I’ve been running a trial of Roon, loving the ability to seamlessly span both my iTunes-based library and Tidal.
However, I wasn’t excited about the sound quality coming out of Roon. There was a clear and obvious difference, so much so that my wife said, “Okay, then, Roon is for when we’re in the other room,” referring to the kitchen and dinette area, not the sweet spot in the living room.
Previously I’ve been running PureMusic over iTunes, upsampling to 192 in most cases. While I wouldn’t want a thread to devolve into an argument of bit-perfect versus upsampling (unless it edifies…), it’s clear to us that the results we get from upsampling in PureMusic beat the pants off of Roon playing in 44.1/16.
Enter HQ Player. I’ve run HQPlayer pulling Redbook directly off of the file structure, and it sounded good. As good as PureMusic, probably, and allowing more control over filters, sampling rates, etc. than does PureMusic.
Roon will soon (very soon) integrate with HQPlayer, so it looks as though I’ll be able to have Roon pass both my library files and Tidal through HQPlayer’s output, upsampling along the way. The problem is that HQPlayer’s settings are extraordinarily difficult for a non-tech person to figure out. I know it’s not rocket science. Rocket science is easier.
So, after this long-winded windup to the question: Has anyone determined the ‘best’ HQPlayer settings for feeding the Directstream?
Or, will Ted chime in and educate me on why this might not be a good idea w.r.t. the architecture of the DS? All I could say to that is, “My ears hear a difference.”