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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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#43112 Guide For Non-IT Experts to Install Windows Server 2016 Core

Posted by Jogar on 30 April 2018 - 10:43 AM

Attached File  BASIC GUIDE TO INSTALL WINDOWS SERVER 2016 CORE.pdf   353.15KB   65 downloads

Hi Guys,

As promised, here is a basic guide (see pdf attachment) for non-IT experts to install Windows Server 2016 Core. If, like me, you have some reasonable computer knowledge but are definitely not an IT expert, then this guide could be of some help to you. I actually compiled it for myself so that if I ever needed to reinstall WS2016Core I would at least have some reference to help do so. Going into server core can be pretty daunting at first and I often wondered what the hell I was doing out of my depth!

Audiophil's guidelines for AO helped me to pluck up the courage to try and set up WS2016C. So I guess that after successfully installing WS2016C, it's with happy ears that I can share this simple guide on this forum in the hope that it will help others to get started too.



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#41560 JPLAYStreamer: how to improve sound quality [GUIDE]

Posted by Marcin_gps on 13 October 2017 - 03:44 PM

Hello Guys, 


I've just posted another article on the blog. Hope you'll enjoy it :)



Best regards,


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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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#42825 Comparison of original CF card reader vs PP Audio modified one

Posted by kyrill on 06 April 2018 - 02:42 PM

hi pav


I have no experience yet with cf cards. But your experience resembles a bit mine when upgrading components in my very transparent

audio system in order to battle any kind of "harshness" introduced by  RFI EMI and or digital harshness.

When by an improvement the difference is too big, too easily discerned, my initial response was disappointment, and my sons ( in their twenties) with much

"sharper" ears even found the "upgrade" much worse sounding.

But they do not yet appreciate the search for the Holy Grail in high end sound systems:

musicality, naturalness.

The best MOST PERFECT high end sounds are all the daily sounds around you. The voices of your friends, the bus coming in the street. The birds and the sounds of acoustic guitars

and so on. If you close your eyes, the world around you, sound wise is the Holy Grail fulfilled: a perfect perfect speaker audio system.


Close your eyes and listen when you are in your garden, people in the room, outside on the pavement. What is lacking?

All the thrills of a good audio system , it almost sound common, normal, almost boring.

A good upgrade is doing exactly that, the initial disappointment I had with a good upgrade, it makes it more ehh or better less fantastic, less asking for attention or said in black and white

as if less treble, everything becomes more soft COMPARED to the more "harshness" embedded, invisible in the music, I was used to hear in my music room. I forgot to compare it with the most

perfect audio system on earth: the sound around me NOT coming form headphones or speakers. I compared it automatically to my sound system before the update.


Still there are snake oil updates or even ones that do make the sound worse. But in digital land a more precise clock and less jitter will always sound more natural if the more precise clock gets a more pristine clean power.


A warning though, the less transparent the music system is, the more it needs "harshness" to push through the veil  that should not be there. In that case the HiFI system is not yet an audiophile system and it will sound worse with a modification that will lift up a high end system.

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#43559 Specification for a high end dedicated audio PC?

Posted by Marcin_gps on 05 June 2018 - 07:02 AM

In this video Terry from Pursuit Perfect System describes his new high-end music server build

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube....4O9_r1d1d8&t=0s

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#43373 Audiophile Optimizer 2.20 Released

Posted by cheeTarh Consulting on 09 May 2018 - 05:27 AM


Yes it is slightly different. But for obvious reasons making huge changes compared to the last beta would make the entire beta testing useless and put everything at risk for instability and so on.

I like stable releases and no surprises. We never had to pull back neither a final or a beta release in the last five years and i like it to stay like that :)


Hi, Phil,


I finally found time to update AO from Beta 6 to 2.20 "Official."


I have done this for Audio PC (WS2012 Core/ WS2016 GUI) and  Control PC (WS2012 Core/ WS2016 GUI), so four times.

Clarity, quietness, and bass "kicks" were improved noticeablly, so "Official" is certainly better than Beta 6.


Thank you very much, I really appreciate your continued work, but please take care and rest for your health.



