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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Best / Interesting Albums of 2017 on: January 16, 2018, 05:08:52 pm
I wanted to briefly just thank you all for your kind words and not get off track from Paulís outstanding recommendations.

I just really couldnít find a way to separate my admiration for a wonderful singer/musician (I really didnít want devalue that) and what was going on with my wife.

 Iíve always found sanctuary in listening to music that moves me, and Peterís quest for the best possible recovery of the artistís intent has vastly improved that emotional connection! As all of us here know, itís way more significant than the mere physical improvements in sound!

All I can add is that music and my faith are what got me through my the hardest but most profound point in my life and continues too! We all imbed memories with the music we hear throughout our lives, so of course Rhiannon Giddens, especially after speaking with her, will always evoke a connection to my wife and her grace! I have no doubt that to all here, music is intertwined with our lives and we really canít separate the two!

Paul & Juan, sorry for the confusion, but Iím certainly glad you appreciate where I was coming from!

One quick last happy note: Sandra told me, that if things didnít turn out well, she wanted me to go on with my life and find someone else and have children since we couldnít. And I am currently seeing a young(relative to my 54 yrs.)singer/songwriter, who is super talented and I hope to be able to make a ďcheck out this artistĒ here in the future! We both believe my wife had some part in us meeting and is smiling down on us from Heaven!


Todd
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Best / Interesting Albums of 2017 on: January 16, 2018, 03:55:34 am
Hey Juan,

 † †I just wanted to commend you on recommending Rhiannon Giddens. I came across her music towards the beginning of 2017 by chance when on the Computer Audiophile website under a ďFemale VocalistsĒ forum thread.

 † †I saw her in concert in a small theater venue in Atlanta, GA †on May 6th, and she truly was one of the best concerts Iíd been to in years! Unbelievably good voice plus she is a banjo virtuoso, & a very good violinist! She was recently awarded the 2017 MacArthur Foundation Musical Genuis Award and received a $625,000 grant. †

 † †The concert was a surprise from me sweet wife, Sandra, who said it was my birthday present, even though my birthday is in September!(Looking back at it she was just trying to get in as much as possible since she had just been diagnosed with a terminal malignant brain tumor and she didnít survive until September.)

 † †I vowed to see her again this year because she was so good and try to meet her to tell her my wifeís story, especially as another strong black woman. I did get to see her again in Cincinnati, OH in October when she was a guest artist with the Cincinnati Pops and they were recording it live for an upcoming CD. I also got to meet her and tell her my wifeís story, and she was unbelievably compassionate and gracious!

Iíve been a female vocal lover for 30 years and she is the ďReal Deal.Ē

Cheers,
Todd
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Happy Christmas everybody ! on: December 25, 2017, 06:34:47 pm
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Iíve been a bit out of the loop for a while, but I look forward to beginning a new chapter in my life in 2018! It will of course include my lifelong passion of music!
  Plus I have a wonderful, beautiful singer-songwriter in my life! Canít wait to do some of my own recording of the actual artist to really test our wonderful playback system😉!
  I really canít express how enthralling it is to have someone sing a newly created composition to you to ask your opinion! Itís a whole new wonderful musical experience in my life!

Cheers, Todd

4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: June 21, 2017, 01:41:17 pm
Good morning Peter, well afternoon for you of course bye

I would like a 100cm Lush!
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playing Games and more Secrecy / Re: Boost your Rig on: April 30, 2017, 01:59:34 pm
Hey Peter,

I'd love to be in on trying the software.

Todd
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS First Review HERE AT LAST!!! on: April 19, 2017, 06:21:55 pm
So glad things are rolling along!

I keep a hopeful watch on my email every morning for the email from Peter saying it's time to box mine up and send it his way Wink

I can't wait to hear additional audition comments as things break in.

I still find it unbelievable that for some of us who have had the NOS1 for years that we keep getting an upgrade path. That speaks volumes to not only the foundational design of the NOS1 but also to Peter's passion and his customer service.

