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  1. I may be way off the mark in your case, but here’s my experience with the Windows version: I had dupes, too, because my NAS share has a #recycle folder and it set up Audirvana to scan the music share. As I could not disable subfolders within a folder selected for scanning, I stopped scanning the share folder in Audirvana and, instead, had it scan my 17 individual music subfolders. Pain in the ass to set up, but no dupes now. Does Apple Music save those deleted files to a separate "save” directory? If so, maybe there’s a way to set up the scan that avoids that directory.
  2. Thank you for this. It should have occurred to me to look at this. I don’t use playlists enough.
  3. I am the rare person who thinks that Roon, upsampling to DSD256, sounds better than Audirvana on my system. I only stream over ethernet and never use a USB connection from my control computer to my DAC. SQ is wholly subjective, though, so YMMV. Otherwise, you can keep Roon. I have a huge collection and often change metadata, especially on classical selections. Roon then is hopeless. (As an example, on Roon my Miles Davis collection is scattered over at least ten different artist entries for "Miles Davis," "Miles Davis Quintet," "Miles Davis Sextet," "Miles Davis Nonet" (!), etc.) If I tell Roon to use my metadata instead of its own, it then can't find text to link to most of the albums on which I have changed metadata. See Miles Davis, where half his albums don't bring up the text about the album because I changed "Miles Davis Quintet" to "Miles Davis." Further, in so many cases, like with overseas and independent releases, it doesn't even have that text in the first place. I estimate that Roon provides me with zero relevant text for almost 50% of my collection, only doing a decent job with pop music. Further, much of the allmusic.com commentary is pretty pedestrian (and, since I have to be connected to the internet even to use my system, it's not as though I can't easily access the allmusic.com site while I am using a control app). Finally, I think that Roon's use of screen real estate is less efficient than any application I ever have used. Audirvana's isn't great, either, but at least there's not wasted white space even when there's no linked text to fill that space. That's not an endorsement of Audirvana's crude interface, though. With a collection as large as mine, alphabetical scrolling takes forever, so searching is essential for me. Audirvana, like Roon, is okay for that, but, unlike Roon, its remote apps don't list by recency. (The PC application can, but that doesn't help when you run things off a phone or tablet.). Considering that much of my listening is to what I have most recently acquired, I consider a "new music" or "recent" listing to be critical to usability. In this one respect, Roon's interface creams Audirvana's. Jud said, correctly, that his view about Roon's interface isn't a majority view, and mine is even less widely-held: JRiver has everything beat in the interface engineering department. Because it cannot upsample DLNA broadcast music to DSD, I only use it now for library management and metadata editing, but, if it could upsample to DSD without requiring an ASIO USB connection, it would be the only player I own. Since that's not even on the JRiver roadmap, though, I guess I will be using Roon and Audirvana for the foreseeable future.
  4. Thanks, JCR. Splashtop tech support emailed me that their streamer works with WS2019 even though their website doesn't list it as a supported platform, so I should be good. I forgot about VNC. That's what I used on my very first server, an Olive Musica. It was great.
  5. Thank you. Windows Remote works for me if that's all I can use. I just prefer other products.
  6. Thanks, Kelvinswy. It sounds, though, from the AO documentation that there’s little SQ reduction from using the Server 2019 GUI, so I am inclined just to go that route if I use Server 2019 rather than Win 10 Pro.
  7. Thank you. This is useful information. I have a NUC 10 i7 with 16gb RAM. Some folks seem to have gotten Server 2019 to work with similar NUC’s but it doesn’t appear that Intel recommends that. I guess there’s no harm in trying, unless I manage to make an ssd unbootable when trying to transition from the existing W10 installation to Winserver. I hadn’t heard about Essentials. Does this version also use a GUI? I haven’t used a computer without s GUI since c/pm and early DOS and the thought terrifies me, now that I am old.
  8. Thanks for the information, especially about the remote access. Do you know whether that allows the computer to use remote access apps like Splashtop or teamViewer or is it limited to Microsoft’s own Windows access product?
