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al2002

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What can i say, the weakness is strong within me.:cool:


Name and ram, mine has 12GB, this one has 8GB. But i think they all come from the same manufacturer.
Doesn't mean that you get Windows 11 however, if that's important to you.
Yes, one plus (if you consider Win 11 a plus) and one minus. I must say 12 GB is an unusual figure.
 

Loathecliff

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The price is 219€ for me, which i think is ok.
I'm miffed. Showing as €270 minus one cent for me.
Why is this?
I demand answers.
Heads will roll.
......
Big fan of mini (pref. fanless) pcs.
Using a Celeron 'powered' one from Minisforum to run the media.
Another one before the supply lines totally collapse would seem wise.
 

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Big fan of mini (pref. fanless) pcs.
You can use a much more powerful CPU if you go for a fan on the CPU. Fan noise is rarely a problem these days, you can easily run below noisefloor from say 1m away. Fans today are often quieter than HDDs.

A mini PC can be as powerful desktop PC, save the GPU aspect. Wattage at idle will be similar to fanless too.

Fanless is fine, but moving even a tiny amount of air is much more efficient at cooling.
 

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What do you use pfsense for?

You are recipient of best lucky.
The pfSense box will be replacing an Asus router. The Asus router will only handle 140Mbps through an OpenVPN connection due to limited CPU. I have a 300Mbps connection at the moment, but I'm upgrading to 1Gbps in a couple of months, so I wanted get a more powerful device in place in preparation for the upgrade.

I'll look into implementing stuff like pfBlockerNG (Ad blocking, etc.) and Snort (intrusion detection/prevention) once I have the basic functionality sorted.
 

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I just bought a Mele Quieter 2 which is fanless, has a Celeron J4125 Processor, and has a Passmark score around 3000. I'm using it as a HTPC. My principal apps are Netflix desktop, Qobuz, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Kodi. My player is JRiver. I've been able to set up my apps to run WASAPI Exclusive to JRiver MC28. I've set up the Windows 11 sound card for 5.1 Audio, and set up video for 1080p with a 120hz refresh rate. The Mele does not support 4k or HDR 10 or Dolby Vision, which is its principal shortcoming.

All pc audio is routed to JRiver on the sound card, and two zones have been set up there: One configured for 2 channel playback, and the other one for 5.1 channel playback. Both zones have PEQ for my Ls 50's and LS 50 Metas. The 5.1 zone has a crossover to the sub, and bass management, as well as mulichannel Dirac Live room correction. It outputs 5.1 to my Octo DAC 8 via its ASIO driver. The two channel stereo zone is almost identical except it employs a freeware Linkwitz Riley software based crossover called Dephonica before sending the crossed over high/low passed signal to my 2.1 set up. Dirac Live sees this as a 2.0 set up, and corrects accordingly.

Everything seems to work fine. Picture is great (I was able to set it up to a 120 refresh rate to my LG C1), likewise the sound both for Stereo and home theater. I stream everything, and the Quieter 2 works quietly and perfectly. No stuttering, after some lip sync correction in JRiver, everything is in sync. I also run my Internet via Ethernet connection and regularly get 200 Mbps download speeds. which helps as well. I'm am supposed to be able to run Netflix in theater mode within JRiver, but i can't get it to work in Windows 11, so I've given up for the time being, but everything looks and sounds great as a desktop app.

My biggest complaint, beside no 4K or HDR/DolbyVision support, is Windows related: It incessantly pops up a blurb telling me how wonderful Windows Teams are, and urging me to get started and install the app. After going around the internet for two solid days, I've concluded there's no way to supress this random but incessant pop up. Needless to say, I'm not a Team player.

For right now, this PC is ok. I can run a 5.1 channel home theater for streaming apps. I don't want to mess with physical media anymore, so this fits even though those apps don't offer the highest quality codecs (limited to Dolby Digital Plus, no Dobly True HD for streaming!) Even so it sounds fine.

Ultimately, I might want to switch for a faster computer. I have my eye on a Mac Mini M1, because of the speed, quiet operation, and reasonable price. At this point I'm not sure what it supports: Dolby Vision to external TVs and monitors via HDMI? Don't know. I understand there isn't even a Netflix desktop app. There is a way to kludge a synthetic desktop app to run out of the dock, but will it support 5.1 multichannel and Dolby Vision/HDR 10? Again, dunno.

I am also investigating if there's is any software player which will decode the Netflix Dolby Atmos in either a Windows or an Apple OS. Yes, I know NVidia Shield, Roku, and ATV4K will all send Atmos audio via HDMI bitstream to an ATMOS certified home theater receiver. Don't want any part of that. I want to decode the Dolby Digital bitstream right on the PC (Apple or Windows), apply any PEQ, crossover, bass management right in the player software (a la Roon or JRiver), do a Dirac Live correction of the multichannel stream and send the LPCM via asio driver to my multichannel DAC. Seems like a cheaper, almost as good (maybe better in some respects) version of the Trinov or Storm processors. Just need a piece of software that decodes ATMOS and exports the sound via USB to a dac, and I can make the rest happen.
 
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Femove Teams from your Windows11 > Open Powershell and execute:
Get-AppxPackage MicrosoftTeams* | Remove-AppxPackage
Restart.
 

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For myself, the audio dedicated PCs within my listening room should be completely silent, i.e. no fan in switching power supply, no CPU fan, no chassis fan, no spindle HDDs (all of the OS and data in silent SSDs).

Consequently, even though the two audio dedicated completely silent DIY assembled PCs (not mini PCs, though) I use in my audio project are not with the latest CPUs and MBs, they are just more than good and powerful enough in my multichannel multi-driver multi-way multi-amplifier stereo setup.

Both of the PCs now run with Windows 11 Pro through the upgrade from Windows 10 Pro by bypassing/avoiding all of the CPU, RAM, TPM and SecureBoot restrictions using this procedure I shared.
 
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