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ElviaCaprice

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  1. Having the ISO Regen adding clarity to this new NUC endpoint doesn't give me any confidence in it's supposed superior SQ abilities considering I found the ISO Regen a detriment to SQ in my jetway single server sCLK-EX NUC system. Picked up a new 8GB memory styx. Look forward to trying out AL loaded to memory next month.
  2. I think you guys are getting too hung up on NUC's as if they have some magical qualities. If it's just audio as an endpoint using the mobo USB, LAN, AL headless with 4GB memory, then I would go even smaller mobo. Like a Pico-ITX, http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/JBC400P591.html In fact, I've got one sitting around, have to give it a go as an endpoint at the summer home.
  3. It will work in serial, not parallel. I originally powered my sCLK EX NUC with two LPS 1's in serial. Replaced by SR7 which is far better. Problem with serial is increased impedance.
  4. yes, give it a go. Running the OS from memory benefits SQ. Not exactly a new theme. But much easier to do with a Linux OS like AL than Windows OS, with less memory.
  5. I wouldn't if your we're giving some original thought other than the ghost of Rob W., which many, including Austinpop are already well aware of or even present in Rob's company. Agree, move on.
  6. No harm, just calling out the fact you've been using this Rob W/RF noise example once too often to try and discredit others observations in your so subtle ways. In other words, it's gotten old and has already been hashed over in this thread to death. ?
  7. Are you going to always use this bull shit argument/excuse by Rob to discredit someone else's observations/listening experience, when you don't agree or refuse to acknowledge the possibilities? Might be best to keep your discrediting opinions to yourself.
  8. Yeah, it's just their way of being excited about a new cost efficient product with great SQ. Really NUC is just a certain sized mobo computer. Nothing unique about it. There are smaller ones that may offer more, depending on ones format needs. I think it's more about the power supply, software innovation with AL using memory only that is making this NUC fill the sweet spot on cost/design. Looks like Roy is working on getting one of these NUC's built with sCLK-EX clocking, which may add another upgrade. It's moving along quick, by next summer it will be something else. You can always try out AL at anytime, looks simple enough to do without having to change your current OS Windows 10. That's why I'm going to give it a go. Running everything from RAM should bring a jump in SQ. Well find out.
  9. As said many times before. If it has a mobo board, it's a computer in one form or another. Then it becomes a question of how well it's purposed for audio SQ/functioning/ease of use/cost. Make your choice and live with it. If your looking for confirmation bias, look for other audiophiles who went the same route. If your looking to put down others who went different routes, stop, you won't gain a thing. Wait a year and new options shall appear. It's an endless cycle of innovation both commercial and DIY. Stop anytime you feel like it and enjoy what you have. Don't listen to anyone who says that their route is the end game, their just excited about their audio system improvements and looking for confirmation bias.
  10. I wouldn't put much into what he says. His business is threatened by AL with it's ability to run from memory and all it's optimizations built in. Personally I never thought much about Fidelizer or for that matter AO for optimizing Windows. Something you can accomplish on your own. I've yet to try it out, but at first glance, I'm thinking AL is going to put these guys out of business if it can do all it says.
  11. Perfect, look forward to giving it a go.? Thanks for walking me thru it.
  12. Perfect, might take me a while to get a new dimm. In the jungle for now. I do this already in my own Windows 10 optimized and in the end shut down taskbar. Interesting option for AL running from the USB styx. This is really what I am after and see as a potential upgrade in SQ. Shall be an interesting comparison from a sCLK-EX NUC to see what, if anything, can be gained. If I couldn't accomplish this feat with my current NUC, I probably wouldn't bother with AL. I take this will be a one time affair? Or do I need to go thru this setup every time I power up the NUC? For JRiver loaded to RAM via AL I will need a Linux license, copy, I assume? Just to clarify, I want to load AL from boot, not from Windows 10? But can do either, just that for RAM only I need to do it from boot?
  13. Great, thanks for testing. So I take it you tested on the non headless version, lxqt? From the audiolinux website "From version 1.9.7 you can load the entire system to RAM as an option. For this you need at least 16GB RAM (8 GB for AudioLinux headless). There is the option to save the entire system in "ram mode" I gather that running AL lxqt from a hard drive is not nearly as beneficial as from RAM? Looks like minimum specs from the website require 16GB for full GUI/video? But you think I could get by with 8GB? 8GB is doable with a new dim, according to my mobo specs. 4GB sounds like it would be pushing it, especially since JRiver needs over 1GB just for memory loading of tracks. Also might try 16GB RAM. Not so sure about the loading of JRiver media center to AL. Guess I'll worry about that bridge if I get there. So all I would need is a 16 to 32 GB usb key and use Rufus to create a bootable drive from this USB key in Windows 10? No need to create a hard drive partition since I would only be loading AL to RAM. Which is really where this OS has it's greatest benefit to SQ. That makes sense, I always wanted to try Windows OS from RAM. Once AL is operating from RAM, I take there will be no problem communicating with my SATA HDD for JRiver library data and my unique mini pcie to pcie 1X adapter will function for streaming via my txUSBexp pcie card to Chord DAVE? Fingers crossed? I may give this a try, thanks. Why do I get a sense that there will be many more issues as I get into it??
