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  1. Greetings. I run a Win 7 PC as a source to my Audioengine A5+ speakers paired to a Topping D50s DAC to stream FLAC music files. Wondering which option I should select from the given sample and bitrates.
  2. As a dedicated Apple user, which format should I select to download high-resolution music files? I have used other sites where the only option is FLAC. I have converted these files to use on my Mac and iPhone, but hate managing two different sets of the same songs. Often times I am in another location, non-mobile, but not at home when I am listening. I am trying out JRiver’s Media Center, which is a manageable price – streaming is not high on my priority list. If someone invites or wants me to listen to some songs, they are often provided in the FLAC format. Yes, I realize FLAC and AIFF are about the same, but iTunes still doesn’t play FLAC files. Hence, my trial before moving to JRiver. Any thoughts?
  3. This is a pictorial comparison of Windows audio players, including screen views, unique features, and support environment. It is by no means complete but should give you a general idea of what the different audio players look like, some unique features, and a snap of their support forums. The audio players include HQPlayer (mainly the Client), Roon, Audirvana Plus for Windows, and JRiver Media Center. (It is a pdf document.) https://www.dropbox.com/s/kmuo24gztr2v0j7/Comparison.pdf?dl=0
  4. So I bought a Teac UD-301 yesterday. I followed the instructions and installed the driver before connecting it to the PC via USB. I have my internal sound card set as the default device so no Windows sounds go through the Teac device. I have set the audio output in JRiver to the Teac asio driver. Sometimes it plays songs but sometimes it doesn't and sometimes the Teac doesn't even appear in the list of sound devices and I have to turn it off and on again to get it to show. When it does play, it will work for a little bit but changing song, or skipping the track makes the DAC just cut out. I connected it via the optical port from the optical out on my motherboard and had the same issues, so this isn't a problem relating to the USB input. Another thing that's weird, is that when it does work, I notice the output to be extremely loud, as if it's amplifying the signal. I have it connected via XLR straight to powered monitors and even at quarter volume on the Teac it's much much louder than previous DACs I've used with built in pre-amp. I don't even have the gain set to 0db on my speakers. Saying that, the sound is fantastic. Very detailed and I haven't heard the low end sound so good on these speakers. Any comments would be very much welcome. (oh, and I'm using windows 10).
  5. Guys, can I expect an audible sound improvement with this SOTM server over my laptop?
  6. We've just posted early builds of JRiver Media Center 25 for Windows and Mac on our forum. If you purchased JRiver in 2019, you received an MC25 license that works with both. Installation instructions. Thanks for the support.
  7. Hi Guys, Up for sale is my Syrah Server from Playback Design, Optimised for Audio through Hardware and software. Built upon the Jriver Platform and remote control is free to download from Apple or Android App Store. Sounds Excellent, Universal Voltage. Purchased from an Authorised Distributor. Retails: 6500.00 US. Asking Price is 3500.00 US dollars. + Shipping.. Price is negotiable for serious buyers with reasonable offers. Can Ship World Wide via Fedex. Paypal Is accepted or Bank Wire to a US Account. If your using paypal a 4% Charge is required for fees, Otherwise a friends and family method is fine by me. Can be shipped in its Original Wood Crate Package or to save cost i can get a customised Cardboard box one made (of course strong enough for international shipping) Comes with 2 TB hard drive. I can load this up with DSD and PCM before shipping out. Buy with confidence, my proven track sales on computer audiophile speaks for it self.
  8. What is a good approach to listening to DSD files (.dsf mainly) with a Chord DAVE? Edited: (my error in setting things up).
  9. Greetings! I have an HTPC running Windows 10 Professional with lossless music stored and I want to activate two different sound outputs simultaneously in a 'bit perfect' way: - one is via USB for an external DAC. - the other is via HDMI for my AV processor. The idea is to use JRiver Media Center for playing my CD's and SACD's. For playing CD's I would use only the external DAC (no need to even turn on the AV processor). For playing SACD's in multi channel I would like to use still the DAC for the front channels but my AV processor for the remaining channels. For this thing to work I would need first to be able to activate both outputs at the same time without echos or any kind of artifacts/distortions. Then I would need to configure the USB DAC for stereo and finally the AV processor via HDMI in 5.1. I've learned that Voicemeter could handle the first part of the job but it is not 'bit perfect'... I don't know if HIFI-Cable and ASIO Bridge would suite my purposes. The only thing I know is that this is 'bit perfect'. Any help would be highly appreciated!
