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  1. I've posted a few things here on CA about OKNOTOK. Overall, I love the remaster, bu the only true improvements are realized in the "quieter passages", which is worth it to me! It's a 1997 compressed masterpiece, so some of the stuff is just not salvageable from an audiophile perspective, but 50%+ of the album is revelatory IMHO. Stuff like Exit Music, the Tourist, Lucky, No Surprises, some of the b-sides...like hearing this album (which I've heard 400 thousand times) fresh. BTW, I'm speaking about the 24/96.
  2. Alan, the IR is being powered by an LPS-1 and the SU-1 is being powered by its own internal power supply (Tim's mod is to the internal power supply mainly). Both are plugged into a Topaz transformer as all my stuff is (except amps). I do have a Paul Hynes SR7EHD that is adjustable from about 9v to 19v. Paul just sent me a new umbilical for my preamp but after trying it there i may dial it down to 9v and try it on the IR while then installing the dc kit on the SU1 for the LPS1. Id hate to leave an expensive Hynes ps on the sidelines as i have for some time now. I own an a y cable Uptone recommended so i could also try the LPS1 for BOTH units but it seems the feedback is often less than stellar.
  3. Awful? That's harsh. To each his own; I find the remaster to be revelatory in the lower level excavating, but agree that the more complex loud passages continue to clip away. It's likely all they could do, but what they've uncovered is simply wonderful IMHO.
  4. Same here. The clicks/pops are more than offset by the beauty. But anything to help get to the bottom of this, let us know.
  5. I received one of the first ISO Regen/USPCBs (aka IR), thanks to Alex's diligent work, but have failed to report on it due to a few of life's curve balls. During that hiatus, I have made sure that the IR was being broken in, and now have a good 600+ hours on it. The unit (and as I alluded to, I will include the USPCB here; haven't tried it with and without due to my newly reinvigorated "life's too short" mantra) is powered by their LPS-1 and drives a Kitsune-modded SU-1 (internal ps for now). So the signal path is: HQP Windows 10 server -> ethernet ->Windows 2012R1 NAA w/JCAT card -> TotalDac USB cable -> IR -> twisted USPCB -> SU-1 -> Nordost Silverscreen HDMI -> Holo Audio Spring Kitsune Edition I2S input. Note: I will report on the same path, with uRendu NAA instead of Windows NAA later. I currently play PCM at 384k and DSD at DSD512. Many of us go to great lengths to find newly remixed or remastered favorites that just might improve the listening experience, only to find that only a fraction of them really do that. Many of us spend big $$ on trying to improve the listenability of our systems by supposedly upgrading our digital front ends and dacs at quite a steep price, usually due to the damn reality called diminishing returns. And most importantly, many of us assume that the level of sonic bliss we currently experience (black backgrounds, wide soundstage, etc) can most likely be improved upon only slightly, and without giving up something else (especially lots of money). But we keep trying, and often we stumble upon some tweak or product that makes a nice difference. The ISO Regen is not one of these things. No, it is not a nice little thing to add to your system, at least in mine, because last night my buddy Rob and I sat down to "get used to the sound and then remove the IR to hear the delta" sort of evening. My wife is out of town and I had plenty of time to try and hear the subtleties. What a joke!! Someone must have broken into my home during my hiatus and replaced ALL my music with master tapes from heaven. Dear god, it was that kind of change. We first heard it with a simple redbook album one of my go-tos...Gillian Welch's Harrow and the Harvest. The tidal waves of air, color, definition (which I define as detail with body), soundstage presence, harmonics, vocal realism, and, what really stood out (the entire night)...a complete 100% removal of listener fatigue. Dave's guitar work was mesmerizing, as if I were listening to it plugged into my own amps instead of recorded. And this is an average redbook recording, nothing audiophile about it (although well done). Let me describe the definition thing. Radiohead just released a 20th anniversary OK Computer remaster (OKNOTOK). And although there is only so much one can do with a 1997 heavily compressed masterpiece, the "quiet passages" are revelatory in this update. Thom's chord work toward the end of "Lucky" had so much definition that it gave me goosebumps, and I've heard this album four hundred thousand times. Another non-descript (until now) redbook masterpiece is Cat Power's Moon Pix. We put on "No Sense" and were blown away by the electricity of this minimalist album; again, the feeling that