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post #466 of 1331
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Oh, and a big thank you to Brunk for suggesting the JRiver linked outputs, and to everybody else for their contributions of hardware and support.  Hard to believe, but it looks like this crazy idea is going to work.  Now maybe I can get some sleep tonight.

post #467 of 1331

Glad to see you were able to link all the zones seamlessly as I figured you would :) Lol at the "analyzer" molesting your files :P Anyways, be sure to verify they are in sync best as possible.

:beerchug:

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post #469 of 1331
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They are pretty close to in sync.  To the point where I can toggle through the switch and hear almost continuous music.  Not quite, but that's okay.  Again, this isn't an A/B blind test.  I just want to be able to go back and forth periodically and check what I thought I heard, without having to disconnect and reconnect etc. 

 

Now back to volume matching -- the difference in volumes as I toggled was pretty obvious,so it is going to be important to at least try to level them out as I switch back and forth.  Good news is that a bunch of these DACs have volume controls.

post #470 of 1331
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@Brunk:

 

I hit the "analyze" button, and it did something... (I think I heard it giggling and saying nasty things about my music collection).

 

@Mike:

 

It's snowing here.  UPS does not have a "Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow" policy.  I expect they will try to deliver Monday or Tuesday which is fine.  Right now I am concentrating on burning in the new DACs anyway...

 

 

AND I HAVE 7 DACS RUNNING, LINKED AND BURNING IN AS I WRITE THIS  

 

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

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Now I know how Dr. Frankenstein felt. 

 

I've had to do several workarounds: JRiver and the Emo have a serious disagreement about what that DAC wants to be fed (WASAPI?  WASAPI?  You're trying to feed me WASAPI? I told you WASABI, with a "B" you idiot"), and one of the USB 2.0 ports just doesn't like audio devices.  There have also been a few data hiccups, likely due to taxing the bus.  But it seems to have stabilized now.

 

To get to 7 units producing sound I'm using both the Yulong with the TBI driving the Diamond speakers and the Benchmark feeding the Koss E-90 driving the ESP-950s.  The other 5 DACS are feeding into the 5-in-one switch to the Cyclops and LCD-3s.  The switch works well, by the way.  No obvious cross talk, though I really haven't had time to do any careful testing.  At this point the whole idea is to burn in all of these DACs so I can start testing during the week.  Otherwise my schedule goes down the drain.

 

As I sit back and look at all of this stuff with electrons flowing through it I think my electricity bill is going to be about the same as New York City's next month.  Oh well, anything for the cause, I guess.

 

I'll upload a picture later.  I'll have to use my work computer because I have no open USB ports on this one to plug the phone into.

 

 

Wooooohooooooo!  And we're off!

post #471 of 1331
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Meh, it's actually easier to just turn 90 degrees and work on my other computer.  I started typing on this one though, so when I get back from dinner I'll work on the other one.  No big deal.

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Meh, it's actually easier to just turn 90 degrees and work on my other computer.  I started typing on this one though, so when I get back from dinner I'll work on the other one.  No big deal.

haha ok that kind of work computer.

post #473 of 1331
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Now back to volume matching -- the difference in volumes as I toggled was pretty obvious,so it is going to be important to at least try to level them out as I switch back and forth.  Good news is that a bunch of these DACs have volume controls.

This also goes back to my earlier post, if needed you can use JRiver's 64-bit volume control. Right-click on the volume slider to get to the corresponding option you need. 

 

Here's something else you might like. A way to remove duplicate files. It's not totally perfect at grabbing all of them, but it ensures that hi-res and different masters are not considered duplicates.

How to remove duplicates (Click to show)

Press 'F9' to create a smartlist. Label the Smartlist as "Duplicates". Next, press the import/export button. Next, copy/paste this text verbatim into the blank field.

 

[Media Type]=[Audio] ~dup=[Album],[Artist],[Duration],[File Size],[Name] ~nodup=[Album],[Artist],[Duration],[File Size],[Name]

 

Next, hit 'OK', then hit 'OK' again. This will spit out a list of all duplicates, with the "keepers" omitted from the list. Select all by pressing ctrl+a and then press 'delete' and select the 'delete from library and send to recycle bin' option.

 

All done!

 

Then all you have to do is is check on the list once a while to keep things tidy :)

post #474 of 1331
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Brunk:

 

Excellent! Thank you!

 

I promised a picture,so here it is:

 

 

Sort of like a really ugly X-mas tree!!!

post #475 of 1331
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Brunk:

 

Excellent! Thank you!

 

I promised a picture,so here it is:

 

 

Sort of like a really ugly X-mas tree!!!

You're welcome Gary :) That is the most beautiful X-Mas tree i ever did see! Well, I guess it could use a "hot angel" on top :evil:

post #476 of 1331
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Instead of a cyclops?  Nah, I don't think so...  Angels are no fun anyway.:veryevil:

post #477 of 1331
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Instead of a cyclops?  Nah, I don't think so...  Angels are no fun anyway.:veryevil:

Teeheehee! :beerchug:

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You're welcome Gary smily_headphones1.gif That is the most beautiful X-Mas tree i ever did see! Well, I guess it could use a "hot angel" on top evil_smiley.gif

Since when does the millenia go red? Lol mine only does blue! When there's no signal for a while? I always turn it off after haha.

Curious
post #479 of 1331
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Put batteries in and pull the plug... See the pretty color change from blue to red...

post #480 of 1331
One of the DAC is lopsided! Your definitely biased against it!
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