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1  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS First Review HERE AT LAST!!! on: October 20, 2017, 01:33:56 am
Ok so Peter get working  whistle

I'm without NOS1a in meantime -- wow it got there quickly from Cincinnati!

I'm wondering if absence makes the heart grow fonder? My Lush is flapping in the breeze.

2  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Error message on: May 27, 2017, 03:04:30 pm
It was that I only stopped and restarted XXHighEnd *once* after the activation code was entered not twice (in immediate succession)! ... and once the prog crashes the process needs to restart from entering code.
3  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Error message on: May 26, 2017, 07:11:15 pm
I am getting hit with this error frequently ... very frequently ... and I registered XXHE but it has continued.
4  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: B'ASS Current Amplifier on: May 24, 2017, 05:14:24 am
Hi Peter, so I think I don't have G3 (yet) ... but what is the lead time to get upgrade? (Can it really get better ? Happy

5  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 21, 2017, 11:09:42 pm
... now onto HQP as NAA.

So help me out here. How would you be able to connect the NOS1a to an NAA without a Linux driver for the NOS1a? What am I missing?

I use the following chain in my office system:

Roon (on music server) -> direct ethernet connection -> HQPlayer (on W10 audio PC) -> NOS1a

Here, the audio PC can't be regarded as an NAA, because it's doing the heavy lifting for HQPlayer... right?


The NAA can run either Windows or Linux.

In my case I run HQPlayer on an OS X machine which outputs to NAA.
XXHE runs fine on the machine I want to use as NAA. I have a lot of both PCM and DSD source material that I want to compare side by side.

My problem is that when I click the #5 switch up/off, and set the driver -> Stereo reduced, then I get 2 drivers in Windows' list of drivers, and when I select the first for the NAA connection, I get sound in my left ear, and when I select the second, I get sound in the right ear. If I either leave the switch up or down, and select Multichannel 4.0, then I get 1 driver, and all the sound is in the left ear unhappy

I also tried remoting the NOS1a across my fiberoptic network at the USB level (VirtualHere) but that just didn't work (no surprise Wink

What would be great would be if Roon could just stream to XXHE...

Alternatively PeterSt can compile XXHE for the Windows 10 armhf version ... (in my dreams) and then it can run on the ClearFog...
6  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / CPU Utilization on: May 21, 2017, 05:08:07 pm
I am running XXHE 2.07 on a J1900 Celeron board (low power!) ... and I've sent it to upsample from 44.1 -> 705600 and it sounds terrific but I am concerned that there is something wrong because the CPU utilization reported by both Task Manager and ResMon are at ~16-17% ... that is too low, right? (yes the ArcPredict button is clicked on Wink
7  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 21, 2017, 04:32:27 am
After multiple reboots, reinstalls and who knows what, it is working in XXHE Happy ... now onto HQP as NAA. Sound is terrific so far Happy
8  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 20, 2017, 05:49:55 pm
I'm getting all sorts of errors.

Switches #2,#3,#5 all down. NOS1a checked (red)
XXHE gives me "Engine #3" fails to start
"Unsupported format" errors with both FLAC and AIFF files...

The screenshots in the "Dummy" install guides don't match 2.07 so I feel that I'm flailing unhappy unhappy
9  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 16, 2017, 10:27:19 pm
Now (this is still a non-HQP issue), when I uninstall and then reinstall the NOS1a driver, I get *2* drivers names:
"Phasure NOS1a Out1 L/R"
"Phasure NOS1a Out2 L/R"

the first does only the left channel and the second only the right channel.

Somehow, even though I've uninstalled and then rebooted and then reinstalled, Windows remembers my settings.. (Stereo reduced) unhappy

10  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 16, 2017, 01:48:42 pm
Ok thanks! "Stereo reduced" ... didn't try that setting because ... err.. never thought I'd want my stereo reduced ...  Happy
11  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 16, 2017, 04:14:55 am
Ok progress ... I have sound playing through HQPlayer via NAA ... but now only the left channel ... when I test the driver both R/L go to left channel ... reinstalled driver and now all sound in right channel ...

Not sure what to do?
12  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 15, 2017, 11:28:22 pm
Still no luck ... is it possible I need to do something with ASIO mapping? ... I think NOS1a is up and running so this is likely an NAA issue at the moment. (I have no idea of what an ASIO mapping is, but NAA seems to be sending the output to "Dummy" channel even though it is picking up the NOS1a driver unhappy

I'm feeling close though ... got some system sounds through my headphones !!
13  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 15, 2017, 10:31:09 pm
Peter, no I hadn't applied that post ...

some weirdness, when I look at the NOS1a driver properties, there is no "Advanced" tab and I need to reinstall the driver ... not signed to I will reboot into the special mode for unsigned drivers and try again... (really loving Windows more and more now ...  Happy

this post seems helpful!

14  Ultimate Audio Playback / Phasure NOS1 DAC / Re: NOS1a and HQPlayer on Win 10 on: May 14, 2017, 10:58:41 pm
I hope I'm close to getting this working and suspect I'm missing something really basic but I need some assistance.

I've installed Windows 10 onto my "NAA", connected the NOS1a and installed the driver (after enabling unsigned). I running Signalyst networkaudiod (NAA). This is seen in HQPlayer. When I play a song all seems good but no sound comes from the NOS1a.
15  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: Ethernet vs USB on: May 05, 2017, 11:11:03 pm
Now if optical cables get impedance mismatches we have bigger problems Wink

Hi Jonathan,

Yeah, you say it in a joking fashion, but I know someone in one of the states of your country who makes a living out of reflection testing of fiber cables (I have seen his gear).
I am not sure but I think fiber needs damping too (sunglasses ? haha).

Anyway, it is my kind of promise that only part of it is about the cable itself. The largest part is at the end point(s) where noise is re-generated. For fiber (glass) way more than for copper. And here you have a reason why toslink sounds like sh*t.
Summarized, I have never seen that isolation by glass sounded better. And many of us tried and spent a fortune (well, in the league of $1000). Adnaco stuff and such.

Well not all fiber is the same, and toslink is at least mostly plastic and the endpoints are nothing like those for Ethernet. Glass is clearly not "way more" than copper in terms of Ethernet noise. This has been extensively measured because, well, a little bit of noise and jitter can wreak havoc with a 10g or 40g or 100g Ethernet line... no problem over kms for singlemode Ethernet with really good lasers and transceivers. Eye pattern measurements show that.

I have no experience with Adnaco fiber USB units so can't say but yes they are expensive ... waaay more than fiber ethernet units that cost a fraction and have much better performance ...

Of course a high quality fiber cable is needed, but frankly let someone try and improve over Corning which is off the shelf.
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