The machine is a 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 with 8 GB 2133 MHz LPDDR3. a 2019 with 4 Thunderbolt ports.
This shows the CPU usage when using Roon with HQPlayer as my zone. I have set gthe pref. to Poly-Sinc-Xtr-Mp on parts: 1x and Nx. Chrome is open. Mail is open amnd so is Oka WiFi Speed test (tho I use ethernet and get 380mps).
As you can see my MBPro is hardly about to explode. I get about the same usage when I choose ext instead of xtr. Howe ver, we don’t use either as they do n ot sound clwear to us. We us the poly-sinc-mqa-mp in 1x and Nx setting which gives much better clarity. The CPU usage is well under 30%. Oh, I ought to say that HQP is upsampling to DSD 128. ` When I ask him to just play files as is, i.e. DSD128 files, the CPU usage drops to about 20%.
So quite what all the warnings about my MBPro not being able to handle the very heavy programs Roon and HQP were given I don’t know. I also not I am not the only who uses computers instead of servers.
The Micro Rendu has really improved the sound to the point where I am certainly happy with our sound now. I note that those with very expensive set ups, more than. my mere £15 grand set up, still require a rendu.
What I would love is a cd ripper that rips str8 to it’s own hard disc. All I can find are servers that are roon ready and HQP , and other services which I do not want. Even tho they have usb ports. It would save me a lot of hassle to do this this way instead of just using the external cd player for ripping.
I also realise I need a 2tb minimum for my music as I have turned a lot into DSD128 and will continue to do so. They sound much better and save HQP or Roon from doing it on the fly. I have started by just doing my favourite singers but will eventually do them all I am keeping the original files, and a copy of them and also 2 backups of he conversions.
Does anyone have a better idea?