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 on: October 21, 2016, 11:47:03 am 
Started by manisandher - Last post by manisandher
The DACs I'll be comparing will be the following:

Round 1 (portable, ~$500): Hifiman HM603 (TDA1543) vs. Ponoplayer (ESS9018) vs. iFi Nano iDSD (DSD1793)

Round 2 (~$500): Sugden SDA-1 (TDA1541A S1 Single Crown) vs. iFi Micro iDSD (DSD1793)

Round 3 (~$1200): Sugden Au51 (TDA1541A S2 Double Crown) vs. Altmann Attraction (TDA1543, Paul Hynes PSU) vs. Chord 2Qute (26k tap WTA, Paul Hynes PSU)

A slight change to my list. It'll now be:

Round 1 (portable, ~$500): Hifiman HM603 (TDA1543) vs. Ponoplayer (ESS9018) vs. iFi Nano iDSD (DSD1793)

Round 2 (~$1200): Sugden Au51 (TDA1541A S2 Double Crown) vs. Altmann Attraction (TDA1543, Paul Hynes PSU) vs. Chord 2Qute (26k tap WTA, Paul Hynes PSU)

I have all these DACs now. I'm still trying to optimise the ADC though. I think I'll just have to splash out on a new ADC... probably go for a Forrsell MADC-2. Shame they're all delta-sigmas now... unhappy

Once I'm done, I'll probably post my thoughts on CA. But I'll state right now that the Chord 2Qute is a seriously good DAC irrespective of how little it costs - I easily prefer it to the Schiit Yggy I had here a few months ago (sorry Brian!). But is it accurate? We'll see!

More later...


 on: October 20, 2016, 04:48:24 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by Robocop
Email Peter and he will send you instructions.


 on: October 19, 2016, 04:15:02 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by briefremarks
Robert (and others)

I've read about this "expanding" the RAM-OS.  What is the process for doing this?  I have sufficient disk space and memory.


 on: October 19, 2016, 02:27:08 pm 
Started by boleary - Last post by boleary

I only now read this (somehow) :

Set up a RDC connection using a Netgear Wifi Range Extender which is hard wired to the audio PC.

Maybe the culprit is in there. I mean, possibly the PC responds differently to that than to a direct connection.
Can't you try a cable and see whether then the culprit does not appear ? Thus, Audio PC and laptop directlty connected by network cable ?


Only yesterday did I realize that the text in bold meant connecting the Audio PC and server PC to each other. As my reply above indicates, I interpreted your statement to mean that  I needed two cables directly connected to the router. I had been using WiFi on the server PC for the RDC connection to the hard wired Audio PC -- I had the Audio PC directly connected to the Netgear WiFi extender. Yesterday, after purchasing a USB3 ethernet adapter, I hard wired the Server PC to the Netgear wifi extender and then directly connected the Server to the audio pc and all works perfectly. Don't even need the two 75 foot cables......

Again Peter, thanks for your patience and for all the email support.

Old dogs new tricks, nah.....


 on: October 19, 2016, 08:07:43 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by Robocop
Expanding Ram drive from 15g to 25g works and definitely sounds better.

Those who havn't done this and have 32g Ram do it now.

I've reverted DRAM back to Auto as some 24/96 tracks skipped mid song. Mind you not sure if this was the issue.

New suggested Peter's 14393 settings do work for the better also on page 5 of this thread.

So few comments I wonder what some people are doing!!!!


 on: October 18, 2016, 10:45:37 am 
Started by doublelife - Last post by doublelife

Thanks for your help, I've sorted those problem folders. Now for the others!


 on: October 17, 2016, 07:52:28 pm 
Started by Arjan - Last post by Arjan
Intona advices me to do an firmware upgrade.
I will do that first.

Regards, Arjan

 on: October 17, 2016, 06:03:22 pm 
Started by doublelife - Last post by PeterSt

Hmm ... The second one is obvious (with its G:\CDImage in the Playlist) but the question is : how do you get that there. So what you show by means of Explorer looks fine to me but that is not what got selected for the Playlist.
Can you see that file existing in the root of G: perhaps ?

Then what I see wrong with the second one, is that the names do not comply to Cue File rules. Thus, you can name the large WAV CDImage.wav all right, but the Cue File must be named the same and it is not; instead it is named CDImage [WAV].cue although you'd need to switch on the showing of extensions to see it all well.

The first one is a bit more mysterious, but I see the two times " - " in the Album Title. This is not according the rules for that which ... and you now already see me make the mistake because of it (haha). Look :
Artist is Gabrielle Roth.
Album Name should be Audiophile Percussions with some unreadable text but *that* already containes 2x " - " which normally is used for Artist - Album Title separation.
Son't ask me what the system makes of that, but according to mu thinking "a mess" and it is my thinking what created the program. So, dangerous. :swoon".
So that structure should be something like :

Gabrielle Roth\Audiophile Percussions konnwhatever\[Track(s) here]
Gabrielle Roth - Audiophile Percussions konnwhatever\[Track(s) here]
Gabrielle Roth\Gabrielle Roth - Audiophile Percussions konnwhatever\[Track(s) here]
would also be allowed, but things may be strange here and there.
and :
Because there's also some deep down rule that the Cue File Name must be the same as the Album Name, you don't comply to that because of the extra " - " and the konnwhatever behind it, which is not in the Cue File Name.

For the "CDImage" other problem similar counts, but I don't thinkg it is the reason there that lets it fail. Still, that too is erroneous because of a 2x " - " (I only now see) plus that the structure in general could be wrong. It should be :

MyMusic\Rock\Eagles\[and then do what you like]
but officially can't be
MyMusic\The Eagles\[and then do what you like]
because you challenge for a \MyMusic\Rock\ elsewhere and it is out of balance. It will not fail on it, but *with* that you'd have the \Rock\ somewhere, The Eagles belong to nowhere (yeah, your MyMusic, but ...). Anyway it won't fail on this, until you do something like :

MyMusic\The Eagles - Hell Freezes over\

and this time because you don't comply to the two subfolders at least like :
would be that, but your
MyMusic\The Eagles\Eagles - Hell Freezes over\
is just that too but coincidentally.

Dizzy ?

 on: October 17, 2016, 05:35:07 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
When we do such a thing, we have 400V. Happy Happy

It is not easy to find a good WikiPedia page about this. Yeah, Dutch ones like this : https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driefasenspanning
but the "English version of that" already comes up with this far more vague one : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-phase.
Anyway, for the English version concentrate on this phrase :

such as a 230/400 V system which provides 230 V between the neutral (centre hub) and any one of the phases

Side note : I am not sure whether really everybody has access to the two phase (or even three phase) system, but I'd say yes because often "higher current" apparatus require it (think electrical kitchen stove). And while we all might have acces to it, we mostly do not use it.
Below a plug for it.


 on: October 17, 2016, 02:20:53 pm 
Started by doublelife - Last post by doublelife

Ok here are a couple of random ones. First the XXHE error messages and then the Explorer file contents screenshot:

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