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  1. 7 hours ago, John Choate said:

    More detailed information:  I have MinimServer 2 installed and running successfully as my UPnP server on a Synology NAS.  I have a small library of tracks.  I have BubbleUPnP installed on my Android phone.  I downloaded Audiophile UPnP Renderer v2.3 (AR) and the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable.  I started AR successfully on a recent build with Windows 10 (Home) intended to be a dedicated audio player.  I was able select AR as the renderer in BubbleUPnP, and MinimServer as my Library.  I selected a track and hit 'play', the track name showed up on AR's display but l received the message "Action failed (code: 501)" from BubbleUPnP but no audio.  Futrher investigation revealed that is a generic error that is sent from a renderer to a control point when it cannot perform the requested action.  Another renderer option in BubbleUPnP's list was the Chromecast attached to my TV.  So l chose the Chromecast as the renderer and the selected track played through my TV (an interesting result but not quite the one I was hoping to achieve).  Next l downloaded and installed "TuneBrowser".  I had to enable "Open Home" in TB's network settings and tell Win10 to allow the network connection, but once l did that and changed my BubbleUPnP renderer selection from AR to TB I successfully played about a dozen tracks.  I know AR works, and I really want to get it working for me.  I suspect that something has to be configured or enabled, but l have no idea what it is or how to do it.  Any assistance, or suggestions, will be most appreciated.  


    The detail you have provided is excellent but you do not mention which audio device that Audiophile UPNP Renderer has selected, or that you have selected for it.  It may be significant.


    Whichever device has been selected, I believe the device must allow Audiophile UPNP Renderer to have exclusive control.

    To achieve this you will need to open the Sound option within the Control panel.

    a) select the appropriate Playback device and select Properties

    b) select the Advanced tab

    c) allow exclusive control

    d) apply the change


    Ideally, do the above before playing a track to Audiophile UPNP renderer.  Fingers crossed. 🤞

  2. 30 minutes ago, Jacco said:

    Educated guess or not, that actually makes sense. So, there's a refund for the non-used part of the hifi subscription,




    and/but the Studio subscription is to be paid for the full month




    even if you switch in the middle of the month.


    It is irrelevant when the switch is made. You start a new monthly sub.

    i.e. Studio will run from 16July to 16Aug NOT 16July to 8Aug


    30 minutes ago, Jacco said:


    (So, the cheapest choice is to switch on the day of monthly renewal.)


    I do not see a difference in cost dependent on when you switch.

    Please accept my apologies for being imprecise with my explanation.
    Hopefully, the above comments will be clearer.


    I am sure this must be in your terms and conditions.

    If still in doubt, I'm sure customer service will be able to help 



  3. 3 hours ago, Jacco said:


    I've been doing some more math on this and I'm going to contact their customer service, it just doesn't seem right...

    I think you'll find that they are terminating the HiFi monthly sub 'today', resulting in a partial refund.

    Then from 'today', your new monthly Studio sub begins less the refund.

    In effect you are paying 10.16 for the first month before reverting to the normal full price.

  4. 1 hour ago, michael123 said:

    I followed the document, but there is no sound



    VB Cable gets the sound, but vsthost does not push it down to the chain.

    Those instructions do not explain how to chain the VSTHost components.  Nor does it mention the checking of the input and output channels via the Engine option.


    The defaults often work but as you have issues I would suggest you check them out.


    If you are unfamiliar with VSTHost, each component contains a small volume display which is only active when audio is received by that component.  This may help you determine where the issue lies.

  5. On 5/7/2020 at 4:21 AM, asdf1000 said:

    Hi @flak


    I would like to use Dirac Live on my Mac with active speakers (no sub yet).


    It's just a USB DAC to analogue active speakers.


    I've just downloaded 2.5.3 and get this below screen.


    Where do I actually pay for Dirac? I am logged in.





    Do you have Dirac Live enabled hardware?


    If not then you will also require the Dirac Live Processor for Mac (v1.2.5)


    Then follow the instructions at https://live.dirac.com/processor-step-by-step/

    or follow the excellent review by mitchco at 


  6. 13 hours ago, OldBigEars said:

    Apologies for this basic question...especially as I know most of you figured this out with no problem.