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#43113 400W PC Linear Power Supply

Posted by Marcin_gps on 30 April 2018 - 11:08 AM

Hi Guys,


Since I received many requests from people about the availability of the 400W ATX power supply, I'm happy to inform you that it's available to order now with shipping around 15th of May.  This is a small batch, so if you had an eye on it, please hurry up


It can be ordered at the JCAT shop over here: https://jcat.eu/prod...r-power-supply/


Best regards,


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#42833 Comparison of original CF card reader vs PP Audio modified one

Posted by Tomslin on 07 April 2018 - 09:00 AM

Hi Peter


Due to your post I have done some tests with a generic SATA-CF adapter, the one in the picture here:




There is no chance that this generic sounds better than PPA OCXO in my setup. The difference is clearly heard even in Control PC. It recalls generic SSD, maybe something better, but that “digital feeling” is clearly noticeable. The soundstage shrinks, more strained treble, worse resolution and dynamic for to mention some.


I’m little curious how you have done your audio PC setup. Due to the picture you attached, I can’t see anything special that resembles a carefully made audio PC, without to judge you in any form :)  Neither the SATA cable or power cord gives the OCXO adapter any justice, and the ability to perform. You can’t mix good things with bad, if so the result will always be bad. Good things only work together with other good things. It always applies in the audiophile sphere, both when it's about digital and analog :) 




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#42816 Is Phil from AO in a constant holiday?

Posted by screenmusic on 06 April 2018 - 01:21 AM

I can't get a hold on Phil, no reply to emails, etc, where is he? Hawai maybe?

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#42020 Unable to Use DSD256 Upsampling With jPlay

Posted by Marcin_gps on 29 December 2017 - 02:49 PM

We will have sth new soon. Stay tuned :) 

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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



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



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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.


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:




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







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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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#42205 Windows Server 2012 audiophile core edition

Posted by AudioPhil on 26 January 2018 - 09:26 AM

Hello Folks


There we go again... :)


AO 2.20 Beta 6 is ready for download. Please have a quick look at the change log:


Version 2.20 Beta 6
AudiophileOptimizer 2.20
- Enables WASAPI in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode (experimental)
- Enables Sound Control Panel in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode (experimental, en-US only!)
- Enables RoonServer & RoodBridge in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode
- Enables TIDAL in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode
- Enables MMCSS in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode
- Support for Windows 10 Build 16299 (Fall Creators Update)
- Support for Windows 10 Build 15063 (Creators Update)
- AO disables automatic maintenance (Win10/Server 2016)
- Roon Support for Windows Server 2016 (Core/GUI)
- Up to 14 more disabled services (All OS'es)
- Enables WDM Drivers in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode
- Update of "Prepare Essentials Edition" feature for Windows Server 2016
- Minor changes and updates
- Ability to disable Cortana (Windows 10)
- Ability to remove Windows Defender (Windows Server 2016)
- Updated MediaPlayer support for Windows Server 2016 Core Mode
- Support for Windows Server 2016 RTM (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Support for Windows Server 2016 Evaluation (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Removed Support for Windows Server 2016 TP5 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- LockScreen disabled for Windows Server 2016
- ActionCenter disabled for Windows Server 2016
- Enables Kernel-Streaming in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode

ServiceTool 2.20
- Support for Windows 10 Build 16299 (Fall Creators Update)
- Support for Windows 10 Build 15063 (Creators Update)
- Important update of the reset feature
- Update of js.cmd and jm.cmd (now exits back into command prompt)
- Reset does no longer disable network bridges
- Minor changes and updates
- Shell replacement for JRiver Media Center 23 (x86 & x64)
- Kodi Shell Replacement
- Alchemy Shell Replacement
- HQPlayer NAA Shell Replacement
- Roon and HQPlayer Shell Replacement
  (starts Roon and HQPlayer together, detects x86/x64 HQP)
- RoonServer and HQPlayer Shell Replacement
  (starts RoonServer and HQPlayer together, detects x86/x64 HQP)
- Support for Windows Server 2016 RTM & Evaluation
- Update of Windows Server 2016 WLAN support
- ST does not longer show option to switch modes in Windows Server 2016
  (since Microsoft removed ability to do so)

Setup 2.20
- Enables Device Manager in Windows Server 2016 Core Mode (experimental, en-US only!)
- Minor changes and updates
- Support for Windows Server 2016 RTM & Evaluation
- Update of the PDF Guide


Upgrade Instructions:



You can find it on our download portal after logging in: https://www.highend-...pc.com/download


Enjoy it,


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#4069 Null Vs. Direct Output

Posted by darbonne on 17 February 2012 - 06:18 AM

I am using jPlay with J River and have set the software settings as noted in the setup. The setup calls for the output to be set Null. When I do that I completely lose the sound. When I set it back to Direct it works. Which is the correct setting for jPlay?/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-confused.gif
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