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  1. 1. Thanks for taking time to clarify this 2. Soundwise u have one of the - if not the best upsampling player in the world 3. Naim is Hifi highest end and superior to most of the brands mentioned on this entire forum 4. This alone would require u to support their protocol like Damien does and certainly not them - how dare u? Bryston, McIntosh, Accuphase, all of them and potentially others have to make nice for HQPlayer? Is it so damn difficult to implement UPnP support side by side with your own protocol? Chris
  2. So, I have tried to put M2Tech Hiface USB to SPDIF Converter in between the PC and the Naim. This is working -> HQP through WASAPI but it doesn't sound good and I am doubling up the DACs as the NDX2 has got a DAC built in. LAN with only Roon sounds better. LAN with only Audirvana sounds better. Is there another trick I can use to make HQP detect the Naim NDX2 over LAN?
  3. Again, Audirvana finds the Naim player on the network, HQPlayer does not. IS this because HQPlayer can't or because of another reason? There is no USB-connection between PC/Mac and the player of course.
  4. After using the search function with no success I am asking: I have both Audirvana 3.5 and HQP 4 installed on a MacMini, which is connected through LAN. I have a Naim NDX Streamer, also connected through LAN. Audirvana finds my NDX2 as a UNPNP - network streamer / player and I can play music through LAN. HQPlayer4 doesn't find anything. Is this correct or intended, because streamers would require to have HQPlayer NAA installed? Thanks, Chris
  5. @Miska: I find it very interesting and cool that a lot of people change filters per type or style of music. I am using Roon as a frontend and going into HQP because I find it more appealing and comfortable just by its secondary features. I know from testing in my setup that HQ Player standalone sounds better to me. Either way, I have to logon to my Windows 2016 machine from MS Remote desktop to change settings. No issue with that as long as I find one setting for all - which I learn from this thread is a compromise. In particular because I listen to all kinds of music from Metal to Classic. Having said that and given the tendency of people around here to adjust settings to musical styles, would it be possible to implement a tag/setting per album or even per song that would tell HQP which filter to choose on the fly? That would be a nice feature. Don't know if it has been mentioned or discussed before and sorry if so. Chris
  6. I am and have been converting all PCM to DSD 128 in both settings. PCM conversion has more punch, SDM conversion has more detail in my setup if that answers your question. And closed-form-16m sounds even better than "poly-sinc-xtr-2s" - again - in my setup.
  7. Boy, closed-form-16M, ASDM7, 48kx128 is possible on my MacMini and slightly beats the same setup with poly-sinc-xtr-2s. There are some cracks indicating that the CPU is totally pitched out but the sound quality, oh my god! It is strange though, if I run my standard setup with "poly-sinc-xtr-2s" and just switch by the pull down menu to "closed -form-16m" and restart the same song it sounds less impressiv than if I change to "closed-form-16m" in the settings. "Closed-form-16m" also does not accept the 48kx128 and shows 5.6448M as a result while "poly-sinc-xtr-2s" shows 6.144M. However, surely tricking my own mind, if I setup "closed-form-16m" correctly to what it seems to ask which is 44k x 128 I get less good results than by leaving it on 48k x 128. What the heck? HQP is so cool. I love it. Chris
  8. Hi, It is easier with GUI, isn't it? It is a very good idea to have an image but it will work all the way. I found this for you: "With AO 2.20B5 when answering YES to Roon Support the Media Support is added - no need for the media pack from MS." I cannot remember this error message that you got on my machine, I only had troubles with the network setup as mentioned before. Did you also replace the shell with Roon? I am 100% sure Phil will be able to help you quickly and if it takes some time for him to answer in here then send him a message through his webpage. It should be easy to solve. Good luck, Chris
  9. Ok, here are my actions that worked in this order and right after first boot of Win2016: in tool local network policies change to "privat" AND "user can change" Set fixed IP, Gateway and DNS Set Computer network name Reboot Check if router / switch can see Windows 2016 Check remote access to Windows 2016 with Microsoft remote desktop from any machine If you use BootCamp, do it know and install latest drivers Reboot Check for Windows 2016 updates and install Check for unknown devices and de-activate them Reboot Remote management will be enabled now I have then set my remote share and tested access through the network (upload/download) Install RoonServer64bit Check remote access to Windows 2016 again Try to connect Roon Remote to Roon Server (will not work) Install AO 2.2 with Roon Server support Reboot Licence AO 2.2 by starting ST tool Disable write caching on SSD Disable power saving on LAN Adapter Reboot Run Roon AO ultimate with safe settings Test SMB connection to share again Probe Roon Remote: it finds Roon Core on Server Enable auto logon in AO service tool Reboot Roon Remote will find Roon Core on Server automatically I have protocoled each and every step of also other tools (HQP, Windows Commander ...) so that I can replicate my installation anytime and do not need 2-3 days again. Some might not be relevant and I do not care. It works. With the hassle, trust me, I feel for you! 2012 had been a walk in the park in comparison. I have then started to use more aggressiv settings in AO. Connection never lost. I then tested all AO possible settings and combinations and never lost connection. Just for the record, the following AO settings I have left ON: Roon Support HPET WASAPI USB Opt Intel WMI With that I have Roon remote, MS remote desktop and SMB working. Chris
  10. Frederick, it is different with 2016 than with 2012. I wrote myself a complete installation manual if I have to do it but I don't have access right now. So what you have is exactly what I had: Roon can see the core and gets stuck in "initializing". You must edit the network policies in 2016, otherwise it won't work. There are several things to do in order to make 2016 see your private network as private as it is set as "public" per default. This is the key. Without this it won't work and it is not sufficient to allow for remote connection and/or toggling DHCP and fixed IP - it got to be a fixed IP anyway. With 2016 Core it is of course a bit more tricky and work to change policies (powershell), but I have also noted the required commands somewhere. It is basically all available from the internet if you know what you are looking for. Chris
