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  1. tobes

    HQ Player

    For a long time I just used the poly-sinc filter, then there were some things I liked about the xtr variant. I thought ext sounded good too. At the moment, in my setup, I have a clear preference for the closed-form. Sounds natural without obvious artefacts and maintains good focus, layering and wide staging. Seems to sound good with all material (to me) and with both my speaker and headphone setups. All systems/ears are different though.😉
  2. tobes

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    +1, mp filters sound fake to me, like using over sharpening on a video screen.
  3. tobes

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    BTW, it's the same for PCM source material. It's not a big deal for me, since I can see the settings in the player app anyway. I'm just happy the auto source switching is working.👍
  4. tobes

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    Yes, I realise most are using powerful computers and converting everything to high rate DSD - but that doesn't suit my equipment. My Benchmark DAC3 only does DSD64 and I prefer the clarity and SQ of the DAC3 with just upscaled PCM and native DSD64. My 2012 i7 Mac mini can do DSD128/256 - which I've tried with a low cost Topping D50 DAC - but I prefer the SQ of the Benchmark (maybe that's due to having balanced outs and the gain structure of the DAC3 matching my Benchmark amp setup). In any case the fan on the Mini kicks in at higher DSD rates - which I don't like, so would probably need to change my whole setup to go down that path. But everything is sounding great so not much motivation. I don't think conversion to DSD is a panacea - call me crazy, but I don't find anything wrong with good PCM.😉
  5. tobes

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    @Miska the auto switching between PCM and DSD material with the 'source' setting now works fine with HQP4 - thanks! Just a niggle. When looking in the Client the 'Mode' correctly says 'source' but the Filter and Shaper settings are blank. In the Player app these are listed properly - and 'Mode' shows whether PCM or DSD (rather than source) which is ok. Would be nice if the Filter/Shaper settings were copied across to the Client. Mac OSX Mojave in my case.
  6. tobes

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    Those buttons (long press on album tiles in Client) are now fixed for me with 4.03 under OSX Mojave - thanks @Miska. Nice feature too!
  7. tobes

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    @Miska I know this was mentioned somewhere above, but what was the reason HQP4 no longer passes through native PCM/DSD formats but has to be changed manually? I mainly listen to PCM and don't have much DSD music, but this is a PITA. HQP3 handled this seamlessly when set to auto - i.e. I could upsample PCM to PCM using filter of choice, and pass native DSD through to the DAC.
  8. tobes

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    That would be a great addition and a functionality I'd be happy to pay for (Tidal in my case).
  9. tobes

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    I've found HQPDControl to work flawlessly from my Android phone - though in my case I prefer the screen 'real estate' offered by my Mac system. Yes, I think HQP would be far more appealing to many more users if it offered Tidal/Qobuz integration on the Client. I have a lifetime Roon subscription but still prefer the SQ with HQP4/Client when playing back local files.
  10. tobes

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    I haven't got any idea....just asking. I did turn the firewall off and of course no pop-ups when I start the HQP apps. I checked at the 'Shields up' site to see if this exposes me to web scanners - but ip is coming up in full stealth mode on all ports, so my router firewall seems to be sufficient.
  11. tobes

    HQ Player

    Don't know if this has been mentioned but the 'long press' on album tiles pop up in the Client does not bring up the functionality described in the manual - i.e. the ability to play immediately or add to the queue like below (from manual): I get only this - no buttons for play or queue (at least with OSX 10.14.4):
  12. tobes

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    I don't require any fancy library sorting functions - I checked out that Swinsian app and just seems cluttered to me - but there is an annoyance with the HQP sorting that is carried over from HQP3. Albums are sorted by composer (desirable for classical listeners?) rather than artist meaning artist albums can be spread all over the place. For example these listings for Alt-j are in 3 places: or this Patricia Barber album is under Sonny Bono: None of my other player library managers have this issue.
  13. tobes

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    Yes turning the Firewall off will stop the notifications, but not sure that is a valid solution. No other apps appear to have this problem.
  14. tobes

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    @MiskaI've just bought a licence for HQP4 (decided there's some things I prefer to HQP3) and using on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.4. For some reason I continually get the pop-up asking me to allow incoming network connections - even though I've allowed this in my firewall settings. I've tried removing it from the firewall list and re-adding, but still get the nag pop-up. Any idea why? I googled the problem and found this: "Some apps check their own integrity when they are opened without using code signing. If the firewall recognizes such an app it doesn't sign it. Instead, it the "Allow or Deny" dialog appears every time the app is opened. This can be avoided by upgrading to a version of the app that is signed by its developer." BTW the nag pop-up is happening for both the client and player apps.
  15. tobes

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    Thanks for the reply @Miska I probably won't move to two computers unless there is a strong likelihood Roon/HQP playback matches standalone HQP (I realise this may be some anomaly with my system causing the gap in SQ). For now I'll just continue using HQP3 for locally stored content and Roon for streaming content - though using the latter for everything would obviously be vastly superior in terms of ergonomics, interface and features.
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