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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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#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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#46042 Test Tracks

Posted by The Chaplin (Peter C) on 20 November 2018 - 10:46 PM

Thought it would nice to share our test tracks. 

Stop me if we have a topic elsewhere :) & let me know where thanks.

 

Here is my current list:

 

Boston\Boston (DSD64)\03 Foreplay Long Time.dff
Camel\Rain Dances [2014 SHM SACD DSF]\01 - Camel - First Light.dsf
Dire Straits\Communique (2012 SHM SACD DFF)\09 - Follow Me Home.dff
Eric Clapton\461 Ocean Boulevard (2010 SHM SACD DSF)\10 - ERIC CLAPTON - Mainline Florida.dsf
Esbjörn Svensson Trio\Viaticum (DSD64)\05 - Esbjörn Svensson Trio - Viaticum.dff
Goldfrapp\Supernature (DSD64)\03 - Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse.dff
Joe Satriani\Strange Beautiful Music (DSD64)\01 - Joe Satriani - Oriental Melody.dsf
Lynyrd Skynyrd\Second Helping (2014 AP SACD DSF)\01 - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama.dsf
Peter Gabriel\So (DSD64)\01 - Peter Gabriel - Red Rain.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\01 - Peter Gabriel - Darkness.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\02 - Peter Gabriel - Growing Up.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\03 - Peter Gabriel - Sky Blue.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\04 - Peter Gabriel - No Way Out.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\05 - Peter Gabriel - I Grieve.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\06 - Peter Gabriel - The Barry Williams Show.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\07 - Peter Gabriel - My Head Sounds Like That.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\08 - Peter Gabriel - More Than This.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\09 - Peter Gabriel - Signal To Noise.dff
Peter Gabriel\Up (DSD64)\10 - Peter Gabriel - The Drop.dff
Roxy Music\Avalon (DSD64)\03 - Roxy Music - Avalon.dff
Steely Dan\Gaucho (DSD64)\01 - Steely Dan - Babylon Sisters.dff
T. Rex\Electric Warrior (DSD64)\02 - T.REX - Cosmic Dancer.dff
The Dave Brubeck Quartet\Time Out (DSD64)\04 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Three To Get Ready.dsf
The Who\Who's Next [2010 SHM SACD DSF]\09 Won't Get Fooled Again.dsf
Van Cliburn\Van Cliburn, piano - Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 (DSD64)\05 - Van Cliburn, piano - Adagio sostenuto.dff
 
24 bit 192Khz, 96Khz & 88.2Khz
Coldplay\Parachutes (24-192)\1.05  Yellow.m4a
Cream\Wheels Of Fire (2010 SHM-SACD)\01 White Room.m4a
David Bowie\A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) (24-96)\2.03  'Heroes' (2017 Remastered Version).m4a
David Bowie\A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) (24-96)\2.06  V-2 Schneider (2017 Remastered Version).m4a
David Bowie\A New Career In A New Town (1977 - 1982) (24-96)\2.10  The Secret Life of Arabia (2017 Remastered Version).m4a
John Mayer\Heavier Things (2003 SACD)\08 Daughters.m4a
Kate Bush\50 Words For Snow\06 50 Words For Snow.m4a
Leonard Cohen\Popular Problems (24-96)\1.07  Nevermind.m4a
Paul Simon\Graceland (24-96)\1.05  Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.m4a
Pharrell Williams\G I R L\05 Happy (from Despicable Me 2).m4a
Roger Waters\Amused to Death (2015 24-192)\1.14  Amused to Death.m4a
The Who\Who's Next (2010 SHM-SACD)\09 Won't Get Fooled Again.m4a
Van Halen\The Collection\1.10  Ice Cream Man (2015 Remastered Version).m4a
Daft Punk\Random Access Memories [2014 Limited Box Set Edition 24-88]\1.03  Giorgio by Moroder.m4a
 
16 bit 44.1 khz
Chris Jones\Moonstruck & No Looking Back\1.01  Long After You're Gone.m4a
Chris Jones\Roadhouses & Automobiles\1.05  No Sanctuary Here.m4a
Simply Red\Picture Book\02 Sad Old Red.m4a
 
I may come back to update some of these as I'm getting into some DCC Steve Hoffman remasters which are sometimes better in 16 bit than the HI Res recent remasters

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#48334 Lowest Common Denominator

