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  1. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    I'll certainly endorse the recent observations made by taxman2 and FelipeRolim on the JPLAY Forum. I now have AO3 Beta34 running on my dual PC setup and it is working and sounding great. Note that I mention working great first. As you have previously observed Phil, you can have the best sounding setup around but if it lack reliability, it is ineffective in providing a means to enjoy music. Now that I have sorted my previous errors in network setup, all previous issues of playback stoppage and slow access to library have been sorted. With the introduction of JPLAY Femto and AO3 Beta during the past few months, the bar on computer audio sound quality really has been raised. I come to this from a different starting point to many users in that I do not have advanced IT skills. Even for me, the dual PC configuration is relatively easy to setup and increased familiarity with each reinstall makes the task easier. In deference to my limited IT skills, I am yet to attempt a Core setup and still have both my Control PC and Audio PC in GUI Mode. I am confident that, as with all previous releases of AO, the final release version will come with a clear and comprehensive manual. When it arrives, perhaps it will enable me to try a Core setup. For the time being, GUI is sounding great and I know that one day, I will be able to extract more from my setup. I've been using AO for some time now and with each major upgrade, comes a worthwhile and significant improvement in sound quality. The quality that I am getting from my computer audio is made even more remarkable by the fact that I am not using high end technology. I have a Lenovo i3 and an Acer i5 laptop both with 8GB RAM. Reconditioned examples of both computers can now be purchased for under £150. Hardly a significant financial investment! So Phil and Claudia, your efforts of the past five years, combined no doubt, with sleepless nights and stress for you both, have been worthwhile and your achievements benefit your customers and bring us closer to the music. Thank you
  2. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Thanks for the update Phil. I note that you recommend a clean installation of Windows. Is this essential? In order to participate fully in the beta programme, I would like to try all updates and provide feedback where appropriate but having to do a clean installation in a dual PC setup is going to be a pain. Is there any particular reason that a clean installation of Windows is recommended and/or required?
  3. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Shortcuts have appeared on my desktop for all beta versions to date so no problems here
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    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Hi Phil. I think I may have found an issue that was causing the problem. I'll try to explain it and would welcome your feedback. As you are aware, I am not particularly technical so please bear with me if my description is imprecise. Following an installation of WS2019, I connect to the Internet using a wired connection and then activate WS2019 and install AO3 Beta. I obviously need Wi-Fi capability on the Control PC to establish connectivity between it and my Samsung Galaxy tablet. On my Audio PC, I need an Internet connection to activate WS2019 and install AO3 Beta.I also install a piece of software called Auslogics Driver Updater, which installs missing drivers and updates any that are out of date. When I've run this software, I uninstall the application. Having activated WS2019 and installed AO3 Beta on my Control PC, I run Service Tool to enable auto logon and install WLAN support. With the Ethernet cable plugged in, WS2019 correctly identifies my router, let's call it BTHub1234. When wireless LAN support is installed, I find that I cannot connect to BTHub1234 with a wireless connection. When I look at the connections offered, I notice a new one after installing wireless LAN support. It shows up as BTHub1234_Ext. I can connect my Control PC to the router using the _Ext option. I noticed that although my Control PC was now connected to the router with a wireless LAN connection to BTHub1234_Ext, I still had my Samsung Galaxy tablet connected to BTHub1234, which established a wireless connection without any problems. Am I connecting my Control PC and Samsung Galaxy tablet on a different subnet and could this have been the cause of the connectivity problems that I was experiencing/ Either way, I connected both my Control PC and tablet to BTHub1234_Ext and everything seems fine now. I also lowered the DAC Link in JPLAY to 1. I preferred the sound and I believe that using a lower DAC Link value puts less strain on the processor. For now, everything is working and sounding really good.
  5. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Hi Phil. I just couldn't get my setup to run correctly with Beta 32. Lots of playback stoppages and at the end of yesterday evening, failure to move from one track to the next in an album. Someoin advised me to load Beta 32 on a fresh install so I did that today. I played 3 albums of different resolutions without any problems. No stoppages and no loss of JPLAY Femto as the selected renderer. Then I ran AO on both ControlPC and Audio PC. I started by playing a 24/96 album and after 3 tracks playback stopped. Perhaps just a minor glitch? I'm hoping that it was. I'm playing a 24/48 album now. It's just stopped on the second track! Let's see if it can get through that without stopping. I thought Beta 31 was great but unlike other users, I am less than impressed with Beta 32 so far. Without running AO, it worked faultlessly. With AO, I've tried playing two albums. Both have failed. As with any new install, I'll leave it to bed it for a couple of days but if I can't get it to work, I'll do a reset and wait for Beta 33.
  6. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Hi Phil. I have installed the Beta32 update and am now experiencing problems with playback stoppages. I have uninstalled and reinstalled BubbleUPnP and that has improved but not resolved the issue. Whn I reach the end of a track, playback will stop for two or three seconds and then resume. I am running dual PC setup (i3/8GB for Audio PC and i5/8GB for Control PC). Other software is JPLAY Femto/Fidelizer Pro 8/Process Lasso. Is there anything in Beta32 that makes it more resources hungry? Perhaps I will try lowering the DAC Link value in JPLAY Settings Panel to see if that makes any difference. When I installed Beta32 and ran AO, I was not given the option to disable network related services. Is this how it should be. I presume that when running AO on my Control PC, I should disable drivers and services?
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    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Until fairly recently I was running WS2016 (GUI)/JPLAY 6.2/Audiophile Optimizer 2.20/Fidelizer Pro 8.3/Process Lasso in a dual PC setup. It sounded good but recent changes to my system which lead to WS2019 (GUI)/JPLAY Femto/ Audiophile Optimizer 3 Beta/Fidelizer Pro 8.3/Process Lasso have raised the bar very significantly. It sounds great and works reliably. AO3 Beta installed without problems and subsequent changes have installed without any issues. Sorry I haven't posted feedback before Phil. I've been too busy enjoying music!
  8. https://www.zappa.com/news/frank-zappas-beloved-live-double-album-zappa-new-york-celebrated-suite-40th-anniversary This looks like an essential purchase. I've always loved that album!
  9. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Got it sorted. Unplugged all the drives, disconnected them from the mains and then plugged them all back in individually. Seems to have solved the difficulty with multiple external drives that I had. It sounds really good. I haven't done too much listening yet but the improved bass performance is the first thing that I noticed with WS2019/AO3 Beta. As always Phil, your software is very thoroughly developed, even at beta stage. Just hit the install exe and let it do its thing. AO has always been that way. Perfect fro computer idiots like me! Will post further impressions when I have listened more but everything is good at the moment. Thanks Phil
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    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    I've joined the beta programme for Audiophile Optimizer 3. I was previously running WS2016 (Dual PC) in a dual PC setup with JPLAY Femto. I also use Fidelizer Pro 8.3. My music is stored on eight external USB drives. Five are plugged into an six socket USB hub. The sixth socket has another USB hub connected and the final three external drives plug into that. All drives and both USB hubs have their own power supplies. This arrangement works fine with WS2016 but it seems not to work well with WS2019. Sometimes on boot, my Control PC will hang on the manufacturer's screen at the beginning of the boot sequence.When this happens, I can hold the power button in and turn off the power (The Control PC is otherwise unresponsive), wait for a short while and power up again and it will book OK. I know it's not a great solution but can anyone please tell me why this is happening with WS2019 and how to fix it? Thanks BTW Phil ... WS2019/AO3 Beta is producing some very nice music. If only I could sort that problem with the external USB drives!
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    RIP Dad

