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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Windows 10 - my Personal Verdict on: November 25, 2015, 11:40:11 pm
Very interesting but confusing. Is 586 ok or nok? Still need to install 10074?

Today I bought 25 in vinyl and that sounded like it should! I (we?) have to apologize to Adele, she really can sing and the recording quality is top of the bill!

After thanksgiving I'll see if I can make a digital copy with my new ADC-toy and compare with the other (downloaded) versions I've got. One version from vinyl on mp3 and one from cd on flac. With q5=2 they sound ok but my vinyl gives a bit more acoustical space. Let's see what will be the result... Happy
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Windows 10 - my Personal Verdict on: November 24, 2015, 11:03:14 pm
I tried Q5 = 2 but won't comment! Wink
Everybody should try for them selves...
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Windows 10 - my Personal Verdict on: November 23, 2015, 11:21:47 am
Hi Peter,

Thanks for this personal verdict, it makes me less bothered to tell about some negative things I experienced over here.
After being away from xxhe for some time because of pc-problems I finally got to installing Win 10 (565) on my htpc and the new 2.03 version.
The first song I played, Hello from Adele, (to keep the WAF up) started to sound good, but when she raises her voice it becomes unbearable. As if she has a chainsaw in stead of the worlds best female voice...
Using a headphone to check if it was my new tubes made it worse.
Then going to windows media player I could listen to the song again and even enjoy it!
So are you sure there's no bugs been creeping in?
It sounds to me like more than 1% distortion in the presence region, maybe crossover?
Hope this helps and you can solve it!

Good luck  Wink,

Gerard(A).
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: New NOS1 = ? on: March 31, 2015, 04:52:00 pm
NextNos
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: New codec MQA on the horizon... on: March 27, 2015, 09:52:53 pm
He Peter,
It seems Pono uses the Meridian technology. Stereophile was very positive about it. And now I find Pono-flac-files on usenet.
Is this going to be in XXHE?
 Wink
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: December 03, 2014, 12:42:26 pm
Or this one:
http://www.stereophile.com/content/dartzeel-nhb-458-monoblock-amplifier

BNC used between preamp and poweramp in stead of digital connection to DAC.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Set State ( Pause ) error on pin on: December 02, 2014, 03:37:28 pm
Thanks!
It did not help but it helped!

Setting Q1 to 14 was not possible it was 18 but wanted to go to 13 or 16 but not 14. I tried to reset the Phase24FW but no help.
So out of frustration tried the hiface again and surprise, surprise it worked again and XXHE plays better then ever.
(Also got a new belt for my recordplayer today so my day is good again! Wink)
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Set State ( Pause ) error on pin on: December 02, 2014, 10:34:38 am
Hi Coen,

Thanks for your quick reply.
But it looks like I'm in big sh*t!
I have no NOS...
Could be my Terratec phase 24FW is giving the problem then.

( I used to use a m2tech hiface to my DIY-dac but after installing Win 8.1 update 1 it did not work anymore. I still had a terratech phase 24FW, that did not work too, but after restart of pc it works.. unhappy.
Then I connected digital out of the phase24 to my DAC and it works. But now XXHE doesn't seem to like it)

And BTW does anybody know why I need to restart the PC to get some sound?
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Set State ( Pause ) error on pin on: December 02, 2014, 10:17:14 am
Hi Peter,

Lately I try to play in XXHE and get the error 'Set State (Pause) on pin'.
No playing is possible.
Is there something I can do to prevent this?

Regards,

Gerard (A)
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best Vinyl Rig on: November 29, 2014, 07:08:26 pm
Yeah, sounds too good to be true, digital sounding like analog!
Wonder if it is just HighRes...
If not I'm sure you can make something like it. Wink
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best Vinyl Rig on: November 29, 2014, 03:25:41 pm
How about this?
www.youtube.com/embed/xH8I0LUjrqw
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best Vinyl Rig on: November 22, 2014, 02:57:11 pm
Hi Peter,

Funny you mention these flagiolettes.
It looks they are exactly the things to listen for at setting the VTA (Vertical tracking angle) as described here: http://www.tnt-audio.com/sorgenti/vta_method_e.html
That's the fun of vinyl, you can make it sound the way you like best...
And even for every individual lp. wacko
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Cables with BNC Connectors/Adapters Are Generating A Superoir SQ on: November 08, 2014, 11:50:29 am
From Wikipedia:
As a body of water, a kill is a creek. The word comes from the Middle Dutch kille, meaning "riverbed" or "water channel".[citation needed]

The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in the Delaware and Hudson Valleys and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea. Examples are Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, both separating Staten Island, New York from New Jersey, Dutch Kills and English Kills off Newtown Creek, Bronx Kill between the Bronx and Randalls Island, and used as a composite name, Wallkill River in New York and New Jersey and the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. Fresh Kills is the primary waterway that leads to the former Fresh Kills landfill which serviced the city of New York in the second half of the 20th Century and was once the largest landfill in the world.[1]

In Delaware, there exists a Murderkill River. "Kill" also shows up in many location names such as the Catskill Mountains, the city of Peekskill and the town of Fishkill, New York. A reference to 'kil' can be found in Dutch geographical names, e.g. Dordtsche Kil, Sluiskil (in the Terneuzen municipality), or Kil van Hurwenen.
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best Vinyl Rig on: November 04, 2014, 10:02:56 pm
Peter, whats happening? Your laughing or crying?
Funny you spent so much time listening to vinyl!
I guess they did not use bnc-wires? Wink

I'm not surprised about anything you say, but most vinylproblems are well known. I don't think you heard vinyl at its best because it is to complex to get everything right. How to find the best combination of turntable, arm, cartridge and pre-amp? For shure not in a shop or show. You are on your own and have to experiment, try, diy and listen. It took me 20 years to get where I am now with vinyl and still room for improvement.
Funny is that the bnc-cable made a bigger difference for my phono then for my dac....
If you are in the neigbourhood feel free to come and listen but be warned it still will be vinyl!
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best Vinyl Rig on: November 04, 2014, 08:40:26 pm
Hi Mani,
Good job!
I just bought the latest lp of Leonard Cohen and what fell out of the sleeve? A cd!
The cd and lp should be more or less identical.

Maybe I'll find the time to compare....
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