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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 12, 2017, 08:37:03 am
OK. Yesterday we were explicitly talking about the eerie good SQ we have here now with btw by now and each day a different perception from it. But I imagine that this is because it is all so fragile and on the verge of being completely real. Hence, all what deviates from that makes it unreal and very noticable for that reason. I also have the idea that my system won't do any more with less than an hour of "breaking in" for the day. After that, all can go to infinity. There's just no way things can sound bad after that period of playing.

Q1 = 30x40
Q3,4,5 = 1,1,1
SFS = 9.0 (sorry)
ClockRes = 15
Core 3-5
No OSD Text
Coverart Wallpaper  in use
(NOS1 Driver = 16ms)

About the SFS = 9.0 : well, I just finally set it to that because 8.0 did not satisfy me and 10.x is too much of it (highs). I did not want to have the 9.0 because you can't (yet) but I did it after all. And now I seem to be overly satisfied. Anyway, anything close to 9.0 may not matter - I don't know (did not try).

About the change each day :
For me surely this is about the operating of my ears or maybe mood (not sure about this latter, but we know this matters too and although my mood is almost always good, gradations of it exist).
The last days I very deliberately did nothing about the "hardware" as such, when I found it to be less that the day before. So I have adopted the situation about mood and ears. And indeed, the next day all can be "100%" again. But it is difficult because this breaking in which is required each day is something to "bite through" instead of letting it destroy your mood and arrive in a downwards going circle.

When writing the above I feel like I just described how voodoo operates. And maybe it just all is a state of mind. Well, then I don't care. Happy And you suit yourselves, haha.

I hope we're having fun !
Peter
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 12, 2017, 08:20:17 am
Hey ...

Each time I go for something else than Q3,4,5 = 1,1,1 for me the sound is too gray. But mind you, this is all rtelated to the Lush. So with 1,1,1 there's more sparkle and the Lush requires that (for me). Maybe not with each and every other setting, but then I did not find those ...

Peter
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Message " Straight Contiguous Memory Allocation error 3-Lower SFS..." on: December 12, 2017, 08:17:06 am
Hi,

I think I have at least one very good reason : You leave the Audio PC in a state of XXEngine3.exe not running (this one keeps the memory allocated). So for example, when you receive an error because of sample rate mismatch ("Device can't play" and the like) and then think "oh well, let's call it a day", then tomorrow the contiguous memory required will have been eaten.

More situations of this may exist, like you killing Engine3 yourself (the Blue Led) or ... change the SFS. This latter is quite harmless because when playback starts XXEngine3 is killed and right after that (0.1 sec) restarted, but when you are low on memory right in between it can be eaten.

Btw, after the new Crack Detect procedure Engine3 is also killed.

People must know that it is the Max SFS which is rejected at some stage. Not the SFS itself. So the Max SFS reserves the memory ...

Peter
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Message " Straight Contiguous Memory Allowcation error 3-Lower SFS..." on: December 11, 2017, 08:05:39 pm
Johan, Joachim, this is VERY strange.
May it help ... my Audio PC runs for weeks and weeks without reboot and is used every day with (on estimate) 10 starts of Playback.

Do more people suffer from this ?

Thanks,
Peter
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Message " Straight Contiguous Memory Allowcation error 3-Lower SFS..." on: December 11, 2017, 06:49:26 pm
Hi Johan,

What is your Max SFS set to ?

Regards,
Peter
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 07, 2017, 08:46:43 am
Try Q3 and Q5 on 0.
For me that always at some extra roundness.

Arggh, I forgot to test this yesterday.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 05, 2017, 01:39:21 pm
Hi All,

Day before yesterday I found that SFS=10.0 could be disturbing in really lesser compressed albums. Think Beatles (no Remaster). Too much highs in related to something missing right under that (lower highs ?) with a still very profounding mid. So say that this shows a gap above the mid.

Then I changed to 10.1 (because of someone proposing that - I forgot who, but thanks) and thought it was an improvement. Then changed to 10.2 and again found that working very well and I left it at that. Not sure whether there really was a difference between 10.1 and 10.2. But 10.0 really was too much of highs.
Yesterday I was happy with this 10.2 throughout.

It occurs to me that this is so much "on limits" that I can very much imagine that this can not work out the same on so differing systems as a whole, which most of us must have.

What keeps on occurring is how good the drums are. So much differentiation between everything (I am not talking cymbals).

Peter
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playing Games and more Secrecy / Re: Boost your Rig on: December 05, 2017, 11:47:22 am
Would I be forced to install that test build? Or are we able to
make your sw a bootable image with that version embedded?
I could see this sitting in a little partition like how mac os does recovery.

Well, worse actually, and more costly :

What normal XXHighEnd users are used to is the "RAM OS Disk". This is a HDD or SSD which normally contains several OSes, all with their own purpose. You boot into the one you like. And the big fun : all from RAM if you'd want. After booting you remove the HDD/SSD and there's nothing else in your PC except for a processor (and maybe some cooling  innocent).

Each of the OSes is preinstalled including the tuning we talk about and the fun for your gamers would be that the one OS is significantly faster than the other. Example, W10 Build 10074 (which is one of them) is so much "alpha" that it is inherently still very lean. But it works and should do everything you desire.

