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  1. So this brings a question to mind... Roon allows many devices/endpoints and the ability to play from more than one endpoint at the same time with different material. Given that Qobuz can be accessed via a Roon account how does that work?
  2. In some ways this is the whole point of this great thread. Subjective opinions are encouraged and explanations based upon personal understanding of objective theory are not. There are plenty of other threads here to explore where objective theory is debated so no one needs to feel left out... All we can really say as audiophiles is that something sounded great in our own system and then, to make this useful for others, we need to describe the exact details of our current system environment. Otherwise we are wallowing in the "apples to oranges" trap. To use an analogy that has probably come up here before, our hobby is really closer to cooking than science.
  3. This has been my experience also. I have 4 off his LPS units and a couple of these have replaced older ones to keep up with Larry's constant improvements.
  4. Thanks! I used WinSCP to have a GUI file browser. So far so good...
  5. Yesterday I commandeered one of my Roon endpoints to make an AL based Roon Core server. I booted to ramroot from the disk-less box and hooked up an external USB drive with a copy of my library on it. It sounds good but I do not have enough time on it to determine if it beats my current Win10/AO Core server. Question: How do I access the drive to copy additional music to it. If I remember correctly AL has a shared folder but I cannot remember how to browse to it. Thanks!
  6. Are folks in the discussion here playing files with resolution higher than 24/192 or using upsampling with processor intensive filters? One problem I see with high TDP processors is finding a fanless solution for them. Regardless of the debate over TDP and processor noise, it is pretty much established that running a fan motor in your case or a water cooling pump even on the same non-isolated AC circuit is asking for electrical noise which may mask fine detail. My NUC endpoint in an Akasa case is barely warm to the touch. My server is in an HDPlex fanless case running Roon Core with an i3 low TDP processor. Again barely warm. My Yggdrasil DAC only goes to 24/192 but I find that even Redbook sounds stunning running the NUC in AL in ramroot extreme mode. Perhaps this is a matter of finding the right tool for the job? For some folks the sound of DSD or advanced upsampling may offset the noise issues? I think that some of these ideas are fun to explore but in reality often are not the deciding factor in SQ or musical enjoyment. This is musing and personal opinion...not meant to be statements of fact 🙂
  7. I received my Ghent JSSG360 USB cable a little over a week ago. It replaced a Supra that I had been using since moving from a Dante AOIP setup to using Audiolinux via USB. It took a week for the Ghent to settle down but once it did the improvement was not subtle. This is the best that my system has ever sounded. I liked the Supra. It has a warm, Technicolor sound with a satisfying, slight;y forward, mid-range that makes it engaging. The Ghent is remarkably transparent with more realistic detail. It has remarkable soundstage presentation and localization. It is more neutral and convincing, with better dynamics to the point of giving my Alnico single driver speakers real slam. I would have never thought that a USB cable could make such a difference since we all know that "bits are bits". Right? I suspect that it is the well thought out build quality, careful construction, and the JSSG360 shielding scheme that filters out most everything but those music laden bits. "Bits are still bits" but you now weed out unwanted "not-music"...
  8. My speakers are about 3 feet out from the wall in an almost near-field position. My TV is sitting on a console between them and is about 18" from the wall. I put a blanket over the TV when listening since the soundstage is affected otherwise. My guess is that the effect is frequency dependent but I have not experimented a lot. The Frame TV looks pretty cool. Much better looking that my blanket. Being on the wall well behind the speakers would probably offset the audible effects somewhat. Many things are a compromise for our hobby unless one is lucky enough to have a dedicated listening room 🙂
  9. Thanks for the explanation. Sorry about your amp. Back to the music...
  10. As always it is how you say it. That shows an expression of sincere interest.
  11. It is a hobby. Perhaps he is just enjoying doing that?
  12. I am currently using Windows 10 Pro with Audiophile Optimizer to run Roon Core. I boot from an SSD and have a second SSD for my music files. My endpoint runs AL on a NUC with no internal drives. The sound is great. Curiosity, as always, has gotten the best of me and I would like to try AL running Roon Core. My main concern is that I do not overwrite my current Windows setup. I know that in the past when I installed Roon Core then during the Roon desktop config wanted to reformat the music drive. If I boot to AL from a thumb drive, run Roon Core and next configure AL to mount my music drive, then when I go to run the Roon app and point to that drive, will Roon want to wipe it? I think that I read somewhere that if you are using a USB external drive then Roon will not reformat it. True? Any tips?
  13. Thanks David. You are very appreciated here. The Qobuz/Roon marriage is a match made in heaven even if there is the normal marital "period of adjustment". Folks please start another thread for debating the larger issue of how the industry represents file resolution. It seems pretty clear that this is an industry wide issue. David has already answered the question of how to address your issues with files that you think might be incorrectly labeled within Qobuz. Please pursue that path. Let's offer David helpful feedback and propose solutions. This is the only forum that I am aware of where Qobuz actively participates. If you want to really get frustrated try posting problems on Roon Community. They seem completely unprepared or unwilling to support Qobuz...
  14. @bobfa is correct but I can add a few comments based upon my own experience with the headless version. The main benefit of the "headless" version is it's ability to run in ramroot(ramdisk) and without the overhead that comes from the GUI interface. You can of course disconnect the monitor from either but the headless version is a very minimalist distribution and I assume sounds the best. It is also a bit harder to work with as it requires a commandline interface which makes it a bit like "DOS from Hell." Once configured it will give you stellar audio and seems to be rock solid. The Lxqt, which I have not used, will give you the more familiar user friendly, plug and pray, GUI interface. The Audiolinux website has a list of directly supported DACs which includes your "Holo Audio Spring R2R DAC Engineered Electronics Stereo Playback Interface". So for your endpoint it looks like you should be good to go. Even with the headless version you should not need to install any drivers. I use a Mutec 3+ USB. It is on the list and was automagically recognized. Give it a try. For $49 it is a very cheap thrill by audiophool standards!
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