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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: [Dummy Topic - please ignore] on: July 27, 2019, 03:47:50 pm
Still see it today.   I wonder if it is because I have a shorter subject line.
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: [Dummy Topic - please ignore] on: July 26, 2019, 05:55:21 am
I can still see the Modify Button, as of today, now.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: [Dummy Topic - please ignore] on: July 23, 2019, 10:55:29 pm
Peter please test post here so that someone other than me is posting.  So far I can still modify original post.  It's only  been a few hours.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: [Dummy Topic - please ignore] on: July 23, 2019, 05:49:12 pm
Immediately after posting,  the Modify button is available.

Next I'll wait a few days to see if it is still there.
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / [Dummy Topic - please ignore] on: July 23, 2019, 05:48:02 pm
Here is a dummy post to test the ability to modify an initial post after posting, and well after.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 22, 2019, 07:39:06 pm
Hi Peter

It would be nice to be able to change this myself, if not now in the future I will need to use the Modify button.  But,  whatever is best for you.  The text that needs to be replaced is this centered text:
Perixx PERIBOARD-505P Plus, Wired PS2 Interface Keyboard with Typing Control and Built-in 14mm Trackball Cursor
https://www.newegg.com/perixx-periboard-505p-plus-pb-505ppus-11603-ps-2-wired/p/0GA-0038-000R6

Thanks either way
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 22, 2019, 06:44:55 pm
[Update: the other browser shows the same.]

I'll also try another browser, because in any case my buttons appear with strikeout text.  They work, just look funny.

Here's the screenshot:
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 21, 2019, 12:45:57 am
I don't see that on my original post, above. 
Oddly, I see it in all of the subsequent posts on this thread where I am the author, just not the first.

What now?
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 19, 2019, 03:19:35 pm
Yes, that is it.  I don't see a link that allows me to update the post.  How do I do it?
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 18, 2019, 06:59:39 pm
Hi Peter

The answer is that I have no network and don't want to use WiFi.  I have no easy way to run a LAN cable to that room, although I am looking into it.  This happens to be true both before and after I moved to my new house. 

Also, Peter, please give me permission as I need to update the link and description in my first post above for the following reason:

IMPORTANT!! (for those considering buying this keyboard/trackball....)
I posted the wrong link above.  That link is for the USB version, not PS/2.  Indeed I received today the wrong keyboard (USB).  Immediately I came here to check.  Needs to be updated.

11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / PS/2 Keyboard with trackball for hopefully best SQ on: July 10, 2019, 11:26:13 pm
Hi Everyone - For anyone still using a keyboard and mouse or trackball....

I wanted to share my experience and the PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo that I ordered to avoid using USB connections for keyboard and mouse/trackball.  Thanks to Mani for suggesting a similar keyboard, the 515, in the XXHighEnd PC thread.  This one is the 505, at US $30.  From Newegg, still available in the US at least:
Perixx PERIBOARD-505P Plus, Wired PS2 Interface Keyboard with Typing Control and Built-in 14mm Trackball Cursor
https://www.newegg.com/perixx-periboard-505p-plus-pb-505ppus-11603-ps-2-wired/p/0GA-0038-000R6

I also ordered two 15 ft PS/2 extension cables to connect the 505 keyboard/trackball to the music server.  My version of the XXHighEnd PC has two PS/2 ports.  I plan to twist the two extension cables to make one snake.  This might seem kludgy but read below for why this might be worth the effort.

Background
Peter has suggested that USB connections for keyboard/mouse were not the best.  I had previously tried a PS/2 to USB Keyboard adapter to to connect through the PS/2 ports but that didn't work.  After much procrastination, years, only now have I got around to this SQ tweak again. 

Last night it hit me (after suggestions made here) that I could partly test this by disconnecting my USB wireless dongle from my PC after playback started, and then plugging it in again after the album completes.  Clearly this sounded better, but resulted in some skipping after a little listening.  Next I removed the battery on my wireless keyboard/trackpad instead of unplugging and plugging and this worked (then I realized the wireless keyboard had an On/Off switch and started using that).  Unquestionably, this provided a better sound quality.  So today I ordered the above keyboard with trackball.

