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Schu

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Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:10:10 pm »

I am really trying to get this computer based storage and streaming thing up to snuff, yet no matter what I try I can not get the sound quality anywhere near the standard disc based playback. Even though the disc based playback is running at 44k and the computer based playback of an ape file is running at 192k, the disc is way ahead in dimension, separation and liveliness.  it's not that the ape file is bad sounding, as a matter of fact it is extremely smooth and grain free, but it still lacks dimension and separation. those computer files sound very flat... very well resolved and crystal clear... but flat.

I bought a brand new computer and run full jriver and ape files ripped from original source CD's or high res download. using the same DAC for both conversions unless jriver is doing something to the file before routing out of the usb port to the wyred dac.

anyone have any ideas or is that what we give up for the sake of convenience?

I could live with the jriver usb wyred solution if I had never experienced the oppo coax wyred playback. but I know the difference.

Equipment:

VPI Classic 2/Soundsmith Aida

Parks Audio Budgie Pre Amp - Budgie SUT

Pioneer SC85 - Bel Canto REF 500M

Klipsch Cornwall/Crites/Aletheia Audio - Klisch RC64II - Klipsch SW-115

Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 DSDse - OPPO BDP-93 - Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2015, 01:36:55 pm »

Please describe your audio settings in MC.  If it's set correctly, it's likely that you're hearing a difference that isn't there.
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2015, 09:25:00 pm »

Is the ape file ripped from the same cd you are comparing it to?
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 09:59:27 pm »

Maybe ape is not the best format to store files: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Monkey's_Audio
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2015, 10:17:19 pm »

Maybe ape is not the best format to store files: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Monkey's_Audio

Hahaha.

Someone doesn't know who created APE.  Or is being snarky and trolling.
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2015, 07:22:00 am »

To get top performance, you need to configure also the PC suitably. Some people find benefits from linear supply for the PC and USB cables. Some other people by fine tuning the operating system. It is a long way home, you can read posts in several forums. I do not think it is merely a JRiver issue.
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2015, 10:58:26 am »

To get top performance, you need to configure also the PC suitably. Some people find benefits from linear supply for the PC and USB cables. Some other people by fine tuning the operating system. It is a long way home, you can read posts in several forums. I do not think it is merely a JRiver issue.
These are things often repeated by audiophiles, but not based in scientific fact, and definitely not recommended by JRiver.  Steer clear of these rabbit holes.
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2015, 11:00:45 am »

These are things often repeated by audiophiles, but not based in scientific fact, and definitely not recommended by JRiver.  Steer clear of these rabbit holes.

Yup.

Also, please note:
http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Windows_System_Requirements#Windows_Server_Core_and_OS_Enhancers
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Re: Getting top performance out of my Computer Audio
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2015, 11:05:50 am »

Since the original poster hasn't returned since first posting, I'm going to close this thread before it descends into chaos.
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