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#1 AudioPhil

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 03:08 PM

Hello Folks

 

Today six years ago the very first public version of the AudiophileOptimizer went online, so happy happy birthday AO! 🎂 And here we are, six years and thirtheen versions later going for it one more time! 😎

 

But this is only the thirteenth official version, in fact between AudiophileOptimizer 2.20 and 3.00 more than 450 internal versions have been compiled while working on it for almost 10 months.The beta phase was around 4 months long letting the feedback from almost 100 testers further shape and finetune the final version of the AudiophileOptimizer 3.00. So as you can imagine this has been a lot of work and this post will highlight many details about it. We've put a lot of links to other posting where you can read much more detailed information about those specific topics.

 

AO 3.00 is faster than any previous version. It is actually a LOT faster. On systems with slow drives, lets say CF cards for example, it could be a pain launching up AO, it took very long time to start. This is a story of the past now... All this blazing fast speed is due to the new engine we have been working for months... This does not only make things much faster for the end-user, it also makes coding and testing AO much faster. Compiling all components (AO, ST, AS, Uninstaller & Setup) took around 17 minutes before the new engine. With the new way of things compiling all modules takes roughly 3-4 Minutes. Imagine you have to do this process a 100 times in a short frame of time... smile.png

 

The new engine will also help greatly in the future to adapt AO to new operating systems. As you know in the past a new OS versions always ment months of work to have all working again for the new OS and maintaning functionality for the old ones. With the new engine a new OS will be adapted much faster. Another advantage is that what has been achieved for one OS can now be easily and almost all the time be achieved for all the other OS'es as well. Example, AO 2.20 could enable Device Manger, but only on Server 2016 and not for 2012 R2. AO 3.00 uses the new engine and the result is that we now have the device manager enabled through setup.exe on all three supported server OS's, meaning 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019.

 

Microsoft makes each Server Core version tighter and smaller. This is for various reasons, they want to lessen the codebase which means less surface for attacks. It also means less downtime of server since they need less updates to be patched and so on. This process of making the OS even smaller and lighter has a price, and the price is functionality. So with each iteration of Windows Server in Core it got trickier to have your media player and especially the Audio stack working again. Bringing back the WASAPI Architecture to Windows Server 2016 was an adventure that took place over three years, so it wasn't exactly easy to accomplish that. With Windows Server 2019 the method of Server 2016 did no longer work and again a lot of time and effort had to be spent to make WASAPI in Core mode available again.

 

Windows 10 keeps changing every six months, for the good and the bad. Nevertheles the AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 is fully tested on Windows 1903 (Build 18362) which came out barely two weeks ago. So no matter what OS you are running, the upgrade to AO 3.00 is the right choice for sure!

 

 

So let's have a closer look at the change log.

 

Version 3.00, Major Upgrade
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AudiophileOptimizer 3.00
- Massively improved sound quality for all supported operating systems
- Many drivers will no longer need F8 and disable driver signature enforcement during boot
  (Amanero, Pink Faun, FiraDisk & many others...)
- Parameter "-filter" lets you directly select Sound Signatures/Digital-Filters
- Extremeley improved load times and running much faster (new engine)
- Roon Support extended for HQPlayer & Spotify support
- Support for JPLAY FEMTO
- Enables WDM Drivers in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode
- Enables Kernel-Streaming in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode
- Enables WASAPI in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode
- Enables RoonServer & RoonBridge in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode
- AO disables automatic maintenance (Win10/Server 2016/Server 2019)
- Update of "Prepare Essentials Edition" feature for Windows Server 2019
- Ability to remove Windows Defender (Windows Server 2016/Windows Server 2019)
- Updated MediaPlayer support for Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode
- Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903)
- Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809)
- Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Added support for Windows Server 2019 Evaluation (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Removed Support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Now also removes pagefiles other then C:\ drive
- Enables TIDAL Windows Player in Core Mode
- Minor changes, fixes and updates

 

ServiceTool 3.00
- Install HD Audio Drivers feature

  (does your driver need yo to press F8 during each boot to disable driver signature enforcement? no more!)
- Custom shell as shell replacement

  (out of our 35+ variantions of shell replacement you can't find one that fits your needs? no more!)
- Added command prompt as shell replacement
- Focusrite RedNet Control 2 shell replacement
- Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903)
- Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809)
- Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM & Evaluation
  (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Removed support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Added shell replacement for JRiver Media Center 25 (x86 & x64)
- Minor changes, fixes and updates

 

 

AudiophileShell 3.00
- Initial version of AudiophileShell
- Launch AudiophileOptimizer

- Launch ServiceTool
- Launch powershell

- Launch command prompt
- Launch SCONFIG
- Launch device manager
- Launch sound control panel (WASAPI only)
- Launch file explorer (FoD only)
- Launch disk management (FoD only)

 

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AudiophileUninstaller 3.00
- Initial version of  AudiophileUninstaller
- Remove all files, folders, tools, shortcuts, etc.
- Reverse all changes and optimizations

 

 

Setup 3.00
- Big update of the Setup Guide
- New OS installation guides (Windows 10, Server 2012 R2, 2016 & 2019)
- Fix for shortcuts not always created properly
- Registry backup no longer overwritten through update process
- Minor fixes for the device manager
- High-DPI Mode for high-resolution displays (4K etc.)
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Enables Device Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019 Core Mode (en-US only)

- Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903)
- Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809)
- Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM & Evaluation
  (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Removed support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials)
- Adds link to Control Panel on desktop
- Minor changes, fixes and updates

