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  1. Rajiv has posted this before: https://euphony-audio.com/hesk/knowledgebase.php?article=14
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. @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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I don't own the Statement but Zenith Mk2. From Statement pictures on internet, I am not sure whether the internal SATA cable from motherboard to SSD is audiophile grade or regular computer grade. I know the Zenith Mk2 internal SATA cable to SSD is regular computer grade. From my own experience with DIY streamer, this cable matters, even if the player reads into memory and plays from memory. I think Antipodes uses high quality internal SATA cable to SSD.
  10. I have tried DSD 256 with DoP and also native DSD with my Marantz SA-10 used as USB DAC. However, specific to my DAC, when native DSD is used, there are some problems switching from PCM to DSD - it caused the DAC to freeze. Adding DAC delay does not help either. So I just use DoP since I can't tell if there is any SQ difference. I don't know about DSD 512. There is no studio recordings done natively in DSD 512. DSD 512 albums being sold today are all upsampled, even though some companies called it remodulation. Please note that the latest version of Euphony has dynamic native DSD. email reply I received from Željko on Sept 11th: "We implemented dynamic support for DSD native playback - we won't need to recompile kernel anymore in order to support DSD Native playback for new DACs. Go to Card Info dialog and notice new UI for setting your card DSD format - click set and then power off/on the DAC or just detach and reattach it."
  11. I don't use PTS Server but Intel NUC7i5BNH with LPSU and music on local 2TB SSD. I am very happy with Euphony Stylus. If the PTS Server comes with switched mode AC-DC adapter, I suggest you upgrade to 12V 4A linear power supply. China-made brands like Zerozone low-noise LPSU with R-core transformer is reasonably priced but very good. You can get them from ebay. Please ensure your order with 5.5mm outer x 2.5mm inner barrel connector / center positive +. Despite already having 19V 4.2A Zerozone R-core LPSU powering my Intel NUC, recently I added iFi DC iPurifier2 and it lowers the background noise even further. Not every expensive upgrade but very significant improvement in SQ.
  12. How true is this story? Although they were only released in 2016, there are reports that Intel Apollo Lake processors are dying sooner than expected. Source: https://www.techradar.com/news/are-intel-apollo-lake-processors-already-dying Updated news: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-apollo-lake-cpu-not-dying-pcn-lpc-bus-degradation,40378.html https://www.techrepublic.com/article/intel-retracts-apollo-lake-warning-discounts-claims-of-reliability-issues/ https://www.extremetech.com/computing/298248-intel-walks-back-apollo-lake-cpu-recall Intel Apollo Lake includes Pentium N4200 processor which is used by Zen/Zenith Mk3 and also Statement.
  13. It seems Euphony is getting more advanced now and it is very good that the RAM root features have been properly documented. I am not sure how many software developers are there to continue supporting Euphony. Initially my emails were replied by Robert, recently my emails were replied by Željko. Are there any others?
  14. This recent release (20190910 + 20190912 feature update) is very significant. The improvements are not imaginary. I use my SACD player (playing music files from USB drive) as the reference for 'correct' rendering. When the same SACD player is used as DAC with NUC7i5BNH + Euphony Stylus, the sound is close enough with very small difference. I've heard my friend's SOtM sMS-200ultra in my system. I also have Zenith Mk2. Right now my preference is NUC + Euphony, but please note that the NUC is treated with accessories (Zerozone LPS, iFi iSilencers, iFi Micro iUSB3, Elfidelity SATA filter, iFi iPower 5V for SATA SSD storing music files).
  15. It's Marantz SA-10 SACD player used as a USB DAC. I have Torus AVR16, so my system is dead quiet. More details in my profile.
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