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post #3496 of 5984
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Originally Posted by ppdv View Post
 

 

My Impressions are as follows :

Got my Aune T1 hooked up to my laptop ( win 7 ).  Configured Foobar to use WASAPI output component and used my source FLAC files to listen to my known songs which are my favorites.

 

First track was Hotel California by Eagles and i was in awe by the clear guitar strings and deep bass on the drums and this was at less than 1/4 the volume on the knob. 

I soon figured that my AUNE was setup for 16dB and hence turned off all the switches back to 0dB, after this have to go up to 30-40% volume on my knob for a reasonable good listening volume.

 

Havent done the burn-in completely, just couple of hours on the weekend, but they are quite good/ vfm product and this i am comparing with PA2V2 which is not fair becuase that is a portable amp and it does its job really well. The sound is way way way ahead better than my headphones plugged in to the normal heaphones.

 

Oh, btw i do not have any FLAC 24bit files to test my output, all with normal 16bit FLAC files and few wav files. I need to purchase some music from Qobuz or some other sites to test the quality of output on 24 bit files.

 

i did read the suggestions on the Tubes, but again my tastes are listed in my own quote above and request some "recommendations" on tubes.

 

Regards,

Prashant D

Hmm , I've just starting to use foobar after knowing winamp will be discontinue later this month. WASAPI is something new to me after reading your post , I googled it and downloaded/installed/ and using it now, but what does it do tho?

post #3497 of 5984
It bypasses windows mixer and interacts directly with the dac itself.
Wasapi
post #3498 of 5984

apparently doing so will mute other applications :x so i hate to use direct sound again :u

post #3499 of 5984

Mute other applications? You could also try ASIO or KSP.

post #3500 of 5984
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Originally Posted by isendono View Post
 

Hmm , I've just starting to use foobar after knowing winamp will be discontinue later this month. WASAPI is something new to me after reading your post , I googled it and downloaded/installed/ and using it now, but what does it do tho?

MrEleventy has answered your question, it basically sends the output from FOOBAR directly to the USB port which is enabled as the audio connection to your AUNE, which will eliminate using the WINDOWS audio processing in between meaning you have a clean path for audio (dont know if this can be called bit perfect though)

 

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Originally Posted by isendono View Post
 

apparently doing so will mute other applications :x so i hate to use direct sound again :u

Are you sure on this part ?

Yesterday, i was listening to songs using Aune/Headphones and my youtube (live streaming for tv application ) was still sending output to my laptop speakers. Also, in the mixer, i could select which output to use for my system sounds. 

 

I can try this out today evening and confirm if you need..

 

My next step is to try using CPLAY which basically loads the files onto the RAM and then play it directly from there eliminating hardware buffer errors during data access from harddisks, dont have time for it .. now enjoying the burn-in of my amp slowly.

 

Regards,

Prashant Divakaran

post #3501 of 5984
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Originally Posted by CoiL View Post
 

Mute other applications? You could also try ASIO or KSP.

I have tried ASIO, but which player do you use for KSP ( i believe is kernel streaming ...... ) ??

post #3502 of 5984

Using classical winamp. You can use WASAPI, ASIO or KSP... choose which you like. I prefer ASIO4ALL + Winamp ASIO plugin.

KSP (kernel streaming plugin) is easiest to use and setup and works well but can have some problems playing hi-res files.

post #3503 of 5984

I haven't used WINAMP in years, but i guess i will stick with FOOBAR for now.

 

Do you notice differences when switching between ASIO/WASAPI/KSP ?

post #3504 of 5984
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Originally Posted by ppdv View Post
 

I haven't used WINAMP in years, but i guess i will stick with FOOBAR for now.

 

Do you notice differences when switching between ASIO/WASAPI/KSP ?

I can't notice a difference between the default windows audio, KS or WASAPI (eithermode) with foobar. NO DIFFERENCE to my ears at all.

 

ASIO gives me an error of something like USB capacity exceeded or something.

post #3505 of 5984

Thanks abhinit90, for the info. Was just being curious about the streaming options.

I havent tried it myself as well to switch between various modes of output, but I think I'd be better off to not use windows Audio mixing in between when sending the signals out. I used to use Analog output of MAUDIO audio card on my computer and at that time it was ASIO for my configuration and it worked quite well.  Comparing WASAPI, KSP, ASIO can be subjective as well, and will keep it for later when i really have the time to sit and compare.

post #3506 of 5984
Take my word with a pinch of salt though. I can't even hear a <lot of> difference between the 6 different tubes that I have :/
post #3507 of 5984
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Originally Posted by abhinit90 View Post
Take my word with a pinch of salt though. I can't even hear a <lot of> difference between the 6 different tubes that I have :/
 

;) sure thing, i am yet to try tube rolling, what tubes do you have apart from the standard 6922.

CoiL/Salvatore ,on this thread has suggested few, will keep looking out for cheap deals on ebay and maybe it might suit my music tastes.. no clue..but have to try it once..

post #3508 of 5984

Have 2 RCA 6ES8 US made ones, an RCA 6es8 branded UK (but made in Holland). An Ei branded, a GE 6dj8 and the stock tube of the vanilla Aune. None of them too great but decent. Was looking to buy a Gold Lion but have heard mixed reviews about it and it's tough to source genuine OG at a suitable price.

post #3509 of 5984
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Originally Posted by ppdv View Post
 

I haven't used WINAMP in years, but i guess i will stick with FOOBAR for now.

 

Do you notice differences when switching between ASIO/WASAPI/KSP ?

For me, I got noticeable improvement when switched from Directsound to ASIO / KSP but many don`t make difference. I prefer ASIO because it seems somehow tinybit more dynamical and "sweeter". Maybe it`s pseudo but whatever, I prefer it over others. KSP was "crisp & dry" sounding to me compared to ASIO. Aslo, 

haven`t had any errors under W7x64.

post #3510 of 5984

There is a different for ASIO, Wasapi, Kernel Streaming and direct sound (to my ear)

 

BTW, I rush from helipad and ask my friend to send me to post office to collect my tubes and when I'm arrived:
1) Wrong address of post office.

2) Post office counter closed.

 

Damn my Amperex OG. Been waiting for two effing month.:mad: Feels like century.

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