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#35154 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by franran on 18 March 2016 - 01:47 AM

I don't understand a word of Japanese, except arigato. Any correspondence I have had with him has been very confusing. I have much compassion for a mentally ill person. Despite his severe psychosis, Hiroyuki has managed to create the best audio player on the planet. I am very grateful to him and support him spiritually...and occassionally otherwise. He knows that I genuinely care about him. I pray that he finds mental peace. Someone without compassion might find his illness a bother. I don't. It makes me admire him more for what he has accomplished. There are people who don't appreciate what he has created and given away for free. They personally attack him. That is not delusion, it is fact. The world is full of unhappy people who would do this.

 

He has a little music system, inferior to most systems on this forum. He only currently has Windows 10 to develop from. He can not troubleshoot problems pertaining to other OSs. He knows that those with Windows 7 and 8 can update for free to Windows 10, which sounds better anyway. He allows WS2012 R2 to load his player, but in no way supports it. It doesn't work well for me anymore so I don't use the new versions. It is okay. 6.66 is a wonderful gift from a brilliant man in Japan.

 

I accept problems in life and look for solutions where they can be found. The solutions often lead to better things than what was had before "the problem" was encountered .


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#36808 HySolid HiRez Music Player

Posted by AudioDoc on 04 July 2016 - 12:18 PM

In order to get HYSOLID player working using JPlay as the ASIO, here are the steps.

Run all the following from GUI.

1.       Reset AO to enable all services.

2.       Uninstall Fidelizer

3.       Uninstall JPlay

4.       Install HYSOLID

5.       Change the two HYSOLID services to run as the logged on user instead of Local System

6.       Install JPlay

7.       Open the HYSOLID ASIO Panel, highlight JPlay ASIO, then click Start (nothing will be displayed; this will tell the program to use JPlay ASIO)

8.       Open the HYSOLID Tool and setup the drive for the music (http://www.hysolid.com/howto.html)

9.       After a successful installation, launch the app on the iPad, iPhone etc.

10.   Select JPlay ASIO

11.   Play music to confirm that JPlay ASIO is working

12.   Install Fidelizer (if it is used in the configuration)

13.   Play music, to confirm that the program is still functional with the JPlay ASIO driver.

14.   Run AO either in GUI or switch to core, if that is the preference.

15.   Before switching to core Fidelizer needs to be installed and configured, in my experience when you get into core the logon will revert to Local System if Fidelizer was not installed and configured before switching to core mode.


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#35983 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by franran on 03 May 2016 - 10:49 PM

Anybody who still needs 6.98, shoot me a PM. I will give you a link for 6.98 IB.exe.


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#39392 Web Browser in server 2016 CORE Mode !!

Posted by Nobudy on 12 February 2017 - 01:19 PM

If You need a web browser in WS2016 CORE
Latest Firefox will do it for you,

download latest build from mozilla.com and install
 


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#38109 JCAT USB Card FEMTO

Posted by Tomslin on 09 October 2016 - 03:37 PM

Hi

 

Yesterday I switched my PPA PCIe/USB3-card to the new JCAT V2 Femto and I experienced a clear improvement in SQ. I'm absolutely satisfied with the upgrade, even though I have only had time to listen a few hours yet. So the card has hardly begun to give its absolute full potential yet either.

Something else I'm very satisfied with is my setup generally, especially considering how good it sounds. Not my intention to brag but yesterday I traveled to Stockholm and listened to some of the world's most famous and best headphones, the absolutely top layer with the most exclusive that comprising Audeze LCD-4, Hifiman HE1000, Pioneer SE-Master1 and Sennheiser HD800S. I had heard JPS Labs Abyss earlier, along with Audeze LCD-3 and LCD-X. Apparently my old HD800 which I bought already in December 2009 is still very good in the competitive. It depends very much on all this excellent stuff I have behind them, where among other JPlay Streamer contributes strongly. This new JCAT card raise them another notch. Fantastic. My own setup with all this special soft- and hardware is pretty hard to beat in general at least when it comes to pure SQ. Although it’s very expensive stuff I compare to, is something I also noticed, latest yesterday. It feels good when all efforts gives such a result. Thanks. :D

 

Tomas


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#37580 Going to extremes

Posted by Marcin_gps on 18 August 2016 - 05:29 PM

 

Anyone has a private power line? :)


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#37090 A small program to send tracks to JPLAYmini with one click

Posted by blueoris on 23 July 2016 - 07:56 AM

Hi guys,

I have been enjoying JPLAY for few weeks and wrote a small program for myself so I can quickly send multiple audio files from File Explorer to JPLAYmini, with one click.

