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  1. I requested DSD 4x / 256 support for Innuos Zenith Mk II to Marantz SA-10 (XMOS USB interface) since June 2019. After I waited for almost a year, and after many promises by Nuno, only now I can play DSD 4x / 256 music files. Thank you, but I don't think adding XMOS USB interface support needs 'almost a year' development time. I guess the kernel upgrade played a part in SQ improvement because I heard better sound with 1.4.4.
  2. Euphony can play DSD, no issues with huge computer resources. The problem I reported was about buffering the whole album (or whole songs in playlist) when it exceeds 8GB. If the buffering of whole songs in playlist is turned off, Euphony will only buffer (read into memory) the next song to be played. My NUC7iBNH has 16GB RAM. Even when ramroot is disabled, Euphony allocates max 8GB for buffering and O/S. I hope this limitation can be fixed.
  3. With the latest Euphony updates, I am getting better sound quality without ramroot - the music flows more naturally. With ramroom, music sounds more compressed. Also, with ramroot, the album artwork display is okay sometimes but not okay most of the times. No such problem when ramroot is disabled. The buffering of an album/folder runs into problem when total file size is greater than 8GB. I have some DSD256 albums purchased from Blue Coast where Euphony runs out of memory after reading 8 tracks into buffer, so it did not read the remaining tracks. When I tried to play the 9th track, Euphony shows file not found error. My setup: NUC7i5BNH with 16GB RAM, Euphony O/S in M.2 Samsung EVO 970, music in 2TB external Samsung EVO 860 SSD connected thru iFi Micro iUSB3 which is also used as USB reclocker between NUC and Marantz SA-10 USB audio input. Music playback with Euphony Stylus only.
  4. Try HDD Low Level Format Tool 4.40. https://hddguru.com/software/HDD-LLF-Low-Level-Format-Tool/ Just make sure you select the correct drive, i.e. USB stick, before formatting.
  5. - Added option to buffer entire Queue to RAM With my 16 GB RAM NUC7i5BNH, it seems the RAM buffer is limited to 8 GB. So far this is not a problem, including when buffering a folder with DSD256 album. The "i" info per playlist item will change from white to blue indicating buffering is done.
  6. Hi Dave @Middy, I am glad you find my sharing useful. Please don't underestimate Intel NUC when used as a music streamer - I am happy with it. It seems you have a good system. I run Euphony on the NUC headless, that means no connections to HDMI monitor or TV, no keyboard and no mouse. Hi @Gavin1977, I've tried putting the Samsung 2TB music SSD inside the NUC. When the music SSD is external through iFi Micro iUSB3, the SQ improvement is significant, but it also needs a good USB3 cable. Recently I played with isolating the NUC. First I tried IsoAcoustics Iso Puck, 1 pc under the NUC. Then I replaced the Iso Puck with 4 pcs of Isonodes Large with the supplied 3M double-sided tape, stuck underneath the NUC. Since the NUC is too light for Iso Puck, Isonodes gives better sound quality improvement. I also put Isonodes under iFi Micro iUSB3 as well. All these cheap upgrades have SQ improvements and I am happy with it.
  7. @nvitorinoI am not using Roon with my Zenith Mk II (non SE). Music is played directly from internal SSD. Will DoP DSD 256 and PCM 384k be supported? Right now, limited to DSD 128 and PCM 192k. What caused the limitations? CPU processing power?
  8. Rajiv has posted this before: https://euphony-audio.com/hesk/knowledgebase.php?article=14
  9. I don't have this problem. I boot Euphony from NVMe SSD inside NUC. After disabling Ramroot from Advanced Settings, it takes a few seconds before the system is ready for shutdown. It takes a lot longer if Euphony is booted from USB stick. The next reboot should be quicker without Ramroot. I suggest you connect HDMI output to a monitor or TV and check the messages during boot.
  10. Thanks for sharing. In my NUC7i5BNH setup, turbo boost is turned off. Hyper threading is turned on. BIOS power management was set to high performance and this makes a difference to SQ (in terms of dynamics). I control CPU speed directly from Euphony advanced settings, typically at 2/3 of max CPU speed without turbo boost, resulting in CPU temperature at 50 C or below (depends on room temperature). CPU load is pretty low since the NUC is only running Euphony Stylus.
