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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Spotify Hi-Fi on: February 22, 2021, 08:11:22 pm
Spotify launching uncompressed HiFi quality during 2021. Might be an alternative to Tidal.

LINK: https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/22/22295273/spotify-hifi-announced-lossless-streaming-hd-quality
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Back on the Block! on: November 04, 2019, 08:57:32 pm
After some years of hiatus from high end (long story) I'm finally back on the forum. Had some catch up to do, so got the new Mach III + upgraded Phasure DAC NOS1a/G3, connected with the Lush^2 USB cable. All settings pre-made by Peter upon shipping.

Just got everything connected and running properly. Peter said break-in of new DAC takes quite a long time. I have it running silently 24/7 now with a loooong playlist.

The very first impression was the powerful and articulate bass. Much better than my old set-up. On Day 2, the bass changed quite a lot, becoming more detailed, not so "brute". I made a small adjustment to my active crossover, lowering the treble -1dB to match the new bass. On Day 3 everything became more detailed, more organic, and soundstage is huge. It's like applying a big magnifying glass when you watch a picture. You notice details newer seen (heard) before. 

End of this week I will regain my big music collection from a remote backup. Then I will re-listen to my old reference albums. In the meantime I play some random albums I found on an old harddisk: Ten Years After, The Band, Duane Allman. No audiophile recordings, but they all sound so damn good. I listen quite loud and it's like having a concert in my living room.

Temporary conclusion: All aspects are (much) better than before, and especially the bass has improved very, very much. The bass has it all: Details, authority, tightness, but at the same time it's organic and completely integrated in the music.

Looking forward to the continuation and final break-in!
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: London 3/6/17 on: June 05, 2017, 10:12:37 am
Hi Mani,

Which version of Tubular Bells is your favorite? (It has been reissued and re-worked a zillion times).

PS: Looking forward to your NOS1 G3 update!
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS First Review HERE AT LAST!!! on: May 10, 2017, 12:00:31 am
Well, there is a "chain reaction" going on here.
Ok, a room might be cursed with its standing waves (room nodes) which are easy to measure and to explain. But we might perceive them differently than we measure them.
I have several times experienced that upgrading my poweramps, tidied up my deep bass, subjectively as if room nodes were less noticeable. The same has happened with improved source components, and even cable changes.

There is an accumulative effect in a sound system. A small distortion reduction in the front end, might be perceived as a bigger improvements after passing through remaining chain (cables, amps, speakers and room).
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS First Review HERE AT LAST!!! on: April 19, 2017, 07:07:26 pm
Hey Pedal - Not sure if Peter wants me to post a photo of the inside of NOS (G3)

Dear, I was thinking about outside. The NOS1 we know well, but I'm curious about the design of B'ASS.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS First Review HERE AT LAST!!! on: April 19, 2017, 10:42:22 am
Dear Paul,

Could you please post a photo of the full G3 upgrade?
I'm curious about the look of the B'ASS.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Upsample hi-res files? on: August 28, 2016, 04:06:00 pm
To be honest, I actually don't play Hires or it must pass by accidentally without me explicitly selecting it.
It's an enigma to my why you don't acknowledge the benefit of 24bit resolution above 16bit; (better micro dynamics, more natural and fluid sound, less dryness/mechanical character).
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Is MinOs safe now? on: August 20, 2016, 04:37:37 pm

Maybe others know more, but I have no idea what you are talking about.

It was a problem occurring in the very beginning of your W10 trials, IIRC, but probably (surely) it involved an earlier version than 10586.0.


So, now I just activated MinOS, rebooted and voila! - everything works fine. With MinOs activated, I can change Q5 from 0 to 1, and lower the SFS from 0,3 to 0,2 (stutter free with 24/192 hi-Rez).

First impression: Cleaner sound, more ease and tidier soundstage.  smile

PS: For evaluation today I used Eagles Desperado 24/192, one of my favorites. It used to be a popular demo-disk on vinyl, but I never found the digital versions particularly good sounding. I guess today's revealing system is too revealing of its production. Anyway, right now it sounds pretty well. The MinOS tamed the splashing cymbals and tied up the soundstage.
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Is MinOs safe now? on: August 20, 2016, 03:30:21 pm

I am (still) running W10 10586.0 with XX 2.03a.
At the time I installed it, I think it was in January, I was told "Minimized OS" was not possible, because I could loose control of the PC or something.

QUESTION: What is the situation today? How do I get the MinOS?
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Eureka ! on: May 14, 2016, 12:30:47 pm
Thanks for the update and "Lab diary". Very interesting to learn about your discoveries and the ongoing process. -So many variables makes it difficult to judge if a tweak is one step forward, backward or sideways.

