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  1. Hi all, including @AudioPhil. Homeaudiofidelity (https://www.homeaudiofidelity.com/english/plugin/) has developed a plug-in to reduce room resonances. Because it is not a convolution filter (it operates in the time domain), it can't be loaded into Roon directly. HAF has a freestanding version of the VST plugin for use with VB-Audio's HIFI virtual cable. My desire therefore is to use the virtual audio cable to link Roon to FooBar2000 and the HAF time domain filter and then to stream from FooBar2000 over DLNA, as my DAC, a Bel Canto Streamer, only has ethernet for an input and not USB (and anyway, I have found that ethernet sounds better than a USB connection). My setup: Roon and FooBar2000 are running on a Windows Server 2019 core PC (i7 processor CAPSZuma design) with Audiophile Optimizer 3.0. As noted above, I have a Bel Canto Streamer which is ethernet connected to Roon and FooBar2000. I can play tracks successfully in FooBar2000 and they come out through the Bel Canto Streamer. I have the VB-Audio cable set as both the playback and recording default device in Windows Sound Properties. Where I am stuck is that, as the HAF VST plugin is in the time domain, the way to make it all work through FooBar2000 is to start a blank recording track in FooBar2000 (under Add Location, with the phrase record://) and then go over to Roon to play the tracks. However, I get the error message seen in the attached photo every time I attempt to play the black recording track in FooBar2000, so of course, I can't get Roon to work through it. Sometimes the error message references Error Code 1. In Roon, the audio path correctly shows the VB-Audio cable as the endpoint, so I don't think it is a Roon issue. Thierry from HAF says that the foo_record component add-on for FooBar2000 works on Windows 10. I run my server normally with the GUI, but Roonserver set as shell. I get the same error message when returning the server via ST to regular desktop environment, so I don't think it's a AO issue. I'm merely hoping that someone on this forum who uses Windows Server 2019 may have found a workaround, or has otherwise made it work. Thanks. JCR
  2. A compelling argument for best of BJ albums. I’m usually torn between 52nd Street and Turnstiles. I pulled my vinyl Turnstiles collection tonight, which includes a Japanese pressing, an advance promotional copy and a test pressing. I’ve never sat to compare the sound quality of those as against the analog and digital versions you reviewed. I promise to listen over the next several weeks and report back here which I prefer. Turnstiles was also released in Quadraphonic. While I have never heard the vinyl release in that format, I do have a DTS multichannel transfer of it from vinyl. It’s an entirely different way of deconstructing the soundtrack. A complete unedited copy of the two Carnegie Hall shows is yet to be found in the wild to my knowledge. The folded promo poster for the Carnegie shows in the 30th anniversary box set is a digital transfer from the only known original, in our home. I’ve attached a photo of it for comparison. The University of Connecticut show is also available on the B side of a Columbia promo sampler called Souvenir. Bootleg versions abound with the record’s label designation on the spine transposed and there is also a bootleg picture disc version. Handball is not on the promo sampler but I do have a second recording of it from an early European show, although I can’t readily tell you which one offhand. The rendition of New York State of Mind on the promo sampler and the Time Life video you reference is one of the best, period. Cheers. JCR
  3. Hi all. I note that Thierry has a freestanding version of Room Shaper for download which can use Roon via the VB-audio virtual cable. My issue is that my DAC doesn’t show up in the list of devices under options / control panel on Room Shaper. My Bel Canto Streamer has only an ethernet input and no USB input. Is that why it doesn’t work? Is there such a thing as a virtual ethernet to audio virtual cable that would bridge this issue? Thanks. JCR
  4. In my multichannel setup, I use Roon software for stereo and multichannel playback. Roon allows you to load convolution filters for sound equalization customized for your room. I find it to be terrific. I had my multichannel (and stereo) filters created by Thierry at home audio fidelity. You would measure your room acoustics (I’m not going into that here, but it’s really quite simple) and then you email those measurements to Thierry in France — and voila, the next day, you have filters emailed back that are customized for your room that you then import into Roon easily for great sound. These filters don’t work on DSD material in that format. Roon can convert DSD to 24/192 (surround) on the fly and then the filters will work. Kal can better explain the interfacing of an exasound DAC to Roon for this purpose. JCR
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. @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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. @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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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