Do you plan on using the official Windows 10 version when it is released?
Difficult to say at this moment. One answer is :
I see many more reasons why *not* to do that, than do it. Anyway I myself have no single reason to do it.
Additionally, it will only mean work for me. It takes one thing only to do nothing : keep that 10074 build available (and I will take care of that anyway).
Also notice - and this may not be so obvious to everyone - that the 10074 build *really* is free, does not show nasty adds(ware) and does NOT require an existing W8(.1) or W7 license. The final build will (and you will lose the licensing right on the other one. Of course you can normally buy Windows 10 to avoid issues in this context.
Summarized : W10 is not free at all. You're hoaxed to some extent. Still, such a Preview is free, but don't ask me how long it will last. I could not find data on that (like the W8 Consumer preview worked for 15 or so months only).
Not to forget : people tend to think that this build is not stable. Well, maybe if you try to do your work on it. But for us and what we do with it ? It is SUPER STABLE. I never saw even the slightest hiccup from it and it is running for 6-7 weeks in a row now (2 weeks off for vacation) - never needing a reboot, apart from my testing stuff.
But to keep in mind : XXHighEnd anticipates on a few things, and arranges for that explicitly.
Can you plug in a USB drive instead of using a NAS - is there sound quality difference?
But of course. But sadly this is exactly the way NOT to go any more. Not for the better SQ ...
I'm not sure what you mean behind the LAN, doesn't a NAS or another computer need to be part of the same LAN as the XXHIghEnd PC?
Sorry for that, as it could be too much of Dutch. But try to read the "behind" as something like a black box; invsible; "somewhere".
Anyway, just LAN connected.
Possibly because you didn't get that, I now don't understand the last part of your question here. But the answer is obviously (?) Yes.
If you make changes to settings I assume you need to boot from the physical hard drive, run XXHighEnd from the physical hard drive, make changes, save to the physical drive and then reboot the OS into RAM.
No. Normal sequence is this :
- Prepare the lot once (this is the super tough part, "undoable" already for explaning).
- (A) Boot (this is from hdd into RAM and goes automatically)
- Detach hdd
- Apply changes via
XXHighEnd as you like (ad-hoc / on the fly, etc.).
- (B) Shutdown (XXHighEnd will now ask you to re-attach the hdd and applies the changes to the permenent storage for you).
- Go to sleep, work, etc.
- Back to (A).
During the process of (B) you are asked to really shutdown, continue, OR continue with the permenent storage attached and accessible FOR YOU. This is the situation that you can apply anything to permanent storage. Example : Such a question (by XXHighEnd) for renaming a particular .tst file to .tss so "the" question won't be asked next time. So you did that in the RAM version, but will also want to do that in the permenant storage so it applies at the next boot to RAM.
Also see below picture (again); default boot is into RAM. But be there to choose the "BASE version" and you have the normal OS from hdd, apply all you like in there (like you're used to with your wildest tweaks and whatever), play music if you like for testing, to next reboot (automatically) to RAM again, and find your changes applied in there.
Anything else you experimented with - grounding, clocks, separate USB cards?
Uhm, of course. But by the time such things bring real results, I usually let it know. Haha.