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empty99
2007-01-01, 23:18
After a year of listening bliss, the last 2 weeks my SB3 started to hang while playing net radios (Smoothlounge.com), requiring reboot by unplugging the power cord (the power button hold-down could not reset it as you normally do). On top of all this, every once in a while, listening to my music library (WAV format) a loud pop (very sharp potential tweeter killers) would appear and as I rewind/replay it did not re-occur, this tell me it's electrical spike, not embedded on datastream and obviously on songs that previously played just fine.
Am fairly well-versed in PC stuffs, always defrag my drives, using wired SB3 w/ 100mb/s ethernet and Netgear WGT624v3 router which also offer wireless. I did not do any config changes to either my PC or Slimserver when these problems appeared. The outboard DA converter tested fine using my CD player, so the problem appeared to originate from the PC/Network/SB3 routes.
Any help or potential clue much appreciated.
SB3>MF A3.24/192K DAC>Alps Blackwidow pot>2 Nak PA7s>B&W 802N>Nice!

peter
2007-01-02, 02:45
empty99 wrote:
> After a year of listening bliss, the last 2 weeks my SB3 started to hang
> while playing net radios (Smoothlounge.com), requiring reboot by
> unplugging the power cord (the power button hold-down could not reset
> it as you normally do). On top of all this, every once in a while,
> listening to my music library (WAV format) a loud pop (very sharp
> potential tweeter killers) would appear and as I rewind/replay it did
> not re-occur, this tell me it's electrical spike, not embedded on
> datastream and obviously on songs that previously played just fine.
> Am fairly well-versed in PC stuffs, always defrag my drives, using
> wired SB3 w/ 100mb/s ethernet and Netgear WGT624v3 router which also
> offer wireless. I did not do any config changes to either my PC or
> Slimserver when these problems appeared. The outboard DA converter
> tested fine using my CD player, so the problem appeared to originate
> from the PC/Network/SB3 routes.
> Any help or potential clue much appreciated.
> SB3>MF A3.24/192K DAC>Alps Blackwidow pot>2 Nak PA7s>B&W 802N>Nice!
>

Since you're using an external DAC the data is only converted to analog
outside the SB3, would a 'power spike' affect the digital data stream in
such a way? I would try using the SB3 without the external DAC for a
while to eliminate that. This seems a better test to me than playing
your CD player over it.

A music library in WAV format and you always defrag your hard drives?
You sound like someone prone to superstition ;)

Regards,
Peter

empty99
2007-01-02, 09:14
Since you're using an external DAC the data is only converted to analog
outside the SB3, would a 'power spike' affect the digital data stream in
such a way? I would try using the SB3 without the external DAC for a
while to eliminate that. This seems a better test to me than playing
your CD player over it.

A music library in WAV format and you always defrag your hard drives?
You sound like someone prone to superstition ;)

Regards,
Peter
Old habits die hard since the Intel486 era, disc defrag greatly improve performance ;^)
It's true the music library drive does not need defrag as frequently as system disc, maybe once a month but this will check drive integrity as well so it's good PM (sound files are solid but playlist files get rewritten daily by Slimserver)
I wanted to make sure datastream not being interrupted due to excessive disc activity since this noise is similar to a skipping CD, I will also try to pay attention to the signal locked light on the DAC (I used the optical connection) for unusual behavior if indeed it's the case. Thanks for the advice.
My PC setup: Athlon 900/384MB ram/Raid 0 2x20GB system disc/400GB music disc/Win2000Pro/Slimserver 6.22/10-100mb ethernet/Netgear router/wired SB3

mikeruss
2007-01-20, 13:07
Install on Linux - no defrag issues ;-)