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#43338 Jazz trios

Posted by Marcin_gps on 07 May 2018 - 07:16 AM

I know the topic is well known to many music lovers and audiophiles. I'm a huge fan of jazz trios myself; classical, modern, melodious, jumpy - all styles really.

Recently at the local jazz festival in my city (Jazz nad Odra) I discovered a pianist & composer Dan Tepfer. His music and style are so different from what I'd known that I needed a moment to adjust. Once I did, the music really touched me. I can recommend his latest album 'Eleven Cages'. It's available on tidal. Here's a sample, hope you enjoy it:

 

 

Have you discovered any interesting jazz trios lately? Please share :)

 

Best regards,

Marcin


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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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#43729 Kazoo no tidal?

Posted by Marcin_gps on 25 June 2018 - 08:11 AM

Hi Marcin,

 

Is there a chance we have Tidal & Qobuz supported by Kazoo with JplayStreamer one day ?

Like we can see it on Kazoo with Linn network player ?

For me it is only the last things Jplay needed to be the best of all  ;)

There will be a solution soon. We are getting close to the biggest announcement in the history of JPLAY. 


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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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#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   91 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 :)

http://jplay.eu/ml_p...-sound-quality/

 

Best regards,

Marcin


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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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#44529 Windows server 2019 is released

Posted by Nobudy on 05 October 2018 - 01:47 PM

Finally it released and HIGHLY recommended,
and its Sound wonderful !!

 

https://cloudblogs.m...ally-available/

 

https://www.microsof...ows-server-2019

 

 

and for core installation

 

https://docs.microso.../install-fod-19


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#44394 Reliable way to copy WS2016 Core from SSD to bootable CF/PPA.

Posted by Jogar on 16 September 2018 - 02:26 PM

Being a computer dumbo, I spent many hours getting my CF/PPA TCXO adapter set up to boot WS2016 core. I recorded the method I used for future reference which I'm happy to share with you here. The superb SQ obtained makes the effort involved definitely worthwhile:

If you are running WS2016 on SSD and you wish to copy this to a bootable CF/PPA, this is a reliable way to do so. Your SSD will also act as a perfect backup for your CF installation. Before using a CF card, it’s useful to remember that it’s a lot slower than SSD although AO speeds things up.

On another Windows PC, hook up the WS2016 Core SSD and the compact flash card (on a CF SATA adapter) by USB to SATA connectors. Using AOMEI Backupper free software obtainable from https://www.aomeitech.com/download.html  clone WS2016 partition to the CF. Do not clone the entire SSD. This is to avoid cloning the unwanted reserved for system partition as well.

Once cloning is terminated, remove the SSD. Right click on the Windows logo, select disk manager. Right click on the partition you’ve cloned on the CF card and select active partition. Windows now recognizes an active partition (required for booting).

Install the CF card in the PC for which it’s intended. Start the PC with the bootable WS2016 USB installer you used for installation on the SSD and right away go into Bios set up. Go to SATA Configuration to see which SATA slot/controller your CF is attached to. The corresponding SATA controller must be modified to IDE instead of SATA otherwise the CF will not be bootable.

If your Bios doesn’t allow you to do this, unfortunately you won’t be able to install a bootable CF card on your motherboard. If you can, then allow the PC to restart and follow the steps until you come to a choice of Install WS2016 or Repair Computer. Choose repair computer, troubleshooting, command line.

At this point it’s useful to check whether your CF card is recognized by Windows so type diskpart; wait for diskpart to appear then type list volume. You should see the CF card as C: drive and the USB key as D (it may be different if you have another SSD/HDD/USB connected too). Type exit to revert to command line. Now you can begin the bcdboot procedure to enable WS2016 to boot on the CF.

If the CF card is C: and you’re using US English as language, then type:

bcdboot c:\windows l/ en-us

(More information can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/bcdboot-command-line-options-techref-di )

A message then appears bcdboot applied successfully. Shut down the PC, remove the USB installer key and restart the PC. Congratulations, you just did it. Enjoy!

 


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#44370 Why a hi-end network interface should be your next upgrade

Posted by Marcin_gps on 14 September 2018 - 09:54 AM

Check out in the article (and the video) below:

https://jcat.eu/why-...r-next-upgrade/

 

Regards, 

Marcin


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#44171 Apacer CF card Extended Range ( temperature ) as SSD

Posted by jma6 on 14 August 2018 - 07:31 PM

I finally did managed to have my CF sata interface modified by SOTM ( large capacitors , very good LDO regulators , a clock point for their sCLK ex clock board ) .

 

Result is a significant improvement in sound quality , a worthwhile investment .

 

Thank's Marcin and Tomslin for helping on this topic  . SLC CF card plus an upgraded CF-Sata interface is a very nice SQ boost in computer audio .


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#44127 JPLAY 2018 new release

Posted by Marcin_gps on 08 August 2018 - 12:09 PM

This year for sure, perhaps even still this Summer. It is almost ready. 