  11. @TheAttorney, I have tried playing from USB stick with and without iFi iSilencer3.0. Pretty big difference. When playing music from USB stick directly attached to NUC, it feels flat (collapsed soundstage), shorter decays, with missing micro details. Putting iSilencer3.0 in between USB stick and NUC brings it back to the reference sound. I use regular speed Transcend USB3 stick. Due to not very high speed reads (110MB/s sustained read speed), when playing very high res files like DSD256, sometimes the SQ is not good, especially when the file is huge. This is despite "buffer before play" turned on. So my updated recommendation: start with iFi DC iPurifier2 and 2 units of iSilencer3.0.
  12. I recommend start with iFi DC iPurifier2 and 1 unit of iSilencer3.0. Micro iUSB3.0 needs another good quality USB3 A-B cable, so it will be the most costly upgrade. The iSilencer reduces background noise. My preference is not to put it between NUC USB port and USB Audio cable - it feels like iSilencer has its own sound. I plugged in 2 iSilencers in series into the USB port next to the USB port used by USB Audio cable. I learnt about iSilencer from here: Go to page 15 Let me copy some music files into USB stick and plug the stick directly vs through iSilencer - I will report out the SQ difference.
  13. Hi Blackmorec, Yes, when I first bought Zenith Mk2, it was connected directly to Marantz SA-10 using Curious 1.0m USB cable. I tried again recently (direct USB connection from Zenith to Marantz) when my hifi friends visited me - they were all surprised Zenith Mk2 was bested by NUC combo. The Zenith Mk2 internal SSD and NUC+Euphony external SSD both have the same music files, which include CDs ripped by Sony HAP-Z1ES, SACDs ripped by Oppo 105D, and high-res files in both PCM and DSD formats. I've tried ripping some CDs with Zenith and I don't hear any difference in SQ compared to Sony's rip, but metadata by Sony with Gracenote database is always more accurate. Some CDs ripped as WAV files by Zenith will not play inside my car, but no problem with CDs ripped by Sony. Zenith SE is a much better product compared to Mk2 - the power supply is different. I think SE is still better than Zenith Mk3. One day after the warranty expires, I would like to tweak my Mk2.
  14. I would like to share additional updates I have done which resulted is much better sound from NUC + Euphony Stylus combo that matches the sound quality of playing discs or music files directly from Marantz SA-10. I added iFi DC iPurifier2 between Zerozone LPS and Intel NUC I changed the stock cable from NUC to USB SSD enclosure to WireWorld Starlight 8 USB3 A-M There were also a few updates to Euphony (including new kernel, ramroot and dynamic native DSD support) that brings up its quality to different level. The iFi DC iPurifier2 reduces background noise with more details can be heard. I tried bypassing iFi Micro iUSB3 - the difference in SQ with and without Micro iUSB3 is a lot less compared to not having iPurifier2. Even though Euphony Stylus reads the current track into memory and before it plays from memory, I am really surprised that the USB cable to SSD enclosure can make that big difference. The total costs of all components in the picture above is about the same price I paid for the used Zenith Mk2 with 2TB internal SSD (paid SGD3k for it). But the SQ NUC + Euphony Stylus with the accessories above is at different class. Yes, it's messy, not a 1-box solution, but I am fine with that. There are a few problems I need to mention: iFi DC iPurifier2 runs hot When Euphony Stylues is set to Native DSD with SA-10, there are problems when switching from PCM to DSD, sometimes the SA-10 DAC locks up. Using DoP is okay. I wish one day I can compare my DIY solution with high-end streamers that cost a lot more.
  15. Hi Blackmorec, not my intent to hijack this thread. If you search this forum with "SATA cable" keyword, there are discussions about these 3 brands: Pachanko, Paul Pang Audio, and JCAT audiophile SATA cables. They are all expensive. Better not to open the chassis cover until Innuos warranty expires, I guess.
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