As it has completely change my experience with this great player, I thought others will find it also useful.

The program (and its associated documentation) can be downloded from the OneDrive link below.

https://1drv.ms/f/s!...Sv0QPpQbVdcKqOA

Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome :)
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#36375 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by BernieK on 13 June 2016 - 12:26 PM

Has anyone been able to get BH 7.25? The regular BH site is still 7.23. The Microsoft One Drive redirect link on his Facebook page does not work for me.

 

From Hiroyuki's Facebook posts it sounds like this is an active version. 

 

 

Same here  :(

 

Hi franran and selfy,

 

This first One Drive site has 7.23. Here's the link:

 

https://onedrive.liv...5B15E620F5D211D

 

This second One Drive site has 7.25 Test 4.1. Here's the corrected link:

 

https://onedrive.liv...ithint=file,zip

 

Cheers,

 

Bernie


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#31213 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by bodiebill on 11 August 2015 - 06:20 PM

First impressions of IB 5.21, from a greenhorn who did not experience all the previous versions:

 

The tuning settings are subtle but so far I seem to prefer the (to my ears) 'holistic' ones: Galaxy and Orochi.

 

I compared 1 Normal mode and 2 Basic set [Normal / x2 Basic] mode, and the latter is evidently inferior in my setup. Then I also tried 4 Upsampling and this adds a wonderful sparkle (clarity). Impressive! Time will learn whether I prefer the hot chocolate sauce of 1 Normal or the starry sky of 4 Upsampling.

 

Some things I still have to figure out:

 

- With JPlay hibernate on, BHE does not play. And neither does it with hyperthreading enabled in the BIOS. (So I am back to hyperthreading disabled as recommended by Phil.)

 

- I have two RAM slots. According to CPU-Z 8GB on slot #1 and 8GB on slot #3. Slots #2 and #4 are free. However, when I set the BHE DIMM accordingly, i.e. 8 0 8 0, it says "?GBx2 or ?GBx4 only". The setting 4 4 4 4 does work for me, but I wonder why, as I only have 2 RAM slots. My RAM is Kingston Technology FURY Black 16 (2x8) GB 1866MHz DDR3. Not sure whether it's double-sided, but I guess not. Any advise how I can locate double sided RAM fit for my Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI mobo?

 

- The letters and numbers in BHE do not fit; only half of each letter/number is shown; it seems like a font or resolution problem.

 

I haste to add that these are all minor quibbles given my current state of audiophile euphoria. Sometimes I am so overwhelmed that I switch everything off and take a walk outside, just enjoying the afterglow...

 

PS1 To complicate matters, I expect a 2nd DAC (Lampi Lite 7 with DSD 256) later this week, which I will compare to my current Audio Aéro Prestige. The Lampi is in a different ballgame as I bought it mainly to up-sample all my music to DSD. If I would have experienced this BHE sound quality earlier, I wonder whether I would have ordererd it... Thanks to Server 2012, AO, Fidelizer, BHE and JPlay my Audio Aéro seems transformed.

 

PS2 To make things worse: I expect to receive a USB Regen soon from the mid August batch. It now seems difficult to imagine a further sound improvement, but we will hear...

 

PS3 On a whim, I started to translate the BHE manual. This may show my interest in BHE but is also a sign of hybris I guess. 350 pages! This guy and his player intrigue me...


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#40480 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by Anto on 06 May 2017 - 11:56 AM

I always follow, but I stopped, detoxified me!
You spend all the time installing, uninstalling, and trying to figure out whether the new version is better or worse than the previous one, and then the wait times are long!
I had come to the point of having the terror that finding the latest less satisfactory version, I had to compare it between 700 and pass releases released to figure out which was the best at the moment.
Hi everyone, and good music.
Anto

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#40294 Getting the most out of JPLAY

Posted by xsonic1 on 17 April 2017 - 02:35 AM

Hi All,

 

Just a quick report out. I have been quite happy with the SQ of my single, Windows 10 PC set-up using JPlay / JRiver MC19. As in the comment made above, I kept hearing that JPlayStreamer was better and finally decided it was time to take the plunge to JPlayStreamer.