But haywire, please, I was just responding to your question (and mighty late with it !). So Yes, exactly what you ask is possible, but it is also too expensive (I'd say) at 360 euros for the disk. We audio idiots seem to have money for this, but I certainly won't give you the idea that I think a random gamer has.

The other solution

... is the solution inherently in there anyway, and is maybe not what you expect : It requires a simple reboot from the Minimized OS to the Normal OS. So what happens is this :

You set everything you need in Normal OS. This is the normal mode as how you use it today. All set ? then boot into Minimized OS. This takes as long as a boot takes (for your rig). Done with the gaming ? boot back into Normal OS and all is as how it was. But mind you, if that would be necessary in the first place. So the guy next to me only boots into Normal OS if he needs a driver update of something like his video card or possibly some game mod etc. When done he boots back into MinOS and stays in there until a next time which could be next month. Meanwhile he watches vlogs, uses AutoCad, Work, Excel, name it and everything thus works. But way faster.

Notice that by now we learned that most of such (mentioned) software comes with it own licensing Service (program). So that Service must remain active (or otherwise e.g. AutoCad won't start) and the program has a formal providion for excluding such Services from being killed when going to MinOS.
All these programs anyway work always in Normal OS, as this is just "normal" and 100% of what you were used to. But message : you could for 99% of your time survive in MinOS just the same.

A laptop ? ha ! watch how that is boosted ! (like it suddenly is a hefty desktop).

Regards,
Peter
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playing Games and more Secrecy / Re: Boost your Rig on: December 05, 2017, 11:31:43 am
Hiya peter.. My bad.

No no no, nothing your bad.
In itself I (only) recently finishes the base version for this (2.08/2.09) and since then I myself had a hard time in finding time. And still struggling (kind of).
I'd also hope that there were some more contenders, as we are a long way from the desired 50.

Thank you for your consiiderations,
Peter
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 05, 2017, 11:27:24 am
Richard ... or install the NOS1 driver and connect your NOS1(a/G3).
If it is a Windows 10 then you will first need to shut off the Driver Siging (in XXHighEnd's settings).

Quite a useless remark :
On a side note (or not) I myself am unsure about how the "48" setting in the Sound Device can be related. OK, surely you won't be able to play (88.2 or 96) but why the Decoding (or MQA detection at first) would fail on this ...
But hard to try for me just the same.

Peter
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.09 stops suddenly on: December 04, 2017, 08:35:34 pm
Juan, you won't believe it, but I just had it myself ...
Why now ? why you now too ? ... no idea yet.

That Postcard(1).jpg file is the background picture I assigned myself to the background in XXHighEnd and which gets copied along with an install.

Preceeding that message I got a "disk full" or something like that, knowing that I loaded two more large albums in the Playlist Area and pressed Play for Unattended. So nothing strange to me that such a thing next happens.

I deleted nothing but let XXHighEnd do it's (deletion) job by starting and quitting. Now all plays again without hurdles.
See you in 30 minutes. Wink

Let me know if it happens again. I will do so too.
Peter
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.09 stops suddenly on: December 04, 2017, 07:47:01 pm
Juan,

The (1) in it indicates that it came from an email.
Did you look at the JPG ? I mean what picture was in it ?
(if not, don't attempt to, because of ... virus ...)

Best regards,
Peter

13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: 2.09 stops suddenly on: December 04, 2017, 04:50:18 pm
Hi Juan,

Looks more like a virus, or a virus scanner to me (I know, both are a bit opposite). But that NOT assumed :

Did you check your Max SFS setting ? I found mine on 2850 yesterday and this does not really look right. It may consume all the memory and this is what you are thinking of to begin with (I don't know how, but ... Happy).

Postcard(1).jpg does not exist from over here. Only if you put it in there yourself. So maybe check whether it really exists.

The first message you showed I have never seen but very theoretically could spring from DEP (Data Execution Protection) - notice that Google shows me no proof of that.

It can be hardware too, I think.

Best regards,
Peter
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 03, 2017, 10:30:57 am
So ... Yesterday I tried some huge combination buffer settings and thought it was quite fine. But technically not because of unsynchronized activities at the end of a track etc. (instead of the next track beginning, the last buffer of the previous track played again and more anomalies), but anyway it played. This was also my mistake to do, because now I did not like SFS = 8.00 any more. Also not 8.80 (worse I'd say).
Then I went back to my formerly chosen 10 ...

So right in the first second I notice it again. There is something (very) special with 10.00 going on. It is in the sense where I left off a track with 8.80 (paused) and proceeded with it where it left off, with 10.00, I couldn't even recognize it as the same track.
Highs seem to be infinitely more but also of explicit good quality (at some stage I measured and saw I was playing at 94dBSPL with is fairly loud yes).

Don't ask me why this is.

As I reported a few days ago, I already noticed this. But now it was with the 705.6 Low filter (few days ago it was the High(est)).

Peter
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA Playback Kernal Streaming Errors on: December 03, 2017, 09:41:37 am
Ramesh, this is a bit of a combination of things. Long story short, if you upsample 8x instead of 16x it will be fine.

Regards,
Peter
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