    I send my condolences and sympathy to you at this sad time Rt66indierock
  12. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    I presume that I am correct in thinking that AO 3.00 will be compatible with Windows Server 2019 Phil. Can you please provide any information on when this beta will go public?
  13. Great article Josh ... Looking forward to the next one!
  14. JazzDoc

    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Thanks for the reply Phil. As you are aware, I have limited computer audio skills and knowledge and found that getting JPLAY Femto to work was a real challenge for me. Marcin at JPLAY helped me out a lot to get me up and running. Installing WS in Core is something that I am yet to take on. I think that for the time being, I still stay with what I have. The sound with JPLAY Femto is really good and offers a very significant improvement over JPLAY 6.2
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    AudiophileOptimizer BETA Thread

    Hi Phil I am running a dual PC setup with JPLAY Femto/BubbleUPnP on my Control PC and JPLAY Femto (Femtoserver disabled) on my Audio PC. I have AO on both machines, Fidelizer Pro on both machines and Process Lasso on the Audio PC only. I run my Control PC with Fidelizer Pro as the shell rather than GUI. The only other software on my Audio PC is the driver for my M2Tech HiFace Evo. I have the full WS2016 GUI on my Audio PC. Can I run my Audio PC with a different shell and if so, which one should I chose? Would this offer a worthwhile improvement in sound quality? Thanks
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