Roon, a MOCK server, a Qobuz and a Tidal sub. A bit of expenditure on a new system; DAC, Pi 4, pre and power amp, new speakers and sub. Surely I didn’t need to spend anymore money, certainly not on some fancy filters!
Of course I knew Roon integrated with HQP but honestly I didn’t see or understand what it brought to the party. Roon has filters built in doesn’t it?! However people seemed to rate it and there’s a free trial so I thought I’d give it a go.
Set up was tricky; part user error and part a slightly obscure gui and setting but I persevered and finally got sound out of my DAC. To be fair I nearly just gave up and sacked off the idea however I’m pleased I stuck at it.
Because, well that’s it - bar room correction at some point and unless I get a PC capable of running an EC modulators I’m done. My system is complete and I’m 100% happy for the first time in a long time.
A bit of fiddling with the settings; switched off DoP and 48khz DSD and moved to DSD512/44.1 with poly-sinc-ext2 and ASDM7 and for the first time since moving to a full streaming set up I find myself totally lost in the music from a digital source. And now it’s all set up the frustration of initial set up is forgotten and it just works and I can’t see me needing to touch HQP much at all.
My vinyl front end had got there - it’s as perfect as I could want - but, nice though the Naim sounded and the Topping without HQP, I still found myself drifting away from the sound and fiddling on Facebook, this forum etc but no more. It sounds just so ridiculously good.
@jussi_laako - I was a bit sceptically about the entrance fee to the world of HQP but I can safely say it’s worth every pennny - top job