the guitars were plugged directly into MY amps, not hers. Tonight I sit down and listen to the whole thing for the first time (although really it's my nine hundredth). As a charter member of the NativeDSD team I have the wonderful privilege of listening to anything we offer. And admittedly, I am not a fountain of knowledge on things classical, but I know what I like. Pieter Wispelwey's DSD cello recordings are some of my faves, and with this new soundstage the realism is profoundly improved, to the point of more goosebumps. Hall cues wash over you like they never before existed (they did but only now what before seemed like faint promises). Gut, body, tone, earth, hell even a screech or two....seems perfectly balanced. I cannot wait to hear more. Our DSD256 recordings, even in stereo (what might this do to a multichannel USB chain!!!) are almost laughably real. Spooky really. OK, I guess I am a little over the top, but I call em as I hear em. This is amazing. Downsides: I heard a faint tick now and then, but I am not convinced they came from the IR, since I am pointing out that the listening session was revelatory. I will report back. Also, although I have absolutely no basis for this, I came away feeling that PCM was improved slightly more than the already-pristine DSD512, but this is splitting hairs. Each was transformed. What am I now not hearing, or put another way, what was removed from my system? Dunno, but if that is simply what galvanic isolation sounds like (and it seemed to be much more than just a reduction in noise floor) I'm all about it! The real summary of the night was this: during listening I thought to myself that any improvement from here would be superfluous, and that the prosecution rests! (OK, at least it's a good thought). Please run out and buy this IR/USPCB solution as soon as possible. You have 30 days to try it. Something is perfectly right about your current system if heavenly improvement is not heard (or you are just not paying attention). Edit: my next tweak is to take my Windows NAA and rearrange it so that it lines up with the ISO Regen-SU1 chain and replace the TotalDac cable with another USPCB. Stay tuned, but as I said, any improvement from here on out is an embarrassment of riches.
  6. I'm really not trying to make this more difficult....but....I also agree that there are many recordings in our library that avail themselves to one filter vs another...and that solutions like Geoff's JRiver front end can automate that (if you want to put the time into it). His solution allows for HQPlayer to load a certain filter based on metadata in the file (say, genre, for example, which is easily batch updated in JRiver). Alchemy can do this too, but I like JRiver's flexibility (and JRemote) so I am more interested in fleshing out Geoff's ideas right now. BTW, he has asked that others who are more adept at script writing give his open code a look (Greek to me, but I am willing to be carry a flag ). Maybe together we can make this JRiver-to-HQplayer interface seamless as possible? Anyway, yes I agree that one filter for SDM and one for PCM is not necessarily a perfect world.
  7. Released today in 24/96 downloaded remastered version, with three previously unreleased songs and all the b-sides, I've listened only via home office system so far (JRiver, Audio Engine speakers) but it's very nice! Exit Music, for example, is rich and full of cues. All song details are abundant but not bright (except my home office system is a little forward by nature). Can't wait to hear on the big rig. A plus is having the great b-sides in 24 bit too (A Reminder sounds like a brand new song, for example).
  8. Go up about 4 posts.
  9. Seriously, Geoffrey's JRiver solution is slick, and it allows JRemote to be your tablet remote. There is no better tablet remote than JRemote IMHO.
  10. I've been running Win 10 pro and having zero issues (not updated to Creators) Try JRiver as a front end (jremote is wonderful app and to tie to HQP is not a big deal. Geoff's set of files also allows for custom HQP settings based on anything, like genre) https://www.computeraudiophile.com/forums/topic/25228-j-river-to-hqplayer-a-very-limited-solution/?do=findComment&comment=651354 Or for Windows there's Muso too.
  11. Yes. Install the Holo Spring ASIO driver. https://kitsunehifi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/HoloAudio_DriverSetup_v3.40.0_Win7_Win8.zip
  12. I added Haggis999's Word doc link to the first post! Thanks Haggis999
  13. No fix, it's just not possible. Nowhere in the specs does Holo claim 705/768 capability.
  14. If listening in stereo rip to stereo DSF files. In many cases the overall mix (or even recording, like GD's American beauty, etc) is different, let alone the number of channels. Downmix is ok but suboptimal second choice. Keep your ISO in storage to later extract the mch layer.