 

Over the last week I made the switch to a Kinsky/MinimServer/JPlayStreamer software solution and I am incredibly happy I did so. Marcin's directions on his blog (Getting the most out of JPlay) takes you through setting up MinimServer and JPlayStreamer. Following his step by step directions will minimize any hassles. The end result is well worth the effort. 

 

Along the way I went from JPlay settings that had a DACLink/PCbuffer set to 350Hz / 0.02 secs and now have them set to 1Hz and 10s.

 

The resulting SQ via JPlayStreamer with the new settings is simply fantastic. Imaging is improved, with the background noise floor diminished. My system just has a much more effortless and dynamic feel to it.

 

Anyone who hasn't made the switch to a JPlayStreamer set-up is losing out. Highly recommended!

 

I look forward to additional tips from Marcin and Josef. Keep up the good work guys!

 

Enjoy the tunes, I definitely am!

Robb


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#39634 Getting the most out of JPLAY

Posted by Marcin_gps on 01 March 2017 - 06:56 PM

Network configuration is crucial in extracting the most from JPLAYStreamer. I will elaborate this subject in my next articles


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#39366 Windows Server 2016 - any good, any better?

Posted by AudioPhil on 10 February 2017 - 09:27 AM

Devmgr in core will be just a little nice "addon" to what is already working here in the kitchen...! :-D

Beta 5 will change the game like nothing before ever did!
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#39302 HySolid HiRez Music Player

Posted by AudioDoc on 05 February 2017 - 01:33 AM

This was posted by me on the Windows Server 2016 - any good, any better? forum, but is also applicable here, as it involves the configuration to make HySolid work with JPlay

Configuring HySolid to work with JPlay on Windows Server 2016 Core

·       Uninstall Fidelizer

·       Enable remote access to access Audio-PC from another computer

1.       From the Windows 2016 Core computer:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Remote Service Management" new enable=yes

2.       From the remote GUI computer (Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012 R2):

3.       Open a Command Prompt and enter the following command to access the Netsh CLI on a remote machine:

netsh -r hostname -u domain\admin -p password (hostname = Windows 2016 computer name; password = password to login to Windows 2016 computer)

4.       From the remote GUI computer (Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012 R2 open the Services applet

5.       Select connect to another computer

6.       Type in the IP address of the Windows 2016 core server

7.       Go to the service for Hysolid and Hysolidm

8.       Stop both services

9.       Change the logon

10.   Type:

.\user_name (user_name is the logged on account name on the Windows 2016 computer, very important that you type the .\ or the service will not start)

11.   Type password and confirm

12.   Do for both services (Hysolid and Hysolidm)

13.   Start the services

14.   Go to the Windows 2016 Core computer

15.   Check that the HySolid service has the correct logon information from the services applet in Task Manager

16.   Run AO and optimize as you normally would

17.   Configure JPlay to use KS

18.   Configure HySolid on the iPad/iPhone

19.   Play and enjoy music.

20.   Install and configure ProcessLAsso (if you use it)

21.   Install and configure Fidelizer

22.   Play and enjoy music

 

Hope this helps any of the members who have issues getting HySolid and JPlay to work


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#39160 Windows Server 2012 audiophile core edition

Posted by AudioDoc on 27 January 2017 - 02:39 AM

Did a clean installation of Windows 2016 Standard Core by removing Windows 2012 R2 during the installation process. (NO UPGRADE)

With the combination of Audiophile Optimizer 2.20 beta 2a JPlay/HySolid/ProcessLasso, I must say this completely beats my previous installation of the same setup on Windows 2012 R2

Better imaging/ soundstage, more detailed information, much better bass.

Using the posts on the forum to get the JPlay/HySolid did not work for me.

I will post a detailed step-by-step instructions to get the JPlay/HySolid combination working in Windows 2016 Core in a few days.

Stay tuned!!


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#38550 JCAT USB Isolator

Posted by Maxxwire on 05 December 2016 - 06:25 AM

My digital audio playback hardware and cabling consists of a Mac mini with a 3.0 Mhz Core i7 Dual core processor, 16GB RAM and a 256GB PCIe based SSD running El Capitan > Moon Audio Silver Dragon USB cable > Theta Digital LPS powered SOtM DX-USB HD DDC > Audio Sensibility UPOCC Silver digital coax cable > Wadia 151 Power DAC. For almost 2 years I had been considering one of the many often released options to clean up and reclock the USB audio signal coming from the Mac mini to my DDC, but most of them required an additional high quality linear power supply and I just didn’t want to go down that rabbit hole.

