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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 08, 2017, 08:03:44 am
Well its got an open window in the treble which does seem to have a more natural sound. I think I've lost bass but perhaps its not gone but transformed into a better bass. More listening required. Gosh I would never have thought to try those settings. Inspires me to try settings.

As soon as I change to Hires files(24/44/96/192) problems emerge especially ticks. 16/44 no problems. Xx really struggles with some hires files(Early HDTracks) while others cruise through. Recent download hires files seem to be very good(from HD Tracks) even some 24/352 which sound amazing from where the Netherlands, Carmen Gomes sings the blues, Sound Liason Music.

No boot was caused by HDMI cable from audio computer to Oppo. Gosh new Oppo has caused some headaches.

Robert
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Any sonic advantage in Ram OS on SSD? on: November 03, 2017, 09:32:59 am
I have tweaked my HDD for 32GB and you are right it takes a good 5 minutes to boot into Ram. Is it possible for me to transfer easily mine from the HDD to an SSD?

Robert
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Any sonic advantage in Ram OS on SSD? on: November 03, 2017, 01:09:59 am
I have the original 500g Sata drive.

Has anyone compared this with the current 240g SSD drive for sound benefits?

Is there any advantage in using the SSD over the Sata?

Robert
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Xxhighend/computer won't boot into Ram OS on: November 01, 2017, 10:36:40 am
Peter,
        This is the images. The boot is sitting on default Base in this screen but normally I would have the Ram default highlighted.
I just clicked the ram default and its booting into Ram now. I guess it was something in the boot menu. Music played. It was like the boot menu was stuck.

Robert
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: After a while SQ degrades - how come ? what to do ? on: November 01, 2017, 01:07:57 am
acg

I turn computer off and DAC now overnight. There is something about digital stuff that is hard to put a finger on but I have noted the same even with different gear to you. All digital seems to benefit from a reboot this includes mobiles, androids etc.

Is your signature up to date? Otherwise you really should try OS14393 with 2.09. Its some way in better sound than what you are running. Also try bypassing the Silverstone card and removing Intona. I have now removed the Intona for good. There was always something about the Intona sound that was wrong although it did some things better. Now I'm use to it out of the circuit I much prefer it.

Robert
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Xxhighend/computer won't boot into Ram OS on: October 31, 2017, 06:54:41 pm
Peter,

Always something, now computer will not boot into RamOS14393 2.09v. I've tried this with OS10586 2.06v and the same no Ram boot. I got back to Base14393 and all seems ok, music plays perfectly in min OS. Files are not blocked.

Apart from adding 2.09 patch to 14393 and Xx settings I have not changed any other software. If I leave it trying to boot to Ram it ends up in Base 14393 but XXhigh won't work.

Could this be a hardware fault or ram disc? I did remove the Ram drive from the computer to use another disc, on putting back today no Ram bootup. Day before it took 3 trys to get it to Ram boot which was not normal. I rarely remove Ram disc even for better sound during play. I tested Ram with Memtest86 and no problems.

Robert
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 30, 2017, 09:28:44 pm
Yes I checked and the Virtual Memory was on in OS14393.

I've turned off but dam it the computer will not boot into RamOS now. I've also tried this with OS10586 and the same no Ram boot. I managed to get back to Base14393 and all seems ok, music plays in min OS. This is a new problem I suspect. Files are not blocked.

Could this be a hardware fault or ram disc? I did remove the Ram drive from the computer to use another, on putting back today no Ram bootup. Yesterday it took 3 trys to get it to Ram boot not normal.

I also turned GC off. Ticking did return in Base mode. Rebooting everything stopped ticking. 2.09 does sound bloody good.  

Robert
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 30, 2017, 03:58:53 am
Hi Peter,
           I applied 2.09 today and it all worked fine except ticks on 16/44 tracks which did not stop during album play track after track. Ticks are close together but do seem to get louder and more intense when a track peaks.

