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Running JRiver Media Center on Windows
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As many of you know, I'm using digital room correction by way of JRiver's convolution engine in our Loft listening room. This has been a great solution, but since the folks at JRiver and TIDAL could not agree on integration, music selections have been limited to what I have purchased and stored on our Synoogy NAS.

I'm pleased to report that I have finally found a reliable way to stream TIDAL HiFi (lossless) through JRiver's convolution engine. Here's a blog post with the details in case you want to try this or something similar:


-- David
Here's a list of registry hacks that I performed based on advice from the author of Fidelizer:

1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\DisableAntiSpyware = 1
2. reboot
3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinDefend\Start = 4 (was 2 or 3)
4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin = 0 (was 5)
5. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\EnableLUA = 0 (was 1)
6. Uninstall Fidelizer Pro (if installed)
7. reboot
8. Install Fidelizer Pro with settings = "Purist", "Network Player"
9. reboot
10. Enjoy responsibly

Important: This disables a number of important security settings...these recommendations assume that your PC Transport is never used for anything besides playing local music. For example, never open a web browser without first reverting all of the steps above. Doing so will put your PC and home network at risk of contracting a nasty computer virus.

I'll do some more listening this evening, but fingers crossed that this will address some of the sonic degradation that I've noticed from the 1607 update.
If you use Windows an MS Windows based PC transport and have not already installed the "Anniversary Update", version 1607, DO NOT upgrade. This latest update definitely sounds worse than the previous update. :-\

I may try to see if there's an easy way to roll-back. Failing that, I'll be investigating changes to address some of the sonic issues...and failing that, I'll be purchasing a Sonore microRendu.
If so, I highly recommend Fidelizer Pro. It has made a significant difference in the performance of my dedicated PC transport. It's on-sale now for $59.99, but it's still a bargain at the regular $69.99 price. Check it out:

If you have not found a dedicated PC to run this stuff on, a great way to get started is the $169 Quantum Byte Fanless PC:

Cheers and happy listening!
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