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Author Topic: SQ of 1.186, best ever! (Again)  (Read 160794 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2014, 10:38:33 am »

All,

What a suprise this is!!
I have been playing for a few day's now and all is working perfect! Not a single error (sound stop) anymore and the sound is more than pleasing :-) By far the best model!!

Peter congratulations with getting out of beta!

I like to wish everybody the best for 2014!!

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2014, 11:53:20 pm »

Today I´ve installed the new 1.186 and I´ve been testing it. Before I put here my first impressions I must say that my system now is limited, I´m using near-field monitors (ls3/5a in this case) so I can´t evaluate correctly the bass, but anyway, I´d like to share what I can hear.

For the test I´m using a cd from a Spanish singer that I know very well in recordings and in live peformances http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tarres-Serrat-Joan-Manuel/dp/B001I8BFDO/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_mus?ie=UTF8&qid=1388784838&sr=8-1&keywords=Cansiones+Serrat

I used the same settings as Peter and only changed the Processor Core Appointment Scheme. In my system the differences are not night and day (probably in any system are night and day) but here they are:

1-2: This is where the sound seems more natural, the voices are the ones that pertains to the singer, I mean I recognize that voice as the singer real one, the one I heard in live performances. The guitar (e.g. in Sabana) and in general the instruments have a special delicacy and plenty of harmonics.

The following opinions are in comparison to the 1-2 setting

1-3: The voice is more palpable but it seems to lose some nuances. The sound seems a little more upfront. The sound of the guitar strings looks more metallic.

3-4: The sound is dryer. The voice is thinner and the cords metallic.

3-5: The voice is darker and the cords in some other different way than before are also metallic.

2-3: The voice has less nuances, the instruments are more in front and the cords are again metallic.

As you can see my favorite is the 1-2 as it looks the more balanced and natural. I do not deny that the 1-2 as being the one chosen by Peter, for the moment, may have influenced my appreciation but that's what it is. We can not escape easily from the strong personality of this guy hahaha

Well done Peter!

Best regards,
Juan
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2014, 01:29:34 am »

First, thank you Peter for another step to audio heaven. As said by others, a smooth, detailed and live SQ.

I tried some settings for a few hours on two nights and I settled for now on Core Appointment Scheme 3-5 which seems a bit more natural, but I will have to listen again.

However, I do sense (as with 0,9z-9b, but to a lesser extend) an slightly unpleasant sound stage with Q5=1. It seems not precisely focused and a bit shifted to the left hand side.
When I set Q5=5 focus is there, and with it a bit more depth in the sound stage.

I will try some more settings in the coming days.

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2014, 01:23:54 pm »

I could sore there is a life band playing in my living room! What a complete joy this out of beta version brings!!!

 too much ! too much !

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2014, 05:31:00 pm »

You think there is any doubt about the SQ?

Juan


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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2014, 05:43:12 pm »

Great !
And so I receive emails with videos of dancing baby's as a measure. Really so. But I have told it more often - when things work out the family hops around. I'm always peeking at that behavior.

Thank you Juan (and all),
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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2014, 09:13:07 pm »

Found the best ever SQ here with this sweetspot:

- Peters settings but
- ClockRes = 0.5ms
- ThreadPrio = BelowNormal

Everything fits into place and is consistent - fantastic! But I cannot judge the low octaves ...

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« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2014, 09:27:54 pm »

By the way - I removed every mod from the amp and the speakers today. They are not necessary anymore. Additionally I found a bad soldering which was crucial for sometimes changig SQ. Hopefully that's all for now  Wink

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-> WaveIO to dddac1794 or to Soekris DAM1021
-> SMSL SU-8 ES9038
-> 2x Gainclone -> TQWT 9710M/01 + BMS 4524 Horn
-> 2x Quad 405 rebuild as mono amps with Dada Electronics boards -> Quad ESL63 Pro
-> 2x Anaview ALC0300-1300 -> Original Celestion SL6 in concrete housing
-> 2x Neumann KH-120
-> Funk MTX Monitor -> AKG K701
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« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2014, 01:59:02 am »

Hi All,

I am going to go against the flow here, and say that I have been a little underwhelmed with 1.186 and Peters settings.  At first I thought the sound was super smooth and liquid, but in the end I have come to think that the sound with Peters settings is too syrupy and has a number of shortfalls compared to the beta that I have been using.