Posted by JazzDoc on 15 April 2019 - 12:50 PM

I have had a computer audio installation as a part of my system for the past nine years. I started with a very simple single PC/JRMC/JRemote installation and over the years have progressed to dual PC/JPLAY Femto/AO 3.30 Beta/Process Lasso Server/Fidelizer Pro/BubbleUPnP. In the time that I have used computer audio, I have used Windows 10/2012 Server (GUI and Core)/2016 Server/2019 Server. I have always used my Naim Audio DAC, powered by a Naim Audio XPS power supply. I recently changed my S/PDIF converter from M2Tech HiFace Evo to Singxer SU-1. The sound that I am able to achieve now is without doubt, superior to the sound quality achieveable with my original Windows 10/JRMC/JRemote setup. Had JRiver not prevented the use of JPLAY with their software, I might still be there. Although JRiver referred to JPLAY as 'a hoax', my experience was that it did indeed significantly improve sound quality. My current setup is good. It is largely stable and reliable and it enables me to enjoy music although I have always felt that something just isn't right.

 

On Saturday, I went to my local vinyl store for the first time in years. It was Record Store Day and I wanted one of this year's available RSD releases. When I brought the record home and played it, I realised what was wrong. ith digital audio, both CD and DAC based, the sound seems recessed and flat. With vinyl the sound comes into the listening room with the listener, offering an almost holographic presentation of the music. I tried a few more digital vs analogue comparisons and found that my initial experience was consistent. Playing a vinyl album offers a quality of sound that is vastly superior to either of my digital sources.

 

I am aware that my computer audio equipment is long in the tooth. I have never heard a really good high end computer audio setup. It would I'm sure, make for an interesting comparison. I can't afford to get myself a high end computer audio setup. Having retired from work, my upgrading days are gone. I wonder though if it is the case that digital sound cannot rival its analogue counterpart. There are many who will tell you that this is the case.

 

As previously mentioned, I would be really interest to hear a comparative listening test between a high end computer audio setup and a high end vinyl setup.

Each has its relative advantages. CD is low maintenance, computer audio is mostly low maintenance and vinyl, by comparison, is relatively high maintenance. The listener is required to turn or change the record every twenty minutes or so, styli need to be treated with utmost care and kept clean. It can be a hassle.

 

I have a friend who is a devotee of analogue sound. For many years, he has built his own turntables and has frequently attempted to explain to me in technical terms why digital recording and replay can never equal analogue. He does not have and has never had, a digital source component in his system. I wonder if he is right and that a reference sound can never be achieve with digital components. The lack of general availability of vinyl will of course, influence equipment choice. I am most certainly glad that I have retained my vinyl collection of around 3500 albums, mostly purchased in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Wonder where the audiophile market will go from here.


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#49225 New dedicated computers and new case

Posted by FelipeRolim on 29 July 2019 - 06:38 PM

Hello friends. I created this topic to share with you the photos of the new case I built for dedicated computers (the software is the same as always - Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Core Mode and JPLAY FEMTO). With more time, I will insert in the descriptions about the reasons that led me to adopt this new layout, as well as the sound that I have obtained with the last changes.

 

Since there are so many photos, I created a shared folder to access and view.

 

https://fioedu-my.sh...atMyBQ?e=XYiOaX

 

Attached Files


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#49196 New Audiophile Build

Posted by mdskier on 24 July 2019 - 05:10 PM

First off I would like to thank all of you participating in this forum for the valuable information.  Yes I have been lurking for a longtime.  :)
 
My current CAT is a Asrock ITX motherboard with a Intel I7, a SSD and HDPlex 100W LPS running Win 10, Jriver, A.O. 3.0 and Fidelizer 8.4.  My library is housed on a Synology NAS.
 
So here is my new system build.
 
Case: HDPlex H5 2nd Gen
Motherboard: SUPERMICRO MBD-X11SCA-F-O 
Processor: Intel E-22XX
Ram: Apacer ECC DDR4 2666
SSD: Apacer SLC
Power Supply: HDPlex 200W LPS 
 
JCAT Usb FEMTO
JCAT Net Card FEMTO
 
Already have
JCAT Reference SATA Cable 
 
I am sure I could crazy but here this is a good start.  :)
 
More to follow as I source the components.

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#45686 Requirements for a dedicated computer

Posted by FelipeRolim on 13 November 2018 - 01:06 AM

Since I had the feeling that the real performance of a stereo system isn't achieved by a desktop blu-ray player, but with a completely dedicated computer, I spent a lot of time on the mission of extracting the best I can from a dedicated computer. For this, many and many hours of studying and listening have brought me to the current stage, with at least one computer that I think performs well. In this topic, my goal is to write some things that I consider for a computer assembly, things that I took into consideration, things that worked for me, and that's why they represent my personal opinion on the subject.

