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  1. Daniel, I would start by investing in the current version of AO. AudioPhil has made so many different changes that have eliminated many of the earlier problems that I entailed, as are well documented in the original 2012R2 posts here, over the earlier version of AO. I now use the current AO in GUI mode with WS2019 — it sounds great, updating programs is easy and it got rid of dealing with all the pesky issues you describe. Now, I was using 2012R2 Standard, and if that is what you do have, there is no need to go to essentials. In fact, starting with AO 2.20, AudioPhil eliminated the need to add the media pack and codecs — it all came aboard to the extent required when selecting Roon support. I’ve never used FooBar nor any AO earlier than 2.20, so I can’t help on the question of whether selecting Roon support would solve your FooBar problems, assuming you use a newer AO version. I wish you good luck! Cheers. JCR
  2. Phil — I am using my server to run Roonserver for Roon and also JRiver MC25 for remote access outside of home to my music library through JRemote. I note that in my AO 3.00 install, Roon as a shell is available, but not Roonserver separately. Now, I selected Roon as my shell and the result is a black screen with only the AO menu in the center. This looks like the Roonserver shell (which is fine) and not the Roon shell (which I presume would show the Roon GUI that I don’t need on the server anyway?). Wondering, however, if selecting JRiver as the shell would still allow access to the AO menu and produce better sound than with Roon/Roonserver as shell. Separate question on WS2019 Standard GUI mode, which is what I have installed. If I disable network related services in AO — which you describe as important to good sound — you are saying that my Synology NAS (where my music is located) will no longer function? No workaround for that? I’m also finding that even with network related services running still, my NAS connection is not persistent. That is, it requires manual re-entry of the NAS password, despite selecting to save password, upon any server reboot. I used “/persistent:yes” in my setup. Thoughts? JCR
  3. @Kal Rubinson, just reporting that three Musical Fidelity V90 DACs stacking with the UDIO-8 are sounding really good into the Marantz. I have worked with Thierry of Home Audio Fidelity to create customized filters for Roon’s convolution engine for bass management and sound correction. The trick was Thierry creating filters just for the bass crossovers and then my measuring the effect in my system using REW sweeps playing out through Roon into the V90 stack, measuring each speaker in the array with the two subs. Thierry then combined the bass crossover filters with the sound correction filters and all of that is being done in Roon. My multichannel system has never sounded better. That UDIO-8 is a slick product. JCR
  4. This is what I do with Roon and I see no reason it would not work with JRiver. Record the REW sweeps with the analog timing reference beep on your PC or network and then play them back individually through your system, as filtered, as though each were a song you otherwise were listening to. Then, set the output and timing reference settings of REW to and output you aren’t using. For example in my multichannel system, output 1 is left, 2 is right and so on through 6 is surround right — so I select output 7 for both output and timing reference. Then, in measurement page, make sure the box for analog timing reference is checked. Hit measure and REW will sit, waiting to hear the timing reference, which you play out through JRiver. Voila! You’ve measured your system as filtered. JCR
  5. I’m sorry that it is going badly. Are you using WS2016 in Desktop Experience (with GUI) or in core mode? I have been able to backup using the native app in both modes. But I never could backup to a network share at all, or backup to a USB 3.0 stick without changing the BIOS on my server to recognize Legacy devices. Not sure if that latter point is related to what you are seeing. It’s really time consuming to troubleshoot WS2016 issues, and I’m no expert — just spent a lot of time to figure it out. Sure, I got backups to work, but ultimately, I gave up running my server in core mode and went with the GUI — in my case, HDMI audio devices — which I was using for multichannel audio via Roon and AO — disappeared in core mode but would reappear in GUI mode. Good luck! JCR
