Al can never understand the point of having two of them running.
Johno= I’ve always had a single PC until recently. During the latter stages of the JPLAY beta trial I decided to try Dual PC configuration. Something I liked and made good sense for my setup.
- My original dedicated audio PC = Intel NUC i5 with Audio optimizer in core mode using jriver and jremote, connected to DS sounded great. Added JPLAY and a whole new world opened up for me = sounded amazing with JPLAY6 using JPLAYmini...
- Changing to dual PC controlPC and AudioPC allowed me to remove the HDD from the music room. During the quietest passages of music I could hear the 2T HDD. The control PC is located is an adjoining room and I cannot hear the controlPC i7 4770k 16 gigs ram on windows 8.1 with JPLAY steering the audio PC which switches into hibernate mode when an album is played.
Johno= I used this setup before transitioning to JPLAY6 and ditching jriver. The SQ with JPLAY6 is in another league – way better than jriver in my system.
Al PC is fanless and either DC battery or hd plex linear psu .
Johno= My audioPC is fanless, I relocated the intel i5 NUC mobo into a solid aluminum case providing heat sink to CPU. I use the same HDPlex linear supply to feed the NUC, and power the NUC SSD directly from the HDPlex.
I am in the process of implementing the Paul Pang USB card. I will be connecting this to the HDPlex 3.3 and 5 volt lines
I also use a P5 but it powers my whole system, I prefer not using multi wave
Johno comment for Engine Ultrastream playing via KS:PS Audio Audio 2.0 output
Dac link 170hz and PC buffer 0.2 the sound is more open but a little fragile compared to the fuller sound of DAC link 1hz.
Dac link 1hz PC buffer 2 sec the sound is fuller and very smooth, though I can swing either way Dac link 170hz or Dac link 1, depending on mood have fun Al