  10. Hi, I'm trying t get the best from my configuration JRiver Media Center 24 (on a fanless i3, Windows 10) Audiolab M-DAC+ (using the provided IUSBAudio Driver ASIO) Since the M-DAC+ supports up to DSD256, I give it a try, using the options provided by JRiver Media Center 24, and, since then I'm converting on the fly my material from PCM to DSD128 (it seems that my i3 is unable to do more than that without stuttering). SQ is heavily modified with the standard material, in a way identically described all over the world. I asked to my my guitar teacher to compare the different versions, without telling him what to expect, and, when I asked to listen a 16/48 converted to DSD128 he jumped on the seat, saying: "Uh!?!". Me, I'm using DSP Studio to do the conversion. Let me guess that I'm bypassing the Windows Audio engine, since with this configuration I can disable the JRiver Media Center 24 and Windows 10 volume). Is it the better choice? By the way I tried also HQPlayer with identical results. Now it hangs, and I don't know the reason. Perhaps I have modified the wrong parameter among the 100's available (HQPlayer reminds me a Caterpillar, full of leverages. On the opposite there are cars with the automatic gear. Me, I like better my Alfa Romeo with a manual gear, and so my JRiver Media Center 24). Thanks
  11. Hi, I'm trying t get the best from my configuration JRiver Media Center 24 (on a fanless i3, Windows 10) Audiolab M-DAC+ (using the provided IUSBAudio Driver ASIO) Since the M-DAC+ supports up to DSD256, I give it a try, using the options provided by JRiver Media Center 24, and, since then I'm converting on the fly my material from PCM to DSD128 (it seems that my i3 is unable to do more than that without stuttering). SQ is heavily modified with the standard material, in a way identically described all over the world. I asked to my my guitar teacher to compare the different versions, without telling him what to expect, and, when I asked to listen a 16/48 converted to DSD128 he jumped on the seat, saying: "Uh!?!". Me, I'm using DSP Studio to do the conversion. Let me guess that I'm bypassing the Windows Audio engine, since with this configuration I can disable the JRiver Media Center 24 and Windows 10 volume). Is it the better choice? By the way I tried also HQPlayer with identical results. Now it hangs, and I don't know the reason. Perhaps I have modified the wrong parameter among the 100's available (HQPlayer reminds me a Caterpillar, full of leverages. On the opposite there are cars with the automatic gear. Me, I like better my Alfa Romeo with a manual gear, and so my JRiver Media Center 24). Thanks
  12. Hello, following a fantastic article from your site i was able, through bubbleUpnp, to stream my music via Jriver to my chromecast audio device and play it. Now i bought a second chromecast audio for another room in oud house and also installed it so i can use it that way. Time for my question however: using the Google Home app i linked the two chromecast audio' s to be able to use them together (and of course in sync). With an app like Spotify this works like a charm. Although Jriver an JRemote recognize the linked chromecasts as a nee dnla-renderer and i can choose it as a device to stream my music to, nothing more happens....no music..using them seperately they both work however. I am trying this setup because using Jriver ability to link zones doesn't work, at least not in sync. Any thoughts on why my setup doesn't work would be appreciated.
  13. I am having an issue in JRiver 24, 64 bit where I get a pop/click when a song starts playing and when the song is of a different sample rate. I was told I should resample on the fly. So my DAC does 24/192 and my files are 16/44 - 24/192. Should I just set all files to up-sample to 24/192 in JRiver? Is there a sound degradation to this? I am using WASAPI Event and SoX. I have also tries ASIO. BTW, this is only happening in JRiver, not Foobar2000, MusicBee or my brief trial of Audirvana. Thanks.
  14. Any comments on adding iZotope Ozone 8 as a DSP processor for a JRiver-based listening environment? I sometimes use the JRiver DSP EQ and Headphone-crossfeed tools to reduce glare and fatigue when listening to older classic rock and other older Rock and Roll music. Some headphones really need it with this music. The Jriver DSP tools work OK at this, but sometimes the bass clarity is compromised, but I accept this drawback. (I suppose I could just use the Ozone 8 alone for playback and leave Jriver out of the picture for certain ripped CDs or other files. These are .ape files that Jriver creates.) Reducing glare and fatigue in the upper mids and highs (most often on vocals) is the only thing I use EQ and DSP for. Any tips or comments are welcome. Thank you. (I use a Chord DAVE DAC.)
  15. I simply had to post this. As I was waiting for the servers in California to update, I figured I would load up Jriver on my desktop Linux machine I use daily. (I have used...and liked, VLC for many years.) After reading here and paying attention to the videos from Rocky Mt Audio Fest, (Even though the audio form the videos was TERRIBLE) I figured I would try Jriver. After all, free trial and all. I never paid any attention to the audio at my desk. (35+ year old Kenwood KR-810 I bought in 1982, hooked to Minimus 7's and a no name passive sub.) Better than typical computer speakers, but by no means great. Hooked through the old 3.5 in the back of my Lenovo. *cough cough* I listen to the home system, not this one. So Jriver gets done with a Directory with about 1/10 of my music in the digital realm. I hit the Rolling Stones Japanese 24/192 CD files. Holy $&%^!!! I have been missing something with VLC. Never paid attention to the settings I guess. Instantly reached out and grabbed me. I had no idea there was a difference in players. (Nor did I realize how good this little desk system could sound.) How much was that Schiit Audio DAC that plugs into the USB port??? LOL I have to play with this in the living room now. Thanks for sharing the word. I am going to have a hard time falling asleep now. Anyone want to buy a Logitech Duet?
