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    Pink Faun 2.16

    And when we think that excellent sound, can’t get any better, it does. Why? We took the next step - the RAM root. The OS is loaded on the RAM, and no more disk for that. Jord did the configuration, and the necessary procedures first giving support to a unskilled Linux user, like me. What I hear now is that the last bit of harshness is gone. Take, for instance, the case of poorly recorded saxophones that makes ones hears bleed. Now became smooth without loosing the proper grip of this instrument. On this Good Friday, I’m listening mostly requiems and the St. Mathews Passion performed by the Netherland Bach Society. Ahh these voices... Time to enjoy the pleasures of the present until..., well, regarding the Pink Faun server, only Jord can tell. Cheers and stay home. Armsan
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    Pink Faun 2.16

    Correct Michael. You will be amazed with that upgrade. The noise level will drop significantly, which contributes to this completely stress free flow of the music that I’m experiencing.
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    Pink Faun 2.16

    Hi all, Just to update my voyage, (at home!), with this outstanding Pink Faun 2.16 Ultra server, and share with you that finally the Renderer was beaten by the Pink Faun USB Bridge with Ultra clock. Roon is streaming to HQPlayer as output. By suggestion of Jord, I tried HQPlayer with no upsampling at all, PCM and DSD files carried in their native form along the MSB Pro USB which converses the signal to optical and then the Select DAC does his magic. Before trying this approach it seems to make no sense but compared to various levels of upsampling, filters, etc, it gives me the best SQ. Of course this is in my system but give it a try if you haven’t yet, specially if you have a ladder DAC as Jord pointed. Resuming I hear a complete unstressed presentation of the music even more live sense than before. The load of the 16 CPU cores is 2% average. Happy listening. Armsan
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    wtfplay

    Thank You. Excellent work, as always. Stay safe. Cheers. Armsan
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    Pink Faun 2.16

    Hello all, Received mine, Pink Faun 2.16 Ultra, two days ago. Still a lot to discover, learn and test but I enabled a network bridge between the JCAT Net Femto card and my MSB Select Renderer. No router, no switch in between. So far I achieved the best sound ever in my room. No sound, just beautiful music. A lot of air among the players and tonal neutrality of the instruments, sounding more live like than before. In the next days I hope to learn how to proper use HQPlayer, RAM mode and the infinite options and possibilities of this fantastic server/OS. Cheers. Armsan
  6. Well, in my system, for the last 10 years or so, I had a significant different DACs. M2 Tech, North Star Supremo, TAD, MSB Analog DAC, EMM Labs, MSB Diamond V and MSB Select DAC II with QUAD USB, Pro ISL and Renderer V2. And yes, MSB are the ones I prefer. Besides, their support is awesome. With the Renderer module, and the Reference Transport that I also owne, I can play files directly from my DYI Music Server. No switchy, no router in between. Fantastic realistic SQ, in my system and in my room. One last point, the volume module of the DAC is the best preamp that I’ve ever had. Cheers. Happy New year. Armsan
  7. Apologies. When I said DLNA server, I meant DHCP server. Sorry. Armsan
  8. Sure Alrainbow, but do you want links of SW or HW products? And did you mean that, by your experience, the Quad USB is better than the UMT Transport connected to the DAC via I2S? Thanks. Armsan
  9. Hello, I have both the Renderer and Quad USB in my Diamond V. In the beginning there was Quad USB, Windows OS, and it was very, very good. Then came the Renderer. It was more lifelike, more real. The Quad USB more detailed, less organic. Then I decided to put out the switch between the Renderer and my DIY music server. Linux was the way to go. My Ubuntu Server became a DLNA server also and connected to the Renderer directly. Fantastic achievement. In this stage, forget the Quad USB. BTW forget Windows for audio. I've tried them all. WinServer 2012R2, single and Dual PC, Win 10, with Process Lasso, Fidelizer, AO, JPlay, JPlay Streamer, JCat USB card and JCat battery power, endeless PSU types including batterys, you name it. The next step was trying Audiophile Linux OS. Amazing. Cantata player and Quad USB were back on top. Next I tried WTFPlay. The best ever. We are literally at scene/event. That's where I am now. No JCat Femto USB card or similar. Nothing. Total DAC USB cable straight from the mobo. All this to say that everything matters and the result is system dependent. Maybe I will achieve to put the Renderer again on top. One thing for sure: you Renderer owners only will know what is it capable of if direct connected to the PC. Better than this? Maybe the MSB UMT Transport to be able to use I2S connection. I own and tried once Pink Faun bridge card with North Star Supremo DAC, via I2S. Very interesting. Very raw sound. Cheers. Armsan
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