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  1. That surprises me. Were you running the 7D at the standard 15W TDP?
  2. This thread is fast approaching 500 pages! I didn't want to turn off my system tonight. It's like I've got a string quartet playing in my living room. I'm just using a NUC7PJYH to stream Qobuz as a standalone box running LMS/Squeezelite controlled by iPeng on an iPad. It's not a fancy configuration. Once I get used to the sound I'll go back to my Innuos SE to compare. I just realized I forgot to pull out the USB flash drive! I am running extreme mode with ramroot enabled. The NUC is still in the original case. Once I do some BIOS optimization, I'll see whether this thing will boot with an LPS-1.2. I wish I had a larger space so I could pull my speakers further away from the side walls. It's pretty obvious that the soundstage has the potential to really expand and get more 3D if it had more breathing room. It seems there's lots more goodies to unlock. Maybe I don't need that new DAC.
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    Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub

    Ryan, I went through exactly this with you. I couldn't get the driver to install for my QB-9 and you suggested this troubleshooting step. I was skeptical but I tried it. The problem turned out to be the latest whizbang USB cable I had on loan from my dealer. There aren't many companies whose President will take the time to write very complete answers like your posts in this thread. Ayre is a class act.
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    Windows 10 Worth It?

    Every Windows 10 feature update (like the messed up October 2018 update) introduces a bunch more buggy, poorly documented infrastructure that makes using it for audio progressively more challenging. Re privacy concerns, have a look at this free program. The developer in Slovenia has been fighting this bloat and telemetry. The comments in his code are sprinkled with F*ck you, Microsoft! The latest version is 1.0.3 dated November 10, 2018. https://www.getblackbird.net/documentation/
  5. Please post about your experience, even if you don't get this fixed. Loved your comment about the technical stuff filling you with mirth and joy. This is iFi. They love the gee whiz marketing speak.
  6. What's the point of buying a quad core and using only 1 core?
  7. What a deal! It must have been a huge success, because now their website says you can't get a DirectStream till May 2019.
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    @David.. Qobuz, Hi-Res Music Evangelist with the upcoming USA launch ... I currently have an account in France. I'm going to want to preview the USA service before I cancel my subscription in France, but I don't think I can have two Qobuz subscriptions associated with the same email address. I really don't want to use a different email address for my Qobuz USA account. How do I handle this?
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    Official Qobuz Issues Thread

    I'm using iPeng on an iPad to control LMS/Squeezelite. I see high res indicators on many albums now. Does this indicate that the album streams in high res (with the appropriate subscription) or that you can buy the album in high res?
  10. To get meaningful results, do we run these tests while playing music using our preferred software (LMS/Squeezelite, Roon, etc) or are they designed to be run standalone?
  11. When we first burn the AL download to a USB stick, we end up with an .img file on the USB drive, right? So do updates of the OS on the USB stick make it no longer an .img file? I'm asking because you say you still need to save the current OS as an image first.
  12. Interesting. One option in ImageUSB is 'Create Image from USB Drive'.
  13. Here you go. Look at section 1.10. Section 1.10.2 talks about the mini-TOSLINK interface. The product supports Intel HD Audio via the Realtek ALC233 audio codec. https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/mini-pcs/nuc-kits/NUC7xJY_TechProdSpec.pdf
  14. If you enable Unsafe Mode in settings, you can select any drive as the target. I don't think you would end up with an .img file on that drive, however ... I think it would clobber whatever is on the target drive.
  15. Thanks. I used etcher to create my flash drive from the download. Seems easier than rufus.
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