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76  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Images won't load on installation page "Installation guide for Dummies" on: May 02, 2012, 02:56:16 am
Here in California and all screenshots loading very fast.
77  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Problem with Alt I on: April 29, 2012, 09:24:18 pm
I run xxhe closed and minimized os.  With my computer, (and I think with just this latest xxhe version), when I use 'alt I' to invert phase it doesn't show up on wallpaper as having changed from I/~ or from ~/I, and sometimes at the end of the track (after attempting 'alt I') the music stops playing.  Sorry I didn't bring it up earlier, I've just been hitting 'alt x' and changing phase within the player.  But sounds like you're getting close to a new release... sooo, hehe, fix it?  Anybody else seeing this?
78  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: PeterSt is in shape - Audio Revolution on: April 19, 2012, 06:40:44 am
tl;dr
first I was like woah
then I was like WOah!
and then I was like Woaahhhh

anyway, as you can see; let me be your guine=pig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuBREMXxts
79  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Today's Playlist on: April 11, 2012, 06:03:55 am
Well, here I go again.

Saw this guy at the Troubadour a week ago.  omg I was blown away.  wow just a wall of guitar sound... wish my system could sound like this live performance... but really, it does pretty well.  Thank you Peter.  Does distorted guitar sound need SQ... yes... yes it does.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzOHGE_dxVo
80  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: XXHighEnd Remote Control on: April 11, 2012, 05:39:01 am
I don't go through all this minimize stuff just to screw it up with network cr*p.... I'll get my fat ass off the couch to walk to my ps2 mouse/keyboard to change stuff.... cause that's the way I roll.  Quality or nothing for me.  hehe little drunk/high and still loving XXHE for life Thank you Peter... you be a saint.
edit
  Of course if you can keep my (come to think of it) skinny ass on the couch, I guess that could be cool.  But SQ over all.
81  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Problem with 'Minimize OS' on: March 29, 2012, 05:04:30 am
Throwing this out; maybe not related but...
I had a weird reboot problem once (I'm constantly going back/forth with minOS/maxOS?) and I know that I tried pushing the "Off" toggle in XXHE and... it did something to help? poor memory, but that's my half cents.
82  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your questions about the PC -> DAC route / Re: Integrated SPDIF vs usb SPDIF converter on: March 29, 2012, 04:58:22 am
I'm interested in this subject also as a friend of mine is having me help him build a computer for xxhe (same friend peter... this has taking him forever to get around to.  he bought the external HDDs for the wav files last year heh).  I was also going to suggest the juli@ for a coax out to his preamp/dac (hardly optimal, but he's heard my system, so he'll have to judge from there).  If others have a cheap alternative to the dac, would like to hear them.
83  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / Re: Today's Playlist on: March 27, 2012, 06:08:50 am
Nice reviews mowa.  Time to get back to serious music listening and find a couple of your albums.

A small remark about Houses of The Holy;

I never considered this (5th) album as sounding as good as the first four. So I dug in my "collection" on hard disc, and found two versions. One is denoted as "remastered by Barry Diament" and the other says nothing.

The Diament version is, as far as I know, never a remaster, because he did the digital transfer in the first place.
In addition, this Diament version is 1.5dB lower in volume than that other one I have (with the idea that real "remasters" will be more compressed hence show a higher volume).

And to add to the confusement ... that perceived Diament version sounds way strange to me (not good also) compared to that other one. The other one sounds more like the "Diament versions", knowing that Barry did the digital transfer of all of the first 5 albums (there he stopped as far as I know).

The denotation I have with my respective albums most probably is wrong, but the message is : a version exists which does not sound as good as the other.

Peter

http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Studio-Recordings-Zeppelin/dp/B000002IWP/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332820995&sr=8-2
Not that we should be nit picking over SQ of Led Zeppelin albums hehe but, to be clear,,,
The Houses of the Holy album I was listening/referring to is from a 1993 box set remastered by Jimmy Page & George Marino @ Sterling Sound NY.  Got good reviews when it came out.  I also have the Diament version and gave it a listen tonight :/, for one thing the rt/lt channels are reversed, and it sounds more bland & compressed to me. ... I also have a third version,,, but thought it silly to keep comparing.  I'll stick with my box set... which I'll probably listen to in another 10 years.

