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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Can you pick the Stradivarius? on: August 09, 2017, 11:15:55 am
Haha, probably not a good test for Peter, having grown up with the sound of violins, but for the rest of you...

Blind test of 6 violins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlJ_DXneJ98

I picked the Stradivarius as second best to my ears. My favourite was a modern violin that retails for around half a million. But the difference between the 6 was obvious, even through YouTube and mediocre headphones on my laptop.

So much for 'expectation bias', that some people always come up whenever you mention that you can hear a difference between things. (Not so much here of course, but certainly on other sites.)

Mani.
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: August 08, 2017, 04:07:59 pm
Well, I created the smallest shop ever :

Phasure Web Shop

Really disappointed not to see the 'fridge magnet pair of clogs' for sale unhappy

Mani.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Roon -> HQPlayer -> NOS1 on: August 07, 2017, 07:11:54 pm
I've had a couple of PMs recently asking me to just go through the steps in getting the Roon -> HQPlayer -> NOS1 path working correctly. Most of the important steps have already been spelled out in Peter's earlier posts in this thread, but I thought I'd put it all together.

1. Make sure you are in Normal OS!

2. Install Phasure driver (I use 1.04).

3. Go into Windows Sound Properties and make sure 'Disable all enhancements' is ticked [Peter discovered that this is the key to getting this all to work].

4. In HQPlayer Settings, select Phasure NOS1 Out 4.0 as Device

5. Make sure '2wire' is ticked [the NOS1 is probably the only DAC that can actually use this in PCM!]

6. Peter found that the correct sample rate needs to be selected in the Phasure Control Panel. (The rate shown in the Control Panel will be 1/2 the rate that will actually be sent to the NOS1 - don't worry about this, that's what the '2wire' is all about.) Ordinarily, XXHighEnd will do all this automatically, but HQPlayer doesn't seem to be able to do this. So we need to do it manually. What I recommend is simply selecting 384kHz first, and then selecting 352.8kHz back again - to force the Control Panel to the rate we want.

7. Probably best to test that everything is working locally at this point. But ultimately, you want to use Roon remotely. To do this, firstly ensure the 'network' icon is selected on the HQP Desktop.

8. In Roon, add HQPlayer. Simply put in the IP address where HQP sits.

9. Test that everything is working correctly!

10. Everything will work in MinOS mode and RAM-OS, but make sure you have 'Stop WASAPI' disengaged in XXHighEnd before going into MinOS.

11. Sit back and enjoy the second best sound you can achieve from a NOS1  Wink

Fire away with questions if you have any.

Mani.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: August 04, 2017, 01:16:58 pm
Lampi Golden Gate, so I suppose with Amanero, I should get the UNpowered version, if there is such an option?

Don't worry about whether your DAC needs a 5V connection or not. Just get a regular Lush (there is only one version anyway) and compare it to any other USB cable you care to try. I'm confident you'll be very happy with its sound in comparison to that of the others.

Mani, do you use any other USB gadgets with the LUSH?

Well, there is a 'Phisolator' integrated into the NOS1 G3 DAC, so I suppose technically the answer is "yes". From what others have reported with other gadgets, I think it's a matter of just trying and seeing. But I'd go for a straight Lush connection to begin with.

Mani.
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: August 04, 2017, 01:04:25 pm
I want to see what all the fuss is about.

Hey Norman, good to see you here. Which DAC will you be using the Lush with?

Mani.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: August 03, 2017, 05:33:47 pm
I've just received my second Lush, for my office system. All I can say is that it has transformed the sound in here too - now totally natural and analogue-sounding.

It's crazy that a USB cable is capable of this yahoo

Mani.
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 28, 2017, 06:33:08 am
If you are looking for SOTA sound quality, extraordinary support and service with cutting edge digital technology. You have come to the right place. Welcome

Well said!

Mani.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: I'm finding Tidal searches in XX so frustrating! on: July 27, 2017, 08:00:27 pm
For some reason, that seems to lock up (the Windows blue 'thinking circle' just goes around indefinitely).

But, putting it in the Artist field works!

Thanks.

Mani.
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: I'm finding Tidal searches in XX so frustrating! on: July 27, 2017, 05:03:03 pm
OK, how about this one with Rubinstein?

Mani.
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: I'm finding Tidal searches in XX so frustrating! on: July 27, 2017, 03:06:25 pm
HELP!!!

I'm trying to find versions of Beethoven's piano concerto No. 3 on Tidal. Clicking on XX's Srch Tidal button, in the Artist field, I'm inputting 'Beethoven' and in the 'Album Name / General' field, I'm inputting 'Piano Concerto No.3 in C Minor, Op. 37'. But what comes back are loads of No. 5 piano concertos!

Roon identifies the correct piano concertos no problem.

Please help!

Mani.
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 15, 2017, 09:55:39 am
Thank you Peter for allowing me to enjoy digital playback at a level I never thought possible.

Yep, I think we all share this sentiment.

Mani.
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 14, 2017, 08:52:50 pm
I know not many of you post on the CA forum, but here's a thread I've started there about the Lush, just in case you're interested:

https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/34683-usb-audio-cracked-finally/

Mani.
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 13, 2017, 03:19:34 pm
a. That you can not be right both at the same time...

But we are - we've both chosen exactly the same image for Miss Lush! Bert's Miss Clarixa would be my Miss Clarixa-Intona. (Perhaps we'd have the same Miss Clarixa if our mid/high horns were made of the same material?)

Mani.
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 13, 2017, 11:39:06 am
Yeah, nice.

Mani.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: The Lush on: July 13, 2017, 09:09:17 am
So miss Lush is looking cold now.

Really? To my eyes, Miss Lush looks warmer and more natural... and yet shows more detail (wisps of hair, skin blemishes, etc).

I'd take 'warm' Miss Lush over 'ball-breaker' Miss Clarixa any day (though Mrs Sandher comes first... obviously Wink)

Just a bit of fun...

Mani.
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