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16  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: March 12, 2018, 10:20:48 am
Hi Peter,

thx a lot for your detailed explanations!

On both PCs I have got the latest XXHE version installed. That's for sure.

Everything works perfectly for MQA 44 and MQA 48 since I have installed the latest releases. I am happy with the SQ of these MQA albums.
When I look into the ID-tags of these flac files, I can see that the tag ORIGINALSAMPLERATE (44100 or 48000) corresponds with the audio property "sample rate", which is always the same for these wELL working MQA tracks.

When I download a MQA96 album, like the Robert Plant album in the emailed log file, with my audio PC, it is like this:
the tag ORIGINALSAMPLERATE has the value 96000, what seems to be correct. But the sample rate of these flac files is 48KHz only. It should be 96KHz too, as I believe.
I cannot play these files with my audio PC.

kind regards
Richard
17  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: No coverart with NAS on: March 12, 2018, 12:12:36 am
Hi Peter,

just now I found something interesting what may help to locate this cover art issue:

Using the Windows Explorer, I watched the temporary files beiing created in the 2.xx folder during attended playback:
When tracks from the USB disk of my music PC (Microsoft Surface) are played, the file Wallpaper.bmp is created a few seconds after the UnicodeTracknnnn.wav has been created. It's not displayed in attended mode but nevertheless it is created.
When I play the same tracks from my Synology NAS, no file Wallpaper.bmp will be created! So, most likely the same happens during unattended playback.

Peter, maybe you have an idea why it fails to create Wallpaper.bmp even in attended mode, when playing tracks from the NAS.
Will this help to solve this issue?

Kind regards
Richard
18  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: No coverart with NAS on: March 11, 2018, 11:37:33 pm
Hi Peter,

I did some more testing about this issue this evening.
As reported, when playing FLAC files from my Synology NAS (connection via LAN cable over the router) in unattended mode cover art is not displayed. It's like that since about 2 years.  unhappy

Next I connected a USB harddrive, which I use as a backup device for my music, to my music PC and played music with my audio PC from there. All fine in this case. Cover art is displayed in unattended mode too. The interesting point is: My music PC is connected only via Wifi (no LAN cable installed). So that's a pretty slow access for the audio PC, significantly slower than to the NAS through the LAN cable, but cover art still works fine in unattended mode.

So, it's all a bit strange. I have no idea what could cause XXHE not to display cover art after the tracks had been loaded from my Synology NAS. I am doing some more testing....

Kind regards
Richard
19  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: March 11, 2018, 08:05:10 pm
Hi Peter,

the log file I sent you yesterday is from my music server PC. It's a Microsoft Surface 3 Pro. That's the one which has access to internet and Tidal. My audio PC (Stelath Mach II) has no access.
The cover art of this album is correct. It contains the "MQA 96", as it is shown in the posts above. But the the flac files are created for 48KHz only.
As I read above, other users had similar experiences until they pluged in an appropriate highres DAC into the USB port of their music server PC. I tried that too a few month ago wihout any success.

Kind regards
Richard
20  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: No coverart with NAS on: March 11, 2018, 12:06:30 pm
Hi Peter,

I will try it using a windows PC with its HDD as a server. I will tell you about the result.

As I remember, there are more posts mentioning this cover art problem for FLAC files in this forum. So I am not the only one for sure.

There is also an impact on SQ: kind of short time cracking when cover art display fails for FLAC files a few seconds after unattended playback starts. There are posts about that too.

Kind regards
Richard
21  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: March 10, 2018, 09:16:38 pm
Hi Peter,
I have sent you an email with the log file, containing the MQA download and decoding of the Robert Plant album mentioned in this topic.
The problem is, that it's decoded onto 48/24 instead of 96/24.
Kind regards
Richard
22  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: MQA decoding issue on: March 10, 2018, 08:55:43 pm
Hi Peter,

that's the topic for the MQA decoding issue on my music PC.
Looking it through again I just realized that I didn't email you the log file yet. I apologise and I try to email you one within the next hour.

Kind regards
Richard
23  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: No coverart with NAS on: March 10, 2018, 08:40:00 pm
Quote
1) Playing music from my Synology NAS:
When I play flac files in unattended mode, what I do most of the time, no wallpaper appears at all.
When I play wav files in in unattended mode, I get the wallpaper...

Hi Peter,
the posts above describe the wallpaper issue when using a NAS.
In attended mode coverart always works fine.
In unattanded mode it works well for WAV files now, but coverart never shows up for FLAC files, although all tracks are already loaded before playback starts.
BTW, this is the only problem when my audio PC loads the music files directly from the NAS.

Kind regards
Richard
24  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 2.09 sound quality on: March 09, 2018, 02:20:34 pm
Hi there,

I was using SFS 20,19 for a longer time, but I am back to 10,19 again. It sounds somehow smoother, less distorted maybe.
I am looking foreward what 5,19 will bring when available in the next release.

Peter, I would like to ask you if release 1.10 will maybe (hopefully) bring some improvements like:
- wallpaper issue for FLAC files from NAS
- MQA decoding issue, when no appropriate DAC is installed (I still cannot decode MQA higher than 48kHz).

Kind regards
Richard
25  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
26  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
27  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
28  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
29  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
30  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


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