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  1. Hello, Final pre-purchase check. I have the choice of either an i9 9900k a 9900ks or a Ryzen 3900x as a cpu to build a system around. I'm mostly putting together the build in order to use hqplayer so what are people's thoughts on which one of the three would be the 'best'? Will future updates to hqplayer make the 3900x as better choice in the long run or will it always be able to make better use of a Intel cpu? Final question, any specific considerations needed when choosing ram? As ever, all advice is welcome!
  2. Thanks Miska, that's what I'll go for then.
  3. I'm about to build a server using a Streacom db4 case and have the option of both a i9 9000k (95w tdp) or an i9 9000 non k (65w tdp). The difference between the two seems to be the base clock speed : 3.6ghz vs 3.1 ghz Given the passive nature of the cooling is the lower tdp cpu a safer bet or would there be too much of a hit in performance? My aim is to upsample to dsd 256 using the EC modulators, would both of these be able to do that or is clearly the better choice? This might not be a straight forward question to answer but I felt this was the best place to ask it.
  4. Very good questions. I exclusively stream from Tidal and Qobuz (at the highest bit rate they allow for). My server and endpoint point are both nucs connected via ethernet to the same Orbi (mesh WiFi) access point. This access point is connected wirelessly to my main router on another floor Dsd512 works perfectly when the two nucs have there ethernet ports set to unlimited (100mbps). Perhaps there are some advanced settings I can play around with regarding the ORBI rluter/AP that ensure optimal stability.
  5. Duly noted. For those of us looking to build powerful servers based on the new flagship AMD cpus, Uptone's upcoming ethernet product's ability to minimise the negative effects of a high power/noisy 'pre switch' environment is becoming a key variable. With a view to contributing something a little more on topic, I'm finding that playing around with cpu frequencies, even with dsd512, is making a noticible difference and is, in my case, blurring the lines between software preferences. Dropping the cpu frequency for Roon dsd512 sounds better than full throttle dsd512 in HQPlayer.
  6. Does PCIe 4.0 (on paper) offer potential benefits in other areas than storage transfer speeds, namely areas that could impact audio quality? If not I wonder if using the backwards compatibility with x470 boards might provide a way to side side these fan laden x570s. There might be some middle ground between the benefits of lower power consumption/lack of fan and loss of certain cutting edge features.
  7. That's encouraging. Time to take a closer look at my network... I have a feeling it could take some time to figure out. Thanks for the reply
  8. I finally got round to testing the ethernet limiting option and noticed a noticible improvement in sound quality at 100mbps. I'd done the hardware equivelant of this in the past with similar results. The problem I'm having however is that although a limit of 100mbps works perfectly for bit perfect pcm it produces stuttering/total drop off when upsampling to dsd512. The problem is present in both Roon and HQPlayer. On paper 100mbps should be enough but in practice it isn't working out so well. Has anyone else run into this problem?
  9. I'm piecing together a few bits and bobs to create a portable raspberry pi 3 audio linux player....however I can't seem to set up WiFi for some reason, is there an additional package to install? There isn't the handy 'wifi' menu like there is with AL headless. It's working great with a LAN connection but obviously I'm physically tethered which defeats the point of my project.
  10. Thanks for that advice, I played around with cpu frequencies in audiolinux for both the server and the endpoint today. No upsampling, just bit perfect playback via Roon. I didn't expect the underclocking to make much of a difference but I was pleasently surprised to find out that it did. That being said the Dac chips in my LKS (dual mono es9038pro) just seem to show their full potential when dsd upsampling is used, I wish it wasn't the case as it would save me a fair bit of money. I don't want to come across as a 'it's dsd512 or nothing' kind of guy. I have a chord Hugo which obviously sounds best when left alone so that the in-house Chord sound can shine through. If others have similar ESS based Dacs and have arrived at a different conclusion please feel free to tell me that upsampling is useless so that I can give my credit card a rest...
  11. Very, very interesting. I'm going to have a play around today and see if I can recreate your results!
  12. Thanks for that information, Interestingly enough I did Spec up a 2700x build last week as I think it's an attractive price point but I came to the conclusion (perhaps too hastily) that it would struggle with dsd512. I did however stumble across chatter about the upcoming Ryzen 3000 series... I think it could be a winner. Perhaps I should wait and see if anybody on the the hqplayer thread takes the plunge.
  13. The EtherRegen thread is something I've been keeping a close eye on... And yet I'd completely forgotten about the potential it has to address issues caused by a noisy/powerful server scenario. I'm quite likely to take the plunge when it is released.
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