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  1. Thanks, nice description of where exactly sound improvements can be expected. Very helpful.
  2. The 9% is extreme, it’s more like 4-5% average on 1 core and between 0 and 3 % on a second. Core 3 and 4 stay mostly at 0%. When running Euphony in ramroot I can take out the USB stick, but I never do, it never flashes, i do not think it is used. The USB stick eliminates OS SSD with LPS. Sound is equal or maybe a tiny improvement. Installing win 10 (as mentioned by Anwar above)on a slower nuc will not advantage sound quality I am sure.
  3. My fanless Celeron 9100 that is currently running Euphony (v. 20201102) from SLC USB stick does not get hot at all. Playing large flac and wav files music from NAS all morning (see image). If you confirm with Jplay it's even less, that's only good news and I could even install Jplay on a slower NUC.
  4. You made me curious and I will trust your judgement because ''It sounds more dynamics and lively, with tighter bass'' is also what happended when I added LPS 1.2 and later a Farad Super3 to my NUC. The same improvement when I installed a separate USB card on the PCI slot. And also when I replaced both DC cables between the powersupplies and NUC, tighter bass definitely and more dynamics. So I am aware my milage may vary. As allways hard to say how big the change will be and where sound quality will be improved. (And even more difficult, HOW to write about different aspects of sound quality to
  5. But I assume that this dedicated win10 computer needs processing power, LPS and more? Probably not just a basic PC (NUC) like my Atom Intel® Celeron™ J1900 low power (2 LPS) 2x4Gb Apacer that currently runs Euphony without effort. I will read https://dranwarali.com. Thanks Anwar!
  6. Currently trying a Nad C658 w. BluOS (balanced XLR out) and a Bluesound node 2i (se out) in different configurations vs. Euphony. Although I am in the middle of changing many devices in little time, for now I can confirm in my set-up BluOS can not beat Euphony soundwise. But I will keep trying. You do not mention if you are trying or not to improve sound or interface (simplify?) but as far as the interface and customizing access of music files Euphony is easy to beat. BluOS and JRiver are clear winners here. I hope to find a better and more user friendly interface than Euphony but
  7. It's in my profile under Audio System Audio system is changing regularly and there are two; I try to keep it updated. SuperMicro X10SBA with two LPS: 1) EPS connector - DC cables: Gotham GAC-4/1 (JSSG360) - FaradSuper3 @12v + SR Fuse upgrade/ AC cables: Furutech cable + connectors 2) ATX connector - DC cables: Gotham GAC-4/1 (JSSG360) - Uptone LPS 1.2 @12v / standard Uptone brick USB audio card: Eifidelity (temporary) while waiting for new higher Streacom case to install Pink Faun SPDIF bridge. Let me know if you have any questions.
  8. You are correct about euphony20210421v3.img; the most recent you can download today. If you want to compare two versions you can toggle under ''system info'' and ''revert to release'' as described by flkin above. Apparently after many times this could cause a bug as he observed. I toggle(d) for months between 102 and 716, (see image below). Mayby instead of toggles I should do a clean 716 install AND a clean 102 as well IF I want to keep comparing. If you want to compare more than two Euphony versions you need to install from different USB sticks and do a clean instal
  9. When you (do a clean) install Euphony you get a warning it will erase everything before formatting in 3 partitions. That should be enough I think.