To all of us that have been audiophiles for over 30 years, we know this is wholly unique!!
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: March 18, 2017, 02:07:12 am
Hey Guys,

Sorry to pipe into this conversation so late, but I've been running HQPlayer from the RAM OS with W10 14393 for about 3 months now. I did not, however, know I could run it at 705Khz through the NOS1 dual input mode. So I was only running it a 352 in standard input mode. I guess I just got lucky, because it ran from the start to the NOS1a without any issue. But now a big thank you to Peter for ironing out the idiosyncrasies of using it with the NOS1a and up to 705 and 768k!

I found XXHighEnd still preferable for PCM playback. I was really using it more when listening to a Holo Spring DAC in DSD mode. I really wanted to hear how that sounded coming from the Mach II and RAM-OS. It worked great for that, but other than Mani's purpose of using Roon as a server to his secondary office set up,  I wouldn't use it with the NOS1a.

Also of note in my little experiment, I found that if I wanted to use the Mach II with HQPlayer upscaling to DSD 512 into the Holo Spring DAC in NOS mode,  I had to switch out my Xeon 2650 v4 12 core to 6800k 6 core that runs at a much higher clock rate. Of note, the 6800k runs fine on the Mach II linear power supply even though it is a 135w processor. Maybe I need a 2nd Mach II Happy

Todd
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Cover art display in version 2.07 on: January 21, 2017, 03:53:54 pm
Hi Peter,

I'm having the same issue with 2.07, with no pattern to the albums that stopped showing cover art.(Not that many by the way) They have the same file extension as ones the work fine.

When I booted into 10586 with the same field in data(it was already the same) the cover art shows fine on those albums that were missing it in 2.07 under 14393.

Todd
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Happy †Christmas!! on: December 25, 2016, 07:30:28 pm
Merry Christmas everyone!
May your season and music be filled with peace, love and joy!

Todd
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Phisolator on: November 22, 2016, 05:52:28 pm
Count me in as well! Although I'll probably have to get Peter to check his shipping rate from the US, since mine are even more ridiculous.
Todd


Hey Peter here is where I responded to the change in plans on the B'ass to be put internally into the NOS1 on October 30th.

Hope my original place in line for the upgrade is still in effect Sad
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Phisolator on: November 22, 2016, 01:20:27 pm
I'm definitely in Peter!

Let's just say these upgrades come at a good time, because your description of the resulting sound is exactly what I've noticed is currently lacking.

Thank you for your never ending quest of "taking things to the next level"

It's nice to know we all hav a foundation that allows it!

Todd
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS Current Amplifier on: October 30, 2016, 08:04:04 pm
Count me in as well! Although I'll probably have to get Peter to check his shipping rate from the US, since mine are even more ridiculous.
Todd
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Mach II XXHighEnd PC with Linear Power Supply on: September 28, 2016, 05:10:01 pm
So I just received my new Mach II PC the other day, and WOW! What an essential piece to pair with the NOS1. I would recommend anyone serious about computer audio must get the Mach II! It improves the sound on every possible level. "Detail with Musical soul and drive" I can't imagine what the up coming B'ASS might add to the increased "power" it presents,

It is also a wonderfully built and finished product that complements audio gear and doesn't look like some DIY add on or out of place desktop PC.(Makes me feel the need to finish my amps and speakers cosmetically Wink )

Just for some background, my prior audio PC had the same modded motherboard with an external clock, an external PCIe clock and USB 3 PCIe card with an external clock as Mani's LeMonster PC. It was also running a full ATX linear power supply. Peter's Mach II destroys it!

Todd
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: The cheapest upgrade : B'ASS on: May 28, 2016, 05:15:39 pm
I'm still in for the BNC in and out model.

Todd
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: The cheapest upgrade : B'ASS on: April 02, 2016, 05:30:13 am
Count me in for BNC as well Peter.

BTW, I love reading your description the difference with the B'ASS. It's always about those things that make live music instantly distinguishable from recorded playback. The fact that the difference is ever diminishing with each of your improvements, gives me hope that one day I really won't be able to tell!

Todd
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