still oversampling further, as it is delta sigma DAC, but with other lower quality "sample and hold" oversampling method. So the best you could do with your DAC and HQPlayer/foobar2000 is to always send 192k content to it to substitute it's first upsampling stage with higher quality processing in PC software player. This can improve your DAC sound, but better pairings with HQPlayer are DACs which allow higher PCM sample rates or DSD on their input. Then HQPlayer can do more job and the effect of using it is bigger. Best HQPlayer use case is to completely avoid that "sample and hold" (SOH) stage by sending DSD content into delta sigma DAC. As upsampling PCM filter try the poly-sinc family, for example poly-sinc-xtr or poly-sinc for classical or other recordings, which don't contain modern fast electronic sounds. Try poly-sinc*-mp for those fast ones. You get more sense of space in the first case and more detail on fast instruments in the 2nd. As NS/Dither use NS9 or NS1if you get your DAC to work with 192k input or NS4 for 96k input.
  5. bogi

    HQ Player

    To be able to reach 192k sample rate you need to have some UAC2 USB driver available - I don't know if Windows driver from Musical Fidelity exists for that DAC. Win10 currently contains UAC2 driver, but Win7 not. To be able to reach 96k the UAC1 driver included in Win7 is sufficient. Then you need - to setup your Windows audio device to allow exclusive access to the device (fill both checkboxes in Control Panel | Sound | your audio device Properties | Advanced tab) - to configure foobar2000 or HQPlayer to use WASAPI access method to your audio device. I suppose ASIO driver is not available for your DAC when it has no USB or I2S input. foobar2000: File | Preferences | Playback | Output | Device and choose the WASAPI one corresponding to your DAC device HQPlayer: File | Settings | Backend WASAPI & Device: your DAC device
  6. talli can't rip it means can't create ISO from some SACD disks. For that situation I don't have a medicine. ISO2DSD takes an already existing SACD ISO file as input. Maybe Ted can help.
  7. I had similar experience when I moved from flat to house without any cable internet and cable TV connection. As the first temporary solution I bought the strongest indoor active TV antenna and tried it with my TV. After some experiments to find the best place for the antenna I could receive 4 different DVB-T multiplexes, but every with a little different antenna position. Funny part is that an old brass mortar which I have after my grant parents helped with signal reception, but again for each multiplex slightly different antenna + mortar configuration was needed, including pounder position in the mortar. A you can see, the signal reception was so so sufficient and sometimes it was insufficient. And now to EMI and PC. At first I found I cannot watch TV stations of some multiplexes when room lights are on in the part of a big room, where the TV and antenna are placed. More interesting thing is, that mouse moving and maybe mouse clicks caused distortion on TV screen, which is distant about 3 meters from my notebook and about 4 meters from the antenna. I disconnected from mobile LTE internet. Nothing changed. I am using optical mouse, bluetooth was disabled on my notebook. That time I didn't use WiFi nor LAN in my house. It was simply influence of my notebook + DVI connected monitor on DVB-T signal receipt.
  8. I am also using such type of solution (some years already). I tried it with different DACs (lower price ones). I don't care if we know to measure the improvement or not if I can clearly hear it. In such a case the "problem" are measurements and not me. https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/various-adapters/usb-b-adapter-cable-for-external-usb-a-power-supply-p-8389.html
  9. I also don't like when shipping costs more than goods. I'm from Slovakia so my shipping fee wasn't so much. Some other tips were mentioned here:
  10. I consider this to be a suitable way of separating power and data. It allow to plug-in any USB cable into it, so you can experiment with different USB cables and optionally also with different +5V power supplies. https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/various-adapters/usb-b-adapter-cable-for-external-usb-a-power-supply-p-8389.html
  11. With DAC chips that support the direct DSD path option typically no remodulation occurs. Remodulation of DSD input can be an option if volume control is required. Miska mentioned ADC (not multilevel DAC) in his last sentence.
  12. Your formulation is inappropriate. I never told anyone what he/she should hear.
  13. I think people should do more listening comparison tests on their own gear. I'm sure everyone owns few A to B cables from old CD/DVD burners, printers etc. It is not hard to borrow few from friends. For comparison purposes it is also possible to buy some cables from stores which allow to return them. I did such comparisons few years ago. I can easily distinguish few of my USB cables, Belkin Gold Series and Supra among them. Of course, it's not about different 0's and 1's evaluated on the receiver side. It's all about noise, which is transferred through cable in any possible way. I think different cables influence incoming noise slightly differently and that small difference can become audible in downstream equipment. I cannot speak for you if you are able to distinguish such a difference, I'm only suggesting you to give it a try. Only that way you can find out your own reasonable position to threads like this and opinions here expressed.
  14. I would try other USB port or connect the 12m Supra cable into powered USB hub.
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