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    Synology vs hi-res

    Hello audiophile,

    I'm looking for a Synology NAS and I'd like a hi-res 24/192. I've heard the 411 slim model is limited to 16 bits.

    Do you know if the 212+ or the 712+ models are 24/192 and where can I find this information ?

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    I have no idea where you heard a NAS is limited to 16 bits, or any bit depths or sample rates frankly. I have the Synology 410 and play DSD at 5.6Mhz rates, but again...why would a NAS be the issue anyway? Gigabit is nice, but 24/192 can be done via freaking wireless (not my fave, but it can).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bloggy View Post
    Hello audiophile,

    I'm looking for a Synology NAS and I'd like a hi-res 24/192. I've heard the 411 slim model is limited to 16 bits.

    Do you know if the 212+ or the 712+ models are 24/192 and where can I find this information ?

    thanks
    Sergei
    Do you mean for use as storage for a computer; or for UPnP to a streamer?

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    There are a few things going on here.

    1. When seen by your computer, the NAS just serves up files. Whatever was stored there will be returned. I have a PC tower pulling FLAC files via JRiver from a NAS and it supports whatever you throw at it.

    2. When accessed via UPnP (e.g. from a dedicated streaming device that's UPnP compatible) then once again the streaming device will get the file in the original format, just so long as it's one it supports of course. If your streaming device supports 24/196 and you have 24/196 FLAC files, for example, on your NAS then it will retrieve and play them without any problems. However, if you have transcoding set on the NAS (and the 411slim supports this mode) then regardless of the audio file type stored, your streamer will instead get 16/44 PCM. Transcoding is set/disabled in the Media Server package on the Synology, if memory serves me.

    3. Synology also has something called "Audio Station" (I think that's the name). This works with associated applications from Synology to send audio to devices like laptops, iPads etc. I can well believe that this is bit-limited, but don't know for sure.

    Hope this helps. I use a 411slim and find it to be a great device that works as advertised. Mostly, I stream FLACs to a Cambridge Audio NP30 feeding a Wadia 861 used as a DAC, and it works very well (though you do have to use a wired connection - for me, at least, wireless drops out.)

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    The OP has a Wyred4Sound DAC2, capable of 24/192. I would not use the UPnP and/or packaged apps on the Synology..they are thrown on for competitive reasons. I'd just use the Synology as a great reliable file server (which is not bit limited), and have your Macbook Pro use the NAS as its hard drive, per se. Any Synology, including the 411slim, would work fine. Even installing your own SqueezeBoxServer on it would be fine. For that purpose it is also not bit limited (except by your SB Touch, of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ted_b View Post
    The OP has a Wyred4Sound DAC2, capable of 24/192. I would not use the UPnP and/or packaged apps on the Synology..they are thrown on for competitive reasons. I'd just use the Synology as a great reliable file server (which is not bit limited), and have your Macbook Pro use the NAS as its hard drive, per se. Any Synology, including the 411slim, would work fine. Even installing your own SqueezeBoxServer on it would be fine. For that purpose it is also not bit limited (except by your SB Touch, of course).
    There are two applications in the Synology and both are capable of 24/192...
    - Synology Media Server. This media server is reliable, stable and of course indexes all audio files up to 24/192 with no problems....
    - As a player or streamer, you have AudioStation. If you have a UPNP/DLNA-capable player in your network, Audio Station can stream to it (and the limitation is the player itself, not Audio Station)...

    Having said that, and for reasons of a more flexible and intelligent browsing experience, I would recommend MinimSever (instead of Synology Media Server).

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    Thank you all !