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271  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Windows 8 - Upgrade or Fresh Install on: June 17, 2013, 12:48:39 pm
Well Pedal the only other way, which Peter also prefers, is get a new W8 license & make a fresh install.

Regards,

Arvind
272  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Windows 8 - Upgrade or Fresh Install on: June 16, 2013, 08:27:29 am
Hi Peter,

For guys who want to change over to W8 from 7, is it advisable to upgrade or do a new install? Any other precautions you suggest during this change over?

Regards,

Arvind
273  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 09-z9 impressions on: May 29, 2013, 11:26:31 am
W7.SQ is certainly clearer than the previous version. However I continue to get better SQ with PA on & XTweaks off.

Another jump towards better SQ. Great job Peter.

Regards,

Arvind
274  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 0.9z-8-3a on: April 03, 2013, 12:11:08 pm
The above suggested settings brings the SQ very close to PA on, however it's still a bit harsh & the vocals come a step forward.

Peter, regarding your latest suggestion, I agree with Arvind's findings concerning PA off. To me, in my system, the more forward vocals are accompanied by a subtle harshness that takes me back to pre PA days.

Arvind, have you compared 8-3a and 8e? It should be easy for you to try since you don't have xtweaks on in 8-3a--you won't need to do any reboots.  However, you will have to open and then close 8e and then reopen it to get the autohotkeys working correctly. Ignore any reboot message that might come up in the process of opening and then closing 8e.

Just wondering what your impression of this comparison might be cause you seem to be the only other person to report that 8-3a has a bit of harshness with PA off. Here, with 8e, having both xtweaks and PA engaged sounds best.

Maybe I'm wrong about this, but it seems that in the past there was pretty much agreement about the SQ with each new development in XXHighend. Now though, it seems we may have reached a place where the software is generally so good that  settings, and perhaps even versions, are now more system dependent. There is the subjective element too, but  I think that plays only a small part, if any, in the current split of opinion regarding "what sounds best," because for so long consistent consensus seemed to be the rule.

Just my 2 cents.... Happy


Hi Boleary,

8-3a (XTweaks off) & 8g are very much the same. I just love the SQ, so musical, soft & the soundstage is fantastic.

Best regards,

Arvind
275  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 0.9z-8-3a on: March 31, 2013, 04:46:21 pm
What about this setting (W7 / NOS1) :

All what's in my sig, except for Q1=30 and xQ1=10 and next the most important :

Core Appointment Scheme = Nothing plus Clock Resolution = 0.5.
This latter combination might do tricks.

Try this on music of which your think it sounds the most (nice and undistorted !) fresh and dynamic but with the freshness in high resolution "more square" (could be synths).

Now let me know what you perceive for changes ...

Peter



Hi Peter,

The above suggested settings brings the SQ very close to PA on, however it's still a bit harsh & the vocals come a step forward.

To conclude I find that PA on, XTweaks off is number one, followed closely with the above suggested settings.

Best regards,

Arvind
276  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Digital Sine Wave Generator on: March 31, 2013, 10:18:42 am
Hi Gerard,

Thanks for the link, it served my purpose.

Best regards,

Arvind
277  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 0.9z-8-3a on: March 31, 2013, 10:08:47 am
After extensive experimenting with 0.9z-8-3a, in my set up the best SQ is with PA on, which means no XTweaks. Far more musical, soft & with the best soundstage. The speakers just seem to become invisible.

Arvind,

Maybe I don't know myself now, but how is XTweaks related to Phase Alignment ? I don't think it is ...

Regards,
Peter

Hi Peter,

I don't know if PA & XTweaks are anyway related. The release notes mentions switch off PA. So conversely when I activated PA, I switched of XTweaks. I just assumed this to be the correct thing to do. Are you implying that both features can be simultaneously activated?

Let me try your suggested settings & hear if it is as good as PA on.

Best regards,

Arvind
278  Ultimate Audio Playback / Your thoughts about the Sound Quality / Re: 0.9z-8-3a on: March 30, 2013, 03:16:20 pm
Hi Guys,

After extensive experimenting with 0.9z-8-3a, in my set up the best SQ is with PA on, which means no XTweaks. Far more musical, soft & with the best soundstage. The speakers just seem to become invisible.

Best regards,

Arvind
279  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Digital Sine Wave Generator on: March 30, 2013, 07:29:05 am
Hi Coen,

Many years earlier when I had just built my music room, I used to get a lot of resonance in the lower bass freq, 60Hz to 63Hz. This continued even after introducing XXHE & NOS 1 in my system. To correct this an audio consultant added  a few bass traps & it significantly reduced this problem.

Since the version 0.9z-8-3a, I have noticed that the upper bass (100Hz to 120Hz)is a bit difussed (not tight enough). This wasnt noticed by me untill the earlier versions.

In order to test the same, I was looking for a programme which could generate pure tone signals, which I could play like my music file through PC/NOS 1/Amps/speakers. This would help me locate the problematic freq & then I could consider bass traps or other methods to tame them.

Best regards,

Arvind
280  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Digital Sine Wave Generator on: March 28, 2013, 12:05:21 pm
Hi Peter/Coen,

Thanks for the link, however would the NOS 1 soundcard be supported by the ARTA software?

Best regards,

Arvind
281  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Re: Digital Sine Wave Generator on: March 28, 2013, 10:46:05 am
Hi Arvind,

Answer is easy or difficult, depending on what you want to do with it. So, please be exact on the purpose you need it for.

Peter
Hi Peter,

I need to test the room for frequencies which create standing waves.

Best regards,

Arvind
282  Ultimate Audio Playback / Chatter and forum related stuff / Digital Sine Wave Generator on: March 28, 2013, 09:33:27 am
Hi Guys,

Could anyone help me with a link to a website from where I can download a programme to run digital sine waves of any frequency through the NOS 1/amps/speakers.

Best regards,

Arvind
283  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Monitor shuts down on: March 21, 2013, 01:42:01 pm
Hi Peter,

After all the heartburns it turned out that the cable from the monitor to the PC was not supporting the high resolution. Replaced the same & all ok.

Best regards,

Arvind
284  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Monitor shuts down on: March 18, 2013, 08:57:28 am
Hi Peter,

It seems that there is a problem with Windows, so I will be reinstalling W7 & hope to solve this issue.

Best regards,

Arvind
285  Ultimate Audio Playback / XXHighEnd Support / Re: Monitor shuts down on: March 17, 2013, 09:50:13 am
Hi Peter,

In about 6 mins the monitor shuts down. Moving the mouse or pressing any key on the keyboard doesnt restart it.

I will also check if there is a problem with the monitor itself. Though I have my doubts if there is a problem. If I don't start XX, the monitor remains on. Hence starting XX has this effect on it.

Best regards,

Arvind
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