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  1. Shanepj

    Fidelizer 8.0

    I cannot see a new thread for Fidelizer 8.0, so I thought I’d start one to let others know what it’s like They have done an awesome job on Fidelizer 8.0. There is certainly a big improvement from my system. It’s sharper, cleaner and seems to have more dynamics The stop start and decay seems far more apparent than earlier versions too. I know Keetakawee has been working hard to add the new features and in my system certainly benefits from the latest version I have selected Audiophile and Purist from the menu options on the launch page, it also tells you what program it’s going to launch now which is a nice touch. The advanced section has some new features too which I have also selected the third options on each drop down menu as well and keeping all the check box options ticked The results are a brilliant and worth the small price for the upgrade if you already own the previous version. If you’ve never installed Fidelizer on your PC, then this program will transform your PC from a basic music player to one that has rhythm and soul together with that little something that cannot be quantified. It’s adds an extra dimension like the very best interconnect deliver to high end hi-fi systems Well done Keetakawee windowsX
  2. Hi All, I believe this is my first post, so please excuse any apparent ignorance. Can the community here suggest 'the best' computer-based playback device(s) currently available. I am looking for a system that does the following: -digitize incoming analog sources, preferably on-the-fly, and includes options for applying vinyl RIAA curves, etc -can accept DSD, SACD, HDCD and DVD-A signals -can analysize audio data files, optimize and/or make corrections to those files -can apply room and/or speaker corrections -has EQ with preset memory -can manage a song library -has a regulated power supply -components are of good build, properly isolated and appropriate for low-noise audio playback I would greatly appreciate your feed back. Many Thanks!
  3. What I want is some program that will run on a cheap tablet (to be purchased) that will search and select CD quality music files stored on an external hard drive (files ripped to flac from physical CDs using Exact Audio Copy) and will send the selected files to the USB input of an external integrated amp containing a built-in DAC in order to play the files through my main tower speakers.
  4. M_stephen