  6. I believe to get the backup in WS2016 to work, you must activate backup using PowerShell. See this link. https://www.rootusers.com/how-to-backup-windows-server-2016/. I have used the backup in WS2016 to restore without problem. Be sure to use a USB stick to store the backup and set your BIOS for legacy to get it to work. JCR
  7. Ah, yes. Q-dir.exe is great for core — like a lightweight File Explorer. However, I was not able to load a browser when I tried, nor JRiver using portable installation. In the end, I’ve given up on WS2016 core entirely, as for reasons totally unclear, audio drivers loaded on my server simply do not function when in core. No audio device will appear in Device Manager and many have tried, but no one can come up with a solution. Maybe just a weird incompability between my motherboard and WS2016 core. With Desktop Experience, everything is perfect. Maybe I am missing the last ounce of sound quality as compared to core, but I’m no longer frustrated by an inability to play music! JCR
  8. @Kal Rubinson, as you are the subject matter expert on this, hoping you will weigh in. I’m going to give it a go to hook three Musical Fidelity V-90 DACs together with a miniDSP UDIO-8 to make a multichannel DAC that I hope will sound better than my miniDSP U-DAC8 or running HDMI into my Marantz AV-7702 prepro. My question is about the DB-25 breakout cable with the UDIO-8. I’m assuming that the four marked in the manual for inputs (purple, blue, green and orange) are not used at all. The other four for output are yellow for 1/2, red for 3/4, grey for 5/6 and brown for 7/8. How do I know which is for front left/right, surround left/right and center/subwoofer? Is there a standard or is it trial and error? I take it that with this setup, I should use Roon to do the sound correction before the USB output from the server reaches the UDIO-8 and as the analog multichannel inputs on the Marantz don’t run Audyssey? I trust you expect I should get a better sound this way even though my multichannel analog inputs are not as nice as your AV8802a’s. JCR
  9. Phil, an update for you. The good doctor has solved the network share issue. It now persistently works. We have Roon up and running in core mode and it works for 17 of 18 Roon endpoints. The one it doesn't work for: HDMI audio directly plugged into the server itself -- and that powers my multichannel audio in my main system. A bummer. While I don't expect you have the answer -- the good doctor is himself pondering the situation -- I post here in the hope that others might have some suggestions. Easy to describe the situation. Bringing up Device Manager via cmd using devmgmt.msc, there is no Sounds, Video and Game Controllers tab. Running mmsys.cpl shows that there is no sound device. Windows Admin Center reports that the audiosrv and audioendpointbuilder services are both running, automatically. In the desktop environment, I can load the Intel HD Graphics 4600 drivers (4th generation) and it automatically loads the Intel HD Audio driver at the same time. Not the case in core mode. Only the graphics driver loads. I have used phputil to load the Intel HD audio driver inf and Windows reports that it is successfully installed on a device on the system. Yet, I get no sound device in Sound Manager or Device Manager and running a driver query doesn’t show any audio driver installed, notwithstanding that I’ve done so. The motherboard is a Gigabyte unit and I’ve updated the chipset drivers and also installed the Realtek HD audio drivers that Gigabyte has on its own website. It installed, but yet, the Realtek drivers don’t show up either in the query list and still no device in Sound Manager or Device Manager. For normal audio listening, I disable the onboard sound device on the motherboard as instructed by Phil. This isn’t an issue for the desktop experience. Thinking that might be the issue in core mode, I have enabled the onboard audio device, but it doesn’t show up in Sound Manager or Device Manager. Microsoft TechNet is no help. They just say “well, your hardware and software aren’t Windows Server 2016 certified, so it’s your problem.” I am stumped. HDMI audio works fine in the desktop environment and not in core. Makes no sense. Thoughts all? Thanks. JCR
  10. Phil, I did pm the good doctor but it has been a couple of days. Is he on vacation, or is it typical for him to take several days to respond? Thanks. JCR
  11. Yes, I would not expect free to solve these issues. Is @highend-pcdoctor you under an alias? (Ha!) I will check the good doctor out, since you really think the sound is better and I’ve spent this effort. I feel I am close and yet so far. Pending the next move, I did revert back to WS2016 GUI and of course everything is working well, AO and all. Happy 5th anniversary and thank you for all the assistance and encouragement to date. Cheers. JCR
