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  1. Just finished a session with HQPlayer and the Qutest... my favourite so far with the qutest was poly-sync-xtr-mp, TPDF dither, 44.1 upsample to 705.6 kbps. This combination added some additional transparency/veil lifting, but to be honest it is not 'night and day' compared to using regular pcm (no upsampling). This does reinforce my earlier belief that you need a 'DSD Direct', Multi-bit, or R2R DAC to get the most out of HQPlayer. With these types of a DAC's I have heard quite remarkable shifts in playback quality. Chord products, and probably delta-sigma based chips (like Sabr
  2. Running 3v output on the qutest definitely improves things compared to 1v or 2v... just opens up the sound. I also added a buffalo bs-gs2016 in yesterday, which has added solidity to the sound... I’m not running optical yet, just a cheap CAT5 patch cable.
  3. I love Sinc-m via dsd to the T+A and it is what I use every day. Closed form is supposedly a close match to the m-scaler. This would be my second choice - it has a good soundstage. Some pcm DACs respond well to FIR upsampling. I have only ever used PCM to chord DAC’s, never tried sending them DSD to be honest because reviews say don’t bother. If I use a chord DAC then I upsample to the highest possible rate, I’ve not really tried intermediate rates from HQPLAYER. I compare either red book direct or upsample to the maximum rate.
  4. Owning a T+A DAC8 DSD I can say with confidence that HQPlayer works best with the ‘DSD direct’ approach. Definitely recommend in this application (or R2R/multi-bit). Chord DACs aren’t as transparent to HQPLAYER upsampling IMO. I have owned Hugo, Mojo, Hugo TT, Hugo 2 and tried the DAVE so I don’t think it will be any different with the qutest. However, HQPLAYER embedded is a great uPNP endpoint. Works well for me so that’s why I’m also using it with the qutest. Presently no upsampling used within my test, but I will try again.
  5. I'll try these suggestions and report back... SPDIF is first on the list.
  6. I tried a DAVE, technically perfect, but I didn't like it as the soundstage was way too set back for my liking. I now have the qutest. Works better for me in the fact that everything is somewhat more upfront and vocals have presence (slightly more forward?). I do find it a more darker sounding DAC than the DAVE though, the highs are also somewhat recessed, and this decreases it's realism IMO. I use the incisive neutral filter and Oyaide Tunami Terzo RR v2 and Sablon 2020 USB. I previously found the tonal balance of the Yggy about perfect, but the noise floor of that DAC was not good
  7. Gavin1977

    HQ Player

    Yeah, I’ve always had to reboot.
  8. Gavin1977

    HQ Player

    Is it a bug with HQPlayer embedded that every time you change the DAC/settings on the configuration page that a reboot is required? I find that unless I physically reboot the server that HQPlayer as a upnp renderer disappears until after the reboot has completed.
  9. Thanks - the Lumin app (iphone) successfully logs into Tidal and also finds HQPlayer, but payback will not occur on non-Lumin hardware because of the need to create an OpenHome Renderer using Bubbleupnp. So same problem really (unless you use Mconnect which uses upnp or your use Linn hardware).
  10. T+A made any progress with a formal Firmware release yet...? I've been running CPLD_1081_DSDSWAPPED and 2006be11 for some time now and have been flawless under both Windows and Linux.
  11. Quite interesting that I have an up tick in sound quality using MConnect Player & upnp direct to HQPlayer. Bubbleupnp was hosted on hosted on a noisy Synology NAS so that might have contributed. Thanks for everyone's help.
  12. We have a solution thanks @guiltyboxswapper. Mconnect app works fine. It successfully logs into Tidal, and HQPlayer Embedded also works via upnp (first time I've had upnp correctly working on my network). So Bubbleupnp is not needed in this config. The only additional setting is selecting the maximum output to 'HiFi' (rather than Master), since HQplayer doesn't do MQA. Lumin app has the same login issue, mainly because the Lumin app only works with OpenHome Renderers and therefore needs Bubbleupnp to be used. So looks like Kinn Kazoo and Lumin apps are defunct at t
  13. Thanks you for answering - very much appreciated. Lucky Tidal will have a workaround in the future... being able to control Tidal on a windows LTSC Server using Tidal Connect on your phone. I just hope I can pass through to HQPlayer... I'm only Windows / Apple based... how do do this workaround? I would use uPNP direct to HQPlayer, but it has never worked consistently on my network... whereas Openhome has been flawless.
  14. Anyone know what this message is all about? I can't log into Tidal via Linn Kazoo anymore (via iphone or Mac), was working fine up until yesterday... I have noticed that on Tidal itself is now requires me to login using Facebook credentials.... no other option allowed. odd. Set up is Tidal -> Linn Kazoo -> Bubble upnp (latest version of Java8, synology DSM 6.2 server) -> HQPlayer Embedded (as an Open Home Renderer in BubbleuPNP).
  15. Gavin1977

    HQ Player

    Also my opinion with PCM as well. Also try TPDP dither as well
  16. I have not listened to exaSound before, but I have listened to ESS 9038... I don't think it would compare to DAC8 being fed DSD. ESS chips are not 'DSD Direct', so the sound quality is likely to be similar the PCM section of the DAC8 DSD. Would still sound jolly good of course. That's just my understanding.
  17. Spot on - the main difference with the Mola Mola was better imaging. Also, you can set the start-up volume and also a volume limit if you use HQPlayer (embedded version in my case) which should help prevent any issues. My search still continues... I have more feedback coming... including one configuration that does incorporate a preamp that I rather like.
  18. Gavin1977

    HQ Player

    Is it true that HQPlayer will only upsample pcm in multiples of the original sample rate? i.e. if the original file is 44.1, it will only output 88.2 even if I set the desired sample rate to 96. Just checking as I'm trying to send 96/24 to my DAC and the sample rate using 44.1/16 original pcm file is always topping out at 88.2 (max sample rate of my DAC) using either HQPlayer desktop or embedded. Test tone in windows shows that the DAC works fine with 96/24 outside of HQPlayer. Thanks
  19. I thought about using a Hypex SMPS to feed a HDPLEX DC-DC converter, however there is also an additional hitch in that these SMPS are untested in this application and are only used to power amplifiers which obviously only have high transient power peaks. Providing a continuous 60w+ from a Hypex SMPS might cause it to fail pretty quickly.
  20. Now the Taiko ATX module is a product I would be interested in and would purchase.
  21. +1 @MarcelNL I bought a load of Salas L-adaptor pcbs... but you know what I just can't be bothered to solder them all up... it just takes too much time. Good quality connection wire is also expensive, as are the right crimping tools. Modular completed components is better for me and less likely for me to end up swearing at them. I love the HD Plex chassis I have, I would certainly consider paying more to have a 'deluxe' version of this with an integral psu. Love Paul Hynes and Sean Jacobs stuff, the prices are fine if you just want to power a single rail NUC, but count me out on based on m
  22. I think it should be affordable... in reality not many will go for a dual CPU option and all those banks of expensive RAM. The budget necessary would stretch into thousands. Those people who can do this might as well buy an Extreme. A chassis with an integral multi-rail linear PSU capable of accepting and powering single CPU's upto 120w, with dual molex 5v outputs to power a pair of JCAT cards would better fit my bill. Price £1500? Perhaps it might be better to view the product as a multi-rail linear power supply, but with the bonus of it including a chassis?
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