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Old 5th October 2012, 01:51 AM   #471
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I've been having some problems with my Amanero board, I've tried some different configurations, but I have problems with all of them.

I have three computers, a hackintoshed Lion HTPC, an HP laptop that triple boots Mountain Lion OSX, Windows 7, and Ubuntu, and an older Macbook with Lion installed.

I am using a Buffalo II with a 80Mhz clock. I have both firmware chips for the Buffalo (I thought that the "best" firmware might be a fix, but it isn't).

The Buffalo has no problems with playing the DSD output from my hacked Philips 963SA SACD player directly into it's i2s/DSD inputs. It also plays the i2s output from the Twisted Pear MUX SPDIF to i2s board with both firmwares without any issues.

When I hook up the Amanero to any of my OSX running computers, I get a "crackle" in the sound, even after leaving it playing for more than 12 hours. Audirvana Plus 1.3.5 also does not recognize that the Amanero can play DSD. The DSD options are not highlighted in Preferences/Audio System. If I play a DFF file, Audirvana converts the file to PCM.

If I use Windows 7, Foobar2000, and the Amanero driver, I do not get the "crackles" in the sound. However, I still cannot output DSD. I installed all the plugins required, and foobar plays the files, but no sound is output. Foobar does play ALAC, and FLAC files just fine though.

I also sometimes get a 4khz noise that is audible from 9 feet away, with OSX. I think that the windows installation works the best, and has the least noise.

Is it possible that there is something wrong with my Amanero board? The inability to play DSD is troubling, and perhaps indicates that there is a problem. Is there anything else that I should try? As it stands, I cannot really use the board for much, because OSX is my primary system, and I have windows installed more as a novelty than anything else.

Has anyone else encountered problems?

Thank you for your time and assistance.

Aaron.
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Old 5th October 2012, 02:18 AM   #472
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Old 5th October 2012, 08:44 PM   #473
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Old 6th October 2012, 04:32 PM   #474
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I have connected the Amanero USB board via I2S Bus to a TPA Opus board with fine results using Foobar2000 and WASAPI 3.0 from 16bit/44.1KHz up to 24bit/192KHz playback.

I then connected the Amanero board for DSD to the Opus. I am using the four pin header behind the I2S Bus connector. All four wires are connected between both boards.

I tried using HQPlayer 2.8.4 demo using the DSD DoP Marker mode, but not getting any music output. I do get some digital noise at low level.

I have put in the Foobar2000 component for SACD playback. Not sure how to configure it for DSD native playback.

What are folks using for DSD playback in Windows 7 x64? How are you configuring it for DSD playback?
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Old 6th October 2012, 05:29 PM   #475
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I have connected the Amanero USB board via I2S Bus to a TPA Opus board with fine results using Foobar2000 and WASAPI 3.0 from 16bit/44.1KHz up to 24bit/192KHz playback.

I then connected the Amanero board for DSD to the Opus. I am using the four pin header behind the I2S Bus connector. All four wires are connected between both boards.

I tried using HQPlayer 2.8.4 demo using the DSD DoP Marker mode, but not getting any music output. I do get some digital noise at low level.

I have put in the Foobar2000 component for SACD playback. Not sure how to configure it for DSD native playback.

What are folks using for DSD playback in Windows 7 x64? How are you configuring it for DSD playback?
Have you set up the switch on the Opus for DSD? IIRC by default it is set up for I2S/PCM.

To make Foobar output DSD to the AManero board you need to install either the WASAPI or the Kernel Streaming plugins and configure them as output. Also you'll ned to set the SACD plugin to output DSD (Flie->Preferences and then Tools->SACD->ASIO driver mode).
As I'm not sure it is OK to do so, I've PM'ed yo a link to a step by step guide a wrote in another forum.
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Old 6th October 2012, 05:35 PM   #476
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Does your Opus have a WM8740 or WM8741? The 8740 does not have DSD support. It was added in the 8741.
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Old 6th October 2012, 06:15 PM   #477
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My Opus has the WM8741.
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Old 6th October 2012, 08:37 PM   #478
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Thanks for the link!

Will give these instructions a try to see if I can get the Amanero to work with DSD. The latest driver does not support ASIO at this time. It does do DoP (dCS 0A/F5 marker style DSD over PCM).

Will put the outputs on my O'scope and take a look.
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Old 6th October 2012, 09:26 PM   #480
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Have you set up the switch on the Opus for DSD? IIRC by default it is set up for I2S/PCM.

To make Foobar output DSD to the AManero board you need to install either the WASAPI or the Kernel Streaming plugins and configure them as output. Also you'll ned to set the SACD plugin to output DSD (Flie->Preferences and then Tools->SACD->ASIO driver mode).
As I'm not sure it is OK to do so, I've PM'ed yo a link to a step by step guide a wrote in another forum.
Yes, I set the DSD/SCLK switch to + for DSD mode. I also set the OSR/DSDR switch to open as that is the input line for right channel DSD data. That was the original configuration that I tried.

I tried HQPlayer 2.8.4 demo as it supports non-ASIO DSD playback. The Amanero driver is not ASIO, so thought that would be the way to start. I setup the DSD DoP Marker output mode.

Will try this again and make sure it is repeatable. I tried it twice before, but no luck.
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