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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Setting CPU core count with a twist on: January 25, 2020, 02:07:58 pm
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Are the numbers in your pick list screen shot above the number of physical cpu cores being set in your XX code or the number of hyperthreaded cores ?

Also you mentioned in your post above that the software just does not support some CPU numbers. Is this also the case in version 2.10c.

Nick, disregarding your last post for now (I still must wrap my head around what you exactly do), the numbers I show are usable cores, thus Hyperthreaded if set to that (which in my example / case is so (Hyperthreaded On).

The numbers with the Asterisks could be set in the BIOS, but are NOT respected by XXHighEnd, and thus should *not* be set.
N.b.: The due 2.11 will not allow to select the not-recognized numbers (see again the Asterisks).

Best regards,
Peter
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Setting CPU core count with a twist on: January 21, 2020, 02:28:12 pm
So Nick,

Ready for this ?

This is undoubtedly the same, although I must check your procedure in detail to confirm it. Is in due 2.11 for more than a year now.
I seem to have trouble with finishing off 2.11. unhappy

The ones denoted with * are not really available software wise (XXHighEnd) - also see more below.

My procedure seems to be the other way around, but I think comes net down to the same; set to max in the BIOS and now software-wise shrink the number. As you can see I have a 28, set to 20.
Ultimately I could set the BIOS to e.g. 22, and have an other sound with software setting to 20.

Notice : you can only choose from the ones yo see in the list, because the software does not support other settings. E.g. 22 is not support to really utilize in the software. If you'd attempt that anyway, things may go bananas (like more threads (or less) are being dedicated to the available cores.

Hey, thanks for sharing !
If your procedure appears to be an other one, I suppose I can build that in too. We are used to all the existing parameters by now, right ? haha - We can really use more combinations.
swoon
Best regards,
Peter
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Merry Christmas to All on: December 25, 2019, 07:40:29 am

Yes, the first Christmas tunes played yesterday at Christmas eve. In a moment over here we will continue with Christmas morning nice songs.

We wish a warm and cosy Christmas for everybody !

Peter & gang
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Move to Streams Folder Not Working Reliably on: December 18, 2019, 10:11:57 am
Haha
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Move to Streams Folder Not Working Reliably on: December 15, 2019, 10:29:28 am

Maybe you refer differently to the "Tidal Stream Folder" (in XXHE settings) ?
Like at first it was a Drive Letter, while now it is a reference like \\[PC-Name]\[ShareName] ?
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Move to Streams Folder Not Working Reliably on: December 15, 2019, 09:47:29 am
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This is not a huge problem as I can move the files with Explorer.

Hi Ramesh, no you can not. It may seem so to you, but later all sorts of things will go wrong.

I have no idea why things "some times" would work and I would definitely blame the machine (with again no clue how it could happen).

0c,
Peter
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Xxhighend 2.10 has issues playing back some hi res files on: December 12, 2019, 03:51:28 am
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I have the same problem when i play Master/MQA from Tidal in Unattended. All stops after one track of the album

Hi Tore - This has to be caused some probably "too low" setting like Q1 and SFS.
If you remain to have problems with this, please open a new topic for it.

Best regards,
Peter
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Xxhighend 2.10 has issues playing back some hi res files on: December 09, 2019, 12:30:26 am

Convert to / from FLAC ? (XXHE can do that, but any means would be fine)
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Cover art issue with Unattended on: December 08, 2019, 07:29:17 pm
Hi Michael,

I am not sure whether the below text appeared somewhere formally, as it is quite difficult to pinpoint the exact solution. IOW, I myself, when I run into it, must always "fiddle". Hopefully it gives you sufficient hints.

Best regards,
Peter


In exactly this sequence, to be performed directly on the Audio PC (read : not via RDC/RDP) :

Go to your XX folder (where XXHighEnd.exe resides), find the Wallpaper.bmp file and delete that.

Start XXHighEnd and take care that no music is playing.

Go to the Control Panel, Find the Display (settings) and start that.

Find Personalization and click that.

Click the Wallpaper of your liking. This should appear right away; if not something is wrong and you need to get this part going.

Cause the Settings in XXHighEnd to show the Wallpaper (at least the Front Cover).

Now press Play in XXHighEnd in Attended (!!) mode;
Behind XXHighEnd the Wallpaper should now show (possibly with Desktop Icons still visible, but never mind those as later they will not be there automatically).

If you use RDP for remote control, now go to the PC controlling the Audio PC and, rightclick the Remote Desktop Icon and choose "Open with". From there choose Notepad.

In this file, find the line containing
disable wallpaper:i:
and take care the value for it is 0, like :
disable wallpaper:i:0
When you applied a change, press ctrl-s to save the changes.

