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 61 
 on: December 30, 2017, 12:48:25 am 
Started by charliemb - Last post by charliemb
Another hint:  The last two nights there were no problems.  What do the two night sessions have in common?  Answer: the xxPC was on all day playing Christmas music.

 62 
 on: December 29, 2017, 10:16:26 pm 
Started by juanpmar - Last post by boleary
Just happened to me too.

 63 
 on: December 29, 2017, 08:22:37 pm 
Started by boleary - Last post by boleary
Yes , activating "Stealth Mach ll" changes Nervous Rate to 100. As long as it remains activated, that value is applied every time the gui returns from playing a track. As soon as I deactivated "SMll" I could change nevous rate to 1 and it persists.

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 on: December 29, 2017, 07:13:56 pm 
Started by boleary - Last post by PeterSt
Hi Brian,

Does activating the "Is Stealth Mach II" really setting that Nervous rate to 100 ? Maybe you are right, but I don't recall that.
Also, I think that only one setting is "taken over" and grayed out. For sure not all of them. So mind you, only when it is crucially important I would do such a thing *and* gray it out.
Of course it can be so that defaults sneaked in which shouldn't have. And they apply with a fresh install. But ...

scratching
Peter

 65 
 on: December 29, 2017, 05:09:54 pm 
Started by boleary - Last post by boleary
Over the past several months I've had a harshness in the upper mids and treble creep into my system. Its been driving me a bit crazy, especially after having over a year of gorgeous sound in my room. Several weeks ago a friend suggested that all else being equal it  had to be either the source, audio PC/XXHighend, or the DAC. I took the DAC to another friend who has the same DAC and there was clearly a difference in sound between his and mine, so I sent mine in to the manufacturer for a warranty repair. Since then, though, I also discovered a significant cause of the harshness(Another friend has lent me a HOLO Spring DAC, Kitsune Edition, while mine is across the country.) Not sure when but at some point the "This is a Mach II PC" field became ticked in XXHighend XTweaks settings, which, when activated, takes over XTweaks settings and assigns presettings to all EXtweaks values. Thus, my XTweaks Nervous Rate, once the Mach II was activated, was reset to 100 from my usual setting of 1. I believe this happened when I updated to either 2.07 or 2.09. The 2.06a release notes suggest that  the Mach II tab be ticked to prevent the processor from being overheated via improper XTweaks settings. Well with the Nervous Rate set back to 1, about 90% of my good sound returned. I use the original XXHighend PC motherboard without a fan. A Zalman Reserator provides water cooling to the processor, so for me heat is also an issue. I underclock the processor as suggested here and can say that having a nervous rate of 1 does not cause overheating and it dramatically improves the tonal presentation (at least here in my system)

Also, I have gone back to 2.06a as best for sound. After sorting out my XTweaks issue, I briefly tried 2.07 but it wasn't as natural sounding as 2.06a. It might just be that I'm a little exhausted trying to get good sound and I needed to give 2.07 more time/adjustments. But I'm so pleased with the sound now that I'm not up for more testing at this time. I intend to try 2.07 and 2.09 again in the coming months. Of course YMMV.


 66 
 on: December 29, 2017, 04:01:12 pm 
Started by Nick - Last post by PeterSt
All,

Yesterday was the 4th day that I played with an SFS of 20.19.
The .19 is a residue from the 10.19 I use prior to that, and I did that deliberately.

In my perception this brings even more highs than the "too much of it" I reported about 10.20, earlier on, but now the highs are not nasty. I actually love this sound. The level of (good) detail is wild.

Regards,
Peter

 67 
 on: December 28, 2017, 11:48:08 pm 
Started by charliemb - Last post by charliemb
Hi Peter

Thanks.

And status:  last night's session had zero problems.  No changes whatsoever from the night before, which after about two hours I used that to start playing with different filters.  Still no problems as I said.  I'll try to run as I'm running until problems show up again, and then make changes at that point, well at least that's the plan if I can stick to it.