 

The first thing that I consider essential in a dedicated computer is a linear power supply. First, talking generically, what I have to say is: every low signal source that's part of the system (computer, pre-amp, DAC, e.g.) is extremely more sensible than high signal source (usually amplifiers and integrated amps). It happens because the SNR between them is very small, in direct comparison. For example, a noise of 0,5v represents much more for a circuit with a voltage of 1,5v, 4v or 5v (as in the USB connection, or between DAC and pre-amp, or between pre-amp and amplifier) ​​than for a circuit with 35v signal (amplified output). This makes a special care with noise necessary for our systems, especially high frequency noise. Many people say that electromagnetic shielding is enough, but it just physically isolates the circuit elements. I could, e.g., insulate a transformer with mu-metal, or a power supply, and probably the high-frequency irradiation will be controlled. However, there are other two big strands that are part of the equation: a) controlling EMI/RFI waves irradiation doesn't mean that they won't exist amymore, but just will remain closed. I mean, by enveloping a computer power supply, for example, all radiated noise will be confined within itself, reflecting indefinitely (there is a difference between absorbing and isolating); b ) even with a control of the phisycal incidence of electromagnetical waves, we cannot forget that noise also circulates over the conductors. And not just that. High-frequency noise has no "path", no definite direction. At the same time that it comes with the power cables (phase and neutral), it also returns through the same cables. In a few words, it means that the noise generated by a switched power supply propagates through internal components, spreads to the equipments through the USB cable, the coaxial cable, the RCA/XLR cables and reaches the speakers, but also returns by the electric cables to feed the other equipments directly by the transformer. This is, therefore, a double loss, since, with a switched power supply in the system, everything loses: DACs, preamplifiers, among others, and not just the equipment with a switched power supply. Not long ago I was highly contested in a Facebook group when making these notes, but no one was willing to prove me the opposite with the use of an oscilloscope. It's obvious that's there are linear PSU and linear PSU, switched PSU and switched PSU, and that an excellent switched power supply can be better than a bad linear power supply, but, in principle, working at 60Hz and with adequate filtering (and a few other things), a linear power supply, by its nature, can achieve a better level of performance.

 

Based on several assumptions, I developed and tested a dozen linear power supplies to arrive at the final form of what I have today. I believe that implementations are possible, but this isn't the focus of my dedication now. The fact is that after I completely removed any and all switched power supplies from my system, the performance level went up severely, and as I was implementing the computer and other items, I noticed that much of what I heard was due to the fact that the computer didn't has a switched power supply, and I was able to prevent it from inserting noise into the network or audio path. So, I consider that the first and one of the most important care of any audiophile that wants to build a digital stereo system is the non-use of switched power supplies and, of course, the adoption of good performance linear power supplies.

 

In next post, I'll write about the hardware of a dedicated computer (motherboard, processors and others). Hope you enjoy.

 

PS.: for those interested, I can also talk and explain about the construction of my linear power supplies, already apologizing for my bad English.


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#49194 High-End DC Power Cables

Posted by Marcin_gps on 24 July 2019 - 03:21 PM

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NO COMPROMISE AUDIOPHILE-GRADE OCC WIRES & SHIELDING RESULT IN A REMARKABLE AUDIO EXPERIENCE

 

The JCAT DC cables extract true performance of a linear power supply that is masked by poor quality of generic DC cables included with a PSU. Replace those with JCAT and experience the sound on a completely new level.

 

SPECIFICATION:

No compromise audiophile-grade DC power cables that can be tailor made for your PSU and needs: motherboard CPU (world premiere), SATA drives, USB/NET Card etc. Pictured is a 4-pin ATX 5V to 2x SATA DC cable for use with the HD-PLEX 400W ATX PSU

Multistrand OCC wires made up of up to 221 ultra pure fine copper strands. OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) wires developed by Professor Ohno at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan are used to eliminate impurities and grain boundaries which degrade conduction and consequent sound quality. Contrary to other copper wires, OCC copper is ultra (99.9999%) pure which allows the cleanest possible conduction

Advanced shielding prevents noise interference and guarantees a remarkable audio experience

Dramatic improvement of sound quality & image quality

More natural tone that is closer to analogue

The positive effect will improve up to one week from the installation

Once the DC cable is installed, the same directionality must be used to maintain the best sound quality

If the DC power cable for e.g. HD-PLEX PSU is ordered, it is designed to work exclusively with HD-PLEX PSU. Therefore the cable must not be used with other power supplies for safety reasons.

