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  1. Are you located in the US? I do not think that Qobuz had even gone live in the US in 2018. Perhaps Qobuz is still negotiating access to those niches? Do you know of another streaming service that has better coverage? By the way you might get better results by not using words like "pathetic" when asking for help. Just a suggestion...
  2. I use Audiolinux in ramroot for my two Roon endpoints. On my server I have tried Windows 10 Pro, Windows 2012, Windows 2016, Windows 2019, and Audiolinux ramroot. On all of the Windows and Windows server implementations I used Audiophile optimizer which I highly recommend. So far the Windows Server versions have all sounded the best, with Windows Server 2019 to be out ahead of all others to my ears. I love Audiolinux on my endpoints but found it dry and bright when used on my server.YMMV. SQ is what you decide it is for your system, in your space and for your own ears... unless you have a spouse/partner and then it gets tricky! All of the elements of your system combine to produce it. .
  3. Hang in there. I helped a friend set up her LSX's. I believe that KEF powered speakers are one of the best values in audio. I had her download a trial version of Roon and within days she proceeded to purchase the lifetime license. Add in Qobuz and you can explore new music forever without filling your home with CD cases or buying music that you did not know that you did not like!
  4. +1. Static IP and unique host names. Select static IP addresses outside of the DHCP range.
  5. Agreed. Certainly one needs the "right tool for the right job". I am mostly interested in how a power supply for a digital front end affects musical dynamics. Thanks!
  6. Given the current (no pun intended) thread here regarding power supplies I have a question... or more of an observation. I have always believed in the importance of well constructed, stiff, over-built power supplies. When modifying or building analog preamps and amps I have always gone for overspec'd transformers, big caps, tight regulation and well thought out grounding. The payoff is usually better accuracy, a more realistic sound stage and especially improved dynamics. For music servers and endpoints I am certainly a fan of linear supplies, good grounding technique, and isolation however once one has met the peak current requirements to avoid sag during high computational needs I really do not understand when someone talks about "improved dynamics" of the actual music. It seems to me that once a good digital stream is produced then the downstream analog components starting with the DACs analog output would determine music dynamics. I can certainly understand how an under-spec'd supply could cause audible issues but I just do not understand how, once the peak needs have been reached, that an over-spec'd supply would improve perceived music dynamics. I am interested in how this might work. Perhaps the subjective experience of improved dynamics comes from finally meeting the actual needs of the server and not from surpassing its real needs? Thanks!
  7. I am running my Roon server with an i3 board in a fanless Streacom case with a JCAT Femto card in it. The server runs Windows 2019 with AO with Roon Core as the shell replacement. I have one 19V power supply to an HDPlex 400 converter and a 5V feed to the OS SSD and music SSD. Bridged JCAT outputs with one going to a NUC running AL ramroot. My purpose in mentioning this is that Roon server by itself does not really require a lot of horsepower and sometimes simpler is better. Not trying to hijack the thread but only to mention that for many a powerful CPU may not be needed or even ideal.
  8. For anyone on the fence regarding switching to Roon server as their AO shell replacement for Windows 2019 I can heartily recommend it. My system is much more open and transparent now that I made the switch.
  9. Did you decide to try the ER? Since the recommendation is for the ER to be placed as close in the ethernet chain to the DAC as possible and it would be inserted after your source, which uses ethernet to connect to your Rednet DDC, then it seems to me to be a very good candidate to try. I still have to scratch my head when considering how few here have adopted AOIP. For reasons other than SQ I moved to Audiolinux however it has taken a lot of time and additional expense for me to be as pleased with the sound...or at least as I remember it 🙂 Let us know if you try the ER.
  10. I am considering an ER but am not certain of its best use in my setup. I am a bit late to this thread and have skimmed looking for a match for my own system but did not really see one. I have a Roon server PC (internal library and Qobuz streaming via the Internet) with a NUC endpoint out to the rest of the system. My server has a JCAT Femto ethernet card in bridged mode so that one port goes directly to the NUC and the second is attached to a small Cisco switch with some other non-audio ethernet connections and of course Internet/LAN access. I have tried very hard to have a "clean" side and a "dirty" side to isolate my system. Until recently I used two FMCs to isolate my server from the LAN. After doing some experimentation I found that a straight ethernet cable sounded better than the fiber in spite of my theories. When the ER became available I figured that it would be perfect to isolate my server from the LAN. After reading this thread it now sounds like I should use it between my Roon server and my NUC endpoint (I even have a REF10 to use). I guess that I could buy two ERs however I am not sure my CEO will like that 🙂 Am I understanding its use correctly? Best, Paul
  11. Thanks a lot. I sent off for a quote. At some point I might just have to replace the board and start fresh with DDR4! You are definitely the king of the Internet search 🙂
  12. I would like to try some different memory in my Roon server. It is using an ASRock H87M-ITX board which uses DDR3 1600 un-buffered non-ECC UDIMM memory. I have read through as many posts here as possible and scoured the web for sources and information but have come up dry. It seems like folks like the Apacer high temp DDR4 memory but I have not been able to find a comparable DDR3 UDIMM. So two questions. In searching for better sounding memory what parameters should I look for? The two that I have seen discussed are temperature and that 1R8 chip placement might be a positive factor. Any thing else? The second question is: does anyone have a good source for DDR3 memory that would meet audio needs. I was able to get some Apacer DDR4 SODIMMs from a fellow ASer and this worked well in my NUC but I would still like to try some in my server and my other endpoint, both of which run the same ASRock system board. Thanks for any help or suggestions!
  13. I have found this type of mini XLR "aviation" connector to work well. I think that I got mine on eBay.
  14. I recently recommended and set up a pair of KEF LSX speakers for a friend. Her listening space is about 12x18. The speakers are connected to her network via Wi-fi and to each other via an ethernet cable. I suggested that she might like Roon. We set up a trial version on her desktop PC where all her music lives, having been ripped using iTunes. She has an iPhone and an iPad for using the Roon Remote app.. When we got things set up and started to play music I was truly amazed. Straight from the box it sounded wonderful and with Roon remote it is very easy to use. She decided on the spot to subscribe to Roon. She might try Qobuz later. I found myself thinking that if I ever had to downsize I could easily live with this simple system. In her space even the bass did not feel lacking.
  15. My system is set up with a clean side and a dirty side with isolation using a big transformer. My server was connected to the LAN side with an optical cable using FMCs. The FMC on my clean side was powered by an LPS. My FEMTO card has the two ports bridged with one port going to the LAN and the other directly to my Roon endpoint. On a lark I decided to remove the optical isolation and just use an ethernet cable to my stock Cisco router. To my surprise I liked the sound better. Perhaps the issue was with the FMCs themselves? Perhaps sometimes simpler is better? I am just pointing out that for me in audio sometimes theory does not always account for what I subjectively experience. Or perhaps I am working with the wrong theory or do not really have a good handle on it? Either way the FEMTO card has been an excellent addition to my system, surpassing the two port bridged Intel card that it replaced.
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