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  1. I purchased an Aries G2 about a month ago. I’m very impressed at the way it made my system come alive in a way that two custom PCs, NAAs, linear power supplies and lots of the tweaks written on this site else where. It makes my Lampi PAC DAC sing in ways none of my menagerie of tweaks and small boxes ever did. The noise floor is amazingly low. With some of the other popular streamers discussed on this site I was always turning my Dude preamp at close to the highest levels possible according to the attenuator. Now I barely turn the Dude up to 11 o’clock and the sound is still brilliant, full, with bass that still shakes the room even between 60-70 dB according to apps on my iPhone. I’ve never encountered anything like it with any source component I’ve had in my system. And the most amazing? It works every time I turn my PAC DAC on. No more fiddling with the little boxes’ connections, software, connecting to my Ethernet system, or rude messages from ROON like “transport not found”. It even updates itself. And the updates that I've downloaded made my system sound even better. I’ve spent a fortune in money and time on player software and updates that don’t always work, play nice with each other and trying to find which of the 1000s of combinations and permutations that drive one batty while deciding which combo is best. I’m not saying you can’t get great sound with all the PC software and paraphernalia you can. But at what cost to pocketbook, time, and sanity? I wish I’d bought one months ago. I’ll probably audition the Auralic Sirius as well.
  2. I owned that pair at one time. Really fine sound and well constructed. And you’re right about the cables I tried those options too. That combo could really compete with the vest out there.
  3. What a shame that the industry moguls seem to always think that the consumers will never know what a cheap interface they built and won’t care. What could have been a great interface that worked well for all applications was doomed to suck. Too bad they didn’t budget $3.00 parts.
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    Hi, Is there a new manual describing the changes between versions 3 and 4. It seems that some of the filters have been renamed. Or not available anymore. If the filters have new names can we have a list of what’s been changed. Very difficult to obtain the same results if the filters name’s are changed. For example what happened to polysinc 2s?
  5. Reposted as I wanted to add more info and was not allowed. Hi, Have ORendu installed with the Sonore kit of optical cable, power supply for ORendu and an LPS1.2 powering the optical module. All components have powered up correctly and are stable. First observations the ORendu has a clarity that I’d not experienced with the URendu. I believe it does sound better and has sure improved the longer its been electrified. But...... I can only get it to work with ROON. Not as HqPlayer NAA. I’ve tried many different filters (probably not every possible combination as that would be impossible I think) and am using Legacy Audio Wavelet DAC for PCM only and can’t get it to play without stuttering or playing at all. Music will play a second or two then stop start again. I’ve rebooted the pc many times, used the sonic orbiter app to select HQPlayer Naa, done the same with ROON. Hqplayer is connected to the ORendu and sees it as a device as it did see URendu. Nothing seems to work. The URendu is unplugged and not in the system at all so I know it’s not interfering. I also did ipconfig and reconfigured the ORendu in ROON just in case and it used the same address as the URendu did so that didn’t matter. My Ultra Rendu worked fine with exact same equipment and the same settings in HQPlayer 4.4 but they won’t work on ORendu. I’d be glad for some help or ideas.
  6. Hi, Have ORendu installed. It does sound better I think. More clarity. But...... I can only get it to work with ROON. Not as HqPlayer NAA. I’ve tried many different filters (probably not every possible combination that would be impossible I think) and working with Legacy Audio Wavelet DAC and PCM only get it to play without stuttering with the filters set to none. The music will play a second or to then stop start again. The Ultra Rendu worked fine with exact same equipment and the same settings in HQPlayer 4.4 but they won’t work on ORendu. I’d be glad for some help or ideas.
  7. Can the unit be run by Uptone LPS 1.2?
  8. While I applaud the interest and information, I feel these threads get too long and disorganized as they continue. There needs to be a way to break it into categories or subtopics. Not being critical as I don’t think there is a way to prevent this in the format we’ve invented. But it would be nice if each topic could be separated out under the broad umbrella then bridging, NUCs, etc
  9. Hi, I just read about Hyper v technology. It sounds very interesting. I’m assuming one might construct a very powerful pc, install Hyper V and then you could run two virtual machines on one super PC. This might be a fabulous way to save money etc. One obviousl concern is HQPllayer and upsampoly PCM files to DSD 512 or higher. It takes a powerful matching to do this and a graphics processor. I’d think adding the Hyper V software would really a drag on the same resources theat HQPlayer needs. Plus I run ROON and ROONserver, Fidelizer and Process Lasso. All which can hog resroueces I believe.