  14. It would seem that Audiolinux real benefit is that it provides a SW/Roon solution for Larry, Roy and others to have an OS for an endpoint such as their chosen NUC suggested, headless. Great cost efficient find/development. Just doesn't fit my needs. Now, how that would work or be a benefit for my system with JRiver from a single server is where I can't seem to get good sourced information on. With 4GB of memory, I know I wouldn't be able to run the OS from memory as a single server with JRiver. Also, converting my system to using my NUC as an endpoint is not an option, due to my need for Hi Res video playback, endpoints don't work. Everything I've found online about Audiolinux incorporating JRiver Media Center as a single server confirms difficulties (very little info) and many problems which need a lot of coding/tweaking, if even possible. Has anyone incorporated Audiolinux OS with JRiver media center and had good success with all media playback? Video via HDMI and audio via DAC? Even on JRiver forum, they have many issues with incorporating their suggested Linux OS's with JRiver Media Center. Also I'm skeptical of Linux being superior to stripped down Windows 10 OS. But I do think running the OS from memory can have it's benefits, Linux or Windows. It just doesn't work for my media demands. Server size vs memory needed and trade offs in SQ/costs. This whole notion of latency benefits with a software remind me of the whole JPLAY claims, which I never bought into. I remain skeptical but open minded. Trying out Audiolinux, Until shown it can be done painlessly or for that matter at all, I'm not willing to go down this path. It's not about the $29. Sincerely, Comfortable fence sitter enjoying the tunes/video.?
  15. Your claims are a bit over the top which makes me hesitant about this OS. Any testimonials or folks that have tried this? Links? Video playback? All I could find was this on JRiver. That site is a mess at Audiolinux. My experience with OS change has been minimal SQ change and more often driver issues. I do not find much SQ benefit even from Windows 10 optimizations other than cleaner functional OS.
  16. Greetings, fellow peeps. Sitting on the fence post on this one. Just not visualizing this latency attribution, yet. As one of the original kNUClehead adapters here? in this thread with my Jetway NUC modified with sCLK-EX as a direct one PC solution feeding my DAC via tXUSBexp pcie card, I'm not inclined to go down this path, for various reasons. 1. Format limitations: JRiver video/hires playback is a need of mine. 2. Investment in current setup and it's satisfying sound. Satisfaction 3. I just don't understand it's benefit, latency. I can't visualize it's benefit at this moment. Any optimizations I perform on SW has zero impact on SQ which I attribute to the sCLK-EX integration, NUC low impedance, SR7. 4. Have plans for further upgrade outside the server component, added Chord HMS. I find the server component the least impactful for SQ in the chain, yet it does have an effect. 5. Best of all, simplicity. 6. But mostly, I'm lazy, and have shined to other interests at the moment. Keep up the good work folks. Come on get me off the fence post. ?
  17. There are other options for ripping SACD, with certain Oppo's and other SACD players. Search is your friend here on the forum. Here it is
  18. No, their solution doesn't work for multimedia. I would stick to one small PC, capable of multimedia, like a NUC and modify it with clean external power/ clocking. I then manually optimize Windows 10 using JRiver media player. SATA hard drive is externally powered for both OS/DATA. For video I hook up externally via USB 3.0. Note: My mobo clocking sytem, LAN, USB and PCIe cards are modified with clocking from a SOtM s-CLK EX clocking board. With this setup your sound quality will be on par with a dual PC setup, maybe even better.
  19. I do not have any direct comparison. But since you we're referring to JS's previous recommendations, not having any breakers/LED's was also mentioned by him as best power strip for use.
  20. That Tripplite still has a breaker installed. Better is this 20A Tripplite that requires hard wiring. It's what I use. In fact I wired it directly from my 1KVA Topez direct using 10AWG 3 conductor wire.
  21. Rob has never commented on this cable modification/design. Not even sure he's aware of what it is. I am curious to see how M-Scaler moderates/effects this contamination or worse creates it's own.
  22. Rob doesn't recommend against using USB. With the caveat to take care of RF contamination. Measured against toslink they should be equal on his DAC's. You should know by now, it's all about compromises, even you yourself and your hearing.
  23. Rob Watts, the designer, says that his own galvanic isolation does not protect the DAC from RFI. Thus his recommendation for toslink. The problem I am encountering with JSSG360 is that it kills the music from it's reflection (great transparency, awful listening fatigue), at least in my findings with PCIe ribbon. Which I would assume also applies to USB cables. NOTE: I do not use a USB cable. I opted for an adapter, the USPCB as the best option.
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