  12. AudioPhil — back home and trying to setup the WS2016 core. Running sc config audiosrv start= auto seemed so promising. The screen says SUCCESS. I rebooted and then installed the most recent Intel display drivers I could find: Intel HD Graphics 4600 v20.19.15.4963 dated 2/21/18. This is 4th gen Haswell i-7 processor. When rebooting and going to devmgmt.msc, I show the new display adapter but, alas, no audio devices. I ran the audiosrv command again and rebooted, but to no effect. I did catch that the first time, I didn’t have a space between the equals sign and auto, but doing that correctly and rebooting still doesn’t create an audio device. I do have the default audio device onboard the motherboard disabled in the bios setup, but with an HDMI cable plugged in and my Marantz prepro on, it should be connecting the audio driver to the HDMI device, automatically now that I ran audiosrv, yes? It certainly is no issue with the desktop version of WS2016.... I went ahead and installed Roon and it is up and running fine except for the multichannel in my main system, which relies on the HDMI output from the core server. But, I still have no HDMI drivers. Not knowing further what to do with Roon, I turned to JRiver. I installed JRiver as you instructed in its normal directory c:\program files\J River\Media Center 24, and it loaded up, opened and took my registration key. But, when trying to restore my library from the NAS backup, JRiver couldn’t see the NAS. UNC problem? Bad or otherwise, I went into regedit.exe and did this: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor] "DisableUNCCheck"=dword:00000001 And then I rebooted. Now, Roon could no longer see my NAS music nor the share folder \\N7700\Media where backups are stored. So, I went back into regedit.exe and deleted the DisableUNCCheck I created and then rebooted again. No luck for Roon. So, I once again tried net use J: \\N7700\Media and got that multiple connections error again. I then again used the share address net use J:\Media and got my Roon backups back and that restore worked. Sort of. Roon recognizes the backup, ran it through to 100%, asked me to relaunch which I did — and then, I typically watch memory for RoonAppliance jump to 5-6,000 MB. It did, and then at the end, it fell back to 3,300 MB. And, you guessed it, only Tidal music shows up — nothing off of my NAS, yet again. I can still access the J: drive letter via Roon with backups, but since Roon backups no longer sees the \N7700\Media path, I can presume the UNC network share has again failed in Roon’s eyes. That delay on logon thing, or somesuch related issue. Meanwhile after the various reboots, JRiver won’t start up again. No change to those files. mc24.exe now gives me the “a JRiver media core component failed to load product info file: please reinstall the latest version of the program” error again. And “media center 24.exe” just unsuccessfully tries to reinstall the program. I am going around in circles. I could give you remote access to my server directly via VNC Connect if your looking at my setup would accelerate finally solving this all. Of course, that would need to be via a private message. Your next sage suggestion? I am tired of constant failure and my wife is annoyed with all the late nights leading to nothing. Help! Or do I just give up and go back to WS2016 with GUI, where all works well. JCR
  13. Can you describe how one writes the autologon delay script, such that I can essentially copy and paste? Thanks. JCR
  14. Actually, since I can remote into my home computers, I took a look at how Roon and JRiver each are identifying music tracks on my NAS. It is not by drive letter. It’s using \\N7000\Media as the path. Once I go back to reinstalling WS2016 core, how do I access the NAS in WS2016 from the cmd prompt without assigning a drive letter? I recall from last go around that attempting to change drives to the NAS without a drive letter assigned yields an error message that WS2016 can’t access a shared network resource without a drive letter. Can I assign a drive letter for WS2016 use but JRiver and Roon will ignore and just see the direct \\N700\Media share? JCR
  15. I’m guessing that my problem with the network share is probably why the NAS music became unavailable on the restore. Well, all will be revealed when I go at this again whence back home in a few days. I will report back. Thanks. JCR
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