  11. I can totally agree with you in latest brain research findings. As far as science nows there is much more to discover then we ever thought and music is a total experience, not only with your ears. We know, that even deaf people can experience music with their bodies. That is all common sense by now. Your words help understanding different options and controversial discussions on how hardware "sounds", especially loudspeakers and certain tweaks: What we believe about this and that is anything but the "truth" but it is all about ourselves, a total reflection of the way we are as each and every individual. That is the true reason why people get emotional about this stuff, it touches their personality. Producers goal is to find out commonalities amongst the majority of all customers and their customers to expand their customer base: If many people like it, it is good, it can be sold. But at the same moment it is not true with regards to "this is also the best sound of all" because there are many other music enthusiasts who will not agree. I am also into Computer stuff in general. If someone has a technical problem as something isn't working quite the way it should be according to specs, then there is a clear technical solution to be found. Can be exhausting, but from a complexity level it is a trivial task: Find the one who solved the problem, probe his solution and be happy. That does not at all apply to the quality of sound reproduction: In music and the Computer-Audio cross over all non-strictly-technical issues are down to personal taste and that makes this forum so entertaining and fun. Chris
  12. Are you absolutely sure that you are excited when you are excited?
  13. And it integrates much nicer with the rest of my equipment, both size and looks.
  14. Unless you need the Macbook for something else you can get a lot of pretty good stuff for 3 grand - but as you want to replace your Air it might work for you. However, my Pro sits on my lap while I am listening to music. I only control Roon and HQP with it and go surf the internet, read/write emails etc. because it is my working machine and I love listening to music while working. Therefore I would not consider your conclusion for my setup. Chris
  15. However, in my mind there are average recordings we still like because the song is simply good. The quality of the original recording to me is part of the story behind the song, the band, the circumstances at that time. I am not shy to give an example that can of course be judged differently: The first three AC/DC LPs have a lot to do with my youth and include a number of songs I really like. But even the original LPs and the first CDs are really not amongst good recordings in my collection, too harsh, too rough, not very well balanced but with high dynamics (>10), regardless, to me this also a good historic document of what they were at that time. When John Mutt Lange took over and produced Highway to hell and moreover Back in black, the latter became one of the most respected Hardrock albums in history also because of the excellent sound quality (of the first release). Control had taken over and ruled some of the imperfection out. Take a listen to the Kinks "You really got me" original recording: To me this sounds like a school band rocking the garage but it is good. I do not even want to have a professional recording of that song as it would take the core away from it. Chris
  16. Good point. I believe that as humans we are always looking for a reference system. Imagine you are driving fast. How fast you are driving is displayed in your cockpit, but your reference system is also your body feedback and your relative speed in comparison with others around you. There are a couple of "hearing reference systems" I have personally come across and the following is my personal experience and not any kind of truth or universal rule: 1. My wife: If the music doesn't touch her, even it is one of her favorite songs, then the sound quality isn't good enough. This is a very strong but also very subjective reference system but certainly non-debateable: "If it makes you feel good, it must be good" 2. Playing an instrument: Knowing how a live guitar sounds might help separating good from bad sound quality. This is a weaker concept than "my wife" because the sound of any instrument played live is very dependent on the hall, the setup, your relative listening position and so on -so it could be very disappointing because of external factors out of your control or even perception (and so you keep asking yourself: What is wrong?) 3. My own sweet spot definition: It must be sound, it must fit together, it must make sense, instruments, speed, loudness and much more need to fall in place, need to cooperate in my mind. Also very subjective, but for me, this is the sweet spot when music makes sense to me, in a technical sense. Now my comment to your vision about fine-tuning human hearing: I will quote Eminem: "You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go" When I listen to Led Zeppelins Kashmir on a hot summer night with a glass of red wine, I am all there, I can lose myself in the power und pureness of this song and I can almost feel, how it was put together and under which or what influence as if I was personally there. Virtual reality meets HIFI. These are the songs we all have and know that never become boring, that we can enjoy hundreds and thousands of times throughout our life. My recipe: I am a strong supporter of dynamic range, the loudness war debate, finding the best recording of a certain piece of music and so on. The quality of food (the recording) and having a 5 star cook (the gear) should come together. But listening satisfaction - to me - only comes when it is more than anything else exactly this dinner that you want to have right now. Who cares about a world class pasta if you need a steak? A perfect quality recording of your favorite song, played with class HIFI (condition) and (as a must) your ability to lose yourself is all I believe we can get to and I find it very emotional. Besides, for me this is the one and only reason to spend so much money on HIFI. What do you think, what do you feel? Makes sense? Chris
  17. Well, I do not know why, but I can switch on the same song in just seconds and it is absolutely significant. The combination of Roon+HQP ist better than Roon alone but worse than HQP alone by far. However, to me it only matters for serious listening, for all other requirements I run Roon + HQP.