I stopped play and killed Sound Engine with blue LED. Then started play ticks gone. Then tried 24/44 album and no ticks.

After tracks in Ram are loaded a message comes on the screen. When its ticked Yes, play starts. See photo below. This normally happens at the start of play after new boot. Then doesn't happen again.

I rebooted Ram OS and no ticks with either album. Havn't been able to repeat ticks today.

Robert

9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.08d Sound Quality on: October 26, 2017, 11:23:26 pm
I note with interest, peoples different SFS settings. It would seem almost everyone has something different from .7 to 120.

I was running .9 but tried 1.5 then 1.8 and now 2.8. I tried 10 but definitely thin sounding for me.

I tried to set to 3 as per Paul's but it just resets to 2.8. I do prefer it at 2.8 at the moment. I also tried 2x 1.8 and it would not stick at 3.6.

Certainly got a great sound. I do notice differences seem easier to hear between settings with 2.08d.

Robert
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 21, 2017, 05:37:10 am
Late reply but it is now apparent that when I reboot the Oppo the ticking is stopped. I've removed the Intona now and it definitely sounds better without, especially with the current Xxhigh2.08 version.

I suspect its in the Oppo that's causing ticking. Interesting its not happening at all with 16/44 files only when I change to 24/96/192 in a listening session.

I was interested to see you suggest SFS 1.50. I have been feeling lately, the sound, in particular the treble has been subdued at .90 and 1. I do prefer SFS at 1.50 treble its more lively. Better balance with the bass.

Robert
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 12, 2017, 06:52:30 am
From above reply all went well until I tried to play a hires album 24/192 and ticking returned. Only stopped with reducing sample rate to 32/384 on slider. Going back to 16/44 files it continued to tick at 32/768 but also stopped at 32/384. This without Intona which I'm warming to now.

I rebooted Ram OS and it ticked from start even into subsequent tracks. Only stopped when reducing to 32/384.

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This generally sounds like a bandwidth or buffer issue. Have you tried an alternative USB cable and port on the computer?

If you are using a Windows computer, have you tried adjusting the Buffer Size to see if there is an improvement in performance?


Got this reply from Oppo. Have tried another USB port and still ticking. No other cable at the moment. Then on second album ticking goes on second and the rest of the tracks. This with 16/44 and 32/768.

Think I might need to get the "Lush" now as a result of removing Intona.

Robert
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 11, 2017, 06:45:25 am
Well today I booted Oppo and computer/Ram OS into action and everything worked perfectly all day. Mind you I removed Intona before doing this. Need to repeat this.

The Oppo can definitely take 32/768 input.

Your new settings are better sounding.

Robert
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 10, 2017, 11:08:20 am
Where would you suggest to start to look for electrical error: Computer hardware ie: motherboard, power supply?

Could well be software bug in Dac. 

Robert
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / System tick issue on: October 10, 2017, 01:47:09 am
Thanks I certainly feel the ticks were there before 2.08. It is intermittent, today I loaded Ram OS and screen only reset once and no ticks at all.

I have changed DAC to the Oppo 205 which can take 32/768 files. It has been ticking intermittently since this. Sold Benchmark Dac2 it only ran at 24/192(4x on slider) max.

Interesting from a process of elimination I have discovered that reducing the slider from 16x(705) to 8x(352) the ticking stops. Arc prediction is engaged. Does this mean the computer is running out of power?

Robert


15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.08d settings and tick issue on: October 09, 2017, 08:31:27 am
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Is this 16/44.1 or 24/xxx ?

Is the interval of the tick related to the SFS ? -> it should. But you need to try it. So if you can easily perceive it and double the SFS, you should perceive it half of the time from the previous setting.

So far 16/44.1 files.

Changed SFS up to 120/120 and Q settings back to old no difference in ticks. Restarted Ram OS no difference. Funny thing ticks seem to go when playing whole albums after first  track. Crossed out Xx in Ram OS still ticks.

Going back to new settings .9SFS and Q settings still ticks.

Robert
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