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  1. I have been thinking about your reply ever since you wrote it. I would first like to say that I have switched out both of my Roon endpoints to run AL in ramroot with no internal disks. I was able to pull out 4 SSDs by doing this. I also have now obtained SQ that is on a level with my Dante based system, which is in my mind an excellent achievement. For me AL SQ is not only excellent on an absolute level but is is also huge bang-for-the buck. Now to my point. It is obvious that your involvement with AS(CA) has really enlivened your efforts. It has hopefully also accelerated your business. You are extremely responsive to suggestions and requests, not to mention helping with issues that arise from those of us unfamiliar with Linux itself. I have one issue with your reply above. When asked if the changes you made to allow cpu cores to be dedicated for audio processes would improve sound quality for reply was: "I am waiting for the results of user experimentation. I must find the time to listen myself... " I find this a bit troubling. Usually audio application creators come up with a potential idea, test it, and then offer it to users as proven. In this case you seem to have come up with a theory that might improve sound quality and then offered it as "live" for users to test for you. For me the issue here is that most users will assume that if you put an idea into production it will have proven and tested merit. They may then spend time working with it and sorting out bugs when there has been no evidence that it will ever give benefit. I think that it is safe to say that everyone here is primarily interested in improvements in sound quality. Many here may also enjoy the chase since AS has a lot of very inquisitive audiophiles and computer gurus. To be clear, I enjoy the chase and see this as new learning however it is also already clear to me that we are beta testers for Audiolinux. I accept that, however some users may be led down a trail of frustration and quit before ever finding out how good your product is. I would like to suggest that you always have two versions of your software. One should be clearly labeled "beta" and the other will be your well vetted final product. Let subscribed users have both versions and ask for feedback. Currently all of your live products are really in beta. You are asking users to let YOU know if new ideas work or not and if they result in an improvement in SQ. I hope that you will see these comments as helpful. Keep up the excellent work. Paul
  2. Thanks. Of course if you bought them it is no different than ripping a CD. I guess that I was hoping to find a way to integrate at least some of Qobuz with Roon.
  3. Sorry to be dim but are you saying that if you choose to download Qobuz files to their "Offline" library then they can be played via Roon?
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    Article: Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I am fixated on the issue of Roon integration. I really need a way to access Qobuz in the same way that I do Roon, and used to do with JMRC, by using an IOS app as a controller, especially now that I am using Audiolinux in headless mode. I might have to go with Tidal. That would be sad as Qobuz has a ton of Jazz and Classical that I like...
  5. Great. Have you discovered that doing this provides an increase in sound quality? Do you think that this would be effective on an endpoint that has just two cores? Is this only for actual cores or would it include hyper-threading also where 4 cores effectively show as 8?
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    New HDPLEX 200W LPS

    I have owned 6 HDPlex power supplies starting about 5 years ago with their 100W unit. I have encountered two issues. One early unit buzzed on my 120v AC and the most recent purchase came with a daughter board dislodged during shipping. Larry replaced the first unit and replied with the solution within minutes for the second issue. To the point. I just replaced my last generation HD200W LPS with their newest version which uses the LT3045 regulators on the two adjustable outputs. The fixed 12/19 outputs use a different configuration (see Specs) and are rated for much higher current. This new supply powers my Roon endpoint Audiolinux NUC with 19v and my Mutec USB DDC with 7.5v which is then dropped down to 6v with another 3045. The improvement was not subtle and somewhat of a surprise. The background is MUCH quieter and allows a lot more subtle detail to pass through. It also holds soundstage location much more precisely. I am not sure which of the two outputs account for most of the change but am very happy. It is also possible that the improvement just reflects the lower precision of the previous supply. I have no other supplies to compare other than the stock SMPS's. YMMV 🙂
  7. If you already have coax into the room for your TV you might consider using MOCA adapters to pass ethernet into the room.
  8. I received a new HDPlex 200W LPS this week. I have owned a bunch of them including selling a couple to upgrade to newer versions. The newest one is WAY better than the previous versions. I am using it to power my NUC with 19v and using 7.5 volts to power my Mutec USB with it's stock SMPS removed and a 6v LT3045 reg in it's place. Much darker background and a lot more subtle detail with corresponding solid localization of instruments...
  9. If this was posted from anyone other than the seller of Fidelizer it might carry some weight ...even as it is presented as a review by another...a "pal". This same "review" was posted over on the Roon Community forum. BTW. The issue is not even whether the idea is true or not but about motivation and personal financial gain. Windows X would have much more credibility by signing up for a Sponsored Forum where his position would be more transparent.
  10. In my mind If WindowsX posts reviews of his own software here or compares it positively to other methodologies then to me that is marketing and should be reported to Chris. He has already done that here and also on the Roon Community forum. If someone else points to another site where he has done that then we just have to use our own judgement as to whether he is biased or not.
  11. I started out with an UK version but recently noticed that it had changed to a beta version which might now be the US version. I have been out of town for the last three weeks but will do some testing and post. I have been using the desktop app and have not tried Audirvana. Like many I am anxiously awaiting integration with Roon...
  12. I have used JRMC for several years but recently moved to Roon. I felt that Roon had slightly better sound quality but the big thing is the promise of Qobuz integration. Roon + Qobuz = Audio Heaven for me.
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    Article: CA is now Audiophile Style!

    I also wish everyone all best in the New Year! And I especially want to thank Chris for the great site. I guess that that I will be the odd man out here but I think that what makes CA(AS?) stand out is that it is really the best site on the web for pursuing computer related audio topics. Nothing else comes close. I hope that the focus continues to be computer related advances otherwise there is a lot of competition for the regular audiophile meanderings..... ps. I almost did not sign back in this morning as I thought that the site has been hacked/pranked 🙂
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    Akasa Case Install

    Online shootouts and personal testimony. I used some Noctua NT-H1. Try a search on it...
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    Akasa Case Install

    Thanks for these replies. I think that I followed Middy's previous general instructions from the other thread. In my instruction sheet one side is for the 1A/1B and the other for some other very different boards. In my instructions they called that chip a PCH so I referred to it as that. Since the CPU and PCH(SOC) are indeed physically "stepped" I did need the tiny thermal pad ("thermal gap filler" in their words). It was not well identified in my instructions but I got a clue from the Akasa site. I cleaned the old thermal paste off with isopropyl alcohol and sparingly used a better paste than what came with my case. I also followed Middy's method of securing the board in order to get the best coupling. Whatever I did worked well because the temps are very good when playing music. I also think that the musical background is a bit blacker, with more fine detail but perhaps this is expectation bias ?
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