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  1. I’m curious, for what reason do you prefer the Oyaide over the Curious cable? Is one less bright than the other? Thanks
  2. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I realize ultimately we can experiment, but I’m wondering if a guide to HQPlayer filters has been created that focuses on common man language sonic descriptions of the various settings? The manual contains what is for me, highly technical descriptions of the various filters and dither settings that is mostly meaningless to me.
  3. Amarra does not need the internet in order to play music.
  4. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Yes, all are welcome, no matter the lattitude. Do you know if this works specifically for Mac OS USB? Ted Smith wasn’t sure..
  5. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Aloha Miska, is it possible to send native DSD from a Mac to Roon/HQP and have HQP send native DSD (no DoP) onward via USB? I’ve oredered a Matrix X-SPDIF-2 to go with my Direct Stream Junior DAC. The Matrix will convert USB to I2S, and the DSJ supposedly sounds better via its I2S input port. Just wondering if its possible to get a native DSD signal through a Mac/ HQP and onward to the Matrix. Thanks.
  6. Any more feedback on the Matrix X-SPDIR 2? Especially with PS Audio DS/DSJ?
  7. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    So to clarify, I ought to, in preferences, set the minimum volume to -8 and the max to zero?
  8. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    So that’s -8 minimum volume and what for max, still 0? Or is it the other way around?
  9. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    With Roon’s DSP engine off, and should clipping occur, can I adjust the HQP volume knob without causing a spat between Roon and HQP? Am I correct, that I would adjust the HQP volume knob to cure the clipping?
  10. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Thanks for the detailed response. Due to my lack of technical knowledge, I understand almost none of it 😃 I have a bass boost of +4.5 dB at 180 hz, low shelf, that I use periodically in convolution. So how should I set the HQP volume preferences (min/ max) to make that work without clipping? Thanks.
  11. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    How does this relate to Roon with HQP? Back to one of my original questions, if I turn off the Roon DSP engine, and thus its headroom management feature, can any clipping be dealt with in HQP with the its volume knob? Thx
  12. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Once set in preferences, do you then adjust the HQP volume knob if its red?
  13. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    This is a Roon/ HQP question. I find that HQP by itself, and using the HQP convulution engine for EQ sounds better than using Roon/ HQP with Roon’s DSP EQ. But in both situations, I get some clipping and am not sure how to deal with it. 1) With HQP by itself, I have the volume set at -3/ 0 per Jussi’s suggestion. How do I deal with the clipping? 2) With Roon/ HQP, how do I deal with clipping without having to engage Roon’s DSP engine which I feel lowers the SQ? Thanks 🙏
  14. My year with Roon will be up soon, and as much as like Roon, I still can't justify the price. I'm at the point of needing to pay $380 for the lifetime subscription balance or continuing to pay $120 year after year. This week I've been re-exploring other players to see if I can live without the Roon/ HQP combo. I've been fairly happy with Amarra in iTunes mode. It has played bug free all week and I much prefer the iTunes library system to Amarra's. Sounds pretty good. Have left the Amarra local library empty, and have also used A4L with Tidal. HQP, sans Roon, has also worked well. I believe it sounds a tad better than with Roon. While HQP's library system functions without bugs, it is very dated, so I've just been dragging in albums or playlists from iTunes - using HQP as a player only, rather than library management. Although I do have my entire DSD collection loaded into HQP. I find it odd that Amarra doesn't allow for DSD via DoP playback without PCM conversion. Especially given that apparently Sonic Studio, according to Wikipedia, bought the DSD tool division from Philips in 2005. One would think that position them well to allow for DSD via DoP?? Also, it seems Sonic Studio has pioneered quite a few things in the recording industry, its a legit innovator and not just some a lone guy in his basement creating software (no offense to HQP or A+!). This makes me think SS is more than capable of during the A+ bugs, just wonder why it takes them years to do so, if at all.....?
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