  10. I don’t know enough about that technology to answer. That’s one reason evaluation these systems for sound quality are so difficult. Without running the exact same software on the exact same equipment and stereo system one can’t tell for sure. As Roger Zelazny said,” All roads lead to Amber.” There maybe multiple roads, short cuts, and pitfalls along the way. In my experience none of these methods sound bad for sure. I’ve not heard any that don’t outperform the best CD/SACD player I’ve ever encountered.
  11. While I can’t comment on the virtues of AudioLinux. I’ve not tried it myself. I have tried other Linux “audio operating systems” in the past. So far not close to the combo of AudiophileOptimizer, WSY2K12v2 or WSY2K16, and Fidelizer. The Linux systems I’ve installed and tried don’t sound bad at all. But in comparison to the above they have not sounded as liquid or able to sort out complex audio passages that contain acoustical cues that appear in the recordings. I would say a lack in sophistication. The results seem strange to me. From everything I’ve learned the Linux systems being simpler code should sound better. But it doensn’t beat the above system. Stranger still each iteration of Windows whether Server or Windows XP, 8, 10, etc sounds better. I’m not sure why that should even be. I’m sure the guys at Microsoft don’t code with the goal of making each Windows iteration sound better than the past. Perhaps the code is tighter or better compiled. And yet, one can read threads across the audio industry’s history that do confirm that the “new” Windows sounds better. Who knows, maybe there is a Massive Audiophile System installed at Microsoft HQ that is used to insure better sound quality. That would be a fun notion.
  12. Hi, I’ll try to clarify. I’ve a complex system inspired by all the clever and fiendish plots to confound those damn little eddies in the electricity that try their best to confuse our the sound of our systems. I’m trying to keep it simple. First I have two pcs and two switches. One switch is connected to my Server PC. I have (4) 1 meter Ethernet cables running from the switch to the Ethernet card in my PC. > the Server PC is connected to another switch in my stereo room by a pair of FMC’s powered by Uptone Audio LPS-1s on each end. (I enhance the LPS-1s by feeding each them into a pair of LT3045 boxes. Yummy!) This Stereo room Ethernet switch is connected by (4) 1 meter Ethernet cables to the Ethernet card in my Audio PC. You do have to be careful as the connections can interfere with one another. 1. First I connect my Server PC to the Ethernet switch by one Cat 5-8 Ethernet cable only. 2. Second I connect the Audio PC to the Ethernet switch in the stereo room with one Ethernet Cat 5-8 cable. 3. Once the system is up and running and I’ve made sure the two PC’s and RoonServer and HQ Player software are talking to each other through the network I then connect the other 3 Ethernet cables to each PC and their switches. ***4. If you connect the extra cables between the Audio PC running HQ Player before activiating HQPlayer through Roon first, then its hard to find the correct ISP address. So if having to restart and configure ROON and HqPlayer unplug the extra Ethernet cables from the switch. Find the ISP address and enter it in ROON Setup. Once everything is working then you can connect the extra Ethernet cables. *****5. Apparently this technique will not work between the router and the switch or the or the PC connected directly to the router. This results in instant confusion and not connections can be made. At least I don’t know how to do it. I discovered this by trying to implement the Bridge connections outlined above. It sounded so good I really never got the Bridge connection implemented. Maybe it accomplishes the same objective. Here is my system Ethernet Connection outline: Cable Modem > FMC>FMC (for isolation) > FMC > Apple AirPort Extreme 4 that serves the whole house > Apple AirPort Extreme 3 for Audio only powered by Welbourne Labs linear power supply. > my first Ethernet Switch powered by LPS-1 and LT3045 > 4 Ethernet cables connect the Server PC to the Ethernet switch. > A second set of FMCs powered by LPS-1s on both ends with LT 3045s connect the Server to the Second Ethernet switch (powered by JS-2) in the Stereo Room. > Switch connects to Audio PC via (4) 1 meter Ethernet cables as outlined above.> to Sonore UltraRendu powered by LPS -1 and LT 3045 > IsoRegen powered by LPS 1.2 via Acoustic BBQ or Curious USB cables > to Lampizator Pacific. It is complex but sounds awesome. I plan on adding EtherRegen and perhaps the new Rendu but am watching their evolution closely.
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