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  1. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    For some reason, this confuses me. If I select "none" in the both the filter and dither settings, does the sample rate setting become disabled? Or, if I select "none" must I then manually set the sample rate in HQP to match that of the file being sent from Roon, which would be a bother? Thanks
  2. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I have a DirectStream Junior DAC which upsamples to 20X DSD on its own. I greatly enjoy HQP and its upsampling, but have read various places about users not doing any upsampling in HQP and passing it on to the DAC. For instance, Roon —> HQP (no upsample) —> DAC. How do I try this out? I don’t see a specific option in HQP to “turn off upsampling”. I see I can select “none” in the filters and modulators, but that’s all I see. How do I turn off upsampling in HQP Desktop (4)?
  3. I have the update from a day or so ago, have been updating regularly. The “strip down” part is not as sweeping as it seems. Just took everything off the desktop, use launch pad instead of the dock, use a mono color desktop color instead of the dynamic ones in Mojave. But WiFi and Bluetooth were left the same. It freed up a bit of extra memory and reduced the processing load a wee bit, obsessive audiophile type stuff.....
  4. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    But isn’t the “Rasberry Pi” low level of computing power found in expensive music servers by design to reduce noise?
  5. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    It’s not about specifically about the Aurender, more about standalone streamers/ players vs a PC/ Mac. Small Green Computers sells, as you know, the SonicTransporters, some of which are specifically designed for HQPlayer. What are your thoughts on the various HQP capable SonicTransporter offerings vs PC’s? Do those possess the same tiny brains as the Raspberry Pi?
  6. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I'm not an Aurender adherent, just using it as an example. But there are many other audio specific server/ streamers, some of which allow the use of HQPlayer and Roon. I'm all for making the most out of a Mac or PC. There can come a point where one has invested in so many little devices, UltraRendu, etc etc that the grand total can easily push one into the Aurender/ Auralic/ etc market.
  7. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    The Aurender may have been the weakest link. My question is, how do you know? Were you able to replace his Aurender with a PC source in order to test in his system? I don’t doubt that your system sounded better because you claim it as such, but in your example, I’m not clear how the issue is isolated to his Aurender without replacing it with something else.
  8. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I have yet to read any thread on these forums in which someone upgraded to something like an Aurender and decided it sounded much worse and reverted back to their PC. Ever. I’m not saying its never happened, just that in thousands of hours of reading, I’ve never witnessed such a reversal, and have read numerous posts going the other way.
  9. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    The Recovery is just the tip of the iceberg, on many levels, regarding the degree people go in order to make digital sound less digital. Having spent far too much reading posts on forums like these, I can offer the following conclusions: 1) Vinyl can ultimately trump digital, but it takes many times more money invested in a quality vinyl rig than it costs to get “really good” with a digital setup. 2) While streamers like the UltraRendu do quite a lot, but if you really want take a step forward, ditch the computer entirely and buy some like an Aurender or Auralic. 3) The DAC is very very important to curing digital woes, so if you’re not liking the results of your DAC, I wouldn’t then use that experience to conclude all digital is beneath vinyl. A better DAC and or better cabling, and better power, etc, etc can all make a significant difference. HQP filters can help, but the filters are not capable of curing various fundamental woes in the rest of your rig. Also, Focal speakers have a reputation for being bright, or harsh in the trebles. This is all a real, and expensive slippery slope, so if you’re loving your vinyl rig, be happy and turn around while you still can .😂
  10. Thanks for the idea. It just seems extreme to me given everything else but A+ works normally and well. I wouldn’t want to risk messing up the harmony I otherwise have, especially given there are a number of other people on this forum experiencing similar A+ issues as me. Hopefully Damien will give another idea besides the defrag feature which didn’t help. And the Mac OS audio optimization stuff would have no negative effect on A+. It’s mostly simple steps that free up memory and processing power.
  11. Good point. By that I mean I’ve removed all non audio related apps, reduced the dock, cleared the desktop, that sort of thing in order to maximize audio using the existing power. Some of the things discussed here, though I did not do the terminal command stuff. Which is to say, my Mac is not overburdened by other processes, its entirely devoted to audio, giving even less excuse for the A+ sluggishness.
  12. Yes, I agree, would be nice to know what’s going on. To my way of thinking, and it may not be entirely correct, but if the same library is handled easily on my system by iTunes, Roon, Swinsian and Amarra, then its difficult to think of my system or library as being the problem. This same logic applies to those of you who have no problem running A+ on Mojave, and therefore the problem can’t be A+, it has to be my system. My counter would be that the onus is on A+ to smoothly on a variety of systems. My Mac is stripped down and is pretty much music only. But still, none of us have the exact same system, and if there is some peculiar interaction with my system and A+, its at some relatively esoteric level beyond the casual user. Which leads me to conclude that Roon, iTunes and Swinsian are better programmed than A+ when it comes to the aspect of broader compatibility with a variety of, in this case, Mac systems. I’m purposefully setting aside Amarra, because I’m sure it will act up soon enough. A search in Roon, iTunes and Swinsian yields instantaneous results. Using the same system that A+ lumbers with. I’ve done Damien’s defrag routine, using Onyx, my Mac’s maintenance is totally up to date. I paid my $75 for 2.6 + $40 upgrade to 3.5. While willing to do whatever else I can, I’m remain settled that this is more a limitation of the new 3.5 UI than anything else as previous versions were not sluggish. And its Damien’s responsibility to provide a fix!
  13. Yes, thanks. It’s Audirvana specific.
  14. Could be. I have a 2013 MacBook Pro running the latest Mojave. My library is around 40K songs or so. Roon handles it no problem, so does iTunes. Audirvana is super slow, like it is for others in this thread. I’m in no position to say why, only that it is. Not only slow. For instance, if I’m playing a Tidal playlist and use the A+ remote to skip ahead to not the next track, but a track several tracks away, A+ plays an entirely different song, and from that point forward, continues to play different songs than are displayed on the remote. The desktop A+ doesn’t do this. Just have been lots of issues.
  15. I enjoy the sound of 3.5+ quite a bit, and the new look interface is very nice. But it has been so sluggish, even after defragging per Damien’s recommendation. Local library is slow, Tidal is slow, and searching is slow. For a search, I enter in a name and come back 5 minutes later to see if the result has appeared yet. And the remote has many of these types of issues as well. Is it possible to have the option to maintain the SQ of 3.5 but use the more simple pre 3.5 interface? As much as I like the eye candy, and Roon has spoiled me this way, but I’d gladly sacrifice looks in A+ 3.5 in favor of smooth operation. While I never thought I’d say this, and get a lump in my throat doing so, but for me currently, Amarra Luxe is less buggy than A+.....
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