Motherboard DC power cable for CPU, a world premiere in computer audio, has the biggest impact on sound quality

Please specify the DC connectors and make/model of your power supply when placing the order. Available connectors and options included in the price are: motherboard 4-pin ATX (CPU), 2x DC jack 5,5/2,1mm, 2x SATA (pictured). The standard length is 1.4m

 

The cable is available now at the JCAT shop:  https://jcat.eu/prod...c-power-cables/


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#37887 JCAT USB Card FEMTO

Posted by Marcin_gps on 15 September 2016 - 02:38 PM

I'm pleased to announce another great product: JCAT USB Card FEMTO which replaces the original JCAT USB Card model.

It's available now and ready to ship. More info here: http://jplay.eu/ml_p...usb-card-femto/

 

Regards,

Marcin


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#49452 New build based on CORE AUDIO DAIDO Barebone Entry Music server

Posted by PhilG on 08 September 2019 - 08:59 PM

Hello (from France) to all of you,
 
This is my first post and I wanted to dedicate it to my newly acquired Music server, the entry level at Core Audio, which this Hungarian company calls "DAIDO Barebone Entry".Attached File  IMG_0563.JPG   570.71KB   9 downloadsAttached File  IMG_0561.JPG   711.12KB   5 downloads
It is actually a linear ATX power supply (8 circle full analogue low noise power supply) powered by 2 toroidal transformers (160va and 100va), the whole installed in the popular Streacom FC-10 enclosure. After several more or less successful attempts to make my own ATX power supply, I finally chose this solution which suits my  needs with an "all-in-one" concept.  I also  wanted something  different from what can be commonly found on the market in terms of ATX power supply.
 
This solution (and this is not the least of its benefits) allows me to build my own music server and customize it according to my needs. it offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to the choice of architecture (mATX server board with Xeon or gaming board with i7 or i9T…) and devices, accessories (cards, wires… ).
It's pricey, yes, but I think it's worth every penny, especially considering the above observation, as well as the global quality of this cleverly designed PSU, not to mention that it makes it possible to do without the previously required power supplies, especially DC/ATX converters and other pico PSUs. I was able to get rid of a 12v psu for motherboard, another12v for cpu, a pico psu, two dc and power cables, an extra power strip needed to connect all that, etc. I made two exceptions, however (more by curiosity than because of need):  I kept my  Bakoon BPS-02 battery to power the OS SSD and for the FEMTO USB card I kept the Uptone LPS-1 power supply (more precisely the LPS-1 set to 7v followed by two LT3045 based MPAudio power supplies in series (respectively 6v and 5v) for an ultra clean, ultra low noise 5v). But honestly it was more by coquetry and because I can hide these tiny little boxes behind the Streacom case, I could easyly live with the 5v from the Core Audio power supply without feeling any loss in SQ .   
 
I finished the build two weeks ago (see attached pictures). I only made one modification to the rear of the FC-10. The  Streacom box is certainly aesthetically pleasing but it has the drawback of not having any vertical expansion slots (only 2 large horizontal slots, only one of which is actually usable in practice because they are too close together). As a result it requires the use of a riser cable, which I wanted to avoid as it seems to degrade the sound quality a bit. So I cut the back of the FC-10 as well as the back of an old FC-9 (a useless spare case that had uggly wear marks on the cover) and assembled the two parts in order to have 2 usable vertical slots.  Not so easy but nevertheless fully achievable with the help of simple but good tools, good eyesight and... a little patience! The result of this "organ transplantation" (with a high risk of rejection) was a kind of FC-9 XXL (or FC-11?). This allowed me to use two USB cards: one FEMTO JCAT and another (normal, not FEMTO). The latter is currently used to receive data from an external HDD housed in a Lacie case), but I could as well use this second slot for a FEMTO NET card for instance.
 
Now, let's talk a little bit about the SQ:  ( I deliberately kept the best for the end !).
As I said earlier, I only recently finished my build and so I haven't been able to listen to much more than about 40 hours, yet we know that a music server, like most audio devices, requires a break-in time. A power supply such as the one installed in this music server is no exception to the rule, (all the more so since it has no less than 31 capacitors on board). Despite this, I had enough time to quickly glimpse the potential of this PSU. First impressions are very positive.
What immediately caught my attention is that this PSU is totally silent, the illumination of the white LED on the front of the Streacom and the green LEDs of the PSU are the only signs that it has been switched on. There is no noise, no parasitic vibrations, nothing.
It is probably a too soon to analyse the listening in detail. I could use expressions like "soundstage is very wide, 3D, airy, and so on" or "I could hear a lot of musical details previously hidden", the kind of words inevitably used in the reviews. Sure, they would be quite appropriate in this case, but perhaps  not credible enough given the short time spent listening. At this point, and  more importantly, I  would rather say that I really, really like what I hear. I found myself listening to all kinds of music (Jazz, instrumental and vocal, Classical, Folk, French songs...) until late at night with curiosity and a certain greed.  There are albums that I know by heart (or at least I thought I knew) and that I rediscover. It's real delight :)
The Core Audio power supply, whatever its qualities, is of course not the only one responsible for these results, the JCAT FEMTO USB card, the JCAT Reference SATA and JCAT Reference USB cables that I reinstalled are an important part of it. So I would like to take this opportunity  to congratulate and thank Marcin for his work and the quality of the products in the JCAT range.
 
