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  1. lpost

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    Just a little show of sympathy and empathy. There is seemingly too little of it in the world. Strange the Atom x5 doesn't work. The UP uses the same. Mouser UK normally stocks UP board...backordered currently. £184.32 https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/AAEON-UP/UP-GWS01-A20-1432-A11?qs=%2Fha2pyFaduiqPaKHsTvEIjDEYu4O6sHmLjD52%2BUzjidN3XUuBDi9QCRZsVSwAsJS or here's the bare board. In stock, £110.01 https://www.mouser.co.uk/ProductDetail/AAEON-UP/UP-CHT01-A20-0216-A11?qs=XeJtXLiO41S5VBmZJeFPIw%3D%3D
  2. lpost

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    Sorry you're pulling your hair out. This can be frustrating. Do you have just the two machines in the mix? Your existing powerful PC and the new NUC (which model?)? Are you trying to get to a single machine or what is the goal with the NUC? I've had success by separating Roon on Windows, HQPe image and NAA image on three separate machines. The most powerful is the HQPe machine but only a i7-6770 retired business machine from 2017. The NAA is the inexpensive, silent and cool running UP-board gateway SoC. It does 32fs 20-bit perfectly for several months nearly continuously while runn
  3. 1) I've tried it both ways and I don't hear a difference though I had the space so I have them separated vertically by a couple inches. 2)I use footers under both but only because I already had them. The included footers seem to do a nice job. I'm currently using Herbies Tenderfoot (3) feet under the dac and mini Iso-pucks (4) under the ps. 3)The included cable is a high quality and I see no reason to change it. I'm not aware of any alternatives. 4) Yes. Probably. Likely. Not guaranteed to make a difference though. Depends on length and environment. Common mode rejection gains y
  4. I would just buy the 4GB model for a few bucks more. I ran HQPe on RPi4 for a while. The interface is slow and would not recommend it. It works it's just not the best experience.
  5. All of my various hardware trials where all done with Jussi's images, either HQPe with just NAA daemon loaded (for easy bridge network support) or NAA. Apparently what we're asking the USB hardware to do is out of spec but clearly not a bandwidth issue.
  6. Good not know! I wonder which USB chipset the Rendu uses? (edit: Chis is using a Denafrips not Holo May) I had no luck with AMD USB nor with the plethora of cheap PCI-e USB boards on Amazon. None would do 32fs even at 16-bits. But I've heard some have had RPi4 do 32fs and others, including myself, not. All combined with May dac. Jussi recommends 20-bit for the May to allow the noise shaper to do it's best job. Running at 32-bit is of no advantage and I guess he would argue a disadvantage vs. 20-bit.
  7. I've been super happy with the UP gateway based on Intel Cherry Trail SoC. Does 1.5MHz flawlessly and runs HQP NAA boot image perfectly. It's also on Jussi's recommended hardware list. I run the $12 smps they offer as a companion and there is zero difference compared to using the iFi iPower Elite I evaluated for 30 days. https://up-shop.org/up-gateway-atom-x5-z8350-w-4g-memory-32g-emmc-board-w-vesa-plate.html They even include the emissions testing data allowing one to compare the noise emitted (RF) to others that give such readings. I suppose they all have
  8. 'So yep, basically any source should work with the may and be absolutely ideal. It truly is a remarkably and wonderfully over-engineered product. ' I suppose this explains why I hear zero difference when changing power supplies that feed my UP gateway NAA computer (Intel Cherry Trail SoC) that connects to the May via USB. I have my May and PS separated only because I built the shelves and could easily separate them some. The DC cable is generously long allowing for this so why not if able. It certainly cannot hurt to have separation though it also may not matter/
  9. 200-400 hours had some rough patches - same soundstage shrunk and upper-mid lower treble was irritatingly harsh on some tracks. 500 and beyond just seems to get more sublime. It seems as though passing through 1000 has been just a bit more relaxed but the 'bad' sounds are far behind at this point. Have faith, press on.
  10. Single-ended or balanced? It's a bit hotter than my departed but well appreciated DirectStream. Balanced with both. I've not listened to Kerosene Hat for a good number of years. I wonder how it will go once the Trinity Sessions SACD is over?
  11. Oh yeah, native NOS also rolls the highs off in a very pleasant way...when needed. I do detect a loss of clarity overall without any upsampling/noise shaping but I could easily live with the May NOS with nothing but native rates. I'm sure the new M2 chip will kick some DSD butt. They just entered mass production this week apparently.
  12. I should play around more with the input capabilities in HQP. I'm sure FM does sound way better moving the noise way out. It's tough to beat the convenience of internet radio though. Try 5EC too. I like it a bit more than 7-nonEC. I can't do 7EC. Be sure to try PCM too. I like it better than DSD 90% of the time with the May. It's vastly easier for the HQP machine too, bonus. I go between poly-sinc-lp, ext2 and sinc-m. If I need or want to reduce the dymamics or the highs are too hot, DSD is the ticket (with the May). Think late at night or badly mastered 80s tracks of my wasted you
  13. I like both Groove salad streams but mostly do Classic...though one could hope for a bit better SQ. Taking them up to 32fs helps a bunch with the crunchy treble.
  14. I thought you already had one? Apparently not. Mine sounded good out of the box but has some very rough patches on it's way to ~500 hours. Now at 1000 hours it sounds great all the time but don't give up on it too soon as I suspect some have and sold it. If I were to do it again, I would probably give it power and signal and not listen to it for a few weeks.
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