  16. I simply had to post this. As I was waiting for the servers in California to update, I figured I would load up Jriver on my desktop Linux machine I use daily. (I have used...and liked, VLC for many years.) After reading here and paying attention to the videos from Rocky Mt Audio Fest, (Even though the audio form the videos was TERRIBLE) I figured I would try Jriver. After all, free trial and all. I never paid any attention to the audio at my desk. (35+ year old Kenwood KR-810 I bought in 1982, hooked to Minimus 7's and a no name passive sub.) Better than typical computer speakers, but by no means great. Hooked through the old 3.5 in the back of my Lenovo. *cough cough* I listen to the home system, not this one. So Jriver gets done with a Directory with about 1/10 of my music in the digital realm. I hit the Rolling Stones Japanese 24/192 CD files. Holy $&%^!!! I have been missing something with VLC. Never paid attention to the settings I guess. Instantly reached out and grabbed me. I had no idea there was a difference in players. (Nor did I realize how good this little desk system could sound.) How much was that Schiit Audio DAC that plugs into the USB port??? LOL I have to play with this in the living room now. Thanks for sharing the word. I am going to have a hard time falling asleep now. Anyone want to buy a Logitech Duet?
  17. If anyone is interested: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/howto-vsts-loudness-virtual-zones-exclusive-mode-system-notifications-other-apps-sounds-all-together-oh-and-dirac-is-there-too-8/41949 Basically, it is leveraging the amazing EqualizerAPO while providing a workaround for it's one glaring weakness (going through the OS Mixer) using VoiceMeeter. EqualizerAPO developed specific support for VoiceMeeter API so in that case, it is not reliant on the Windows APO framework and will allow us to use WDM Exclusive Mode end-to-end. Example chain: Roon --[WDM Exclusive Mode]--> VoiceMeeter VAIO with EqualizerAPO --[WDM Exclusive Mode]--> Dirac DAP System output --> VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO with EqualizerAPO (set as default audio device) --> Dirac DAP Would prefer to use Dirac as VST under EqualizerAPO and simplify the chain but I don't have access to the Dirac plugins beta. Waiting for the new version. *In the past I used JRiver WDM driver for similar purposes but it had a really audible SQ degradation, cracks, pops, and generally unstable in my system to the point of being unusable. Anyway, I like EqualizerAPO better as a software DSP, at least functionality wise. And it's free
  18. This is JRiver doing 24 zones all perfectly synced. No master clock and 10 different DACs. Although, the SIR2 convolution engine is taxing the CPU, the i7 is still steady at not more than 31%. 48 channels in perfect sync.
  19. Guys, can I expect an audible sound improvement with this SOTM server over my laptop?
  20. Anyone can help with the external encoder so that I could convert files to 1141 bitrate using uncompressed wave. Usually, it is not a problem where even DSD files could be converted to 1141 bitrate using uncompressed with 16 bit. However, I am unable to convert AIFF files that used sampling rate of 48000hz. I still get the same bitrate with the WAVE conversion using JRiver. It is such an hassle to convert track by track using Audacity. It can be easily addressed by JRiver if they add one more option to select the sampling rate. I have posted in JRiver forum but no response so far. It got got to do with external encoder and writing the script there. I ?. Any help is is much appreciated. Thank you.
