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16  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build on: May 27, 2013, 08:20:01 pm
Nothing is too much that I know of. What's useless is another thing;
12GB sure is enough. 16GB is "now you can do everything and all" (also don't forget RAMDisk stuff).
8GB works but is tight.
More than 16GB is a waste.
Less than 8GB is a pain and not good for SQ at all. But it works.

(I forgot to order the sequence. grazy)

HTH !
Peter
Thanks Peter,
The machine will be doing double duty as a video/internet/gaming computer too, so I have those considerations also.
btw
I do think I have a very clean way of keeping XXHE vs All other computer duties separated.
I have one drive with OS win7 for video/internet/gaming, and another HDD with OS win7 exclusively for XXHE.  I just plug/unplug a sata cable between the two different OS drives (oh ya and turn on/off&plug/unplug various HDDs-not hard) and I'm back into pure XXHE mode.  Since loading 8-a3, I've not left minimized mode when using the HDD for OSwin7/XXHE.

one last also,,,
This machine does NOT have to be quiet.  It is in a closet in the next room to the music room (I've "punched" minimal holes in the extensively insulated walls for the wires)  So, jet fans are welcome, as long as they don't mess up the SQ, say by electrical interactions... How's that dual PS study coming?
17  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build on: May 27, 2013, 06:04:05 pm
Hi Dave,

I use the ASRock X79 Extreme4-M micro ATX mobo. It might be cheaper then the Asus. It works fine for me. Maybe Asus has more features, but for SQ they are not needed.

regards, Arjan

I'll look again through their stuff thanks, good to know it works well for you.
18  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build on: May 27, 2013, 05:43:13 pm
For now,
Has it ever been determined how much memory is too much for an XXHE computer and/or what might XXHE be able to utilize in the near (5 yrs) future?

I know XXHE likes a pretty powerful computer.  But I also know that Peter/people shut off as much as possible on our xxhe computers (taking HDDs offline, bluray unplugged, fans off.....)
So how much memory is too much before it becomes a detriment to SQ.
19  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build Mas o Menos on: May 27, 2013, 07:11:00 am
Well...
I've spent the last two days reading here (Juan's thread) and looking at all the motherboards out there and this is what I've come up with...

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492

ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131798

hehe really? Since some of you've put together your computer awhile ago and nothing really better/economical has come out?  Anyway, someone let me know if there is a better combo.  The biggest limitation is trying to find a board with both mouse & keyboard PS/2 ports.

Now, my last computer has lasted about 5 years and I expect this build to last as long for XXHE... I hope.  (My computer is going strong I just need to give to someone to help them rip their collection and I thought I'd move up).

Now this ?
Should I fill up the memory in hopes of the future XXHE and hopefully me getting a NOS? at some point?

How much is too much.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231523
20  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Ikea´s Beddinge to improve your SQ! on: May 27, 2013, 07:00:27 am
 unhappy I don't see it here in So California.
21  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Speaker "Gasket" (liquid) on: May 25, 2013, 09:35:33 pm
I'm working on switching around my mid drivers (for new/different/configuration).
The last time I played around doing this I noticed when I took the speakers out, the speaker builder used some kind of liquid gasket (the speaker cabinet is wood).  When I put the new speakers in they didn't mold to the already there gasket very well.
I want to scr*pe out the old gasket and put in new ones.
Anyone know of what kind of (liquid?) gasket I could use? Or a decent site (im in the us) to go to for speaker parts?
Thanks,
dave
22  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Ikea´s Beddinge to improve your SQ! on: May 25, 2013, 10:00:07 am
I've practically put a hole in my leather couch where my head goes.  This looks to be promising in more than one way.  Will sound improve if I upgrade the power cord?
23  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build on: May 19, 2013, 07:58:09 pm
hmm why is it always the expensive ones in audio... hehe
well it gives me the direction the machine will take.  Thanks for reminding me of the computer build thread too.
dave
24  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / SeVeReD's 6-13 PC build on: May 19, 2013, 06:23:17 am
Starting to think about a new PC build to keep up with XXHE and start playing around again.
Which i7 processor from the link below do I want to go with and build the PC around? (I want to get an i7 still right?) MotherBoard considerations?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006676&isNodeId=1&Description=Intel+Core+i7&x=-1025&y=-112

Thank you

I'll post a final here when I'm done putting pieces together.
25  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: PCI supply rail noise on: May 16, 2013, 03:24:26 am
I ordered and received the card from one of the links in Peter's post (the pro one) a while ago on a whim, but no, I haven't installed it yet.  I've got some time coming up in June when I can be more attentive.  also, to tell the truth Bolery  got me a bit worried and I was hanging back waiting for more feedback, but I'll make the leap as soon as I have time.
26  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 0.9z-8-3a on: March 21, 2013, 07:50:37 pm
Glad to hear it. Before the PA days I used to try reverse IPhase when I felt that the sound was not as good as it was expected. With certain recordings there were no noticeable differences but with some others the difference was nigth and day. I think that PA reduced the effect in some way and made me stop using it. At the end all this stuff is phase related.

Maxi
Yep, couldn't agree more.
27  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: How to get quiet cores ? on: February 24, 2013, 06:37:24 am
Did you update to sp1, or are you saying you're staying with plain Win 7 ?
28  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: other sources used with phasure dac? on: January 22, 2013, 05:10:35 am
Arjan,
To checkout new music, I sometimes play Spotify through the Phasure NOS DAC1. No problem, just turn a switch on the DAC.
And the SQ surprises me........

Cheers
Eric

I do this with Pandora.  I send them money for the hier rez rate they offer... it definitely sounds better.
29  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: PA Questions on: September 28, 2012, 12:15:22 am
Dave, it is not difficult (for me haha). Your FireFace buffer is unrelated to this (well, until you proove otherwise).

So it is just that combination of Q1 x Q1F x DevBufSize which equals 14 x 1 x 4096 (this is not what I said in my previous post, but the result is the same, and I here now used my own settings). And mind you, KS Adaptive Mode ! (can't check Special here).

That you twist the formula so your 2048 physical device buffer of the FireFace is in it, is important for other settings. So, it is good if you sustain that 2048 in there, already not to confuse yourself later. That's how my settings turn into 14 x 2 x 2048 for your situation.

Clear ? but more importantly : does it help / work ?

Peter

sooo, ah
set the FF800 to 2048
&
XXHE setting to 4096

yes?

or let me try asking this way.  You have a window that pops up saying to be careful and make the XXHE Device Buffer setting the same as my dac.  So since my dac only goes up to 2048 when I up 44.1 material to 176.4 material, shouldn't I set the XXHE to the same 2048 or should I just set the XXHE Device Buffer to 4096 no matter what the Fireface800 device buffer can go up to?
30  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: PA Questions on: September 27, 2012, 07:46:06 pm
Dave, it is not difficult (for me haha). Your FireFace buffer is unrelated to this (well, until you proove otherwise).

So it is just that combination of Q1 x Q1F x DevBufSize which equals 14 x 1 x 4096 (this is not what I said in my previous post, but the result is the same, and I here now used my own settings). And mind you, KS Adaptive Mode ! (can't check Special here).

That you twist the formula so your 2048 physical device buffer of the FireFace is in it, is important for other settings. So, it is good if you sustain that 2048 in there, already not to confuse yourself later. That's how my settings turn into 14 x 2 x 2048 for your situation.

Clear ? but more importantly : does it help / work ?

Peter

sooo, ah
set the FF800 to 2048
&
XXHE setting to 4096

yes?
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