I'm confident that this will work out for the better.  Please assume so unless I'll post otherwise.  I imagine that it should sound even better than removing power from the wireless keyboard because last night's experiment still had a USB dongle attached during playpack.  When the new keyboard arrives next week, I will unplug the dongle and only the USB DAC will be the sole USB connection in my system.  Further, I will also uninstall the PCI-e USB card to which it was attached (solely).  (I figured that since my wireless keyboard was on its own separate PCI-e to USB adapter card that it might not affect SQ as much as connecting it to the MB.  Sonics say it still matters, at least on an XXHighEnd PC.)

Happy listening
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: INVALID ARG with 705.6kHz WASAPI on: April 28, 2019, 03:35:45 pm
Additional data:

If I load a 96/24 track first, then 44.1 tracks after that and hit play, then after unattended starts playing if I hit Alt-N, xxEngine3 moves to the 44.1 track and plays it okay at 705K.

If I try the same in attended mode, clicking on Next I get the "INVALIDARG" message and it doesn't play at all.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / w/ WASAPI, XXHE plays 705.6 and 768 no problem, unless 44.1 source is first on: April 27, 2019, 05:21:55 pm
Hi Peter

Notice that I changed the subject line to better reflect the problem.

It could have taken years to stumbling into this nugget of gold, but last night I was lucky to open my eyes and read 705K displaying on my DAC.  I had to confirm that in fact I was using XXHE.  I was.  How can this be?

Well it turns out I was playing a Pretenders album.  This album starts with 96/24 material, but at about track 6 and onwards, the tracks become 44.1/16.  Well,  XX happily played the 96/24 of course and when it came to the 44/16 is just kept on playing without problem.   Unattended.  I've not checked attended just yet.

Another way of saying this, it appears, is that XXHighend.exe can't play 705, but XXEngine3.exe can.

As it appears, w/ WASAPI, XXHE plays 705.6 and 768 no problem, unless a 44.1KHz source is first in the list of tracks to be played.

I presume this will work for anyone: 
  • Choose WASAPI as the driver
  • Create a playlist with the first track a 96/24 track
  • Add 44.1/16 tracks after that track
  • Click play in unattended
  • Enjoy 705 material

So clearly this is not about the stream or its compatibility.  Instead, initialization?  handshaking?

I will try a few more iterations today.

Thanks,

Charlie

[Edit]  In case it matters, I was using the 2nd Custom Filter listed under [F], the 705/768 High filter
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Alt-D doesn't lower volume on: April 25, 2019, 07:15:39 pm
Thanks Peter.

I need the fast volume change now so maybe I'll stick to attended after I've run unattended once and control volume from attended mode.   That, at least for now until 2.11 comes out.

Off topic: I'm hoping that 2.11 will have a functioning Pause in unattended.  Thank you !

Thanks,
Charlie
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Alt-D doesn't lower volume on: April 23, 2019, 03:53:24 pm
XXHE 2.10

If I'm running unattended and playing at 1x (44.1 source material @44.1), Alt-D on the keyboard does not affect the volume.

If I started that session at -15db prior to entering unattended mode, and enter unattended and experience the above, when I hit Alt-X to return to attended mode to use the slider to lower the volume, I see that the slider is set to -18db as I'd expect after hitting Alt-D twice.  However, the volume was never affected.

And by now I can tell this is going to happen in advance by noticing that the time display at the top of the screen in unattended mode stays red and never turns white.  It normally turns white between the time I hit Alt-D and when the volume is affected.

I've also noticed this happening at 2x (88.2), but not always. 
I've not noticed this at 4x or 8x, yet.

I believe that in general Alt-U tends to work, but not 100% at most at 1x.

Other factors:  I have custom filter selected for when I set the rates to higher than 1x, but I don't bother to uncheck it when I set the rate to 1x.

Thanks,
Charlie
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