As a last comment, I must point out that I get these listening results with  a rather modest motherboard and CPU. No Supermicro server board or fancy ITX gaming board here, no Xeon or last gen I7 or I9 CPU. I only have an old mATX Asus with Haswell (i7 4770T) CPU.  As you can see, it's not the latest in state-of-the-art technology!
I can hardly imagine the result I could get with one of these new motherboards/CPUs.
It is therefore not that difficult to guess what the next step in upgrading my Music server could be :)
Perhaps it will be another story...  For now I am very happy with my new toy.


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#44748 JPLAY Classic & JPLAY FEMTO released! - general discussion

Posted by Marcin_gps on 31 October 2018 - 01:46 PM

We are pleased to announce the availability of new products in the line-up: JPLAY Classic, available for FREE to all existing customers, includes the latest 7.0 revision of JPLAY Driver and JPLAYmini. 
 
JPLAY FEMTO trial includes JPLAY Classic
To all those who ask for JPLAY Classic - if you don't want to upgrade to FEMTO you will receive a FREE license code when JPLAY FEMTO trial expires
 
 
JPLAY FEMTO is a completely new product which features our proprietary UPnP media server software, femtoServer, as well as our own UPnP renderer. JPLAY FEMTO combines unrivalled digital playback algorithms with convenience that has not been available before. 
 
Download NOWfully-functional JPLAY FEMTO and test-drive it for free next 21 days without any obligations!  
 
SPECIAL OFFER for existing JPLAY customers!
 
For a limited time (until end of November 2018) all existing JPLAY customers can upgrade to JPLAY FEMTO for only 49 EUR! (the price for new customers is 149EUR)
 
Please visit this page to purchase the upgrade
(please note your email has to match the one used when buying JPLAY - only verified existing JPLAY customers are eligible for this special offer)
 
If you do not wish to upgrade to JPLAY FEMTO and instead receive JPLAY Classic for free, please send us an email  I want JPLAY Classic. You don’t have to decide now, you can use use JPLAY FEMTO for free for the next 21 days. 
 
For more details please visit this page:
 
Most important facts:
- DAC Link goes up to 1000Hz for both JPLAY Classic & JPLAY FEMTO
- JPLAY Classic includes JPLAYmini and JPLAY Driver updated to latest playback technology
- JPLAY FEMTO does not need MinimServer (although it's compatible), transcoding or Java. Please follow the new manual
- JPLAY FEMTO  supports DSD Native (RAW) playback via ASIO up to DSD256 and DoP up to DSD128. 
- JPLAYStreamer has been discontinued 
- New online activation method, also for free trial version (requires internet connection)
- Changes in EULA: one license is now valid for 2 PCs
 
Regards, 
Marcin

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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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#47453 Femto top of the top

Posted by brunohegy on 07 February 2019 - 10:36 AM

hello everyone, i wanted to share my experience, i'm on server 2019, femto, jriver, jremote, audiogd, amanero isolate, and my bill beard BB100 ...... i want to tell you c a meirveille i listen only dsd 128 in asio and c a real happiness, I tested a lot of products like Roon HQplayer, aurdivana, jriver and of course foobar, but none of my enjoy the pleasure and the quality of femto ..... BRAVO has jplayfemto ... ....


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#45476 RAMdisk with Windows Server 2016/2019 - Configuration Guide

Posted by FelipeRolim on 08 November 2018 - 02:21 PM

Hello guys. After I spent a lot of time trying to make my dedicated computer work with RAMdisk, I finally managed to succeed in this endeavor. As I tried many different paths, I wrote down everything so that I had some "extra" information when I finally got it, and also to have a guide in case I had to do it again. Well, I didn't have to do it again, hehe, but I hope the information I wrote down as "definitive" in terms of functioning is actually correct and helpful to colleagues in the forum. As I am Brazilian and I wrote the text originally in Portuguese, I spent some time transcribing it into English, so that it is possible to share with colleagues of this forum. I think it's valid, because it really was very difficult to get it for the first time.