Not good at all is it?  Well, yes and no.  I lost dynamics (lots of dynamics), resolution and transient speed and sound-staging (which went from staggering to merely very good).  The sound that I want is infinitely fast with tremendous resolve and a faithful reproduction of voice and instrument alike, whether that be good or bad.  I don't want details to be glossed over in order to make it sound smooth or analogue.  What I was hearing with 1.186 and Peters settings was 'nice' and well tamed, but not really a faithful reproduction of voices or at least not the best that I think we can do.

So today I have played around with my old settings from the beta I was using and have changed a few things and am much, much more happy.  The change for me is massive and I think that I am ahead of the beta now.  The dynamics, presence, speed, sound-staging is back with interest.  So I would appreciate it if some of you guys could plug in my settings and tell me what you think.

Cheers,

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« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2014, 08:55:17 am »

Hmm ... I planned to post similar ("can someone try 'these' settings ?") after some settings changes yesterday but actually I hear so bad at this moment that I thought to wait for better times. So never mind my settings at this moment.

But Anthony, question : Do these settings now sound similar to your latest 0.9z-9 version ? If so, that would be very comfortable, because I have been reluctant to make a switch which really can let behave the new version like the old and did not want to complicate things (so I left out that switch).

And that hearing of mine is already so for several weeks, so it's all a bit tough for me at this moment.

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A: W-Y-R-G, B: *W-G* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius*^2.5* A:B-G, B:B-G Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers. ET^2 Ethernet from Mach III to Music Server PC (RDC Control).
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
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*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2014, 10:39:22 am »

Yes Peter, 1.186 now sounds similar to the beta I was using before, but probably a touch better if anything (difficult to tell).  I am still amazed at how the sound can change with the press of a few buttons in XXHE...that is mad. wacko
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Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Buffer 4096 / Q1/3/4/5 = 14/1/1/1 / xQ1 = 1 / Processor Core Appointment Scheme = Core 1-3 / PlayerPrio = Low / ThreadPrio = RealTime / ClockRes = 1ms / Not Switch during playback = off / Xtweaks Balanced Load = 43 / Nervous Rate = 100 / Cool when idle = 1 / Provide stable power = 0 / Utilize cores always = 1 / Time Stability = Stable / Time Performance Index = Optimal / SFS 0.90MB Max 120MB / Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect = on / Start Playback during conversion = off / Do not start playback at all = off / Copy to XX-drive by standard = on / Always clear Proxy before Playback = on / Stop Remaining Desktop Services = on / Stop Desktop Services = on / Stop Remaining Services = on / Stop WASAPI Services = on / Stop W10 Services = off / Keep LAN Services = on / Persist = off / Use Remote Desktop = on/ Arc Predict / Minimize OS = on / Peak Extend = off / Unattended

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Stealth MachII PC >> Lush^2 USB 1.1m >> NOS1a G3 B75, Driver v1.0.4 (4ms) >> Blaxius^2 >> 10Y DHT Preamp >> 6 way active horn speakers (Single Ended Triodes)
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« Reply #26 on: January 06, 2014, 12:38:16 pm »

Hi Peter,

What a fantastic New Year gift. The resolution & soundstage is just fantastic.

