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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Streaming vs. Local on: January 09, 2018, 11:27:27 am
As some of you might know, I tend to use Roon/HQPlayer alongside XXHighEnd from time to time. It provides a different user experience, and my wife and boys enjoy listening to their playlists on my main system.

I was streaming some contemporary jazz through Roon/HQPlayer and liked its particularly lively sound. I prepare the stream with XX and took a listen (still with Roon/HQPlayer) to the prepared stream, which now sat on my local music server. Wow, what a difference in sound!

I'm not suggesting that one playback method necessarily sounds better than the other, only that they sound quite different. Streaming gives a much more lively and dynamic sound (a bit like low SFS), whereas playing the files locally gives a more harmonically rich and mellow sound.

I suppose streaming vs. local playback using Roon/HQPlayer is analogous to playing around with playback settings in XX. Only, we can control the sound in the latter Wink

Mani.
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: January 09, 2018, 10:21:06 am
I've settled on the following:

non-MQA: Custom Low
MQA: Arc Prediction

If I forget to change to AP with MQA, I realise within a few seconds of the music playing that something sounds 'off'.

Mani.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Where is my signature? on: December 27, 2017, 12:09:29 pm
OK, I'll wait until you say everything is working properly.

No inconvenience on my part  no

Mani.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Where is my signature? on: December 27, 2017, 12:03:27 pm
It's back - thanks Peter. So, will changes stick after 'change profile'? Is it OK for me to try?

Mani.
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Where is my signature? on: December 27, 2017, 12:00:19 pm
I've tried re-entering it. It gets wiped as soon as I press 'change profile'.

(Don't worry if you can't recover it - I'll just re-enter it.)

Mani.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Where is my signature? on: December 27, 2017, 11:50:09 am
Oops. I just updated my signature and it's disappeared altogether.

Mani.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Orelino / Orelo MKII Loudspeakers / Re: Sneak Preview of New Orelos on: December 27, 2017, 11:43:22 am
Ramesh, your Orelos look stunning. And it's great to hear that you're happy with their sound. Nick has my 'old' Orelos and, after a lot of tweaking', is very pleased with them too (which is a massive relief for me).

There's no doubt that they're right up there with the best speakers available at any price. I'm even more convinced of this since my attendance at the Munich High End show earlier this year.

Mani.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Happy Christmas everybody ! on: December 25, 2017, 10:16:35 am
PS: Ruben, this thing is spinning and spinning. What can we best do to stop it ?


Peter, obviously Ruben is a bit busy right now, but he's taken a cursory look at the situation and recommends 2 possible solutions:

1. close all windows and doors to make sure no wind is coming into your house (totally on his own)

2. move the lit candles away from under the fan (with a very little help from me)

Unfortunately he'll have no more time today to sort any other problems out - the new Nintendo Switch comes first!


Merry Christmas!!!

Mani.
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Happy Christmas everybody ! on: December 24, 2017, 07:39:24 pm
This is the day that the 1.0 design of something new was finished and is going to be send out to China for the production of the (4 layer) PCB.


STOP!

I passed the design by our 5-year-old and he believes there's a major design fault (in the area shown below). He also said that he doubts you'll be able to understand... but that Paul should be able to.

Merry Christmas!

Mani.
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: New toy on: December 20, 2017, 10:29:15 pm
510 hp and 600 Nm of torque perhaps?

Nice!

Mani.
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Best Settings for MQA Sound Quality on: December 05, 2017, 12:05:00 pm
One more new-ish hint : Select 8x Sampling Rate in XXHighEnd and the High Custom filter for 352800.

For me, this setting takes redbook past MQA!

Mani.
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 05, 2017, 09:57:12 am
Richard, I had a similar issue. All I did was stick an old Audioquest Dragonfly that I had lying around into one of the USB ports of my server and select that as the sound device in XX. You may then have to do as Ramesh suggests too (I don't recall having to do this myself though).

Do you have an old 24/96-capable USB DAC hanging around? (It doesn't even have to be connected to an amp or anything.)

Mani.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Best Settings for MQA Sound Quality on: November 22, 2017, 10:52:02 am
Peter, just delete these links if you think it's too risky to share files...

Here are two files from the same master (see waveforms and spectra below):

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DkADQPvNQwGhpzy_9fW9jG7UJsuMEUQ2

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1asq0eZed6aiEUB-ULV2jRtDnIHqsr1kD

The music may not be to everyone's tastes, but it should be pretty inoffensive to the ear.

The clarity in the MQA file should be immediately apparent. There should also be a difference in the punchiness of the bass once the track gets going.

There is no question in my mind which one I prefer...

Mani.

PS. Peter, I've got the Yello albums you suggested - I'll take a listen in a short while.
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Best Settings for MQA Sound Quality on: November 21, 2017, 08:22:31 am
The quote is from an interview Bob gave in May this year at the Munich High End Show (I attended his MQA presentation the day before this interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r_VRxcwODI

I find the interviewer quite frustrating - he keeps on interrupting whenever Bob seems to be getting into interesting stuff. By the sound of his accent the interviewer's Dutch, so we'll forgive him Wink

A few things that Bob said that caught my ear:

“What looks like high frequency on a FFT is actually temporal microstructure in the audio itself.”

“Our hearing is in fact incredibly acutely sensitive to microstructure in the mid-range and to typically quiet sounds.”

“The de-blurring process is like cleaning your window. If the window is dirty and we clean it, that is lossy… because we took the dirt away. But we made it better.”

“The passage of sound through the whole digital chain should be like sound travelling through air.”


Mani.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Best Settings for MQA Sound Quality on: November 20, 2017, 01:42:21 pm
Nice post Mani

Cheers Colin.

I thought the whole 'MQA deblurring' thing was just marketing speak. But my ears are telling me that there seems to be something actually to it.

I look forward to hearing more thoughts about the sound of MQA from others...

Mani.
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