My attitude began to change earlier this year when I first read about the self powered Intona USB Isolator and all of the great reviews it received from end users. Over he next few months I read several accounts on Computer Audiophile website reporting that added EMI/RFI shielding of the plastic case of the Intona yielded even better sonic results. By the time that the JCAT USB Isolator in it’s sharp looking aluminum enclosure was released a few months ago I felt that I had just possibly finally found the best self powered solution to clean up and reclock the USB audio signal from my Mac mini.

JCAT_.jpg

It was an almost 6,000 mile long trip for the JCAT USB Isolator to where I live here on the left coast of the United States, but it was definitely worth the wait. For it’s initial setup I placed the JCAT USB Isolator on top of my SOtM DDC which sits on a Stillpoints isolated sheet of Dragon Plate carbon fiber along with it’s 9v Theta Digital linear power supply and a SOtM MBPS d2s battery power supply. The Moon Audio Silver Dragon UPOCC USB cable was used to interface the Mac mini and the JCAT USB Isolator while a Furutech GT-2 OCC Copper USB cable was the only decent spare USB cable that I had at the time so I used it to connect the JCAT USB Isolator to the LPS powered SOtM DDC.

After reading 100’s of accounts from other Audiophiles who had written reviews of USB devices with a somewhat similar purpose on the AA and CA websites I didn’t know what to expect from my new JCAT USB Isolator in my particular digital audio system. Installation was a plug’n play breeze and the JCAT USB Isolator immediately began doing it’s job while playing my music which collection primarily consists of classical music in the string quartet format. I am a confessed detail freak and the sonic improvements which the JCAT USB Isolator brought were immediately apparent and and effortlessly noticeable. In contrast about a year ago I experimented with a pair of Jitterbugs and I found myself repeatedly inserting and removing them in an attempt to evaluate their effect where by comparison the JCAT USB Isolator immediately had an undeniable and easily describable positive effect.

The particular improvements which the JCAT USB Isolator has brought to the sound of my USB audio playback of the very simple acoustic music that I like to listen to has been to remove the elements which I have come to know as noise and leakage currents which among other effects were causing the sound of instruments to blend together. Through the JCAT USB Isolator’s galvanic isolation these sonic images are now being rendered as clearly and cleanly separated one from another which results in giving each of the instruments an newly rock solid and individuated placement within the soundstage. In addition the leading edge of the musical notes are now much more distinct and detailed with an increased energy to them than I have ever been able to hear before from these recordings which I have been listening to for many years. I have also noticed that the decay elements in the music have been freed up and are now able to sustain for surprisingly longer periods of time giving the music playback more of a welcomed and satisfying ‘live in the room' quality. In short, I have yet to play a piece of music that the JCAT USB Isolator wasn’t able to help sound substantially better than it ever had before in my audio system over the last 16 years since I got my first DAC.

My personal conclusion: With it’s highly effective galvanic isolation, convenience of use and outstanding aesthetics the JCAT USB Isolator has successfully become a very much appreciated addition to my computer audio playback system which has allowed the $1,000’s in equipment and cabling investments which I have carefully made over the years to perform in an improved way thus becoming much more effective than they were being allowed to before this game changing new addition.

 

Maxx


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#35160 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by GoGa on 18 March 2016 - 05:03 AM

Come on friends...let's be a little more forgiving. We're having such a nice ride! Thanks to Hiroyuki (and JPlay + Fidelizer + AO + Process Lasso) I was able to discover a whole new world of computer audio. I've spent thousands of dollars on cables, faceplates and all kind of hardware and software tweaks and ZERO dollars on IB that has made the most audibale and enjoyable improvement to my system whatsoever! I listened to Linn Klimax DS recently and found my setup sounding very close in terms of resolution, transparency and kick.

Even if Mr. Hiroyuki stops any development we still have a lot of working and beautifully sounding IB versions that are way better of any software player on the planet.
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#31959 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by goldengate on 28 September 2015 - 07:58 PM

Makes me wonder if the developer is spitting out different flavors or if all of these builds are leading up an ultimate goal where he says, "Okay, this is the last one. It can't get any better than this. See ya, folks!" (Only in Japanese).

