After literally years of perfect functioning, HQP Desktop (currently 4.22.0) has begun to behave very oddly. No matter how the Default Output Mode is set (source, PCM, or DSD), and no matter if the source file is PCM or DSD, HQP will only output PCM.
It will not upsample PCM to DSD no matter the oversampling, modulator, or bit rate settings.
It will downsample DSD files to my PCM Defaults if the Default Output Mode is set to Source.
If the output mode is set to DSD and when playing DSD files, according to Roon, HQP applies my PCM filters to the DSD (not the SDM defaults) and no sound comes out, nothing passed on from HQP to the iFi Zen Stream.
The only thing working normally is PCM files upsampled to 352.8. That behaves as it should.
Seems that the entire DSD functioning of HQPlayer Desktop has come to a screeching halt. To my knowledge, I’ve not changed my basic settings, but who knows, maybe I tapped something by accident?? Please refer to the screenshots of my settings below. When this issue began I have tried numerous DSD oversampling and modulator settings to see if that would fix it, but literally none work, even the most basic.
Wondering if the ZenStream has suddenly begun acting up, I tested DSD files from Roon straight to the ZenStream (Roon exclusive mode), and that works normally. My HQPlayer usage with the ZenStream is always in HQPlayer exclusive mode on the ZS.
@dabassgoesboomboom thanks for the suggestion. It’s something beyond adjusting the filters. I’ve owned HQP for over 7 years and have never had the entire DSD refuse to work no matter how much I adjust the filters.
I’m still on HQP4 and don’t see the ASDM7EC-light option.
I did your other suggestions, but the same issue persists. DSD refuses to play.
In the screenshots below, notice the difference between the PCM and SDM settings. Sinc-M is only on the PCM side. Then notice in the screenshot of the Roon signal path how HQP (I assume), despite being set to SDM, is using the PCM side filters (sinc-m instead of poly sinc short mp). And the result is the track not actually playing in Roon.
This is what was happening before. Very odd as nothing like this has happened in 7 years!
Here’s a DSD file played with HQP output set to “source”. According to Roon, it uses the PCM settings and downsamples to those PCM settings.
You can see that in the HQPlayer screenshot that it’s ignoring the SDM settings entirely. No matter what the Default Output Mode is set to (source or SDM), HQP is reverting to the PCM settings. I’ve tried it in every possible combination.
Changing the SDM Pack to DoP has fixed it, bravo! My Mac Mini can’t do anything more than DSD 128 anyway, so no loss.
At one point I was attempting to get Native DSD to work through the ZenStream, so perhaps I altered the HQP settings then and never switched it back. User error was always the mostly likely culprit.
The wise folks on the extremely long ZenStream thread, to my understanding - which may or may not be correct - said the the ZenStream’s Native DSD abilities only (or perhaps best) works with iFi DACs. I forget the reason why.
We were unable to get it to work with the Marantz via the ZS, even though the Marantz itself can handle Native DSD.
I recently got my first record player (Pro-Ject Debut Pro) which has altered my perception of sound, hence the re-interest in different flavors of DSD upsampling. The Marantz upsamples all PCM to DSD 256 internally.
Hi Dancing sea and glad to read that you fixed this.
From memory it’s not that the Zen Stream only does Direct DSD with Zen DACS (as people have it working with other DACS) its more of a compatibility issue due to the age of the kernel and it not having the correct drivers for some devices.
I seem to remember that this information first came from Jussi when people were saying that they could not get DSD working in Direct mode on the Stream. I could be mis remembering this, but it feels right.
For me the Zen Stream/Zen DAC runs perfectly well with DSD256 for both Roon and HQPlayer, but I am running my MA Mini-i Pro 3 through a Raspberry Pi and NAA OS which gives me DSD512 as opposed to DSD128 through Roon.
I’m all in on the ZenStream/ Farad Super3 combo, and set on the Marantz SACD 30n as the DAC. DSD128 is plenty for me, sounds great. My previous DAC (DirectStream) upsampled to 1024, and I didn’t notice it being that different. Now vinyl has captured my attention, curiosity and resources. It’s a money pit! But has a quality or essence to the sound that alludes digital. Not necessarily better, but different and amazing, especially with late 1950’s jazz.
My ZenStream, after more than a year of flawless operation, has started to periodically freeze where it ceases to be recognized by HQPlayer and it can’t be turned off by the power button. I have to unplug it and restart which fixes the issue until the next time.
Let’s be honest DSD128 is more than enough, unless of course you can get more
Not heard of this problem and not seen it myself as yet.
I wonder whether a Settings reset/factory reset on the Zen Stream is not in order.
I have not had to do mine for some time, but I am also stuck on a semi borked beta update while trying to find out some information for another user, no one to blame but myself and iFi for that one.
Still Roon and HQPlayer both work fine on the device and I have had no lock ups.
I’ve been a long ways around the bush when it comes to upsampling and have settled on mastering of the recording being far far far more important than the bit rate. Though I understand the psychological appeal of thinking higher numbers must sound better.