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Old 26th April 2014, 02:08 AM   #1
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Dear All,

I am really pleased to announce, that UE6 has one additional feature built-in - WAV Player.

It allows you to create and edit a playlist with the standard CD-style, 16-bit/2-channel/44.1kHz WAVE files and then play sequentially song-by-song. I have included a full description in the new version of the UE6 manual http://www.bodziosoftware.com.au/UE6_Manual.pdf and modified my website to reflect on this new feature.

The significance of this feature is in the fact, that you do not need any additional sound cards to use full power of UE and execute playlists straight from the HD. The WAV files are pick up by the new UE built-in WAV Player straight from the HD, then fully processed by the UE, and played through the motherboard audio codec.

If your PC has ALC889, ALC898 or even better – ALC1150 codes, you’ll get audio quality that is on par with a good CD-player.

Obviously, the all-digital system with LynxAES16 and ICE-PWR AES/EBU amplifiers from miniDSP remains the most advanced solution, but again, with the WAV Player, you do not need the Windows Media Player associated with motherboard SPDIF audio.

For more information and descriptions of may UE-based systems please visit Bodzio Software

For those interested – Windows 7/8/8.1 appears to have WASAPI Exclusive Mode built-in for motherboard audio codecs. It seems logical, when you think about it.

For all existing UE6 owners – this is a free upgrade. Please contact me with your serial number as usual.

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Bohdan
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Old 24th April 2015, 09:14 AM   #2
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From my browsing of several boards I get the impression that those who choose lossless HDD storage almost unfailingly opt for FLAC rather than WAV. It would appear to me that a FLAC player would be significantly more useful than a WAV player. The solution might be as easy as UE managing some sort of on-the-fly decompression software.
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Old 25th April 2015, 02:38 AM   #3
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From my browsing of several boards I get the impression that those who choose lossless HDD storage almost unfailingly opt for FLAC rather than WAV. It would appear to me that a FLAC player would be significantly more useful than a WAV player. The solution might be as easy as UE managing some sort of on-the-fly decompression software.
Hi capslock,

Thank you for your comment.

The original message in this thread is one year old, and in the meantime, I have released UE V7 with 24bit/96kHz stereo and 24bit/96kHz 5.1 surround WAV playback capability - in addition to CD-standard of 16bit/44.1kHz stereo format.

I must say, that I have contemplated ALAC files, but decided to drop this idea.

I realize, that there are other formats available, but the WAV files continue to be the "reference" format for anything else that is available out there - and for obvious reasons.
CDs continue to be released in WAV format, and the new "Pure Audio" DVDs are released in 24bit/96kHz stereo WAV format as well.

Therefore, I have no plans to incorporate any other playback formats, and will stick with WAV format.

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Old 25th April 2015, 02:09 PM   #4
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Hello Bohdan,

this is a puzzling decision. I can understand that if you want to play a real disk, you need WAV support. But the point of having a HTPC setup is also not having to fool with lots of disks. And folks I know personally or through fora will usually store their music as MP3 or FLAC (ALAC not so much in this country). Even with HDD memory being cheap, there are still concerns about bandwidth and storage capacity.

Personally, I am using FLAC for music and MP3 for audiobooks and the kids' stuff. Having FLAC support since Android 4 has been a huge plus for FLAC, and I am looking forward to getting rid of the last MP3-only devices in the household.

So what is the workaround? The old use-any-player to SPDIF-out, stream to UE via SPDIF-in spiel? Will this even work on a single PC if HDMI-out in exclusive mode is used?


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Old 25th April 2015, 11:11 PM   #5
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So what is the workaround? The old use-any-player to SPDIF-out, stream to UE via SPDIF-in spiel? Will this even work on a single PC if HDMI-out in exclusive mode is used?

Hi capslock,

You are correct, that's the way to go.

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Old 26th April 2015, 04:28 AM   #6
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But does this even work on a single PC? You'd have to play to an external digital out as laptops lack this, record through the same card, and then play to HDMI using exclusive mode. Does exclusive mode interfere wirh the operation of the first card?
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Old 26th April 2015, 06:47 AM   #7
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But does this even work on a single PC? You'd have to play to an external digital out as laptops lack this, record through the same card, and then play to HDMI using exclusive mode. Does exclusive mode interfere wirh the operation of the first card?

Hi Capslock,

Sorry for the disconnect – you were asking about PCs, so I assumed you were talking about desktop device, rather than laptop.

Now, please note that the first line in the little HDMI paper recommended in my previous correspondence reads:

“Implementation of a WAV Player into Ultimate Equalizer enables new HDMI output from the motherboard to be used as 8-channel LPCM digital output…”.

This is the simplest digital UE setup you can imagine, and there are no soundcards you need to accomplish this. Yes - laptop can do this.

If you need to add a Media Player to your setup and put everything on one PC, then you may consider a motherboard like this: http://www.gigabyte.com.au/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4514#sp
It has SPDIF-in, SPDIF-out, and HDMI output.

WASAPI Exclusive Mode audio devices are listed in the Windows Sound Manager, separate for playback and recording, and are managed by the drivers as individual devices.

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