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181  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Did you notice that... on: June 27, 2009, 03:46:22 am
Ya, I'm looking forward to the blending of a dac with xxhe... I need to start saving some money up.  I'm very happy with XXHE 09-X7 ver.  Been playing around with double on xxhe just for fun ...
and I found a brand new PS Audio Premier for a too good price to pass up: I have one already for my front end (dac/xover/fireface), minus the computer...
I'm going to dedicate this new Premier to the computer and external HDDs.
now I'm just kinda rambling here, because everything is so hunky dory and working well that no one has anything to say about xxhe ...

In the new version coming out, did you say you made xxhe have the ability [chk box] to just display the front cover [folder.jpg] automatically, but only if there is no back cover [back.jpg]? ... rather than generating a mirror of folder.jpg and track a song list?
182  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Edited Re: To those who wish for an SSD for speed only ... on: June 14, 2009, 04:10:02 am
hmm I stand corrected.  I was just checking scrolling speed differences between scrolling through the galleries on the SSD and scrolling through large folders with WAV files on my external HDDs and they both seem to scroll at the same speed.  I thought for sure I'd found a difference before?  Something change? or did I just get a wrong idea in my head? anyway...

[[[Old (and in the way)]]]
What am I missing here?  When I look through my gallery (on the SSD) under the library tab, I can scroll through this faster than when I look through the actual files on my external HDD under the library tab.

[[[this is still true]]]
Anyway, ya, SQ, when I last checked, was better with the SSD as my C:/ drive.

My biggest wait time is after I double click an album in my gallery, I have to wait awhile for my external drive to wake up ... which I see as a good thing since I want my external HDDs (with the actual wav files) to go to sleep quickly and stay that way until I select another album.  No spinning up with the SSD so, it's always instant access.
183  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: optical usb versus spdif on: June 07, 2009, 09:47:37 pm
hello folks
in the persuit of being able to play hi-rez through my Buffalo 9008 (and 9032 in a week or so) i manged to hook up to my musicservers motherboard via the on board spdif output.
so now Im running BOTH opticis optical usb(with proper psu) and 10m spdif (of decent quality) up from my musicserver in the basement and into the Buffalo.
at the flick of a few dipswitches  Im now able to A/B the 2 different connections:
the spdif much to my surprise sounds crisper and a little less "dull" than the usb.despite that jitter-wise the spdif is supposed to be inferior according to some sources
the bonus is of course that the spdif will transfer hi-rez as well.
so that was a positive experience for me
any other views on the matter?

I've had an opticis plus battery psu lying around the house for awhile now.  I tried it when I was running usb straight to the Stello DAC.  I didn't care for it as much as just running a meter of usb cable that I found better than others I'd tried.  Only reason I've held onto the opticis is to maybe use with a computer HT I keep thinking about (just use a ps3 atm).  Now I have the FF800 and using its spdif out to the stello, much better than usb (and ya, I tried all the different usb ports on the comp).  USB at least into the Stello, just didn't work for me.  I've heard a system with the Wavlength Silver Crimson using the opticis that was awesome... but it had a lot of other things going on we'd have to factor in.
184  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Dread Zepplin Concert on: June 05, 2009, 08:50:51 am
hehe Thought a couple of you on here might want to know,,, I'm going to see Elvis sing Led Zepplin songs to a reggae beat... tomorrow in concert.  Should be a hoot!  I'll compare the live to the stereo/xxhe.
185  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: minimum or recommended system requirements on: June 04, 2009, 04:32:11 am
Hi all...thanks for the tips.. what was the final verdict on ssd drives for the o/s?  are they ok?

A lot of us feel there is a decent SQ upgrade to going SSD.
Here's what I wrote awhile ago.
186  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: Music files on OS harddisk on: June 02, 2009, 03:57:04 am
Keep in mind, creating Galleries is not moving the actual wav (and it's big size), just a reference to where the wav is.

Once you have your wav/music file folders set up how you want, creating the commiserate gallery for them doesn't take any real time.  Just the time to organize how you want?  If everything is a mishmash of music on your wav/music files, then ya, the organization of your galleries will take long ... noobie rippers take heed, organize right from the start.
187  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: minimum or recommended system requirements on: June 02, 2009, 03:46:52 am
My two cents is:
People that are into some of the xp programs like cplay go minimum sys requirements,,, I'm not sure, but I kinda felt like going the opposite direction, and with xxhe, I haven't been disappointed.  I have always dedicated the machine I was using to the music program I was using, and I think have had less trouble than others because of it, (from winamp, foobar, cplay, XXHE).  I started with a laptop that had 512MB of ram which played early versions of XXHE on XP 16/44.1.  Later I went to Vista on that laptop and upped ram to 2GB.  Now I have what you see in my sig and I couldn't be happier... wait, hmmm hehehe But Peter what have you done for me lately... heheh make me happier.