  10. Hi Dave, remember me, you tried helping me out asking good questions when I posted here about Euphony distortion when switching 16/24bit tracks and back (still do :-( it's Upnp related I know at least....I think). I can confirm Euphony will run on Intel Atom only with one Uptone lps 1.2 (gets more warm, I added a 90x90 mm heatsink on each side).* I am using for 18 months the following: MOBO : SuperMicro X10SBA (Intel Celeron J1900) - EPS: FaradSuper3 @12v (since 4 months)- ATX Uptone LPS 1.2 @12v. I am not using HQ player or multi-multi cores and prefer the idea o
  11. I am talking about LPS that are available on the market today (and the list is very long) not so much the concept behind. Although understanding what is inside might help to select an LPS with more durable components. Thats the advice I am looking for. I think 3-4 years is not good enough for a 450$-650$ LPS. Or the other way round, if those last only 3-4 years I might go sooner with Sean Jacobs for example ;-). Where is the break-even point? For example if I paid 150-200$ a year that equals a 1000$ LPS (if it lastst 10 years) I probably get better sound also . So re
  12. So LPS can die after 3-4 years or sometimes 6 years. 24x7 that is. I am using Uptone (3 yrs) and Farad (2 yrs) Example of LPS components hard to source or hugely expensive according to my manufacturer (quote) : ''Particularly impossible has been the main FPGA used as well as the 10-per-board opto-isolators. We usually pay xxx for the FPGA. A spot-market source in (edit) just quoted us xxx each! 34x! Impossible and insane.'' That's a huge problem for manufacturers, great warranty or not
  13. Not sure if this is the right place but I mainly follow this thread and the Euphony thread. I know users here go to great lenghts to get the best LPS's they can afford. Sound quality depends a lot on them we all agree, so that easily justifies spending. But is anyone aware of LPS life expectancy? Hard to measure, but based on experience, how long should / will they last? I am asking because in the last months I had 2 LPS die (3 and 4 years old) and also one of the powerbricks to feed the LPS started humming ( I won't use it any more). Past warranty unfortunately (up to 3 year
  14. Thank you for the insight. I am familiar with that track, I’ll give it a listen. I am also aware that Željko needs specific and descriptive feedback, the reason I was asking you to elaborate on « bass » and « details ». Great you already shared that with him. I understand Željko was concerned, and he should be. When users here express dissatisfaction or disappointment they can be really helpful providing elaborated feedback (preferably sharing here or by opening a ticket @ Euphony). After every update there are never details about changed sound quality, and IF something cha
  15. Really fascinating how you recap all the different Euphony versions. When you mention regarding 1102 “Bass slightly loose, details a little less than optimal”, it makes me wonder what/if other Euphony versions improve on this specific feature? I assume for you that would be the ultimate Euphony version (and it’s ok even if that’s only for July 2021 ;-).) In other words, what version did you like more with a tighter base, and what version has details optimal? Or did you not hear that yet with previous versions? That would be great feedback (for Z). I am aware it is syste
  16. USA to Europe 3 Prong Plug Adapter should work. If you are handy you can do it yourself. No worries, this is a modification of the short (cheap) cable between power adapter( up to 240 V) and wall outlet and won’t affect sound quality. What will Improve sound is a good dc cable, like the dc4 you purchased. Cheers
  17. * CPU utilization % and temperature are the same while playing the FLAC or WAV file in Euphony Stylus with ramroot (see previous post). I definitely give it a good listen with other tracks.
  18. Interesting! In my quest to optimize local files to play with Euphony Stylus I tried XiSRC (free*). The same company provides MusicScope (also free**) to examine the characteristics of files. MusicScope allowed me to visually compare the original FLAC (33Mb) vs, the WAV provided by Bandcamp (50.4Mb) and the WAV I converted myself from FLAC with XiSRC (also 50.4Mb) . In MusicScope all 3 look identical. Soundwise, at first listen, I can not confirm a difference between the versions of the selected file. This might go beyond the subject here (you can also PM me) and I would like to e
  19. Thank you for pointing this out. I did try to compare FLAC vs. WAV/AIFF in the past, downloaded both versions from the same album (Bandcamp), but it was not conclusive. Also my system might not be resolving enough. I will give it a try again, my system evolved a little over time, it could be worth it.
  20. That's what I thought, same here. Best results with local files. In my case all FLAC on a Synology NAS +LPS > switch > 30ft Cat7 > streamer.
  21. Thanks. For these listening sessions are you playing local files or streaming files?
  22. @NenonWhile you have an "eraser" could you also use it for the way too long last April 15th discussion that led to a separate post from Marcin? No hard feelings but it seemed it made many feel uncomfortable, having no place here. Disagreement is ok but THIS could have been discussed in private. Enjoy your holidays, I love reading this thread.
  23. I appreciate your descriptions of how the sound is evolving through versions. You improved without (!) ramroot, so now sound quality depends less on RAM. To better understand, would you mind sharing what type of RAM you are (not with 421 !) using and also what other type of memory to run Stylus is attached to your mobo? In the situation above you do streaming, SSD or NAS? I looked in your setup details but you did not mention. If you did somewhere else please link to that part of the thread. Thanks.
  24. Ok I understand now. I know how to revert and switch between 2 versions within the same install, but not more than 2. Many thanks!
  25. Thanks and sorry to insist, it's out of curiosity, and maybe one day soon my system will evolve so it becomes practical to know. I understand you have no USB drive. Do you keep more than 2 versions of Euphony on your Optane 32 Gb?
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