    I've been wading through the process of using HAF convolution filters for room correction.  Thierry, is a wonderful, friendly and patient person and i'm so excited to be almost through the process of integrating his filters.  Many people have reported how good they are and the test files he sent me were impressive.  I'm at the last hurdle.  It's been quite a journey...


    I'm stuck (again).  Thierry sent me zip folders with a bunch of wav and cfg files.  The Roon instructions couldn't be more simple.  Simply browse the folder and upload it.


    Except it doesn't work quite like that.  There are gaps in the information.  

    • Where do you store the zips he sends?
    • Do you use the wav or cfg files
    • Roon won't let you open multiple files...what do you do?


    The process is unbelievably vague and frustrating - at least it is for someone with my non-geeky aptitude.  I'd really appreciate some help and CLEAR guidelines, if anyone can help?


    Thank you,



    Perhaps this Roon DSP engine convolution link will be useful.

  7. 16 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

    I believe what's needed is a VST3 convolver plugin that enables the user to add filters (often wav files created with apps such as Audiolense, Acourate, etc...). 


    Although Audirvana only supports VST3 plugins, there is a way to run VST plugins.


    A VST3 plugin, such as Element, can behave as a VST host and, in turn, can load VST2 and VST3 plugins.  You are still restricted to plugins coded at 64bit .


    16 hours ago, cjf said:

    Its been my understanding that almost no playback software I'm aware of know how to handle the multiple channels presented via an ETH connection properly....at least at this stage.

    I'll admit that I could be wrong here but I have looked somewhat recently into this as I would love a ETH solution myself for my own Room correction needs. I currently also use a Hilo with Audiolense.

    Pardon me if I have misunderstood the question but perhaps an answer can be provided by the Ravenna virtual sound card.


    This appears to expose the Ravenna/AES67 channels to a Windows pc in the form of Windows sound devices (WDM).


    I have not delved deeper into the details, I.e. the WDMs could be multi channel or many stereo pairs.  However, I would expect audio software to play to/record from these WDMs with no issues.

  9. 17 hours ago, Shimei said:



    I'm looking to install REW and use it from another room to the listening area. Thinking about a calibrated microphone and 50 feet of USB cable. I'd like to measure the listening room as well as the entertainment system with the program to help make adjustments. Question, for output of a test signal what's the best way to send a signal to my entertainment system? 3.5mm to RCA? 


    Any suggestions for a newbie that might make life easier or learning REW more simplistic? 



    An exciting project to look forward to.


    Patience is the key.  A lot of information can be made available from a simple measurement sweep.  Not all of it is needed, initially, to generate worthwhile filters.  However, as your knowledge grows the extra information becomes useful.


    Start simple.  It is tempting to generate and implement full sweep filters but perhaps more informative if you start with one or two down in the bass region, I.e. understand just how the sound in your room can change with simple changes and then progress from there.


    50ft USB cable.  I suspect you will have issues with this length unless you use boosters.


    HDMI would be primary connection, if you can, especially if you intend to measure your multi channel system.  Appreciate that a 50ft HDMI cable would also be problematic, even if your pc as such an output.


    I got away with a 20ft cable from a desktop pc but I have since purchased a cheap second hand laptop with HDMI output.  I now set the laptop near the processor connected by HDMI.  The USB mic is also connected to the laptop and I subsequently remote into the laptop from the desktop to control REW.  Sooooo much simpler.


    Good luck in your endeavours.

  10. 5 hours ago, Pete82 said:



    I have pc with minim server, which is music library with my wav rips. Pc is connected to the dac by USB. Foobar is working as renderer. I use android cell phone with BubbleUPnP to control playing and library. 

     I tried to play DSD ISO on pc. With Foosacd plugin it works great. But BubbleUPnP can't see DSD ISO even if I use folder view. I must use remote desktop to open DSD ISO in foobar. It's not the best solution. Can you please give me a better way? 



    MinimServer does not recognise an ISO file as an audio file and does not present it to BubbleUPNP.