  18. Agreed, HQP is now way ahead of Roon+HQP on my machine, especially with 48/128. If there was only a remote control for OSX...Easy listening = Roon +HQP, serious listening = only HQP through remote desktop. I got rid of all the ifi stuff, just SOtm and a good USB cable are doing the rest. Chris
  19. Hi Phil, you are welcome. Need a hint from you maybe: I had to go back to the GUI Version once more (re-installation) because I could not connect to ROON from the remote to the core. However, remote access seemed to be working, I had run AO in ultimate with conservative settings but ROON remote always stopped at "initializing". So something was wrong, I spend hours figuring it out, no way, and so I found a more drastic but efficient way. I held my new network setup (all Unifi with USG) for the culprit and in order to rule that out, I did a fresh install of Windows 2016 GUI yesterday and wrote down every single step I took during installation and setup of the server. After AO installation and optimization Roon found the core immediately it has been running without any hiccups so far. These are the areas of applied changes from myself during GUI installation that I will need to focus on during my next attempt of a Core installation: Network will be "public" and needs to be revised to "private" ( however, also did that on my first Core attempt, but must be done under "local security policy" for all and with "User can change"). There are two unknown devices that Apple does not have Win10 drivers for, need to be deactivated (bluetooth stack and WLAN) Set fixed IP, Gateway and DNS (causes an error message under GUI as well, but works after reboot. Fixed IP also set in the router) There are few Windows 2016 updates that need to be installed, and they take really long. Patience required and avoiding system changes or reboots. Core installation problem: Main issue was I had not set a fixed IP in the Server right away but only on the Router side. Don't know why but at some point during Core Setup I could access the network adapter through Sconfig anymore, error message popped up wrong list or table or something like that. But before that the public/private thing seems to be important and really needs to be enabled sure through local policy settings which I need to find for Powershell first. I did not touch anything else during GUI setup and it is all up and running. But I sure want to have Core running as it sounds way better. I could test it with HQ Player through remote access before resetting the system. So, there we go, another round of installation will be required. Phil, is there anything I am overlooking for the next attempt Core installation? Chris
  20. Hi, to whom it may concern: Managed to install Windows 2016 Server Core on my Mac Mini (2014) today. One of the ISO files needs to be split with command DISM because it is bigger than 4GB (FAT 32 limitation). After that installation works fine. Boot Camp drivers for Windows 10 are being used. Apple bootcamp.exe does not work in Core mode, but that has been like this with 2012 R2 already. However, it does no longer complain about a missing dll after running AO and I can still boot into MacOS but that won't hardly ever be necessary. Because of the strict limitations of a pure Core installation (no GUI, almost no apps) I had to get used to command line setup of the Server once again. That was a lot of fun and the Internet explains it in all details (sconfig, Powershell, Diskpart). It took my a couple of hours to work through all the nitty gritty details but in the end it works the way I wanted it (remote access, smb shares etc.). Had to waste one AO key as I did not want to care more about Device Manager after one round of Windows Updates. I am keeping it to "download only" to avoid surprises. AO then does the rest and all set ready to go. Results in a nutshell: This MacMini has been running various versions of OSX in the past. Then Server 2012 R2 together with Audiophile Optimizer lifted the Mini to a different level. Now with 2016 Server Core I have to say that right out of the box it again sounds a lot better than 2012 R2. I did not expect that but it happens. I am running Roon Server and HQ Player als shell replacement - but for best audio quality - only HQP directly. Best Chris
  21. Yes, in my manual it says what the maximum data rate is. However, I am throwing 6.12 at my TDAI right now and it displays 5.6 but sounds better with 48k than with 44,1 x128... So I would try to get the manual from the webpage and look it up or google it. Chris
  22. Still sometimes missing the first second of a song and that just happens with this setting, seems to be really heavy...
  23. Welcome. Just figured that TDAI cannot process 48k*128 and display max rate which is 5.1xxx. Funny, still sounds great. 48k*64 is within spec of my DAC easily and still sounds better than 44,1*128. How do you like the setting on your MAC? Note that I run Windows 2012 though.. Chris
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