Best regards,

Arvind
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W10-14393.0 RAM OS / Mach III LPS 14/28/XXHE 2.11/Engine#4/Adaptive Mode/16x /Custom Filter/Q1= 14/0/0/0 xQ1=1/Device Buffer:4096/Invert Phase=On/Minimise OS/PE=off/Unattended/Stop All Services/SFS=20.69/20.69(max)/ClockRes= 15ms/Straight Contiguous/Music on HDD/Lush^3 USB cable A:W-Y-R-G; B:W-Y-R/Phasure NOS 1a/75b/G3 USB DAC. > Blaxius*^2.5 A:B-G, B:B-G Interlink. Orelo MK II active speakers. ET^3 between Mach III & music server. Driver version 1.04/Driver Buffer 16ms. OSD text = Off
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« Reply #27 on: January 06, 2014, 12:41:11 pm »

Hi,

I installed this version on windows 8 and was like all previous posters immediately positively impressed with the sq (mimicking Peters recommended settings). The most important feat for me was far less shattering of the music making it sound much more like a whole musical performance. This has always been a hurdle for me to stay for a longer time on win8.

A little more listening revealed that (like Alain) I found it to be less dynamic or present than I was used to and also on occasions a bit sharp. Now trying to dial this out it became clear that the corescheme, sfs, timeres and dac buffer settings have an enormous impact on the sound. It is easilytunable to hyperdynamic end of the spectrum. I am afraid it will take some time to find the optimal blend in conjunction with bios settings, nevertheless sq remains impressive at all times!

In the meantime i will also evaluate this version on win7 and report back to you all.

Regards, Coen

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Settings: Qn: , SFS: , timeres: XT tweaks: , buf: 4096, driver: 8 ms,

Audio PC (jan 19): XXHE PC v1 with RAMdisk w.o. videocard and 1 of 2 cpu fans + BRIX/USB3 storage musicserver. ETN to Fibre converters (linear supplies), 500m SFP modules & 5m OM4 cable. Power cable PE not connected, together with nos1 and poweramp in separate "audio" powerstrip.

Clarixa set + Intona (or Lush 1m), Phasure NOS1a-75B G3 USB (buf 16 ms)-> Blaxius ->SE EL95 (0,8W triode) + cheap link to Abaqus 300W plateamps> Bastanis cable-> Bastanis Sagarmatha Duo ("DIY").

[other sources: TD124/3009SII-i/Grace F9/lounge LCR phono; Rega Planet 1997 vintage]
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« Reply #28 on: January 06, 2014, 01:28:16 pm »

Hmm ... I planned to post similar ("can someone try 'these' settings ?") after some settings changes yesterday but actually I hear so bad at this moment that I thought to wait for better times. So never mind my settings at this moment.

Ok, let's do this after all.
But first Anthony's settings, because they pretty much (should) resemble the former sound (0.9z-9b);

So, the only thing more special about his settings is the SFS of 0.2 (but they could always work - now far more easy though). So, Anthony has a Q1 of 14x10 and only Q5 set to 5 (Q3,Q4 = 0,0). ClockRes is not all that much important I think, but 1 or 0.5). This should pretty much resemble the old high dynamic sound.

Personally I don't like this for the better and most probably this can be dedicated to the speaker and its speed in the tweeter. Notice though that with this speed more or less lacking it goes the other way around, and the new sound (mainly implied by Q3,4,5 = 1,1,1) may become dull. This is hard to explain but where the new sound excels, is in taking out the high albeit more rough dynamics. This, while the top end of it (highest frequencies) is sustained. This gives it this special flavour of analogue while all the detail is still there (and nowhere to be found on LP - just saying).

In my view, and as far as I have been able to judge it, the settings of my current sig go wrong-ish in the bass; most probably this now needs my ultra-low-going undistorted bass, but not sure. So yesterday I have been looking at the behaviour of the PC and found a quite different setting with as far as I can see better behaviour. And, after dialing that in from pure stupid theory, I sure had the idea this sounded better although noticed through one ear and the other one not on par either. So, maybe not better at all, but for the behaviour I see I'd say Yes.

Try a Q1 x xQ1 of 6x10, Q3,4,5 = 1,1,1, SFS=120 (and ClockRes of 1 might that ever matter).