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#44098 JCAT NET Card FEMTO

Posted by taxman2 on 04 August 2018 - 02:10 PM

Check this out:

http://www.ghentaudi...rt/list-dc.html

 

I've been buying from this guy dc cables and they are of an exceptional quality.


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#44079 JCAT NET Card FEMTO

Posted by Jogar on 03 August 2018 - 08:06 AM

Hence i am about planning my next Single-Audio-PC here are some questions:

 

@taxman2: what are the three 100W LPS 5V/6A you are using? Got a Link for me? Have you ever compared them

to other LPS from other Brands?

 

@Jogar: Did you compare the Teddy Pardo PS (5V 3A) with models of other Brands and what was the key in the decision

to get exactly that model and not something else?

 

@all: i would like to see some suggestions about a motherboard for my next Single-Audio-PC that should be able to run

an Intel i7 or i9 with a femto network and a femto usb card.

 

greetings

BernieFFM

Hi Bernie,

I have compared the Teddy Pardo 5V 3A PS with other brands:

Standard 5V 3A SMPS - noisy, Teradak 2x5V 6A - acceptable but hums, Audiophonics low noise 5V 2A LPS - quite good, iFi Audio iPower 5V 2.5A - acceptable.

There are two reasons that I use the Teddy Pardo, the first is that it has the lowest noise floor of all and the second is that Teddy Pardo kindly agreed to make a 2x5V 3A model of which I have several so that the JCAT cards and SSD/HDDs can all be powered independently whilst minimizing the number of boxes and mains cables. Teddy Pardo uses screw down aviator-type GX16 connectors in his PSs which are excellent and GX16 plugs can be bought silver-coated if you make your own DC cables. 


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#43974 How to run Dual PC setup and achieve KS/Ultrastream/700/0.01s GUIDE

Posted by taxman2 on 25 July 2018 - 02:27 PM

Finally I’ve found time to write this guide. I presume most of you are advanced users and will not go through details of how to install your OS. If you don’t understand certain terminology just google it.

I am writing this based on my personal experience in dual pc setup. It took me two years to set it up properly without interruption of playback at KS/Ultrastream/700/0.01seconds.

My setup is:

 

Audio PC:

It is a mini PC fanless, aluminum body, Skylake 14nm CPU Intel Core i3 6100U 2 cores 4 threads 2.3GHz 3MB cache TDP 15W, 4GB RAM; Powered by 100W/12V/5.5A Ultra Low Noise LPS.

Window Server 2016 Standard Core, installed drivers and programs: Holo Audio Driver v.4.43 (for SU-1), RENESAS USB3 Host Driver 30230 (JCat USB Card), Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350 for (Femto Net Card), JPlay, Process Lasso Pro, Fidelizer Pro 8.2, AO 2.2

Added hardware: JCat (USB & Net) cards, JCat USB Isolator. Powered by 100W/5V/6A Ultra Low Noise LPS.

 

Control PC:

Mini PC fanless, aluminium body, Skylake 14nm CPU Intel Core i5 6200U 2 cores 4 threads 2.3GHz up to 2.8GHz 3MB cache TDP 15W, 16GB RAM; Powered by 100W/12V/5.5A Ultra Low Noise LPS.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard core (don't try WS 2016 - you will not succeed), installed programs: JPlay, Process Lasso Pro, Fidelizer Pro 8.2, AO 2.2, MinimServer, Java 32 & 64bit, Bubble UPNp Server; Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350 for (Femto Net Card).

Added hardware: JCat Net Card. Powered by 100W/5V/6A Ultra Low Noise LPS.

I will presume that you have no Process Lasso Pro, Fidelizer Pro and AO.

Both control and audio pc must be dedicated audio pc's.

 

 Audio PC setup:

After installing Windows Server 2016 core, update from sconfig settings all recommended updates only. Don’t instal Graphic driver at all. Just use the default one. Install audio driver. Reboot and go to audio driver settings - Uncheck Asio safe and set the smallest latency available (in my case it is 8 samples). If you have JCat Net Card, follow Marcin’s instructions). If not - install the latest ethernet adapter driver for your netcard. If it is Realtek install the driver utility (upon running it you get access to Realtek ethernet advanced settings. Install JPlay. Reboot. Run sconfig and change your ethernet connection IP to static and whatever IP you choose. Have in mind that your net card advanced settings must be the same on audio and control pc.

The following advanced settings are for Realtek net card; First uncheck safe power.