  21. JRiver has implemented upsampling using the open source SoX codec for a while now, but it is only implemented as a checkbox "on or off" on the local playback. The full parameter set of SoX enables the user to choose between linear o minimal phase, steep or slow roll off options. This is important to upsample in what one can consider a more musical way, improving the sound reproduction (optional!). In the link below I have compiled a few graphs of different hardware implementations. I invite everyone who thinks this is important to post a +1 on their forums for the feature request. Thanks! https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php/topic,113602.0.html
  22. Hello Have a question regarding playback of DSD files on non-DSD DACs thru conversion with MPD and/or JRiver. I actually found by accident that MPD did the conversion. Once in a while, I use JRiver - reading on JRiver's support for the same conversion, JRiver indicates that it applies a filter to DSD to PCM conversion on non-DSD equipment to eliminate low frequency content that could be harmful. Started looking for indication that the same was true of MPD's conversion; however, have not been able to find any indication that MPD applies a filter of that kind - anybody knows if that is the case? if it is true that DSD conversion can produce frequency content that may damage equipment (as per JRiver) guessing is would be irresponsible for MPD not to do so. I might be stoopid, because my searches did not turn up the info so I ma daring to ask. I assume, the damage might occur at high volume, but wanted to double check just in case. Thnx! v
  23. Hi All, I have for some time now been considering designing a DAC that is capable of only one sample rate playback - so as to optimize the circuitry for this particular sample rate. Yet, to make this feasible in practice I will have to use my computer to perform the sample rate conversion from any and all of the sources that I would like to play. And this may include tidal, CD, youtube, the National Danish Radio, etc ... I have previously asked Miska (the HQPlayer developer) if it would be possible to stream music from these sources using HQPlayer as the "sound data handler" towards the USB-to-DAC converter, and his reply was affirmative - this is doable. I wonder, though: - how simple/easy it is to set up a "streaming system" on the computer, i.e. is it also simple/easy to add new music sources (e.g. tidal)? I much prefer it to be simple so that I can enjoy the music instead of having to focus on the technical aspects. - what it requires in terms of software (preferably only a software & USB-to-DAC solution) besides HQPlayer ... (Roon, JRiver, something else)? Again simplicity and an intuitive use is key. - How stable it is ... That is does such a setup often experience interrupts, drop-outs, or some other "issue" that interferes with music listening? Besides the single sample rate DAC another option is a DAC that is capable of sample rate switching - like what a normal DAC does ... I just happen to be intrigued by the single sample-rate DAC - and before deciding which path to take - would like to hear if someone here has experience with such a setup from the perspective of reasonable simplicity & stability in practical use ... Cheers & thanks for any insights Jesper
  24. My solution for using JRiver as a front-end to HQPlayer described in this thread was described by me as "limited". Then it evolved into something which, I believe, is quite full featured. Now I have added a small enhancement to this DIY script to support feeding JRiver and onto HQPlayer from UPNP servers. Don't get too excited though, because once more I have to add the word "limited" to the title. This is because you are limited to sending just one track at a time. There is no possibility at this time for playback of entire albums or playlists. If you are wiling to play DJ though, it can open up the possibility of sending tracks from any source which can be served from an appropriate UPNP server. This can include Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, or any other sources the UPNP server in question supports. The limitation is caused by the fact that, once J River has handed the url to HQPlayer using my script, J River no longer knows about the URL, and there is no longer any syncing with the UPNP server. I may not have exhausted all the possibilities though. So partly I'm posting this as a cry for help to see if any of you might have some suggestions as to how we could get a UPNP server to send JRiver each subsequent track in an album or playlist, so that my script can then automatically pass the track's url to HQPlayer. I know this can be done with HQPlayer embedded, since that can be a upnp renderer. That solution is limited to linux only though (or a two box/dual boot, Linux and Windows set-up). So far I have tested my solution with mconnect running on IOS. This works fine, excepting the "single track at a time" limit. The disadvantage is that this doesn't support any higher than 16bit 44.1khz and Qobuz can go higher than that with a Sublime or Sublime + subscription. Then I tested using LMS (Logitech Media Server). LMS allows you to play to multiple players and sync them together. It also supports just about every source out there. It is necessary to install the "UPNP Bridge" plug-in and configure it correctly. For one track at a time only, I was able to get LMS in sync with HQPlayer by sending to both foobar2000 (with the UPNP component installed) and JRiver. I told LMS to keep foobar2000 and JRIver in sync. The track gets sent to both foobar2000 and JRIver at the same time, my script passes it from JRIver to HQPlayer and it plays with HQPlayer. Foobar2000 and LMS playback all kept in sync. JRiver itself, of course isn't actually playing anything. I send foobar2000's output to "Null output", so only HQPlayer is actually playing the track. The problem is that when it comes time for LMS to send the next track from the album or playlist, although it does get sent to foobar2000 and my script gets run, that second url is not delivered to JRiver or HQPlayer. Only foobar2000 gets and plays this second and any other subsequent tracks. I know that using 2 (3 including HQPlayer) players in this way is convoluted. I had hope for it though. If anyone here can find a way of getting it working for subsequent tracks, I'll be very eager to learn about your solution. I'll also be interested in any other solutions that could work with my script. Any other UPNP servers and also BubbleUPNP could be interesting. So I've attached my new version of the script below. Those of you who are already using my JRiver to HQPlayer solution for local files, will only need to replace the main powershell script. If you'll be using it for the first time you'll need the full package, also attached. So anyone who has any feedback/suggestions for this, please let me know. Or if you just want to play DJ with your UPNP server, have fun! https://www.dropbox.com/s/1z6f0l589uhk8ke/jrexp.ps1?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/u9a5bo9p5vcytrz/jr-hqp-album.zip?dl=0
  25. Really diggin this new version. Sounds a bit cleaner. Don’t know if it’s due to the 64 bit architecture or not. I went from 20 to 23.
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