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About Johnseye

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  1. I will periodically add the USB stick back to the PC, run a save within AL, then pull the USB stick out again. The Roon db is maintained in RAM. I'm using two 8GB sticks in the server so plenty of space. This is all on the server of course, not the NAA. I'd be curious to know your recent hardware and software tweaks on the server side, if you're willing to share.
  2. They were used for everything other than the sound files. So OS, Roon and HQPlayer. Sound files are on a NAS. That was before AL. Now that I use AL I load it all into RAM from a USB stick and remove it. No drive at all anymore. I moved the Optane drive to my office PC.
  3. That Upboard is very similar to this NUC board, the NUC7i7DNBE, and is the same board many people in this forum have been talking about and using for the NAA with great success. https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/boards/nuc7i7dnbe.html Here's the associated kit. https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/boards-kits/nuc/kits/nuc7i7dnke.html
  4. I have recently changed from 12v to 19v using the same PSU. So far 19v is slightly better, but other changes were made at the same time so I can't be 100% certain it's all because of the increased power.
  5. My findings were the same. Using the same server, just between Optane and Intel SATA II with SOtM filter. SATA II slightly smoother, less edgy or more analog. Very close though and I could live with either.
  6. The ruling hypotheses is that latency matters. We know power matters, and more. Provided using 2 sticks doesn't cause you any power hardships then using dual ranked sticks is probably a good idea.
  7. My L3 Spring has the current USB chip. I preferred going direct from my NUC to the Spring as opposed to through the SU-1. Just one more device to have out and power when I couldn't tell the difference between USB and i2S.
  8. It turns out all my HDMI issues were related to a cable. I rarely have cables go bad and it makes them less suspect when they should be considered.
  9. Does anyone have experience with the NUC8I7BEH or its motherboard, the NUC8i7BEB? It has an i7 proc and 28w TDP. That's 13w more than the NUC7i7DNBE and while both will run at 12-19v it has a little more demand. I read a few posts where that extra power did pose a challenge. I'm currently powering my NUC7i7DNBE with 12v from my SR7. It isn't perfect. There are times when the HDMI won't display. Then magically it does. I can power it from my 19v rail but I'll then have to power my server with an SMPS until I get another LPSU. I'm going to experiment a bit and see how much impact the SR7 has on the server vs an HDPlex SMPS. I have heard upstream power's influence before so am not thrilled with this option. Keep in mind, the server is behind the NUC and a switch in the chain. I'm currently not using my tX-USBultra, but that will change when I get the caps upgraded.
  10. @The Computer Audiophile will you be attending this year? How about @Solstice380 ?
  11. The person you quoted installed Roon on a pc then directly attached a storage device like a stand alone hard drive connected to the PC via USB. A NAS is network attached storage. It can allow for greater capacity than direct attached and can utilize redundancy through RAID. You can use a NAS or direct attached with the Nucleus. The Nucleus is pretty much just a NUC with Roon Core installed on it.
  12. I hope you can make it. I just learned @bobfa lives the next town over. It will also be in the 60s this week. I don't think it will be as nasty as last year. The weather was bad, even though we're in doors all day.
  13. Congrats on the new house! I'll likely be out to the Gorge in June to see a concert. It's a great venue if you haven't had a chance to see a show there.
  14. I'll be there. I believe @lmitche and @Forehaven are going as well.
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