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  1. AN option to consider, one of these and some nice passive monitors: https://www.psaudio.com/products/sprout100-integrated-amplifier/ PS Audio does DACs and its power amps are said to be strong, all in one package that is well reviewed.
  2. You'd think I woulda tried that. I followed jimdukey's recommendation and moved slider to linear from 75% (must have seem somebody here recommend that value?), and seems to have removed the harshness I was feeling. Thanks.
  3. Been enjoying A+ 3.5.15 but notice some upper midrange harshness in certain recordings and wonder if I have the SOX parameters optimized. Kinda odd that some recordings sound startling clear and dynamic and others overly aggressive. As a longtime CA member, also have HQPlayer and PM, all cool stuff, and the aggressiveness of the problematic recordings is kept in check by th settings I use with them. CA system - a Mac Mini AQ Coffee USB directly to a Mytek B+ with Keces DC -116 LPS powering it balanced outs to a McCormack DNA -500. Appreciate any suggestions regarding SOX parameters. Thanks. Thought I was a member of CA...missed the name change. Stylin'...
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    Cucumber and Another - Thanks for the input. Have appreciated HQP's innovation, and in fact just recommended it on a guitar forum that has a conversation sub forum on personal audio systems. Not unwilling to support progress, but if the progress is stuff that I'll never use...as Pete in "Oh Brother Where Art Though" says with enthusiasm, "that don't make no sense!" For my part, I need a CA (or more accurately, a computer tech) for dummies lesson as I do not understand what a NAA is nor what an image is in this context. Have a decent 2 core Mac Mini I do not use as the quad core took over audio duties, but not sure what " try Miska's Linux image" means never mind how to do such a thing. From my perusal of these pages, I'm guessing that having one computer do the calcs and another (that isn't sweating hard, generating noise and stuff) send the files to the DAC sound better, but seems like overkill unless its easy. I screen share to a dedicated Mac mini now and have enough issues making screen sharing work (every time there is an OS update stuff gets boogered), so having two Macs to mess with seems like a big PITB. Interested in better sounding music and if there is a simple way to get there, foolproof for knuckleheads like me, I'd be in. Thanks again guys and Jussi for sharing his genius.
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    Thanks. Can understand the utility of redirecting a web sourced file to HQP4 for upconversion/filtering, but why would one want to redirect an A+ file to HQP?
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    Since I don't know what "realtime input feature" means nor any of the other stuff in the announcement on your site, I guess I don't need it? If the new version had improved sonic performance, like some new filters or other upgrades that make playing my files sound better, as in more like live music...I'd step up. But, I don't have time to monkey with/spend a bunch of time manipulating stuff, playing with a data base of albums, tweaking stuff for each recording in my files...I'm OK dragging a file folder of a CD rip into HQP and hitting the play button.
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    Still hoping for answer to previous question or redirect to relevant post: Wondering what additional utility new version of HQ Player will have for a simple user like me?
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    Mytek B+ is limited to DSD256 natively, so with a Mac 2.6 i7 quad core and DoP, thought that this would limit operation to DSD128?
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    Trying to find a concise description of HQP 4 versus the 3 that I have. Longtime user, paid for previous upgrade. I do not stream stuff from Tidal or other online source, use a Mac Mini with a HD for music files, no additional stuff like EQ or convolution (whatever that is). So wondering what additional utility new version will have for a simple user like me? Always willing to invest in better sonics, if new version offers meaningful improvements. Tried to find introductory posting of HQP 4 on this thread, but couldn't find it and generally do not understand what folks are talking about in a majority of the posts. Simple guy as I said. One thing I wish I could do would be to play files a higher level than DSD128, what I'm limited to with Mytek B+ and Quad Core Mac Mini?
  10. FWIW, upgraded to 3.5.6, now using VOX, dedicated quad core Mini to a Mytek B+ and getting best sound ever. Thanks Damien. Great work and product.
  11. Yes, missed the arrow on first view. Followed it and found the settings et al. Thanks.
  12. Thanks. Clicked on it and only saw my DAC selected, didn't see that there was more to do. Noticed that Damien now recommends SOX...haven't spent much time monkeying with those settings. Can anyone suggest good settings for a Maytek B+? Thanks again bnbayer.
  13. Just updated from Plus to 3.5. Where are the controls for upsampling/conversion and filters? Used to be Preferences. Thanks.
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    Miska, what are my best choices for a NAA to use with my quad core Mini?
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    Thanks k-man. Not much about the sonic impacts, reviewer listened files on a value-oriented Oppo DAC that is discontinued through headphones. He noticed subtle differences as he adjusted HQPlayer. My experience through a Mytek B+ with external LPS directly into DNA-500 driving Aerial Acoustics 10Ts is that conversion to DSD128 and filter changes with HQPlayer are not very subtle in sonic impact. For that matter, hear significant variation in sonics with players like A+ and PM, which I purchased prior to HQPlayer.
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