You are using “Auto” as output mode in HQPlayer… In this case there are two different settings active, one for PCM sources and one for DSD sources. These two settings cannot be displayed simultaneously.
Hi Jussi, if I select “Auto” in HQplayer’s main menu, will it proceed with Chord’s unique filtering when I play PCM and DSD (ignoring the setting of filter and dither in Setting)?
If yes, does HQplayer still do the upsampling as the set in HQplayer’s Setting Menu?
If you set “auto” as output mode, the only effect it has is to switch between PCM and SDM output modes corresponding to PCM/DSD sources. Which you shouldn’t do with Chord, you should always send there highest rate PCM it can accept, also for DSD sources. Because the DSD handling there is poor.
OTOH, if you want to use Chord’s filters, you shouldn’t be using HQPlayer in first place.
it seems like my question (which i might add i have seen asked before and also ignored) was lost in the shuffle. My question is can someone explain how a track played from HQ player can sound better when played directly through the HQ player than when that same track is played via the HQ player via Roon?
Roon is heavier on CPU usage. This extra machine activity can create more or different computer noise that gets injected into your DAC via it’s USB interface.
It’s just the way things are if you have everything running on one machine with a USB DAC also hooked direct to that machine.
Most Roon/HQPlayer users try to get their DAC disconnected from the computer doing the heavy work and onto a specialized single purpose NAA endpoint for HQPlayer. Of course that’s not very practical for a headphone setup.
The other option is some type of USB isolation device between your computer and your DAC.