I say this because there seems to be a wide disparity in sound between daily builds, even though they all have the same buttons, tunings, and ways to configure it.

NOTE: This is in no way denegrating the creator. I just wonder what his end goal is. The same as ours?

 

You can view the Bughead facebook page for additional commentary from the developer. I will refrain from spending  much time on this as my interest is purely audio SQ. Here is a recent snippet from developer (google translated) on JPLAY:

 

"In addition, if introduced JPLAY, trend of tuning it will be JPLAY dependent, it will contrary to the "the world's most powerful technology nation Japan" significance of the goal."

 

The developer has also talked openly about dealing with mental illness. The magnitude of releases may be a manifestation.

 

I believe the developer has created something absolutely amazing that I enjoy almost every day.  I wish him good fortune and health (and have even contributed amazon gift cards like many here). However, if you spend  time following the developer you may read things that may seem odd, a bit incoherent or even troubling. 

 

Those using BH/IB are essentially being taken on a ride from the mind of one unique and talented developer. When and where it ends is anyone's guess. My recommendation is to buckle up and enjoy the view while acknowledging there probably will be a few bumps on the way there.


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#30950 Infinity Blade HQ (Bug Head Emperor) worth trying

Posted by franran on 02 August 2015 - 01:43 PM

Strange. I feel the exact opposite. I've always felt HQ Player having more of a Solid State Feel to IBs tube sound. HQ Player is probably closer to what you would hear on the master tape but IB feels like it has a much larger soundstage and has the more direct emotional connection. Like tubes, I would not be suprised if IB has more "coloration" at the hand of the developer but I am very much drawn to the sound. HQ player is accurate but seems smaller in scale and a bit too polite. At least with my system.

 

I have 4 players right now and I personally have them ranked for SQ as (1) IB (2) Jplay mini (3) HQ Player and (4) JRiver

 

Of course, tastes and systems vary, so this is IMO only.

GG, that is exactly my experience with BH & HQ

 

My recent problems with BH forced me to go back to HQ. I found it had improved but compared to BH it was smoother with nice details, yet flatter. It did not have the color, vibrancy or soundstage of BH. It was missing the highlights and multi-dimensionality the BH gives you.

 

Going back to BH, I really appreciate the incredible vista of sound Hiroyuki has created. The luminescence, dynamism and transparency of BH provides an emotional experience every time I listen to music on this player. Hiroyuki has created some magic here that is unlike anything else.


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#29259 Windows Server 2012 audiophile core edition

Posted by franran on 31 May 2015 - 07:31 PM

Something triggered me to write this, please pardon me if it is not the best place to put it.

 

Jriver was the first audiophile software I bought 2 years ago. Having just found this hobby of computer audio, I was very excited with it's capabilities. This was Media Center 18. I upgraded to 19 and 20 when it was time and felt I would always support its development. 

In the meantime my system grew to a 2 pc streamer with WS2012/Ao and Jplay. Wow, what a nice upgrade and I was on my way. Along the way i started getting those annoying Hoax popups and was thinking; "WHY?" I will still use Jriver, there is no reason to disparage a complimentary program. Then came the day they removed support completely. This was the end for me. I was not going backwards. Jplay was an integral part of my system. I was forced to abandon Jriver.
It was a good thing in the long run. I used other players: Foobar, then Jplay mini, then HQplayer, then my favorite of all Bug Head Emperor/Infinity Blade SQ. Wow, amazing sound quality by this Japanese genius, Hiroyuki Yokota.

I now use 5 programs in my setup. It is a WS2012/AO/ Jplay/ Fidelizer Pro/ Process Lasso all with My Bug Head - absolutely stunning sound quality. It's funny using all these software programs but somehow they all have a role to play and work very well together.

The best thing is the spirit of cooperation among the developers:
Audiophile optimizer - AudioPhil
Jplay - Josef and Marcin
Fidelizer Pro - Windows X (
Keetakawee Punpeng)
Bug Head - Yokota Hiroyuki
Process Lasso - Jeremy Collake
These amazing, like-minded developers put the advancement of computer audio technology and their customer's experience first. I have had personal contact with each one and have seen them work with me and each other. It makes me feel like part of this community that has the same goal in mind, better sound quality for all. It has restored my faith in the fellowship we should have with each other.

 

No one has helped me more than Audiophil, but Josef comes close. Thanks guys, I love this hobby


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