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When you run into that problem, did you just select the tracks for a first time, or was it a left over of a previous attempt (or playback which you stopped for other reasons) ?
I ask, because I feel this can make a difference.


Always a fresh selection.   I agree that previous selections are not totally reliable.  

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Click the [ P ] from Playback Area (selection), which clears the selection completely.
BUT and ALSO :
I recall that you don't use a Tablet etc. for control. This will mean that you are the by now more rare occasion of NOT using the "Touch Facilities" (see Services and OSD section in Settings). And *now* suddenly we might have a good reason of
a. me never seeing this behavior;
b. it possibly being wrongly working just because of the normal mouse operation.
Ad b.
The "Touch Facilities"  ...


Hey Peter you are right, I don't use Tablet control.  I'm under the presumption that I need a network to use a tablet for control.  No?   Remember, on purpose, I try to avoid the LAN or the Wifi  to quiet the system and avoid Windows OS updates and virus scans, mostly the OS related issues.  It is a true joy to not hassle with PC stuff; it just works like a toaster oven.

a. and b. above are very pragmatic.  Although it is hard to believe that all of your active users have gone to tablets for control.

Thanks,

Charlie

[Edit: Also, I have no means of running a LAN cable to my xxPC without creating a trip hazard via a very long LAN cable.]

 68 
 on: December 28, 2017, 11:04:33 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt
Hey Joseph,

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In a test install over 10074, it deleted all of the apps in the Programs Files, both x86 and x64.


Ehh, WHAT ?
Are you saying you use such an ISO to Upgrade an OS like 10074 ?

?

Regards,
Peter

 69 
 on: December 28, 2017, 11:02:15 am 
Started by charliemb - Last post by PeterSt
Hey Charlie,

When you run into that problem, did you just select the tracks for a first time, or was it a left over of a previous attempt (or playback which you stopped for other reasons) ?
I ask, because I feel this can make a difference.

What I now of myself is that I seldomly work with a selection of a previous playback because, well, I got fed up with it (but say that I did not stop playback without reason). So what I almost exclusively do is something you may not even be aware of :

Click the [ P ] from Playback Area (selection), which clears the selection completely.
BUT and ALSO :
I recall that you don't use a Tablet etc. for control. This will mean that you are the by now more rare occasion of NOT using the "Touch Facilities" (see Services and OSD section in Settings). And *now* suddenly we might have a good reason of
a. me never seeing this behavior;
b. it possibly being wrongly working just because of the normal mouse operation.

Ad b.
The "Touch Facilities" were developed maybe 3-4 years ago while one year ago the track selection received a complete overhaul. OK, this development was not done under the condition of "Touch Facilities", but as you can imagine, real life operation implies a h*ll of a lot more than stupid developer testing.
So what if you could try to work with the Touch Facilities to see whether that helps ? If so, I at least know where to start looking. Notice that this takes a bit of getting used to, like not using Ctrl-Click etc. because all adds autmatically to the selection (everywhere) and you thus now need the means to Unselect (like mentioned [ P ] button).
If you don't like to do this, then OK. But it could be helpful.

Thanks again,
Peter

 70 
 on: December 28, 2017, 07:34:29 am 
Started by briefremarks - Last post by PeterSt
Well Ramesh, what a super joy it is to read this. I feel honoured (and I am sure Bert too or even more).
And what a phantastic photo !

What I also (only now can) notice is how we both managed to let this blend in that room. Very very well done of you, but also very well done of us both without ever being there (or you being over here). I think we'll agree that it has been most challenging and the opposite of being on the safe side and make them piano black, like my own. So I recall that even for myself I couldn't decide what to do because of being afraid it wouldn't work out.

About the F-M settings : only very occasionally I try the Highs one step up. Just when I think the music can have/bear it. But these days it doesn't last long, probably because there already is so much highs because of all the added up "tweaks", plus that those means make the highs louder in a more natural way. So the F-M highs surely makes the sound more spacious, but also with less color in the upper regions. Well, that was my perception the last time which was prior to the Lush I think, so maybe I must try it again.

Thank you very much for this nice write-up !
Peter

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