The behaviour I see from the PC is quite unexpected and I must actually think about how this can happen. However, these settings were dialed in because I wanted some other behaviour to be better and that worked as expected. That UNexpected behaviour makes me think that there's a whole new world to explore with now Q3,4,5 = 1,1,1. So, set one of them to 0 and all is back to about how it all was but with the 1,1,1 we really have to rethink our SFS and also Q1; this is a kind of bonus.

If I heard correctly, the bass is now better again (or maybe even better than ever) and the highs are more profound but not "high dynamic". So generally speaking a more fresh sound without the general nastyness of W8.

If this is all correct then don't ask me how I did it with really one ear only.
Peter


PS: That Q1 and SFS are really arbitrary but they shouldn't be too low. So I wouldn't go lower because of the desired "behaviour effect" and possibly higher settings can even be for the better; the SFS will matter less for higher settings, but Q1 probably much. Keep in mind though that the higher Q1 (x etc.) the less responsive e.g. volume change is.
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For the Stealth III LPS PC :
W10-14393.0 - July 17, 2021 (2.11)
XXHighEnd Mach III Stealth LPS PC -> Xeon Scalable 14/28 core with Hyperthreading On (set to 14/28 cores in BIOS and set to 10/20 cores via Boot Menu) @~660MHz, 48GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/0/0/*1*/ Q1Factor = *4* / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = *10ms* / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *10.13*  (max 10.13) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / Stop Desktop, Remaining, WASAPI and W10 services / Use Remote Desktop / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD Off (!) / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *62* / Nervous Rate = *1* / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / Custom Filtering *Low* (16x) / Always Clear Proxy before Playback = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> Lush^3
A: W-Y-R-G, B: *W-G* USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (16ms) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius*^2.5* A:B-G, B:B-G Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers. ET^2 Ethernet from Mach III to Music Server PC (RDC Control).
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere (also from the PC).

For a general PC :
W10-10586.0 - May 2016 (2.05+)
*XXHighEnd PC -> I7 3930k with Hyperthreading On (12 cores)* @~500MHz, 16GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 10586.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = 14/-/1/1/1 / Q1Factor = 1 / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = 1ms / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = 0.10  (max 60) / not Invert / Phase Alignment Off / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = Realtime / Scheme = Core 3-5 / Not Switch Processors during Playback = Off/ Playback Drive none (see OS from RAM) / UnAttended (Just Start) / Always Copy to XX Drive (see OS from RAM) / All Services Off / Keep LAN - Not Persist / WallPaper On / OSD On / Running Time Off / Minimize OS / XTweaks : Balanced Load = *43* / Nervous Rate = 1 / Cool when Idle = 1 / Provide Stable Power = 1 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = *Optimal* / Time Stability = *Stable* / Custom Filter *Low* 705600 / -> USB3 *from MoBo* -> Clairixa USB 15cm -> Intona Isolator -> Clairixa USB 1m80 -> 24/768 Phasure NOS1a 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (4ms) -> Blaxius BNC interlink *-> B'ASS Current Amplifier /w Level4 -> Blaxius Interlink* -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
Removed Switching Supplies from everywhere.

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« Reply #29 on: January 07, 2014, 08:03:39 pm »

Hi,
I do not use the NOS1. But I get really good results with:
Q1 = 30 Q1factor = x1, rest of Q's on 1, with SFS = 480, Engine #4 Special and scheme 3-4.

Remark: with Special a Q1xfactor above 30 results in stuttering sound.

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Mach II Stealth 14393 RAM-OS / with videocard / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/3/4/5 = 14/0/0/1/ Q1Factor = 4 (Dev.Buffer = 4096) / ClockRes = 10ms / SFS = 10.13 Mx = 10.13 Straight Contiguous / driver buffer 16ms / Playerprio = Low / ThreadPrio = High / Scheme = 3-5 / Unattended / Minimize OS / PeakExtend off / NO Arc Prediction / Custom filter 8x low / 8x Upsampling / XTweaks 62 ,1,-,1,1/with coverart / Stable / Optimal--> mobo USB --> The Lush^2 100 cm --> NOS1a 75B --> Blaxius --> bnc amps Jadis JA30 --> Speakers
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