For those who don't know, RAMdisk is one of the most high-performance methods for audiophiles in the world, and although I've never read anything about it in this forum and only have a personal friend who has tested before me, I've read a lot, a lot , much information in international scope, where it seems that the theme is more evolved. Reducing latency and high throughput is only a small part of the benefits. If that weren't enough, I've never heard any "original" setup, with SSD, SD card, M.2, or anything else, that delivers audio quality as good as RAMdisk. For me, it's the best, but what I don't know is if there are different RAM models that deliver different sonorities (Corsair vs. Kingston; Kingston vs. Crucial; Corsair vs. GSkill; e.g.).

To make it easier for me and my colleagues, I created a PDF file that can be downloaded, because the text is large and I also attached some images to make the complicated parts more enlightening.

Finally, I remind colleagues that although there are Windows software that makes RAMdisk easily, they only allow a very limited part of RAM to be defined as storage, and they don't allow the operating system itself to be installed or loaded on it. The guide I've tried to create effectively causes 100% of the operating system to go to RAM and run from it.

Here is a working video:

 

Attached Files


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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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#47944 USB+LAN Ground Conditioner

Posted by Marcin_gps on 20 March 2019 - 09:51 AM

Hi Guys, 

 

Here is another product I've been working on during last year : high performance USB+LAN Ground Conditioner

It is quite unique - I have not seen anything like it.  

 

I remember the first time I connected it to my USB Card FEMTO & NET Card FEMTO, I was shocked. The first thing I noticed was how much better the image quality got on my plasma TV, which was unexpected as the TV is not even connected to my audio PC, but it seems that my Audio PC, even though equipped with linear power supplies and good power cord, injects large amounts of noise back to the AC which is then spread to other components. Other than the image quality, the sound of my system reached a completely new level: more details, more natural, smooth highs, bigger soundstage and the feeling that the music is real. This is one of the most significant and immediate improvements I've had the pleasure of hearing in my system. 

 

The product is available at the JCAT webshop where you can also find more details about it: https://jcat.eu/prod...nd-conditioner/

 

Regards, 

Marcin


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#48338 HDPLEX H5 - ASUS P10S WS - INTEL XEON E3 1235L V5