 

ARP Offload - disabled

Auto Disable Gigabit - disabled

Energy Efficient Ethernet - disabled

Flow Control - disabled

Green Ethernet - disabled

Interrupt Moderation - disabled

IPv4 Checksum Offload - disabled

Jumbo Frame - disabled

Large Send Offload v2 (IPv4) - disabled

Large Send Offload v2 (IPv6) - disabled

Maximum Number of RSS Queues - 4

Network Address - empty

NS Offload - disabled

Priority & VLAN - disabled

Receive Buffers - 1

Receive Side Scaling - enabled

Shutdown Wake on LAN - disabled

Speed & Duplex - on max (1GB dual)

TCP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - disabled

TCP Checksum Offload (IPv6) - disabled

Transmit Buffers - 1

UDP Checksum Offload (IPv4) - enabled

UDP Checksum Offload (IPv6) - disabled

Wake on Magic Packet - disabled

Wake on pattern match - disabled

WOL & Shutdown Link Speed - disabled

 

Control PC setup:

Install Windows Server 2012 R2 GUI. Update from sconfig settings all recommended updates only. Do not install Graphic driver (use the default).

Install Java 32 & 64bit versions.Install JPlay. Reboot. Update Realtek net driver. Follow AO guide how to setup the ethernet properties. Uncheck everything except Internet Protocol Version 4(TCP/IPv4) and do whatever is in the guide. Set up your static IP. Do exactly the same advanced settings as on audio pc. Follow JPlay manual and start JPlay settings. Your control and audio pc are now connected. Install MinimServer. Set up MinimServer (follow JPlay manual). Install Bubble UPnP Server. Follow first 3 steps of Marcin's post: http://jplay.eu/ml_p...-sound-quality/

 

When everything's been setup open JPlay settings and set KS/Ultrastream/700/0.01s. Now you should be able to play w/o interruptions. It also depends where your library is, (SSD or HDD). If your library is on HDD the response is slower and might not be able to play at 700/0.01. In my case (my library is on 4 HDD connected via USB to control pc) and I could play only wav and flac files 44.1/16 at 700/0.01. For all the rest I use 350/0.01. For hires files to play you need an internal sata3 SSD. You could always add a third pc for your library and connect it via ethernet cable to control pc. The 3 pc setup is a guarantee for successful playback w/o interruptions.

Of course it helps a lot and SQ is amazing if you have Process Lasso Pro, Fidelizer Pro, AO. 2.20 and JCat Femto (USB & Net) cards.

Now convert to core. Don't forget to copy avicap32.dll and msvfw32.dll in your Windows\System32 folder. On start up you must have MinimServer running. Manually assign it to run on startup. You could do it using a script. Or you could use Fidelizer Pro to run it as a media player application.

After the library has been loaded you can Open Kazoo or whatever control point application from different phone or computer and play.

Of course you must suspend power on all usb controllers, net cards and whatever you find applicable. AO could take care of that too. Preferably make pc's headless, just turn them on and off from power button.


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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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#822 DAC recommendations for Jplay

Posted by Marcin_gps on 14 July 2011 - 09:41 AM

Hi everyone,    I've been searching for a good USB/Firewire DAC (or DAC+USB-to-S/PDIF combo) for few years now. Ideally I would like to have one-box solution with support for all sample rates up to 192kHz over USB/FW. Headphone amp, balanced outs are not required. Right now I see few candidates. I would appreciate your feedback - if anyone had a chance to audition one of those with jplay - please share your comments (how does it sound, what bitstream size and minimum buffer size). Or recommend other units, that I'm not aware of :)   - Antelope Zodiac Gold + Voltikus - it has everything I'd ever want from a DAC. A bit pricey, but at least I know what I'm paying for.  - Lampizator DAC with USB (async, 32/384) - I had one in my system for a while, but without USB connection. I fed it with RME AES-32 card. The sound was terrific, the best I've heard.  - Anedio D1 - waiting for upgraded version with hi-rez support over USB. - Calyx 24/192 DAC - good USB implementation, ess sabre like anedio, nice looks - Hegel HD20 - nice jitter reduction, found an opinion that it bests Ayre QB9, relatively cheap  - Burson Audio 160D - 24/96 only, great headphone amp, which I don't need (STAX fanboy) - W4S DAC2 - this one uses m2tech drivers so low buffer is possible, but I've seen comments/reviews which indicated it's not that good - db Audio Labs Tranquility - it tempts me the most to try it although it doesn't support hi-rez, it's USB only and NOS - haven't heard one before!   Of course it would be great if I could listen to all of these DACs in my system, but it's impossible, so eventually I'd have to get one in blind. The good thing is that USB-capable converters are getting very popular and there will be a lot of new models soon, hopefully better :)   Cheers,  Marcin
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#43672 Single PC setup

Posted by Mantis on 19 June 2018 - 08:33 PM

Hi all,

 

I am planning on building a single PC setup using a Supermicro X11SAE-M motherboard and some ECC memory. I have read positive posts here about the use of an Intel E3-1235L V5 processor and a 32GB CF6 CF card (for the operating system) in a dual PC setup, but was wondering if such a processor and CF card would also be suitable for use in a single PC setup. Thanks in advance for your answers.


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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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