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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 14, 2017, 10:44:09 pm
Peter,

I also deactivated the only one virus scanner (Microsoft Defender) and that didn't help.

Kind regards
Richard
2  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 14, 2017, 10:21:56 pm
Peter,
 
the Decode HDCD/MQA button is active (red). Otherwise the MQA logo would not include the bitrate. Everything is working fine with 44100 and 48000 files.

Other users descibed above, that they had to plug in a DAC to get the 88200 and 96000 decoding.

I will switch off the virus scanner, we will see...

thanks a lot and
kind regards
Richard
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 14, 2017, 07:46:03 pm
Hi Peter,

my Stealth Mach II is used as audio PC only and is not connected to the internet.

My Microsoft Surface 3 Pro with Windows 8.1 on it is used as music PC and since more than half a year to stream from Tidal. Therefore I never used XXHE on the PC to play music until 2 days ago, when I plugged in the ifi and installed a driver for it. I did that only to have the MQA files decoded the right way. The ifi works fine in attended mode up to 192/24. But it does not show the running time of a track though (it always shows 00:00).
I don't understand now why music can be played now up to 192/24, but MQA decoding works up to 48000 only.

As you suggested before, I would like to try it with the NOS1-a, but I have to install a driver for this on my music PC and don't know, how to do that.

Kind regards
Richard
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 14, 2017, 12:51:39 pm
Peter,

yes, I always delete everything from the researvh folder before I try it again.

The MQA logo is there incuding sample rate. That's fine.

As long as in the downloaded file the ID-tag ORIGINALSAMPLERATE is not higher than 48000 everything works fine. If its higher like 96000 or 192000 the track will be decoded to 48000 and won't play because of this discrepancy.
Only when I take the MQA album id out of the album name, it will play, but with 48000 only.

I will try it with my NOS1-a, but don't know yet where to find the driver for it and how to install it.

Kind regards
Richard
5  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 13, 2017, 06:46:17 pm
Hi there,

thanks a lot for all your advices.
For some hours now I tried different DACs and settings for Microsoft Surface 3 Pro with Windows 8.1 running on it.

Now I plugged in my ifi iDSD DAC into the USB port installed the audio driver and finally got it to play my PCM files up to 192/24 with XXHE. The settings for the audio decive in shared mode are set to 192/32.
What's still strange though, when playing in attanded mode, the time counter always shows 00:00, but music plays in ok quality.

But still XXHE doesn't decode MQA higher than 48/24.
I don't know, what to do now to solve this problem. Are there any ideas?

Kind regards
Richard
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 05, 2017, 09:08:26 am
Ramesh,

thanks for this info.
The problem probably is located here. But for the Realtec speaker, the sound device on my Microsoft Surface Pro, the max. values are 48/24. Therefore I am still limited to 48kHz.

Is there any idea how to solve that?

Kind regards
Richard


7  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: December 04, 2017, 11:37:29 pm
Hi Peter,

I started to test MQA today and installed 2.09 on my music PC.

I have the same decoding problem with the same error message like above: "Something went wrong with FLAC decoding...".
When I download MQA files nevertheless, all of them are decoded to 48 ones and will not play.
I cannot solve this issue.

Kind regards
Richard
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: December 03, 2017, 11:01:08 am
Hi there,

SFS=8.00 or 8.80 sounds pretty good but demands a mid or low filter. Therefore I am not really convinced about it.

SFS=10 with second highest filter is good too. Adding just 0.24, so SFS=10.24 already sound pretty different, not as good as 10.00

I still wonder why release 2.09 reacts in such a sensible way to small changes of SFS (compared to previous XXHE releases).
Peter, could you give us an explanation for this?

Kind regards
Richard
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 29, 2017, 07:09:59 pm
Peter, I can enter 9 for SFS as you wrote. But, the next time XXHE will be started it will be set to 8.

Kind regards
Richard
10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 29, 2017, 06:59:34 pm
Hi there,

The max SFS value is set high enough.

I now also tried to to change the SFS values with tab. Same thing: uneven digits before the "." are changed to the next lower even one.

What's interesting: When I do this during music playback, after pressing Alt X, uneven values are accepted, but will be rounded down to the next even afterwards.

Kind regards
Richard
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 29, 2017, 04:47:38 pm
Hi Peter,

when I enter for SFS 11 it's changed to 10
When I enter 11.7 it's changed to 10.7

Here it looks like that there is no uneven digit allowed before the "." except 1

Kind regards
Richard
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 29, 2017, 01:48:13 pm
Peter, I wonder why SFS values between 10 and 11 are allowed, but between 11 and 12 are not. What's the reason for that?

I am testing now between 10 and 11, with good results.

Kind regards
Richard
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 28, 2017, 11:43:43 pm
Hi Peter,

in your signiture I can see "USB3 from Mobo". What's the best way to have it like this with my Stealth Mach II?
I still have the USB cable attached to one of the plugs in the rear.

Kind regards
Richard
14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 28, 2017, 01:31:09 pm
Hi Stanley,

that's funny. You and me posted quite the same in the same minute independently. I read your post after I had posted mine.

You: SFS=10
Me: SFS=8, SFS=12

This can't be accidentally.

Kind regards
Richard
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: November 28, 2017, 01:18:35 pm
Hi Peter,

I tried SFS=8 once more.
Yes, if you prefer cristal clear highs, then that's the better solution.
Mercedes Sosa's "Missa Criolla" for example sounds perfect and very real with this setting.

When I listen to the 24bit version of St Germain's album "St Germain", I prefer SFS=12. So the highs don't dominate the scene too much and there are more mids and a fuller body in the sound and stronger basses too.

What's good to know now: With such high buffers, the big changes of SQ happen with SFS between 8 and 14.
I will do more listening with different SFS settings within that range.

Kind regards
Richard
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