    The foobar server does recognise the ISO file, so replacing MinimServer with foobar will allow you to select ISO files via BubbleUPNP.


    You will need an additional component to enable foobar as a music server.

    This component.

  11. 11 hours ago, fresponse said:

    The Windows version of the "Room shaper" plugin is now available. Some infos and download link can be found here



    So, a ‘filter’ to enhance room correction that’s already applied.


    Intrigued by this development.


    Unfortunately, it would appear my Windows 10 pro 64 bit pc cannot handle the cpu intensive processing.

    Or, could it be my VST host or USB attached interface cannot specify a buffer large enough to handle the 1.5 second processing buffer?


    The cpu is 2.4 ghz with 4gb ram.

    I am using VST Host linked with a RME Digiface.  The maximum latency buffer is 4096 samples.


    What I hear with the plugin, active or bypassed, is audio but with a stuttering or pumping(?).  This stuttering reduces when increasing both buffers but the the maximum buffer size is reached before it is removed.


    I wonder if you could provide details of a Windows based system that can run your plugin successfully.


    btw - I have another Windows 10 pro 64 bit machine with an i7-7700HQ cpu at 2.8 ghz 16gb ram but it’s not currently setup to perform audio playback.

  12. 9 hours ago, MikeyFresh said:

    Some time ago I was registered as a Qobuz beta tester (or whatever the pre-launch program in the U.S. was called). I had not been a paid subscriber.


    In trying to subscribe to the new Studio Premier offer today, I get nothing at all except the old pricing/plan options when I click the "Get Studio Premier" button on the How Do I Switch web page.


    So I login using my preexisting credentials from that beta test U.S. pre-launch, and the only plans I am offered are the old ones, and they are even listed in £ as the currency instead of dollars.


    What am I doing wrong? Why is the subscription page apparently that of the non-U.S. service even though clearly I am located in the U.S. and had only ever been a beta tester previously?

    You could simply use the following link




    provided by The Computer audiophile from the Qobuz drops prices thread.


  13. 2 hours ago, Moppit said:

    Thanks, tried this and eventually got it to work using a Minix pc, however the resolution is shocking and user interface terrible this way on an 8" tablet. Also, whilst the Amazon app on the Minix showed ultra HD the stream arriving at my DAC was only 44/16. Sadly this is not going to work for me. Fingers crossed Amazon release their APi to Volumio etc so we can take advantage of this service. 


    What a shame it’s unsuitable for you.


    For the sake of balance, I’ve attached two iPad screen shots of the Amazon iPad app and the Amazon Windows app via Parallels Access.

    Admittedly, the resolutions are different but more than acceptable, for me at least.


    However, I think we can agree it could be done better by Amazon themselves.  Opening the API is certainly a way forward but allowing the Amazon iPad app to communicate with it’s PC software, via UPNP/Dlna (?), would also be useful.




  14. 14 minutes ago, Chiefbrodie said:

    Hi again I will take a screen shot once home this evening, but I can already confirm that my computer doesn't have a S drive, the S is the the name of the folder where I put the sacd_extract exe file, I followed what the instruction said and named a folder as short as possible so S came to mind for super audio. 

    Is this the issue, where should I place the folder? Thanks again. 




    My apologies to you because I must have misunderstood an earlier post.

    A folder named S makes much more sense than a drive called S.


    Lets keep this simple and ignore the command prompt process.


    Instead, follow the process I described to create a command script.

    That does not require prior knowledge of drives, folders, paths.


  15. 1 hour ago, Chiefbrodie said:

    Morning to all trying to help me, last night I only had limited time so I pinged the ip address and it came back looking good, when I power up the bluray with the usb attached it does open the disc tray so all good there.... Now this is where something isn't working when I try to change the directories to folder S on my C drive it still sends back the same response so I'm at a complete loss again am I placing the sacd extract exe in the correct place on my pc? Here are shots of last night... I couldn't even change directory. Any thoughts? 





    Computers don’t lie, apparently, so the photos suggest that your pc does not have an S: drive.


    To clarify, can you open the folder containing the sacd_extract file and attach of photo of the screen.

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