You’ve heard rumors of the new upcoming firmware upgrade and it is now live and available for download. We’ve changed the way we refer to these updates, however. It makes much more sense to call them what they truly are; an operating system update.
DirectStream is based on a custom and complex operating system, similar to that running your computer. Designed from the ground up by our resident software genius, Ted Smith, I felt we were not paying true homage to the extraordinary amount of work and changes that go into a rework of DirectStream’s operating system when we launch a new one. Ted’s a modest guy. He rarely takes enough credit for the extraordinary amount of time, skill and work that goes into modifying and improving the operating system of DirectStream when we do these updates. This latest improves compatibility with sources, lowers jitter even further and includes a host of proprietary changes we want to keep secret.
As is our process, Ted generated 20 compiles of the new OS and Dennis compiled numerous compiles of the PIC code that goes with it to complete the package. We then ship the lot off to Arnie Nudell for evaluation. And it is here, where the finishing polish is put onto the package, resulting in the final release to the public. Arnie’s task is to find the best of the compiles and match them to the best of the PICs to voice the final product. It’s a tedious process. But it’s worth it. The final group of three top candidates is sent to me and between Arnie I we decide which to release.
So, to honor all that goes into a new release of DirectStreams operating system, we have decided to change the name of the latest release to something other than a simple number. From this point onwards, all future operating system releases for DirectStream will be named after one of Colorado’s 52 Fourteeners (mountain peaks 14,000 feet and higher). This first OS is called Pikes Peak after the famous mountain top in Colorado Springs. Pikes Peak is available for download at the usual site, by clicking here.
Having written all that, here’s what you can expect. The new Pikes Peak OS is extraordinary. Both Arnie and I find it to be a greater jump in sound quality than the last major release we did at the end of last year (DirectStream 1.2.1). Pikes offers far better body of the instruments, an extended top end, firmer bass and a soundstage that will make you swoon. This upgrade is huge. And it is free to all DirectStream owners.
Download the file, unzip it and place it onto a clean SD card. Insert into DirectStream and power cycle it. Here’s a handy How To guide if you need.
Have fun and let us know.