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Author Topic: Does using Windows Server 2012 R2 make sense?  (Read 2111 times)
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« on: April 01, 2016, 01:39:10 pm »

Hi Peter,

looking for a way to optimize the Qobuz streaming sound, I was triggered by an article http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2014/06/improving-the-sound-quality-of-qobuz-spotify-and-pandora/on Hobi's Audiophile Optimiser http://www.highend-audiopc.com/audiophile-optimizer which works only on the Windows Server 2012 R2 edition.
Many users claim that the Server edition sounds better then the consumer versions of Windows already without any optimizations and after using the optimiser the gap becomes even larger.
Do you know / expect any difference when using xxHighEnd on the server 2012 R2 edition vs Windows 10?

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Quint
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2016, 03:30:26 pm »

Hi Quint,

Yes, I think I know ...
Windows 8.1 was the most lousy sounding OS of all ages and we skipped that, which in the end is the base of 2012 R2.

There remains nothing in any XXHighEnd Minimized OS that would be less in any Server version. So that is moot as well.
From another angle : there is not a single person that I know of who uses a server version with XXHighEnd (it could tell something).

When you want to improve in this area, I'd seriously advise the RAM OS Disk, which minimizes a couple of Windows 10 builds ( plus Windows 8 ) as you are used to, but now boot them from RAM.

Windows 10 sounds quite infinitely better than Windows 8 and each Windows 10 build sounds different (plus they sound different from disk vs from RAM).

No Qobuz should be sounding any good when streamed, because it is MP3 or I missed the news. Besides that you won't be able to use your NOS1 optimally because of now lacking filtering (Qobuz doesn't do that for you).
Instead use the "streaming" from Tidal which is fully supported by XXHighEnd and which is CD quality (16/44.1). No single element in such a setup is detrimental to sound (because I explictily took care of that).

Ask more if you like, while the above hopefully doesn't come across as not taking the real time to answer you adequately.

Best regards,
Peter

PS: Don't forget to upgrade your NOS1 from by now an angle of 4. haha. But of course I am teasing you now. yes
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2016, 04:27:41 pm »


Thanks for the confirmation that upgrading to Windows Server 2012 is not worthwhile when using xxHighEnd. Better to put my money in the NOS1 upgrade.. Wink

BTW, Qobuz does have 44.1/16 streaming of high quality, but good to know that xxHighend is supporting the streaming service Tidal.

Cheers, Q
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2016, 05:44:19 pm »

Hi Quint,

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BTW, Qobuz does have 44.1/16 streaming of high quality

Does Qobuz really have streaming of that now ? Downloads I know of, but ...

Regards,
Peter
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For the Stealth LPS PC :
W10-14393.0 - November 13, 2017 (2.09)
XXHighEnd Mach II Stealth LPS PC -> Xeon E5 2640v4 with Hyperthreading On (20 cores) @~720MHz, 32GB, Windows 10 Pro 64 bit build 14393.0 from RAM, music on LAN / Engine#4 Adaptive Mode / Q1/-/3/4/5 = *30*/-/*1*/*1*/*1*/ Q1Factor = *40* / Dev.Buffer = 4096 / ClockRes = *15ms* / Memory = Straight Contiguous / Include Garbage Collect / SFS = *0.90*  (max 120) / 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 = 43 / Nervous Rate = 100 / Cool when Idle = n.a / Provide Stable Power = 0 / Utilize Cores always = 1 / Time Performance Index = Optimal / Time Stability = Stable / *Custom Filtering Highest for 705600* / Always Clear Proxy before Playbck = On -> USB3 from MoBo -> Lush USB 1m00 -> Phisolator 24/768 Phasure NOS1a/G3 75B (BNC Out) async USB DAC, Driver v1.0.4b (*8ms*) -> B'ASS Current Amplifier -> Blaxius Interlink -> Orelo MKII Active Open Baffle Horn Speakers.
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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