Posted by Carlosoptico on 15 April 2019 - 02:45 PM

Hello friends :
I wanted to talk about a project made with a motherboard and a
processor that has been recommended several times in this forum and
that has kept me busy in recent months: The Asus P10S WS board and the
Xeon E 1235L V5 processor.
I looked in the web and had no problem locating the Asus board, but
the Xeon processor was very difficult to find and when I found one in
Aliexpress for € 78.5, I decided to buy it, without knowing what would
come and in what state it would come. It arrived after three weeks and
that encouraged me to continue with the project.
Then came the Asus board, the Apacer ECC RAM, extended temperature
range, 8 GB in two drives and HDPLEX H5 chassis with the HDPLEX200 and
HDPLEX 400 DC-ATX Hifi converter, which was what was available at that
time.
With everything already at home I got "JPLAY fever" and I ordered a
JCAT USB FEMTO card and a JCAT NET FEMTO. This led me to situations of
doubt with my more stingy self, whether I had overspent the budget,
whether it was worth it, if it would end up working, since it was the
first time I was assembling a PC by myself. I encouraged myself, every
time I put the Lenovo laptop back on with JPlay FEMTO 7.d and I did
some improvements like turning off the anti-virus, deactivating
unnecessary programs and even disabling processes in the BIOS thanks
to the advice in this forum and hearing the results.
Nothing better to put an end to the doubts, than to finally start
assembling my first PC. With the help of the HDPLEX manual and looking
very carefully at the photos, the work was easier than I thought,
although when I had to connect the 24-pin ATX cables between the
motherboard and the HDPLEX400 DC-ATX converter in the place destined
for it, they did not reach, by little, but they did not get to make
contact. I moved the HDPLEX 400 to the left side, but I had to make
two new holes to hold it firmly to the base of the PC. I did not have
any more problems until I put the FEMTO USB card, it was a little
displaced and the USB inputs rubbing the chassis, a thick terminal of
a USB cable could not enter to the end, so I had to slightly deform
the parts that did not fit well in the chassis and the metal plate
that supported the card. In the end everything is perfect. I placed
the NET FEMTO card but when I went to connect it with the PCIE
extender, it had a torsion that I did not like. I decided to remove
the NET card for the time being, I would put it later in another
location and start with the LAN ports of the motherboard. To see if
that worked and I ordered an Intel M.2 SSD 700 series disk for the 256
GB operating system for € 70.To place the start-up LED, I removed the
upper coaxial connector that is next to the lateral USB connectors on
the HDPLEX chassis, which I was not going to connect and I put it in
the space that was left. Everything was done, the only thing left was
to put Windows 10 Pro, JPlay, the Devialet driver and put Fidelizer
8.3 Free.
And it worked . The sound was more elegant, more layers, more defined
and with better timbre than with the Lenovo. It was an improvement,
but after a while I wanted more. I ordered 1 x SSD Apacer Industrial
with memory type SLC and extended temperature range of 64GB, very
expensive, and I got two units. I did not make a claim for this. I
also ordered 8GB of RAM Apacer, to complete the four spaces intended
for RAM after reading an article in the forum, and yes, it sounds
better with the four spaces occupied.
I ordered a JCAT SATA Reference cable and a JCAT SATA HD cable, but
the delivery was delayed due to a mistake and as compensation I
received a prize from Marcin, who sent two Reference SATA.
I re-assembled everything, with the new Apacer SSD disks, one for S.O.
and the other as reference music library and SATA cables. I also put
the NET FEMTO card, but in another place, that although it is very
close to the passive radiator of the CPU, it does not make contact,
after deforming the part that holds the card. I had to remove the
safety on the side that connects with the JCAT NET FEMTO card of the
PCIe extender cable because it leaned on the passive radiator and
forced the position. Now the sound was quieter, more real than with
the Intel M.2 with the S.O. I have put anti-resonant treatment behind
the front of the chassis and under the electrical wiring line and in
the middle of the top cover where I have also put 3M EMI absorber
(5100) which I have also used for the RAM, the JCAT cards fastened
with cable ties and the electric cables and the HDPLEX DC-ATX
converter, USB ports of the motherboard and some free sides of the
chassis, using 3 sheets for everything.
I earth wired the HDPLEX chassis and placed 1 SSD M.2 Intel 700
Series disk of 1TB instead of the Intel SSD of 256GB , to test the
difference with the Apacher SSD of 64GB with the reference library and
I removed all switching source.
I also put a two-meter Oyaide EE / F-S26 mains cable between the
Victron 5000 Va solar converter's electrical box outlet and the wall
socket of the music room, replacing a normal cable. Later I changed
the cable from the wall socket to the 8 schukos power strip with the
same Oyaide EE / F-26 cable of 2 meters in length with Furutech
rhodium F1-E11-N1 and F1-11 connectors and the old Yarbo 8000 for the
Devialet with two Oyaide EE / F-26 with Furutech rhodium connectors of
1.5 meters. Now the TV monitor and the UltracapLPS 1.2 power supply of
the Iso Regen are powered by a 12-volt DC line from the batteries of a
solar system instead of the switch-mode power supplies they brought.
The motherboard, the USB FEMTO card, the SSD Apacer disks and a Hub
with the wireless mouse and keyboard and three 4 TB hard disks (which
I disconnect when not in use) are powered by the HDPLEX 200 with a
Vovox Texture 1 meter cable and the NET FEMTO card for a PSU
Audiophonics 25 with Furutech cable and Furutech rhodium connectors.
Each of these improvements were done one at a time, giving it time to
stabilize and to check whether they were improvements or were a
placebo. This time, after a week of burning the last addition, the
sound is much better, more real. There's a long way to go, put Windows
Server 2019 + A.O. 3 that will be the next improvement. Now I feel
proud and happy of this challenge that has been for me to get to know
JPLAY, the JCAT products, the learning project of making a SINGLE PC
and improving it, the comments from the forum, from Marcin, from
ThuanB and of course from Felipe Rolim and others. Now its time to
listen to the music and enjoy, until the "fever" returns. I have to
say that everything sounded perfect ... until I broke the UltracapLPS
1.0 and the IsoRegen stopped working between the PC and the Devialet.
I took 1 day to order a new one. I could not live without it, so I
want to thank Alex Crespi for the excellent product he has created and
Larry from HDPLEX for the good service given when necessary. The next
thing I would like to try is the dual PC, first with the Lenovo laptop
+ SINGLEPC and later, who knows, a new PCAudio, the same one but with
the HDPLEX 400.

