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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Music File does not exist ?? on: November 07, 2022, 02:14:51 pm

I sometimes had this problem on titles with special characters.  You can try a test by renaming the file without any special characters (difficult with Swedish and Norwegian).  Give it a try--change the title to something simple and see if it plays.

2  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: PROBLEM SOLVED - XXHighEnd not seeing the Phasure DAC on: October 21, 2022, 02:36:43 am
Have you tried rebooting the Phasure DAC?  Sometimes if you reboot the Mach III, you need to reboot the DAC to make sure the device is recognized.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Happy 2022 to everyone... and my new year's wish on: December 31, 2021, 09:52:42 pm
Happy new year everyone!

For many years I used an active analog crossover after the DAC with ten channels of amps driving the Linkwitz LX521 4-way speakers.  The setup with Orelo is considerably better--especially with dynamics and resolution.  The LX521 did image very well. 

What Mani seems to be suggesting is the active cross-over ahead of the DAC which makes more sense than after.  I have not found the passive cross-overs in the Orelos to be a limiting factor on SQ.  And the SQ, especially after Lush^3 is quite amazing.

Wishing health, happiness, and great music!

4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Lush^3 on: September 30, 2021, 10:54:43 pm
Peter, Paul:

I tried the new set up, and I was STUNNED! This is like it was going from Mach II to Mach III.  Absolutely mesmerizing.  The realism is unbelievable.  I am to shocked to even try to dissect what's going on.  Impossible to believe that a jumper change, and Q settings can do this.

I have to listen to a lot more music.  Initial impressions are that the sound is completely addictive.  Unbelievable clarity, resolution, separation, and coherence.  And really "alive", the opposite of clinical.

More listening ahead this weekend.

5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal Times are over on: August 13, 2021, 06:42:34 pm

One request on any fixes to Tidal integration on XXHE if at all possible. The option to log out and log in.  I've run into the old issue of not connecting.  The fix right now is to delete the TidalSession.dat file.  But doing that and restarting XXHE does not always prompt a new log in. 

6  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Two outputs from NOS1 on: August 05, 2021, 07:12:06 am
OK, this is probably going nowhere, but I'll try.

I need to somehow be able to get two outputs from the NOS1.  In my case this is a BNC 75 ohm output.  One output will go to the Orelos as they do now.  The second output is to experiment with adding some reverberation injection on rear speakers.  Any suggestions on the best way to do this with minimal degradation of SQ from the Orelos?

- BNC Y splitter?

Would welcome any thoughts.

7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Lush^3 on: August 02, 2021, 03:56:09 am
This new configuration is really spectacular!  I cannot really compare with "before" because after Lush^3 I felt the SQ really was at a new level.  The following observations.

- Extreme clarity.  We keep speaking about a veil being removed.  However one says it, there is extreme clarity to the music with no harsh or etched sound.  A natural clarity from no distortion;
- Extreme resolution.  I can hear details that I may have not noticed before.  Listening to Charles Lloyd's "The Water is Wide" right now, and there are many subtleties I notice;
- Improved imaging.  The Orelos completely disappear.  This is one area where I felt that the old setup I had with the Linkwitz LX521 was a bit better, in making the speakers completely disappear.  No longer.
- True timbre of instruments.  guitars, piano, percussion, etc.

And no fatigue.  More after tackling some orchestral pieces.
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Lush^3 on: August 01, 2021, 10:58:30 pm
Been listening and working for a few hours now.  This is probably the most "natural" the system has sounded.  Dynamic, resolved, no harshness, easy, light and substantial all together.  More than ever, the music remains--which of course is the whole goal. 
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Lush^3 on: August 01, 2021, 09:48:34 pm
Back listening to music after having been away for a while.  Just started listening with the new Lush^3 configuration B: WY (removed the red).  New Q settings per Peter's latest.  Also Blaxius 2.5 with BG on both ends.  Sounds very nice.  Will listen some more, especially orchestral music and post again.
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: Dead? on: April 09, 2021, 12:16:32 am

A simple thing that you've probably already checked.  Is the battery dead? Have you tried replacing it?

11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: My phone sounds better than the NOS1 on: April 04, 2021, 09:47:55 pm

Too bad you didn't Blaxius  your wet strings.  Try multiple layers of aluminium foil separated by plastic wrap with the wet string suspended in cardboard tubing.

12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: ET^3 on: March 02, 2021, 11:24:23 pm

I have a set up a bit similar to yours.
- Direct PC to PC connection between music server and audio PC (ET 3);
- Second ethernet card on music server connects to switch;
- General purpose laptop connects to internet with wireless, and to the switch to allow RDC connection between laptop and music server;
- Music server has RDC connection to Audio PC;

I tested direct ethernet connection between music server and laptop as opposed to both of them connected to a switch. Did not experience any benefit.  Direct connection between music server and audio PC, even without ET 3, sounded better.

13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: ET^3 on: February 28, 2021, 05:28:12 pm
I now have both the Blaxius 2.5 and the ET 3 in.  An amazing improvement.  I have never heard music like this! My setup (like Arvind) is all Phasure.   The biggest difference is in classical music.  I used to avoid some of my classical music collection, especially symphonies, because they just did not sound quite right.  Truly amazing improvement.  I'm sure I'll find some words to describe the overall combination of Blaxius 2.5 and ET 3, and probably try to separate the two.  But for now I am simply going to listen.

Thank you Peter for making music so wonderful!

Now, we just need an HDMI^3 for use on HT.
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Cables (Community induced) / Re: Blaxius^2.5 on: February 24, 2021, 06:52:53 am
Received Blaxius 2.5 and have some preliminary observations.
- This is a considerable upgrade.  Music is crystal clear. Expressive.  Dynamic. Present. 
- I was curious about the comments on how "smearing" is gone.  I noticed the smearing primarily on symphonic music.  However wonderful everything else sounded, I could not listen to symphonies without fatigue and some discontent.  Today I listened to symphonies in all their glory.  I could feel myself starting to tense up as familiar passages with massed strings and horns began.  But the smearing is gone!  Massed strings are not edgy or scratchy.  Soulful, beautiful. And horns with power but not grating.
- As upgrades go, I'm not sure how to rank Blaxius 2.5.  Probably a bit below Mach III, and equal to, or a bit above Lush 3.

Now I need to get the ET 3 in the system.

Absolutely worth it Peter.  Truly amazing cable.  I still cannot believe that shielding can do this.

15  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Tidal search not finding albums on: February 19, 2021, 08:56:07 pm

I have always found the copy link procedure to work better to search for Tidal albums especially for classical music.  With classical music there is no clear definition of who the artist or album is with composers, conductors, performers, etc. being organized in somewhat random fashion.

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