  9. I have been using this NUC for a couple of weeks now. I don’t find an appreciable difference in SQ between the NUC and my Dell desktop, but I like knowing that it only has one purpose. I remarked above that it ran crazy hot when doing DSD256 upconversion for more than a few minutes. Last night, while letting it play overnight, it spiked to 95c. I was getting ready to turn off the oversampling, but I remembered something that I found when researching my Dell’s overheating problem: throttling the CPU max power in the advanced power settings cooled the Dell way down. I thought it a good idea to try the same thing with the NUC. Unfortunately, as shipped, the NUC doesn’t present this option in the advanced power settings. Googling disclosed that you have to change the NUC’s BIOS settings by unselecting “Modern Standby” in the “power” section and, instead, selecting “S3 Standby.” You will get a warning that you will have to reinstall the operating system after you reboot so I expected to have to spend the afternoon with Windows, but when I rebooted, there was my Windows desktop, just as I left it. I also had access to the advanced power settings and throttled the cpu at 99%. The change was major and significant. I haven’t exceeded 50c since that change, even when playing upsampled music while importing 5tb of music, and it’s mostly been loafing in the 40’s. No performance slowdown, either. If you have a Windows 10 server that’s running hot, it’s worth checking these few boxes in the BIOS and advanced power settings.
  10. Agreed that powerline can be much more reliable than wifi. It was at my house, anyway, especially with hi-res files, which sometimes stuttered over wifi extender connections. I ran it to an sms-1000 server and then a microrendu before giving in and having CAT-6 installed. The knock against powerline is that it's noisy. Maybe true, but I never found the noise level to be objectionable and the 100% uptime was a glorious alternative to wifi'S spottier record in my house. The OP might want to check it out, as it is not more expensive than is a quality range extender, at least in the US.
  11. I posted this under the Software topic because I didn't realize this subforum is for Audiophile Optimizer. Please forgive the cross-posting, but I got no response there. I don't want to splurge for a Windows Server license, but I would like to explore using AudioOptimizer on my Windows 10 Pro NUC. I have not been able to ascertain whether it can make an difference on a computer not connected to the DAC over USB. I run the NUC headless using Splashtop Streamer and stream music stored on a NAS (variously using Roon, JRiver DLNA, or Audirvana) over ethernet to several Sonore rendus that are connected via USB to DACs or the digital input of an integrated amp. I therefore don't have DAC drivers installed on the NUC and thus don't need improved ASIO or WASAPI connectivity. Can AudiophileOptimizer improve sound quality on a Windows 10 server that does not use DAC drivers? Does it disable the services needed for remote access? Thanks for any information you can provide.
  12. I don't want to splurge for a Windows Server license, but I would like to explore using AudioOptimizer on my Windows 10 Pro NUC. I have not been able to ascertain whether it can make an difference on a computer not connected to the DAC over USB. I run the NUC headless using Splashtop Streamer and stream music stored on a NAS (variously using Roon, JRiver DLNA, or Audirvana) over ethernet to several Sonore rendus that are connected via USB to DACs or the digital input of an integrated amp. I therefore don't have DAC drivers installed on the NUC and thus don't need improved ASIO or WASAPI connectivity. Can AudiophileOptimizer improve sound quality on a Windows 10 server that does not use DAC drivers? Does it disable the services needed for remote access? Thanks for any information you can provide.
  13. We know this because we haunt these forums but I don't know how anyone not on the forums would know that. The screen message is confusing to someone not on the internet forums and we can see how often this question arises here. I wonder if Sonore wouldn't be doing its users and itself a favor if, when the version information pops up on the screen, the same screen would say "(Optional purchase from smallgreencomputer.com.)" or something like that. I haven't a clue about how easy it would be to code that, but, if it can be done without investing a fortune in time or money, that might be a good idea. It's just a thought. More info almost always is better than too little, no?
  14. Does “completed” in the classifieds mean that the item has been sold? I assume so, but “sold” seems to me to be a more straightforward way of expressing that than is “completed.”
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