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  1. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    At Jussi's suggestion I changed Win 10 to "High Performance" power setting and tried HQ Player Desktop 4.31 (latest) again. Unfortunately, the problem persists whereby having client and server open together consumes ~15% cpu cycles even when idle with no playback. Went back to prior version 4.30 and all is well. I'll stay with 4.30 for now and hopefully whatever gremlin is causing this issue will resolve with next update. 😬 4.30 is thankfully still working and sounding great! 😁
  2. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Good suggestion, Jussi.I have changed from balanced to high performance and cpu utilization during playback is a few percent less, This is still using HQP Desktop 4.30 as I'm reluctant reluctant to go back to 4.31 due to the cpu consumption at idle issue. I will report back it it makes any additional difference.
  3. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Noted, Jussi.. Hopefully next update will return to prior version's behaviour in this regard for me. For now if you don't have any thoughts as to what I can try to correct the excessive cpu cycles at idle,I'll stick to 4.30.
  4. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    I located my copy of 4.30, uninstalled 4.31 and reinstalled the prior release --> Problem resolved. In my admittedly layman's terms, appears to be an issue with how client and server communicate in 4.31, consuming substantial cpu cycles even when no playback occuring. I look forward to a resolution in future releases. Thanks, Jussi!
  5. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    @MiskaI am experiencring some strange behaviour with HQ Player 4.31 that I did not experience on 4.30. Specifically, when I launch client and player, there is ~15% cpu activity taken by HQ Player idle, with no playback initiated. This seems like excessive overhead for the program at idle. The only way I can reduce it to <1% is to close client and restart HQPlayer without client. I am hopeful you have a solution. If not, please direct me to a link and I will roll back to 4.30 until this is fixed. Many thanks.
  6. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Yes, that's what I've done and quite happy with my current settings. I do think the EC filters sound generally better, and stick with closed-form-16M for 2x up, either poly-sinc.xtr-mp-2s or poly-sinc-ext2 for 1x. Poly-sinc.xtr-mp-2s sounds generally more to my preference but takes longer to initialize for some reason, and both filters give great results. I'm also doing some tube rolling on my amp recently and it's helpful to have stable, reliable settings on HQ Player to remove that variable when I evaluate tubes. Thanks @Miska!
  7. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Thanks, @Miska that makes sense. BTW any recommended settings for the Matrix X-sabre pro for best use with HQ Player 4.x Desktop?
  8. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Hmmm. I didn't know that and have a Matrix DAC per signature below. Just by trial and error comparing ASDM7EC --> DSD128 versus non EC modulators --> DSD256 I found the former better overall. I have an i7 7700 at 4.2, I can run ASDM7EC --> DSD256 without stutter but cpu load gets quite high and I haven't really been able to detect a huge sonic improvement. Thanks, @Miska
  9. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Thanks for sharing your results. I am a bit confused, though, as I thought the CPU was key in upsampling to high rate DSD and to running modulators whereas GPU is more relevant to running the filters...is that conceptually correct?
  10. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Thanks. I don't have a dedicated music PC and try to keep HQP's CPU utilization to <30-40% to allow other app's to run. Jussi, are any other optimizations possible / planned to diminish the EC modulator's CPU needs?
  11. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    When I've had this issue previously solution was to upgrade to latest video card driver.
  12. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Sounds both fantastic / promising but potentially confusing to those of us who are less computer literate. Will the manual offer some general guidance or will there be a default setting that achieves appropriate (even if not optimal) performance across different PC hardware?
  13. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    Fully agree, adding Singxer SU-1 and connecting I2S to DAC made an improvement in "blackness" of background, detail, overall tonality. I don't think I'd ever go back to direct USB to DAC. I realize, however, improvements in and differing USB interfaces may have a bearing on results.
  14. LoryWiv

    HQ Player

    After noting @juanitox's results decided to try to get at least DSD256 w/an EC modulator, and to my happy surprise running HQ Player 4.21 with DSD5EC and polysinc-mp-2s not only do I get stutter free playback on my i7 7700 @ 4.20 Ghz with cpu utilization under 25% (generally where I like to keep it to allow other programs to run smoothly while I listen to music), but the sound quality is excellent! @Miskaare there substantial differences between DSD5EC, ASDM5EC and ASDM7EC? The latter seem more demanding of my CPU and I can't really discern an audible advantage, so just curious. I do appreciate the 4.21 update and look forward to even better cpu efficiencies with future releases when your time permits. Thanks!
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