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#44209 How To Identify A True Audiophile Recording

Posted by JazzDoc on 21 August 2018 - 03:14 PM

This excitement regarding audiophile recordings is all very well but how do you know that you are listening to a genuine audiophile recording and not a mere pretender? I hope that the following questionnaire will help:

 

  1. Is the featured artist someone who you have never heard of?
  2. Are they playing an instrument that looks impossible to tune, much less play?
  3. Does the featured artist spell their name in an unusual way?
  4. Was the recording released by an obscure record label?
  5. Does the music contained in the recording celebrate the cultural diversity of an indigenous people or their country of origin?
  6. Was the recording made using a restored vintage analogue R2R recording device, e.g. Nagra, Studer?
  7. Is the music contained in the recording wholly inappropriate for dancing?
  8. Would you have no wish to see the featured artist in live performance?
  9. Does the featured artist have facial hair? (Please note that this question is also applicable to female artists)
  10. Is it likely that, having listened to the recording once, you would never play it again?
  11. Would the featured artist be unlikely to release a ‘Greatest Hits’ album?
  12. Does the recording enable you to focus on the more detailed mid-range of your most recent system upgrade?

 

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to six or more of these questions, then you are probably dealing with a genuine audiophile recording. Take comfort in the knowledge that you probably have a great hi-fi system. If not, just file it in the ‘Redundant’ category of your music library, alongside ‘Kind Of Blue’ by Miles Davis and ‘Electric Ladyland’ by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


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#49254 JPLAY FEMTO on WIN2019 Server

Posted by mkmind on 02 August 2019 - 11:37 AM

Hello.
Last Wednesday I tried Femto for the first time. The Bubble UPnp on Android 7 worked. Although not as comfortable as JRemote at JRiver. There are also many albums missing. But for a better sound, you take a lot on yourself. I preferred to listen to JRemote via Android, on my Ipad (3rd generation) the music sounds much harder when it is remote controlled via JRemote from the Ipad. I have a single PC, (XEON Quadcore 3.1 GHz) since I had heard the last years AO, in 2 versions. Once Win2012R2 with AO 2.2, PP USB 2, Accu, and once Win2019 with AO 3.0, PP USB 2, Accu. Actually I think that it sounds much too hard with Femto now with AO. Without AO it's better. It wasn't like that with JPlay 6.2 or something. Unfortunately I also have problems with 24Bit music. With most albums I have (Browers&Wilkens) he only plays the tracks for 
6 seconds and then changes to the next track. It does not do this with 16 bits. It does this with bubble, m-connect, music life, etc. I'm interested in FEMTO, sounds better than AO alone, but if I can't get it to work properly, it's money thrown out! 
 
What can I do to make it at least play my 24 bit music over bubble again, although the music life also works well.
 
Greetings from Germany
Martin
 
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
 
Deutsch:
 
Hallo.
Letzten Mittwoch habe ich zum ersten mal Femto ausprobiert. Das mit dem Bubble UPnp auf Android 7 hat geklappt. Obwohl lange nicht so komfortabel wie JRemote bei JRiver. Es fehlen auch viele Alben. Aber für besseren Sound, nimmt man schon einiges auf sich. JRemote hörte ich lieber per Android, auf meinem Ipad (3. Generation) klingt die Musik viel härter, wenn sie per JRemote vom Ipad fernbedient wird. Ich habe einen Single PC, (XEON Quadcore 3.1 GHz) da ich die letzten Jahren AO gehört hatte, in 2 Ausführungen. Einmal Win2012R2 mit AO 2.2, PP USB 2, Accu, und einmal  Win2019 mit AO 3.0, PP USB 2, Accu. Eigentlich finde ich, dass es nun mit Femto viel zu hart klingt mit AO. Ohne AO ist es besser, das war damals nicht so mit JPlay 6.2 oder so. Leider habe ich aber auch Probleme mit 24Bit Musik. Bei den meisten Alben die ich habe (Browers&Wilkens) spielt er die Tracks nur für 
6 Sekunden an und wechselt dann zum nächsten Titel. Bei 16 Bit macht er das nicht. Das macht er mit Bubble, m-connect, Musik-Life usw. Bin ja an FEMTO interessiert, klingt besser als AO alleine, aber wenn ich das nicht vernünftig zum laufen bringe, ist das rausgeschmissenes Geld! 
 
Was kann ich tun damit es wenigstens wieder über bubble meine 24 Bit Musik spielt, obwohl die Musik-Life auch gut klappt.
 
Grüße aus Deutschland
Martin

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#40866 JCAT NET Card FEMTO

Posted by Marcin_gps on 26 June 2017 - 07:44 PM

I'm pleased to announce the world's first audiophile network interface: http://jplay.eu/ml_p...net-card-femto/:)

 

Best regards, 

Marcin


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