I don't trust jitter specs at all and I wonder if lower is always better, or if they're measuring in one place and ignoring another,,,, perhaps the right kind of system sympathetic jitter would be best, I don't know, but... careful of the number pushers all.
188  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: Music files on OS harddisk on: May 31, 2009, 07:34:23 pm
One more question here, just for understanding. If files are copied to and played out of memory, isn't it redundant to tick "copy to XX by standard?" Obviously, I don't know much of how any of this works....... Happy

ya, you would think so.  This is a "nobody really gets the voodoo going on here thing" ... but some have found, that if you first copy to the SSD/main drive and then it loads in memory ...sigh.... it sounds better? go figure.

or maybe, by copying, it doesn't have to keep waking up your external hdd to get individual files? was that it?
189  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Changing Wallpaper in attended mode playback on: May 31, 2009, 10:33:28 am
I think I'll use this thread to ask for...
If I don't have a "Back" .jpg, could I get a tic box to not have you generate a mirror image of the folder.jpg and display song titles?; just want it to show a front cover like was done before you added the back cover? ...don't ask me why, I don't want to look too crazy here ...
190  Ultimate Audio Playback / Music Storage and convenient playback / Re: Music files on OS harddisk on: May 30, 2009, 08:11:02 pm
I belived that the music files had to stay on a external harddisk because of the sound.
I have all my music on a external harddisk, is it OK then to put it on the OS harddisk?  (and use the external harddisk as a backup)


It 'shouldn't" matter anymore with the way xxhe does things (putting music in ram before playing...), but I'd be a bit worried about affecting XXHE player/eng (even affecting smooth OS operation? hehe naw, but... hehe) with stuffing too much on the OS/XXHE disc ... dunno why though hehe fragmenting? reaching the main HDD capcity limit and causing problems there? VOODOO?  I'd just have OS and XXHE on the main drive, music files on external drives via firewire (all usb off), and back up on HDDs that I pull in/out of the computer as I rip/backup myself. I tick 'Copy to XX Drive' and music is then copied to OS/XXHE Solid State Drive temporarily and then auto erased by XXHE, and then I play unattended.
191  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: Setting up the ultimate system! on: May 28, 2009, 09:48:22 am
Sounds like I could use some Brain Salad Surgery eh?

Oh yes, you are sure up to that. But when you wake up you will find that xover to recide in the DAC ...
uploaded to there by you
and changed by you when needed

ok now I'm   dancing
so maybe there will be an XVR1 on the used market sometime?
volume to be uploaded to dac too? with multi analog outputs? hmm
192  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: Setting up the ultimate system! on: May 28, 2009, 06:31:00 am
The XVR1 is what I've used for a few years now as a xover, and until Peter finally got the volume control in XXHE (omg happy day that was) it was also my preamp!  Imagine having to change 4 volume knobs every time you wanted to change vol... hehe.  I got pretty good with it but, thank goodness Peter pulled off fairly small volume steps; I'd sure hate to go back.  The XVR1 is remarkably flexible in xover settings (have to change jumpers inside) for an analog xover... I don't know if there's anything like it. (I'll have to peak inside to remember what my settings are... it took me about a year to zero in what settings I like).  Being an 'insider' at the time I got it for $2500.  I was told it was made mainly for speaker designers to zero in on what xover settings they'd like to build with parts.  I've thought about the audiolense stuff that pedal uses...I do have a Fireface 800 which would do the trick, but,,, I do fear running any extra stuff/programs on the computer/transport.  Seems like every thing going on in my computer makes a difference (guys w/ FF, sorry, but shut off the mixer when playing back music).  The XVR1 is great for now; maybe the future/Peter holds the key for a digital xover (how bout xxhe on one computer and a xover on another??? eheheh).
Sounds like I could use some Brain Salad Surgery eh?

I'll lookup the XVR. If you want, send me a pm with some link and infos.

(Peter, are you happy for me to place this link?)

Here's some info about the XVR1 x-over: http://passlabs.com/pdf/product%20lit/xvr1_lit.pdf

- not cheap: were around USD 5-6K each when I bought mine about 5 years ago
- only 2-way: you'll need to buy a pair for 3-way operation and 'daisy chain' the output of one channel to the input of another
- not suitable for any sort of correction
- not sure if they're still in production
- I've never seen one for sale on used market (and I know why!)

- very transparent
- much better than passive x-over from speakers (Wilson Benesch Chimeras)
- much, much better than DEQX 2.6P

Hope this helps.

This is my choice:

Looks very interesting. Didn't you used to have a Meitner??? In any event, I realise that you need a 6 channel DAC, right?

As I said earlier, if you've managed to get digital x-overs to work well, then that's great. I just never did - and the XVR1s were a breath of fresh air...

193  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Q1 setting = +4 on: May 27, 2009, 06:56:16 am
0/0/0/0 is more honest sound than 30/30/0/0 (but less allows your room to play a role <-  grazy)

How would this work if using headphones? My normal setup is indeed with amp & speakers, but I'm just curious...

Interesting... did you try +4/0/0/0/0?

No, I didn't... but I will. I suppose my logic here was to take the current 'gold standard' (to take a phrase you first used) and compare it to the settings I've been happy with for the past few months, i.e. +4/30/30/0/0 vs. -4/0/0/0/0.

Incidentally, you'll see a change in my signature from tomorrow onwards which I'm VERY excited about - I am about to become the proud owner of a Pacific Microsonics Model 2 AD/DA... Hopefully, this will help further to evaluate the various Q settings.


hehe ok
try 4 26 26 0 0 too gl.  for me, 4 30 30 0 0 doesn't sound as good... at least for now.
194  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: My SSD install on: May 24, 2009, 09:16:13 pm
Hi Johan,

Making thumbnails of it is not useful because of various reasons hard to explain. But 40GB ? nea
My 12000 albums occupy 20GB with relatively much coverart per album (of large size). So I would not worry too much ...


Ya, maybe I've added more albums already than I thought... but just under 30gb (especially the way I've been starting to scan whole cd inserts hehe) may be what it will be like this summer.
195  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / oops wrong place, but this is where all the action is on: May 24, 2009, 08:41:34 am
Just got done listening to 96/24 Kinks - Soap Opera with a friend heh jaws were a dropping; That and some 88.1/24 BSO recordings.  pretty nice stuff some of this hirez

here, is this topic related... no drop outs here.
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