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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Best way to convert DSD128 to PCM on: April 09, 2016, 10:43:33 pm
Audiophile Inventory is my preference for PCM -> DSD.  I haven't tried it the other way, but it does have that capability.  You may want to give it a run.
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: New toy on: March 07, 2016, 12:41:33 pm
Beautiful - how is it Italians do red like no one else?

Alfa being involved in F1 this year unfortunately fell through.

(Getting ready for the new season - almost here!)
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Ohhhhhhhhh on: December 14, 2015, 04:34:57 pm
Don't know if this has anything to do with what you just mentioned, Peter, but John Swenson says he leaves his DAC on with music running through it 24/7 (volume off when not listening) because it sounds worse when first turned on if it's been off.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: The Opposite Problem on: December 10, 2015, 03:29:18 am
Jud,

Quote
OK, so actually I was wrong about XXHE being "at fault"

... being NOT at fault, correct ?

That assumed, but of course and as logical as can be.
As a matter of fact I am (was already) thinking about some kind of (UAC) tweak back, because with W10 it doesn't really work without. I have no idea yet whether I can manage that though, although you just sort of prooved it (if I understand correctly).

Thanks ...
Peter

Yes, all correct Peter.
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: The Opposite Problem on: December 09, 2015, 06:35:57 pm
OK, so actually I was wrong about XXHE being "at fault" (in quotes because I mean XXHE install results in the problem, not that there is any sort of blame attached).

If anyone wants to do the same crazy thing I'm doing, allow W10 to update while having XXHE installed, here is what to do if you want to update and can't due to some cryptic error code (or you have the bug that you can't seem to run half the apps on the machine):

- In the Cortana/Search/Run field, type "secpol.msc" (no quotes).

- Under Local Security Policy/Security Settings/Local Policies/Security Options, for the policy "User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode," change the security setting to Enabled.

That's it, you should be able to update or run the apps you want to.  Next time you run XXHE it will change the security setting back, so you'll have to repeat the process above whenever you next want to update or run certain apps.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Anyone like to comment on this NOS DAC on: December 03, 2015, 02:00:44 pm
Good to hear!  That 28.5bits resolution is an extraordinary claim.  I was wondering how they even measure such a thing...

They have a measurement device with a claimed accuracy of 27.5 bits resolution where no noise shows up from their DAC, perhaps?   Wink
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Anyone like to comment on this NOS DAC on: December 02, 2015, 06:14:50 pm
Interesting, Peter, this sounds much like Miska's comments on the Soekris.

I've listened to Soekris and was not impressed, though a friend listened also and liked it better than I did.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: The Opposite Problem on: December 01, 2015, 11:05:36 pm
At the same time as I had the update problem, I also had an irritating bug where many apps would not run, saying I couldn't do so with the "built-in administrator account."  I Googled complaints about this and wound up doing something more than the answers said to do after their suggestions proved ineffective.

I had to adjust a couple of settings in local security policy; at this point I don't want to say exactly what, since security is involved, but I can confirm:

- The same thing that fixed the bug where apps would not run also fixed the build update problem;

- XXHE was not at fault (I switched the XXHE W10 updates setting back and forth a couple of times and confirmed I still could not update prior to my security policy fix);

- 10586.0 is still the latest, even for those on the Fast Ring for Insider Program updates.
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: The Opposite Problem on: December 01, 2015, 02:38:58 pm
Of course XXHighEnd could be the cause, but then I don't recognize any of it, apart from what I've written.

Any more ideas yourself ?

Peter



That makes sense.  I don't have any ideas at the moment (a Google search a couple of days ago on my error message didn't turn up any similar problems, but perhaps there is something by now), but will try to have a look tonight or tomorrow.
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: The Opposite Problem on: November 30, 2015, 08:33:24 pm
Hi Peter.  Sorry for being confusing, but I really do have the "opposite problem" - I *want* W10 to update, but it gives me an error message when I try!  scratching

(Isn't that just how the universe works: all the rest of you want to turn off updates and are having problems keeping them from happening, while I want updates and am having trouble getting them to happen.)
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / The Opposite Problem on: November 30, 2015, 05:11:01 pm
Everyone is wondering how to go back or keep from upgrading W10 builds, but being a foolish kid of 60+, I have the opposite problem: I have 10586.0, and have been on the "fast track" to receive new W10 builds.  Since Peter put out 2.03 I have installed it and have been listening to the welcome sounds of XXHE again for a week or so now.  (Thanks, Peter!)

However, last time I looked to see whether an updated W10 build was ready, I got an error from Windows Update (not at home, so will get the exact message later if it is helpful).  I wondered: Is this an intentional or accidental effect of installing XXHE?  If so, is there a way, without uninstalling XXHE, that I can switch on and off W10's searching for updates?  I do like playing around with the new builds, though I realize the implications for sound quality.  (On the other hand this is for a desktop system with a $200 DAC and $79 speakers - the pair, not each - so we are not talking about ultimate sound quality in any case; though the difference made by XXHE is more than evident even on such a system.)
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Audioquest Jitterbug USB Filter on: November 30, 2015, 04:54:42 pm
I initially thought the Jitterbug meant less noise, but eventually (two or three weeks) came to the conclusion it removes some of the life of the music as well.  So out it came.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / The Holidays: Lily on: November 19, 2015, 04:27:46 pm
Hi folks.  With the holidays coming, I hope this is appropriate here.  If not, please let me know, Peter.

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f8-general-forum/more-holiday-cheer-pictures-lily-26556/#post484661
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: W10 - SQ on: November 10, 2015, 09:28:01 pm
Hi Peter,

As I think you remember, I'm on the "fast track" for Windows 10 updates.  Do you know if I would just be wasting my time trying to install XXHE on the latest update to see how it might sound (in other words, it would definitely not even work)?  Or it is possible that it will work, but I am doing this at my own risk (of Win 10 being screwed up or potentially horrible SQ  prankster )?
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Windows 10 build 10074 expiration on: September 24, 2015, 11:00:39 pm
All,

At this moment I refuse to do anything with 10240 because it is worse than 10074. And any not-official (of the so called "fast ring") build will expire again. So we are waiting for a next "slow ring" build.

If you don't like to set back the date (which seems to work as how things are now), then better go back to Windows 8.
Or find another hobby. haha

Best regards,
Peter

Though I am pining away hoping for a better "permanent" build, I did have to laugh at this.   Grin
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