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 on: July 20, 2019, 12:52:53 am 
Started by charliemb - Last post by PeterSt

There (mouse pointer) :

 on: July 19, 2019, 03:19:35 pm 
Started by charliemb - Last post by charliemb
Yes, that is it.  I don't see a link that allows me to update the post.  How do I do it?

 on: July 19, 2019, 08:40:38 am 
Started by charliemb - Last post by PeterSt

Hi Charlie,

Bummer ! - I hope it is going to be all right.

please give me permission

If you really mean that as in "I need to change a post but can't" then I don't know what this is about. You can change that post, can you ? (and permission you have)
So I am not sure what you mean.

Best regards,

 on: July 18, 2019, 06:59:39 pm 
Started by charliemb - Last post by charliemb
Hi Peter

The answer is that I have no network and don't want to use WiFi.  I have no easy way to run a LAN cable to that room, although I am looking into it.  This happens to be true both before and after I moved to my new house. 

Also, Peter, please give me permission as I need to update the link and description in my first post above for the following reason:

IMPORTANT!! (for those considering buying this keyboard/trackball....)
I posted the wrong link above.  That link is for the USB version, not PS/2.  Indeed I received today the wrong keyboard (USB).  Immediately I came here to check.  Needs to be updated.

 on: July 14, 2019, 01:16:01 pm 
Started by charliemb - Last post by PeterSt

Thank you for that, Charlie.

Indeed, not many MoBo's have two PS2 sockets. If at all, these days.

But question : Why use a keyboard at all when you can use RDC (wired) from the same PC the music resides ? I am pretty sure that by far most do it like that and they disconnect everything from the audio playing PC. I do that too. No keyboard, no mouse, no monitor connected. And indeed that improves SQ a lot ...


 on: July 12, 2019, 05:41:03 am 
Started by charliemb - Last post by numlog
Thanks for the report.

I also wanted to give this a try sooner but most MoBos only have 1 PS2 port now, or do they?
The MoBos all seem to have a 2 tone, green and purple socket. This implies dual support, the IO guard has both symbols side by side too with no ''/''...

PS/2 splitters do exist, the PS/2 connection has 2 N/C pins which could easily carry the extra CLK and DATA signals, but any discussion or info on the single ports supporting split signals is scarce.
Im not using USB now for the DAC so the only thing keeping me from disabling all USB ports is KB+M... I will have to get some PS/2 devices and see if this works

 on: July 10, 2019, 11:26:13 pm 
Started by charliemb - Last post by charliemb
Hi Everyone - For anyone still using a keyboard and mouse or trackball....

I wanted to share my experience and the PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo that I ordered to avoid using USB connections for keyboard and mouse/trackball.  Thanks to Mani for suggesting a similar keyboard, the 515, in the XXHighEnd PC thread.  This one is the 505, at US $30.  From Newegg, still available in the US at least:
Perixx PERIBOARD-505P Plus, Wired PS2 Interface Keyboard with Typing Control and Built-in 14mm Trackball Cursor

I also ordered two 15 ft PS/2 extension cables to connect the 505 keyboard/trackball to the music server.  My version of the XXHighEnd PC has two PS/2 ports.  I plan to twist the two extension cables to make one snake.  This might seem kludgy but read below for why this might be worth the effort.

Peter has suggested that USB connections for keyboard/mouse were not the best.  I had previously tried a PS/2 to USB Keyboard adapter to to connect through the PS/2 ports but that didn't work.  After much procrastination, years, only now have I got around to this SQ tweak again. 

Last night it hit me (after suggestions made here) that I could partly test this by disconnecting my USB wireless dongle from my PC after playback started, and then plugging it in again after the album completes.  Clearly this sounded better, but resulted in some skipping after a little listening.  Next I removed the battery on my wireless keyboard/trackpad instead of unplugging and plugging and this worked (then I realized the wireless keyboard had an On/Off switch and started using that).  Unquestionably, this provided a better sound quality.  So today I ordered the above keyboard with trackball.

I'm confident that this will work out for the better.  Please assume so unless I'll post otherwise.  I imagine that it should sound even better than removing power from the wireless keyboard because last night's experiment still had a USB dongle attached during playpack.  When the new keyboard arrives next week, I will unplug the dongle and only the USB DAC will be the sole USB connection in my system.  Further, I will also uninstall the PCI-e USB card to which it was attached (solely).  (I figured that since my wireless keyboard was on its own separate PCI-e to USB adapter card that it might not affect SQ as much as connecting it to the MB.  Sonics say it still matters, at least on an XXHighEnd PC.)

Happy listening

 on: July 09, 2019, 05:48:07 pm 
Started by fralippo - Last post by numlog
I had some notion that the recent DAC chips could do this ''bit perfect'' control like XXHE internally, but not a single article mentions the word ''lossless'' when describing the DAC volume control, if thats not a good enough hint.

 on: July 09, 2019, 09:50:40 am 
Started by fran - Last post by PeterSt
So Fran...  wub I don't use that smiley very often... What a great story.

And Yes, the number of settings in combination are quite infinite.
The stuff with disconnecting devices, we all have been through. And you will see that the better it gets the faster the improvements come

Have fun,

 on: July 09, 2019, 01:29:09 am 
Started by numlog - Last post by numlog
With underclock weirdly I got the 'WASAPI silence' on KS, usually min 0.02 is possible but with UC I had to increase to 0.11 to get sound.
No help for  the popping with 16 bit

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