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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.10 sound quality on: January 01, 2019, 08:40:25 pm
So some of the new year celebrations ended up with a big music listening session.  Used Peter's new settings: Q1/xQ1 30/5; SFS 0.69.  Blaxius^2 and Lush^2 with "standard" settings.  SPECTACULAR!  Even more so as the SPL went up as the evening progressed.

Happy New Year again to everyone.  Wishing health, happiness, success, goodness to all on this forum!
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / Orelino / Orelo MKII Loudspeakers / The Orelo Mk II is an AMAZING speaker on: December 30, 2018, 09:44:33 pm
Earlier today, just to experiment, I decided to keep everything the same except to switch to the LX521 speakers I have, and what I was using before the Orelos.  In my recollection the LX521 was very, very good: spacious, dynamic, with great imaging and accurate tone.  Somewhere in my mind I imagined that perhaps there were some things that the LX521 did that were better than the Orelo.


The Orelos are so far better than the LX521 I was stunned.  The effortless speed, microdynamics, bass, mids, treble, tone, engagement, percussion--EVERYTHING.

Peter, Bert: the Orelo is world class.  I appreciate them even more after my recent experiment.  BUT, just as all the innovations with the Mach III, Lush^2, Blaxius^2, XXHE 2.10c, I wonder if there are some areas to make the Orelo even better!!

Happy New Year!

3  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Phasure Mach III Audio PC with Linear Power Supply on: December 30, 2018, 09:33:51 pm

Of all the innovations this year, the Mach III has been, without a doubt, the MOST significant.  It really has provided the foundation for a whole new level of SQ. 

4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays on: December 25, 2018, 12:47:12 am
Sending a quick note to wish Peter and family, and the extended "Phasure"  family a wonderful Christmas/holiday: health, happiness, and the great joy of music.  I have constantly been amazed at this community, quite unique in the world of "high-end" audio.

Thanks to everyone who has made this forum what it is, and looking forward to more wondrous innovation ahead.

5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: December 14, 2018, 04:17:36 am
In preparation to listen more critically to Blaxius^2 and various SQ settings, I got hold of a laser distance measure and aligned distance between speakers and listening position to within 3 mm.  This alone has contributed quite a bit to SQ, especially imaging and sound stage.  I would highly recommend that everyone get speakers aligned as accurately as possible before trying various different settings.
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: December 11, 2018, 12:36:05 am

I think I have the same equipment set up as you do.  I do not find the sound presentation "forward" in any way with the two configurations that Peter has suggested (the one with SFS at 10.19, the other with SFS at 140.19).  I plan to do some experimenting in the next several days--been a bit busy to listen critically, and let you know what I find.

I do find that classical music is the most challenging!  Trying to optimize settings using some good classic music recordings.

7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: USB Stream and FIFO errors on: November 30, 2018, 07:51:26 am
Setting the USB buffer to 4 ms seems to have fixed the errors.  Not sure if anyone else has experienced this.  I will try other values, and back to 16 ms.  Maybe this is just placebo, but the SQ is even more astonishing.  More soon.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: USB Stream and FIFO errors on: November 26, 2018, 05:04:24 pm

I don't think so.  I will try it, but I do not think it is related to Blaxius^2.  My guess is that somehow in moving equipment and cabling around, I may have introduced some new factor:  there are some places where power cords and Blaxius^2 run parallel for a few feet.  Maybe this?  I will do some further experiments in the next few days.  It is exactly what I saw happening with LED lights after I switched to Lush from Clarixa.

9  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / USB Stream and FIFO errors on: November 26, 2018, 04:52:57 am

Over the last few days, I've started to experience (again) USB Stream and FIFO errors, and with it the occasional "tick" or "scratch."  This used to happen to me earlier whenever I turned on LED lights or dimmers.  I installed a dedicated circuit for the audio system, and the LED lights stopped bothering me.

Recent changes are Blaxius^2, and some rearrangement of cables to accommodate the fatter B^2.  Not related to SFS settings.  I've rebooted several times, disconnected and reconnected the Lush^2.  Still occurs, and now even with LED lights out.

Wondering if anyone has ideas to try.  Big distraction from fully listening to B^2, etc.

10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: November 23, 2018, 07:07:14 am
I received the Blaxius^2 about 10 days ago.  Had a brief listen before heading out on a trip.  Returned, and have now been listening for a couple of days.

At first my feeling was "this is amazing, but I think I had this sound with Blaxius^1 as well."  So earlier today, as a test, I switched back to Blaxius^1.  I was utterly shocked at how much "flatter" the sound was. THERE IS NO GOING BACK!  Just like with the upgrade to Mach III.

I have to listen some more and write a more detailed report.  I really do not even know where to begin.  The overall impression is more "3D" and further immersion in the music.  I need to sort this out some more.  Still absorbing the sound.

11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: November 09, 2018, 09:51:54 pm

On Nov 5, Peter mentioned that he was still using (since Oct 29) a B^2 configuration of A: B-R B: B-R.  I believe this is the configuration he is using.

12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius Squared ! on: October 31, 2018, 10:55:58 pm

Waiting for the B^2 to arrive so I can comment on my experience.  I have not experimented too much with the L^2 configuration since settling on what is shown in my signature.  I think I mentioned that putting in a dedicated circuit for the audio system helped.  I can turn on LED lights, etc. and there is no buzz/crackle like before.

13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Manually underclocking RAM frequency? on: October 23, 2018, 12:50:41 am

I'm familiar with underclocking the CPU, but have never tried underclocking RAM.  My guess is most people here have not tried underclocking RAM.  I might be wrong though.

14  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd PC / Re: Mach 111 SQ on: October 09, 2018, 05:07:18 am
The current setup (see signature) is SPECTACULAR!  It is now all about the music entirely.  Classical music is still I think the most demanding in terms of SQ--will spend some time on this next weekend.

One change is worth mentioning.  After being bothered by having to turn off certain dimmers, LED lights, etc. while playing (especially after Lush) because of ticks or scratches, I finally got a dedicated line for music put in. It could be my imagination, but music seems especially spectacular with the added dedicated line.

How many times have we said this: cannot imagine how it could get better!

Thanks again Peter for the continuous upgrades and improvements. 

15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: The greatest invention in/for Audio (Lush^2) on: September 24, 2018, 09:03:50 am

There might be a difference experimenting with the Mach II vs Mach III. My experience is that despite the big difference the Lush^2 can make, the most astounding improvement I've had is with the upgrade to the Mach III. There is no way to overstate how much the Mach III transforms the quality of SQ.

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