    Final Decision

    I have made two prior inquiries to this forum concerning servers which will sound great. Keeping in mind that I am using an Ayre QB-9, which is asynchronous,the following is what I have come up with: CAPS Zuma with Windows 12 server, Optimizer and JRiver. Cost $2,200.00 CAPS Zuma as above with linear power supply Cost $3,200.00 Mac Mini I7, ssd, JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra Cost $1,250.00 Mac Mini as above with linear power supply, Keces Cost $1,750.00 (prices are approximate) What is the best option weighing in the quality of sound versus cost? Thanks Mark
  5. After flaccing my CD collection I am trying to move to a media player solution. Given the limitations of boxed solutions I opted for the NAS–Player/server–DAC approach to connect into my older stereo system. On the storage and DAC side I am fairly OK. I start with Synology NAS and use Chromecast Audio at the other end. Once that operates smooth I will start replacing elements until quality gets sufficientlly close to what I get from my CDs. Key open issue is the player software. Being used to full graphics software solutions I am surprised by the lack of evolution in this area. I’ve looked at a dozen players named on this forum. Many of them appear to be great in expanding on all kinds of side functions like DSP but none of them seems to master the core capability of music selection. They get stuck on the basic mp3/vorbis tagging functions, with at best the ability to include more complex search capabilities. Done by typing text. Huh? No drag/drop on touch screens? I thought we went past that when touch screens were introduced almost fifteen years ago. In trying to fit the medieval tagging model I've already wasted more time retagging my collection than I spent flaccing it. I want a graphical solution. I don’t want to search 10,000 files typing in text in a smartphone or tablet. I want to search audio files the same way as I browse CDs in my cabinet, or books in my library. I have thirty pianists performing Debussy preludes. In my cabinet I group my favorites into one section of the Debussy collection, and rather than typing in some unspeakable pianist name I know from the color on the back side of the album that it is this performance that I want to hear. I can do exactly this with my e-book collection. Why not the same for audio? Player requirements: Present the indexed information initially in one or more overview screens/pages (albums, artists, etc.) on my remote (smartphone/tablet) identical to the app overview on android. Alphabetic is good enough. Next I want to create a series (10+) of personal screens/pages each focused on my preferred music display. One for Debussy, one for African Jazz, one for Metal, another one for recently bought music, etc. If I wanted to recreate my wooden CD cabinet that should be feasible as well. From the general overview screens I can now drag/drop music icons into the personal screens to build my music collection. Some icons I may want to use in more than one personal screen. Nothing new: We all do this with apps on our tablets. Of course these are only graphical representations of a database. The actual files stay where they are. Just like on any tablet screen I can further create grouped icons. Getting rid of a music icon (which could be an album or song) from a screen should be as easy as dragging it to a “remove” icon, like on an android (or iOS) screen. If an icon is an album I can click on it to open it and hide those songs I always hated but had to suffer through because they were part of the album. Again, the original files are not touched. If I want to delete the audio file I can drag it to a garbage icon in the general alphabetic music screen. Each screen/page has one or more “playlist/queue” icons allowing me to drag/drop an icon for playing or create a list for future use. I can quickly browse my entire collection by swiping back and forth between my screens to select items for the queue. Speech control is an obvious adder functionality. Import/export: XML-based. No different than other database structures. As you can see, these items are all very standard and have been implemented in many forms. Take a look at the software solutions that exist for e-books and photo albums. It should be straightforward to create something like this for audio. Have I overlooked a player with this capability or are we still in the stone age of players? Appreciate your suggestions! Cheers
  6. Any of you guys saw this? Any comments on this music player? - https://igg.me/at/air-tunes They claim its of audiophile quality. The specs and the details look promising. It's got a lot of audio effects as well (not sure how useful though). What do you guys think? I'm on the edge whether to get this or not.
  7. Hi can i know what software do you use to edit your audio? i love steinberg wavelab but it's very exansive so i have subscribtion of adobe audition cc 2017 thanks
  8. All, I have been in contact with the folks at Roon, urging them to add a dithered volume control as found in Amarra, Pure Music, HQ Player, Audirvana, etc (the current Roon volume truncates bits). They said they are open to it but need to hear from users in the Feature Requests forum in the Roon support forums. I have posted there in a thread that had already been started by others. Please take a minute to quickly post that you would also like this feature (if you're a Roon user, you can sign up to use the forums with your existing username and password). The thread is here: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/dithered-volume-control/5427/11
  9. Okay, the past week I've been messing around with soundboards and virtual audio cables... The set up I am using right now is VB Audio cable (creates a virtual audio output and input). I'm using EXP Soundboard. My goal is to play sounds from any piece of software through my mic, WHILE also being able to use that mic. I also do not want any other sound from my computer to be heard outside of the software I'm trying to mix through my mic. Right now I'm able to use VB Audio cable to listen to my speakers/headset, and to play my mic and speakers/headset through the VB cable output. It works pretty well, I can use my soundboard in games on steam and on programs like mumble / teamspeak.. but the issue is they can hear everything on my speakers. I also am forced to listen to my mic through my speakers so I can hear myself while I talk. I know this has to be possible somehow, there has to be some software out there that can splice an audio source into the mic output WITHOUT having to share everything being played on my speakers/headset AND where I don't have to listen to my mic over my speakers/headset. It's the same with virtual audio cable, I imagine, since that just pretty much does what VB audio cable does... just a bit better, and you can have more lines in/out. I'm using USB headset and am not interested in buying any hardware. I assume that this can all be done with software, and if it hasn't been created yet I would be surprised. I am not interested in stereo mix, I assume that would just play everything going through my speakers also. TL : DR - How can I mix sounds from a specific software source (a soundboard program, windows media player, internet browser etc) into my mic output while also using my mic to talk and not being forced to listen to my mic through my speakers to achieve this? (with out buying any hardware)
  10. Thanks to you guys and Computer AudiophileI have started to really explore the boundaries of computer audio. My search started due to my recieving computer bighting the dust. Right now my system consists of an upstairs computer streaming flac to a down stairscomputer wirelessly. The down stairs system consists of an Ayre QB-9 24/96 dac playing into an Audio Research SP-11MK2 to a McCormack DNA 500 to a pair ofAerial 20Ts. Over the last several weeks I have been using my personal HP laptop in the system. I use JRiver MC 19 and have used Asioforall for a few years. I have been auditioning several new settings including wasapi, Jplay and fidelizer 4. All of these have made differences, now only if I can figure outwhich is the best combination. All in all my sound has changed drastically andI have enjoyed the results. This where I really need some advice, I have to putsome sort of new hardware in the system to replace my personal laptop. I havecome up with the following options: 1. New PC vs. Mac vs.C.A.P.S. · A new WindowsPC will put me exactly where I am now. · I have seen that many of you are using a Mac Mini for your system using MC with some otherMac compatible items like Audirvana, etc. I am not a big fan of Apple productshowever. · A new C.A.P.S.Zuma, I have read a lot about the builds, etc. I have never heard one though. Question Number One; what is the general consensus to which would be the best source? Question Number two; all of the above can be modified. How much modification is necessary? Whereis the line of diminishing returns? How many of you are taking apart yourcomputer and adding different components, new usb cards, new filters, newstorage drives, new power supplies, etc. I realize that that this is a hobby, Ihave made a significant investment in the system that I have? How far do you go?I have read about the Zuma and Paul Pang components including custom handmadecabling, linear power supplies, etc. A linear power supply costs approximately$1,000.00, without hearing it first puts me at a disadvantage of making adecision. Of course this is true about everything above, except for yourstandard PC. I have always believed in trying to buy once. Nothing distresses me worse thanbuying something that I don’t like. The other problem is I realize that moreexpensive does not necessarily mean better and I guess that is where I needhelp. If any of you have any advice, please chime in and thanks beforehand.
  11. M_stephen

    Windows PC

    I need a new music server and have been studying the C.A.P.S. units. What are the other options for a Windows based factory made PC? Are there any decent options instead of spending $1,500.00 or so on the C.A.PS.? Thanks
  12. I currently use iTunes as my media manager, my family has requested access to my media files so i signed up for iTunes Match. But, I want to keep my original high end Lossles files. Is there a media manager software that has a media player for iPhone? I'm hoping to replicate the usability of iTunes but with a better, cleaner media manager.
  13. I am going to venture into the world of computer audio so I have a few questions. I'm sure these questions have all been asked (and answered) before so I wonder if a separate forum for those of us just embarking on this journey would be a good idea. My basic question is this, do I understand the process correctly? Below is what I understand the process to be. Step 1 - Rip music in a bit perfect format. This requires software. Step 2 - Manage (organize, list, share on network, find cover art and etc) music files on the device. This too requires software. Step 3 - Play your music files. This requires software as well. Step 4 - Utilize a re-clocker to reduce jitter when outputting the signal. This requires hardware. Step 5 - Use a DAC to take the signal from the re-clocker and convert it to analog. The output is to a preamp or amp depending on the features of the DAC. This requires hardware. First, is this correct? Assuming it is, is there a software that performs each of the first three steps in an acceptable manner to computer audiophiles? Most likely, I will need software that operates on a Mac. iTunes is an example of a software that does all three, right? Except that audiophiles don't care for the way iTunes handles step one (compression) and step three (delivery). Is this correct? I think I have a grasp of the hardware side, but I'm pretty much clueless on the software side. Any clarification you can provide is appreciated.