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1  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
2  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
3  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
4  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
5  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
6  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
7  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
8  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
9  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
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: dedicated mains earth on: February 20, 2016, 03:16:48 pm
So I had a thought/question.

Here in the US, we have two 120v hot lines and a neutral. So generally we have all our consumer electronics run off 120v and the feed is inherently unbalanced. In my current situation, there is really no reason why I couldn't run everything at 240v(either selectable input voltage on the equipment primaries or easily modifiable solutions). I would then have 2 hot lines and the ground tied to the neutral, so a balanced circuit.

Wouldn't this be a preferable configuration?
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: RAM-OS disk WARNING on: January 27, 2016, 04:33:19 pm
Mani,

I have noticed that I'm squeezing in some extra listening time every evening, and when my wife says she's going to bed early, I sport a sly smile and back to the basement I go!

I am also listening at a higher volume, anywhere from 1.5-4.5db louder and I think it is a direct result of the lower distortion from the RAM-OS setup. Recordings that were once a little grating after a certain volume,  are now not only listenable at higher volume but more "real".

I was listening to "Eric Clapton Unplugged" last night and WOW it was really like I was sitting in the live venue!!

Happy Listening,
Todd
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Disk with Multi-RAM-boot available for purchase on: January 20, 2016, 06:36:39 pm
That's awesome Peter!
Quite a comeback considering the drive saga  Wink

So now on to that surprise announcement Happy

I'm looking at this ATX linear power supply:

http://www.hd-plex.com/HDPLEX-Fanless-300W-ATX-Linear-Power-Supply-with-Modular-ATX-Output.html

But don't want to pull the trigger if you've got something related up your sleeve!

Todd
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 13, 2016, 11:16:44 pm
Hey Dave,

I just wanted to let you know, I tried the Regen I in series after the Itona and no comparison the Itona alone is much better in every area.

Having the Itona in line with the Regen may have improved the sound of the Regen slightly, but let's just say you might see another Regen for sale on Computer Audiophile or maybe it will be used in my office system smile

Todd

14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 13, 2016, 10:47:03 pm
Sorry for being off topic. But I was feeling a bit nostalgic and realize how small the collective HighEnd audio community is Happy

Frank thanks for the kind words, they are great guys at Audio Artistry.

 I helped you carry that Plinius beast either from or to your car when we set up or at the end of show tear down!

Also, that was their first year there and the had their Dvorak entry level speaker in that room initially with some Cary tube amps until you came along!

Your the lead engineer and designer, aren't you?

Cheers,
Todd
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Intona High Speed USB 2.0 galvanic isolation on: January 11, 2016, 11:53:22 pm
Hey briefremarks,

I thought I'd chime in even though it's a little of topic with a little insight on the BD Designs vs. Linkwitz Labs. I'm friends with the original principles of Audio Artistry which included Sigried Linkwitz(one of the other two was the best man at my wedding)

 I own the Beethoven Grands which were their pinnacle of open baffle(dipole) design, I now have BD Designs Orphean horns coupled with 3 high sensitivity 15" drivers per channel, my DIY version of the Orleno 2's minus the refinement of Peter and Berts slick Fletcher Munson compensation curve selection and the chip amps.(so read that as not quite as good but in the same family). To me frequency response and tonality is quite similar to the Linkwitz designs, but there is a dramatic difference in information retrieval and dynamics. I can't imagine going back to the Beethovens on a regular basis although I still enjoy them and they throw a huge soundstage.

I never liked the sound of horns, just like Paul(User name Scroobius) but read his posts under the speaker section here. You would never know your listening to BD horns without seeing them!

Ok back to the Itona! Loving it

Todd
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