Now double click the icon (start the RDP session) and all should be fine.
Fine is : When audio plays, the Wallpaper Coverart on the desktop and nothing else (but maybe OSD Text if you set that to show). When audio playback is stopped by means of Stop (not Pause), the Wallpaper Coverart will changed into you earlier selected (normal) Wallpaper and the Desktop Icons re-appear.

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This procedure was checked on March 27, 2016.

It is assumed that  "Don't do anything with Coverart" (in XXHighEnd settings, Coverart section) is not activated. Also it is assumed that at this time Show as Wallpaper and At Attended both are active.

Press Stop in XXHighEnd.
Go to Control Panel - Personalization.
Again click Stop in XXHighEnd.
In Personalization click one of the Themes with a background. This should now appear.
Click Play in XXHighEnd. The Wallpaper Coverart will now appear (the normal Wallpaper will be disappeared).
Click Stop. The normal Wallpaper should re-appear.

When the above all happens as described, the Wallpaper Coverart should always appear in actual form (from the track currently playing) and when played Unattended, all should be fine as well.

10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Unattended - A single track in playlist stops playing seconds before end on: December 06, 2019, 01:45:31 pm

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For me its nothing to do with format change, it happens with all tracks in the playlist are same format.

A full stop and restart is also a format change (technically).
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Xxhighend 2.10 has issues playing back some hi res files on: December 03, 2019, 03:16:14 pm
Hi Robert,

Think back on where you obtained them and next Google for the issue ? (not really much chance because I suppose it will be related to XXHighEnd too)

It could be some sheer coincidence on the sampling rate / but depth and the further settings you use. That doesn't explain why others (newer) are working fine, but still ... if it is solve by e.g. change 0.69 to 0.68 and you don't hear that ... ... But anyway, it would be interesting to know whether the problem persists at SFS = 0.68; I suppose not, that then proving it is a coincidental situation (unlucky combination of matters) in the first place.

Best regards,
Peter
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Unattended - A single track in playlist stops playing seconds before end on: December 03, 2019, 03:09:20 pm

Hi Colin - Thank you for posting this.

I actually as looking for something like me saying that I solved this, because I have it again and couldn't understand. Now I see per this topic that it is/was related to a Format Change, I better know what to focus on in the program. IOW ... I did solve it (for 2.11) but later applied a change somewhere/somehow which re-introduces the problem. So now I can solve it again ...

Regards,
Peter
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: USB cables and Phasure DAC on: December 01, 2019, 10:43:26 am

Ah Ramesh, that is great.

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I imagine the standard USB cable with the G3 has the 5V disconnected.

Everything in there is connected

Kind regards,
Peter
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Search Help on: November 21, 2019, 02:26:49 pm

OK Zheng, thank you for the feedback !

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Once I upgraded to HIFI account

Is Premium "lower" than Hi-Fi ?


PS: But in NY someone named Trump is in control. That could have caused anythingwacko
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Search Help on: November 20, 2019, 05:08:57 am
Hi there Zheng,

I tried them all, and for me the first (CD01) of the Back was tested and works, the second does not come up at all, the third (Brahms) the CD01 is Yellow and the CD02 is OK, and the fourth again does not come up at all.

But as we know this may not tell all because it could be the difference between Netherlands and HK (I hope I recall that correctly).

We might try this :

1. In your XX folder there's a TidalSession.dat file; delete that. Restart XXHighEnd and retry. This will force a re-login at Tidal.

2. If #1 did not help, please email (not attach here) the now new TidalSession.dat file. This also requires your Tidal email (account) and password. You could change the password for the occasion, so I can try it for say this week; after that you can change it back to what it was.
Of course if you don't like me to do this, then it is OK (but won't help either Happy).

It can well be the Premium vs HiFi account indeed. Are you new to Tidal ? Maybe I forgot, but I don't recall having a Premium account (while still MQA is allowed). So with the help of your account data I can test it.
But possibly #1 already helps, but in that case I'd say that something must have changed underway and that at first you were logged in as HiFi account, while now (suddenly ?) it requires Premium.

I don't think I am doing anything with it. But for example, if you have the even lower rated account (??) that only allows MP3 albums, all would emerge with yellow borders because XXHighEnd tests for them not to be MP3 and "skips" them (yellow border) if not Redbook after all. N.b.: It works like this because sometimes what's promised as Rebook, at the "playing" level turns out to be MP3. This is rather a rights issue than something wrong, although the "promise" regarding you (which is also related to the country - HK) having the rights, is then a bug (somehow). Btw, this is determined on a per track basis, and when you (/ HK) do not have the rights to the first track, the album will be yellow bordered and inaccessible for Playback. If the first track is OK and a next track does not have the rights for you, that next track(s) is just skipped (the track number will lack in the sequence of tracks for the album, after it has been Prepared).

Long story, but it may help you to debug the situation.

I am not assuming that this is related to the current HK situation (if you are in HK at all), but this could also be the case, far sought.

Best regards,
Peter
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