Going back over some of my early rips reminds me that I didn't always scan info ... just found various pictures from the internet.
84  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: Minimize OS on: March 24, 2012, 06:09:20 am
There is nothing on the music computer that isn't backed up or can't be reset up.
85  Ultimate Audio Playback / Interesting Music / Testmaterial / some tears on: March 10, 2012, 05:06:36 am
I think of myself as a "varied" listener... as in I like lots of different types:
(my categories on the HD go as follows: classical, children, Christmas, folk/blues, jazz, rock, soundtracks... anyway}
but, I keep coming back to variations of rock so... must still be a kid at 52.  I try not to go back but keep listening for new music all the time,,, but,

My wife grew up in Mazatlan, Mexico and I grew up in California, US and so I've been filling in her gaps of rock music (and she mine of Latin music), so while she rested I thought of some old Led Zeppelin and put the song Rain from Houses of the Holy.  You know I don't think I've played a Led Zeppelin album since having Peter's XXHE, and just wow ... haven't had tears like that for awhile... blame the wine? blame the memories of the parties?

86  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: PeterSt is in shape - Audio Revolution on: March 10, 2012, 04:51:37 am
I like pressing buttons... but hopefully we'll be able to narrow it down as to if it is a real choice or not.
87  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Use Your Invert Phase Button on: March 06, 2012, 05:17:38 am
PeterSt
Automatic detection of correct absolute phase/polarity would be a first anywhere.

Do you really think it is possible when in many cases individual instruments in multi-microphone recordings can be out of absolute phase with each other? That is why choosing which absolute phase setting suits many multi-microphone recordings, might be individual listener preference. However, with simply/well miked recordings auto detection could be fantastic!

Then you have the issue of overall system absolute phase, so you might need an auto reversal option (for all recordings) to suit the system absolute phase structure as well as the recording? Am I making sense?

Frank

Pretty much this.  On some recordings it really is a preference of how you want to hear a mixed bag of phase.  I usually end up liking one way better than another... just why I say, check out each of your rips.  Very few times I don't have a preference.
88  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Use Your Invert Phase Button on: March 06, 2012, 05:12:34 am
Severed
The Stealth looks really fantastic. I see it got great reviews/feedback also.
The reason I asked about your speakers is that usually for someone to be consistently senstive to/able to identify absolute phase their speakers are usually also phase coherent/aligned, that is, starting with all drivers being connected with the same absolute polarity. Do you know if this was a design choice for the Stealths?
Cheers
Frank

What can I say... the speaker is multi-driver and not really a point source speaker. Tom/Quintessence paid attention to the phase of all the drivers of course and the three upper boxes are movable to help alignment/height... anyway, all I know is I can hear a significant difference in the sound stage presentation when toggling between the two absolute phases.
89  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Re: Use Your Invert Phase Button on: March 05, 2012, 07:15:33 am
A gentleman here in San Diego, CA designed them and PBS Speakers/audio built them.  His company is Quintessence.  The speakers are named Stealth.  He had a pair of Wilson Reference and designed the Stealth using the Reference... well, as a reference. heh Mine are piano black and a different driver complement.  I use a Pass electronic xover.


I also use 3 Sunfire subwoofers to catch as wide of range of low freqs at the listening position... i guess I kinda like power and loud oops.
90  Ultimate Audio Playback / Playback Tweaks and Source related subjects / Use Your Invert Phase Button on: March 03, 2012, 07:28:41 pm
On every recording, try it.  IMO one way or the other will sound better depending on the recording.  Peter's player is so resolving I can tell in an instant which phase sounds better for a particular recording.  The music will be either sucked away from me or be pushed forward.  Of all the tweaks we talk about, this is a big one that I think some forget.  Discuss, do you use the phase button? I've gotten into the habit of doing a quick 10 second listen at first to see if I need to switch it.  [Alt I] is your friend.
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