Silverstone: Since Day 1 I have voiced my concern about its edgy and colored treble. (Although I have to admit it works very well in my current system, after the Clairixa arrived). But I won't be surprised if it ends on the scr*pyard in the end...

I have had the privilege of being ringside with the constructor of my amplifiers, Norwegian brand Dynamic Precision. -Very big power amps, DC-coupled and approaching 1MHz bandwidth. He was sitting just like  you now, with his nose into the chasis while measuring ground loops at "0,000000" level. It was his obsession for 30 years. Actually it started even earlier, from his lab-days at Tandberg in the 70s. He worked on their FM-tuners, were high frequency noise and signal transfer is key parameters. I remember he explained me how ground loops at (very) high frequencies bypasses almost anything. Even through air. And certainly an ordinary iso-trafo doesn't stop it.

My friend is now retired, spending most of his time practicing his jazz guitar, but fortunately I have another friend in Peter, who lets me continue the joyride into unknown technical territory towards State Of The Art sound  smile
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Investigating a full linear PSU for the XXHE PC and NOS1 on: May 08, 2016, 07:10:58 pm
Price & delivery time?

Count me in too!
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Great Sax Players and Great Good Fortune on: February 18, 2016, 08:51:36 am
-Schooled world class jazz musicians play on small club scenes for pocket money, while Justin Bieber and such fill stadiums, with pricey tickets, playback and Autotune.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Remote Control by Cable? on: February 14, 2016, 02:16:32 pm
Alain is right. Utilizing the Apostle's horses' method improves SQ and saves a lot of set-up hassle.  smile
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Remote Control by Cable? on: February 14, 2016, 01:26:38 pm
One more thing :

Do not forget that your strategy must be that you have a Music Server (holding the music) and an Audio PC

Yes, that is next step; Upgrading my NOS1 DAC + purchasing your XX PC, achieving the highest level of hardware setup. Hopefully I'll have the cash disposal for autumn!  smile

In the meantime I am fiddling around with the XX settings, improving the SQ for free.

-Operating XX by feet, rather than Wi-Fi, is the simplest way to improved SQ. Playing in UnAttended mode, with *all* services switched off (desktop, screen, LAN, etc) and HotKeys in use (mandatory!), really elevate SQ to a higher level. Funny thing is now music becomes so emotional evolving, that I am sitting through the whole albums. Getting on my feet to operate the USB-connected keyboard is needed only when selecting next album. This is the "slow-food" attitude within XX-community  Cool


This morning I played the 3 first Eagles albums (HD Box set 24/192). Beautiful music, but recordings only average for its age. Particularly Desperado disappointed, failing its audiophile-vinyl-rep, with splashed out cymbals and lack of separation.

So, I put on another similar aged studio recording, Dark Side of The Moon (24/88 SACD-rip), just too see if my system has became too revealing. But, no, DSOTM really floated and filled my 45m2 living room with a huge soundstage and deep, punchy bass.
Next on was WYWH (24/96 BluRay) with even better (cleaner) SQ.

In short, with the set-up described in my signature, I am enjoying my system more than ever! A big  thankyou to the creator of The Best Source In The Known Universe!
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Remote Control by Cable? on: February 08, 2016, 09:30:06 am
You always used RDC to begin with, right ?
I forgot whether that was a laptop on your coffee table but I guess it was.
All you need to do is let that be as it is, and connect your tablet over WiFi to the laptop ...
And actually this is the advised way of doing it. Only the laptop could be a desktop just the same. And can hold the music. But this is not really related to what you want (you can add that later).


Thanks Peter.
Due to busy work schedule I am lagging far behind you guys here on the forum. I have some catch up to do. Last week I reconnected my 3rd amplifier + 14x 12-inch subwoofers, going full range active x-over again. And boy, it was glorious to feel the air pulsate in my living room again!

Then I took the XX settings to the extreme; activated HotKeys, switched off absolutely all services/screen and reduced SFS to 0,2. Oh boy, another huge improvement in SQ! Once again my system plays in such a way that I start making up excuses to stay home, listening to favorite music. smile

Next step is to find an esthetic replacement for the traditional screen and keyboard:
*Yes, I have an old laptop available (I can eventually buy a new one, they are cheap these days, also in the 2nd hand market). Actually, laptop is more user friendly than tablet (better keyboard when searching my music catalogue etc).
*Yes, I used RDC in the past. From the forum it seems there are some problems these days, but maybe that is only due to set-up difficulties (which are solvable)?

*So, final challenge is how to connect laptop to my dedicated XX-music-Tower-PC?
-The PC is not connected to Wi-Fi or Internet. But I have a spare router, which I can use either in Wi-Fi mode or with Cable, to hook up with the Laptop. Which one do you recommend as a XX-remote-single-purpose-connection?
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