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« on: January 09, 2018, 11:27:27 am »

As some of you might know, I tend to use Roon/HQPlayer alongside XXHighEnd from time to time. It provides a different user experience, and my wife and boys enjoy listening to their playlists on my main system.

I was streaming some contemporary jazz through Roon/HQPlayer and liked its particularly lively sound. I prepare the stream with XX and took a listen (still with Roon/HQPlayer) to the prepared stream, which now sat on my local music server. Wow, what a difference in sound!

I'm not suggesting that one playback method necessarily sounds better than the other, only that they sound quite different. Streaming gives a much more lively and dynamic sound (a bit like low SFS), whereas playing the files locally gives a more harmonically rich and mellow sound.

I suppose streaming vs. local playback using Roon/HQPlayer is analogous to playing around with playback settings in XX. Only, we can control the sound in the latter Wink


Audio PC: Phasure Mach II *with clock upgrade* / Win 14393.0 on RAM-OS / controlled by RDC, no GPU card installed / connected directly to music server
XXHighEnd: 2.10 / Minimize OS / Engine#4 Adaptive / DB=4096 / Q1=30 / xQ1=40 / Q3,4,5=1 / SFS=5.19 / XTweaks = 52, 10, 0, 0, 1 / Straight Contiguous / Clock Resolution = 15ms / Scheme 3-5 (low/realtime) / 8x Arc Prediction (switch #5 'up/off') / Unattended
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