 

 

Current AO users can get their update by visiting our download page found here -> https://www.highend-...pc.com/download

 

To uprade to AudiophileOptimizer 3.00, simply run the new version of setup.exe over your current installation. Setup.exe can be run in  core,  minimal-server  and  GUI  mode. You don’t have to do a reset via ServiceTool before you run setup.exe. Once setup.exe updates your current version of AudiophileOptimizer, it will automatically launch the latest ServiceTool to make a full reset in the end. If you upgrade AO 2.20 (or older) to AO 3.00, setup will launch ServiceTool 3.00 at the end of the installation process to make that full reset. Since your old Activation-Key will no longer work for the  new  version,  ServiceTool  will  need  a  new  Activation-Key.  Do  not  close  ServiceTool, go to the self-service Activation-Portal and generate a new AO 3.00 compatible Activation-Key and activate ServiceTool with the Activation-Key; this will also activate AO and all other components.

 

Please feel free to ask anyhting you'd like to know. We really hope you enjoy the latest iteration of the AudiophileOptimizer and we also hope to be around for another 6 years! smile.png

 

 

Very best,

AudioPhil

 


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 03:25 PM

Which one should be installed first?
 
A- Audiophile optimizer 3.0
B- Fidelizer 8.4


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 03:26 PM

It does not really matter if you want both of them.

I would do AO last 👍🏼

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Posted 31 May 2019 - 05:24 PM

It does not really matter if you want both of them.

I would do AO last

AO3.00 is working great for me Phil and like its predecessors, it is simple to use and reliable in operation.

 

Is there any reason for doing AO last. I've always done it the other way round but will reset through Service Tool and reinstall Fidelizer before running AO if you think this would help


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Posted 31 May 2019 - 06:31 PM

Happy Birthday AO3! Congratulations again and again.

Finally I've got over with the new router/access point quest and had a chance to install and listen to favorite songs via the newborn AO3. In a word, AWSOME! The music has just become more organic, truer to the source, further less digital if there's any left from before. Bass alone is tastefully textured, and so are vocals. Dynamics are incredible, playback is mostly holographic, detailed and fast all at the same time. Bass instruments such as cellos, contrabasses, guitar basses now take on a first-ever-heard quality that pleasantly surprised these ears.

Let's just say AO3 has brilliantly brought out the shining parts of my modest setup and the improvements that recently came to the system. Thank you Phil.
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Posted 31 May 2019 - 07:21 PM

I've never been adept at combining optimization software. I tried Fidelizer free a while ago and I wasn't convinced to buy it, while Audiophile Optimizer offers money back guarantee for pure luxury. It's absolutely impossible to live without it after listening. I installed the v. 3.00 on my two computers, together with the JPLAY FEMTO. Although I still have the problem with the Ayre driver being disabled, I've already been able to hear the result for a while.

 

Our joint experiences have shown that even the software needs stabilization, they need a run-time to set and tap to their fullest potential. Based on what I've heard so far, the result is scary. I followed the updates of version 3.00 since the Beta tests began, I witnessed the improvements of some versions, the worsening of others, until in Beta 38 the sound was fantastic. But, I didn't imagine that between the last Beta and the final version there would be such an improvement. The sound is fantastic, real, natural, engaging, turning my computers into absolutely superlative tools. I'm very happy, and congratulations to Phil for the development.


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 04:10 PM

Congratulations Phil! You did an amazing job and we all are extremely grateful. If it was not from you and JPlay we all would have still been listening to JRiver.

 

Decreasing the number of services on WS2019 is one thing that I appreciate most. We all know they've increased a lot with WS2019.

 

I don't want to sound greedy but can you tell a way to shutdown the PC from the power button?

 

I like to keep my PCs headless. 

Once again THANK YOU for the wonderful product.


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 07:18 AM

Congratulations Phil! You did an amazing job and we all are extremely grateful. If it was not from you and JPlay we all would have still been listening to JRiver.

 

Decreasing the number of services on WS2019 is one thing that I appreciate most. We all know they've increased a lot with WS2019.

 

I don't want to sound greedy but can you tell a way to shutdown the PC from the power button?

 

I like to keep my PCs headless. 

Once again THANK YOU for the wonderful product.

 

Thank you very much for the flowers, much appreciated! :)

 

Greedy?? :D Push the power button twice very fast, this will do the trick.

 

Very best,

AudioPhil


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Posted 02 June 2019 - 01:43 PM

Once again AudioPhil’s magical Pixie Dust sprinkled on the AudiophileOptimizer 3.0 General Availability will uplift any Windows computer audio to a new high.

Phil’s dedication and attention to details has taken the computer audio community through the staged of betas which got better with each release, the final release of AO 3.0 is definitely a several steps above the last beta (38).

After listening into the early hours of the morning was so gratifying that you got deeply involved in the music, it was like being there, whether a studio or live performance.

This is what I hear in my system with AO 3.0.

The enunciation of the vocals sound so clear you hear every word without missing any of the “spoken word”.

Imaging/coherence/convergence of the instruments, plus a wider soundstage is jaw dropping.

The kick a$$ bass in Dobie Gray’s Drift Away track had me repeating the track, because it was such a pleasure to hear over and over.

Patti LaBelle If you Only Knew track with the percussion's and finite details is something to behold.

The Brook Benton rendition of Rainy Night in Georgia by Conway Twitty and Sam Moore put the icing on the AO 3.0 cake for me last night.

This is truly a magic carpet ride with AO 3.0


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