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    New HowTo on Audio Quality

    First this will be a cross-post to the audiophile and beginners forum, I apologise if that breaks some rules here.

    I have just drafted a WikiPage on how to get the best audio quality from the SquuezeBox. It's whay I wanted to read a few days ago when I got my new toy. It's at http://wiki.slimdevices.com/index.cg...stAudioQuality if you want to take a look.

    I wanted something that provides basic information for a non-technical user (I'm assuming someone that knows about hifi, but not about computers, like my dad). I hope that people that know more about this will feel free to add edit and contribute to the page as long as they remember its focus is to provide information for users new to the community. In particular if you disagree with what's there can I request that you post a reply to the forums and not change it directly.

    Finally, I've assumed that in the tradition of wiki's even newbies like me can write pages without asking permission first. If I've stepped on any toes, I apologise, get in touch and I'm sure we can work something out.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks, I'm studying your WIKI - a newbie question:
    Were do you actually turn off the SB2 volume control?
    I tried with the remote and got "mute" and no sound at all and
    through SlimServer i couldnt find this option.
    I am not getting good sound, getting dropouts and it seems
    like the quality of audio is better with low SB volume...
    Cheers
    ----Hank

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    Re: New HowTo on Audio Quality

    Hank,

    I've updated the wiki, the new information you want is as follows

    /This setting is available in the player settings in the *audio* section. To
    find player settings click on the *player settings* in the right hand pane
    when using the slimserver frontend/

    the settings referred to are the bitrate and volume settings you want to
    change.

    The issue with dropouts sounds like your PC with slimserver is overworked.
    Are you using MusicMagic? This really eats up CPU while it's analysing
    tracks and this can take some time. If you are I would recommend turning it
    off, and only running it overnight. Once all your tracks have been analysed
    it will be fine.

    If that's not the problem I'd check to see if anything else is consuming CPU
    (use Windows Task Manager - processes tab to check)

    If the quality of audio is better with low SB volume it could be that
    something downstream (a preamp or amp) is getting overloaded. Do you get
    this effect with other sources (like a standard CD player?)

    Malcolm


    > -----Original Message-----
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    > [mailto:beginners-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of HankD
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    > Subject: [SlimDevices: Beginners] Re: New HowTo on Audio Quality
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    > Thanks, I'm studying your WIKI - a newbie question:
    > Were do you actually turn off the SB2 volume control?
    > I tried with the remote and got "mute" and no sound at all and
    > through SlimServer i couldnt find this option.
    > I am not getting good sound, getting dropouts and it seems
    > like the quality of audio is better with low SB volume...
    > Cheers
    > ----Hank
    >
    >
    > --
    > HankD
    >

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    Malcolm,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I have studied more and realised I was connected to
    PHONO in my HIFI - that mad a difference and I don't have that
    volume and bass problem any longer.
    I was running Shareaza and downloading a bittorrent on the
    computer where I run Slimserver, maybe that takes power and
    that's how I get the distortions?
    Cheers
    ----Hank

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    Malcolm,
    In the wiki it says"You should turn of the volume control that is present in the SB2 and only use the volume control on your HiFi.

    This setting is available in the player settings in the audio section. To find player settings click on the player settings in the right hand pane when using the slimserver frontend "

    Isn't it left hand pane?
    Player Settings?
    Audio?
    But then there is no sort of OnOff volume but two
    alternatives regarding Digital Volume Control? Is this it?

    Maybe I'm at the wrong place totally?

    Don't give up on me...:-)

    ----Hank

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    Quote Originally Posted by HankD
    But then there is no sort of OnOff volume but two
    alternatives regarding Digital Volume Control? Is this it?
    ----Hank
    That's it. Digital output volume fixed.

    Leaving the volume on the SB2 set to 40 does the same thing, but if you set the digital output volume to fixed you don't have to worry about things like other people changing the volume or sitting on the remote, etc. (Accidents...)

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    Re: New HowTo on Audio Quality

    Hi again Hank,

    First you need to click on play settings in the right hand pane to see the
    settings at all, however the settings you see appear in the left hand pane,
    which is where the audio option will appear. Basically I'm telling you
    you're in the right place.

    The option you need it to set Digital Volume Control to be 'Digital Output
    Level is fixed'

    As regards the dropouts I would have thought that your slimserver would work
    smoothly with BitTorrent running, however it is definitely worth stopping
    BitTorrent and seeing if the problem goes away. I'm not a BitTorrent user so
    I can't check on my system, and I'm not sure it would tell us much as this
    sort of problem is mostly down to system and network speed to it's too
    dependent on the hardware you have. Probably the best thing it just to try
    without BitTorrent and report back if you still have problems.

    Malcolm



    > -----Original Message-----
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    > [mailto:beginners-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of HankD
    > Sent: 01 June 2005 20:59
    > To: beginners (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
    > Subject: [SlimDevices: Beginners] Re: New HowTo on Audio Quality
    >
    >
    >
    > Malcolm,
    > In the wiki it says"You should turn of the volume control that is
    > present in the SB2 and only use the volume control on your HiFi.
    >
    > This setting is available in the player settings in the audio section.
    > To find player settings click on the player settings in the right hand
    > pane when using the slimserver frontend "
    >
    > Isn't it left hand pane?
    > Player Settings?
    > Audio?
    > But then there is no sort of OnOff volume but two
    > alternatives regarding Digital Volume Control? Is this it?
    >
    > Maybe I'm at the wrong place totally?
    >
    > Don't give up on me...:-)
    >
    > ----Hank
    >
    >
    > --
    > HankD
    >

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwphoto
    Hi again Hank,

    First you need to click on play settings in the right hand pane to see the
    settings at all, however the settings you see appear in the left hand pane,
    which is where the audio option will appear. Basically I'm telling you
    you're in the right place.

    The option you need it to set Digital Volume Control to be 'Digital Output
    Level is fixed'[/color]
    Might also keep in mind that Player Settings is on the left hand side of the main menu when using the Default skin. It's on the right when using Fishbone...

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