markr

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  1. Dan, I ran across this one day last week and thought it might interest some folks: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/575794-REG/Duet_Breakout_BREAKOUT_duet_BREAKOUT_Breakout_Box.html I don't know anything about it it at all though.... FWIW markr
  2. There are no issues whatsoever anymore - for more than 6 months now. This is with the same onboard controller (MBP) and computer. All I did was switch the HDD to FW800 and voila! No more issue. There never was any sort of system problem like locking or crashing before, BTW. Just the random noise. markr
  3. ...but not necessarily noiselessly. I use a MacBook Pro - late 2007 model. My adac is FW400 and I also was using a FW400 external HDD (Glyph 050) for the music library - I was also using that same drive for audio recording. Probably 80% of the time there was no issue at all. The other 20% of the time, there would be a sort of low-level crackling sound that would periodically impose itself on the audio. This would happen even if there was no music playing, but all devices were connected and turned on. I decided to try a FW800 HDD (Glyph 051) and the problem is now non-existent - all is quiet. AFAIK, the same controller chip is involved with controlling both FW400 and FW800 functions, but changing to the FW800 HDD while the adac is FW400 fixed the issue. I should also add that the first configuration would interfere with audio recording by injecting this crackling sound during the recording process. markr
  4. ... but you aren't "quite" the PIB that Ashley was. Close. But no cigar. 8^) Keep trying. markr
  5. I bleeb this is a type of SPAM. Chris demolished the last one very quickly when it popped up. He's probably busy right now & hasn't seen this yet. It is interesting though. Unless some idiot took the time to do this manually, I think that someone is working on programming 'bots' to do this stuff. I guess that wrecking the usenet isn't enough for them.
  6. It is a hobby bringing much fun. Nothing more. Nothing less. (Thanks Peter St.) I'd recommend seriously (in a fun way) listening to music rather than worrying too much about gear and software and its impact. This will make it much more fun for you in the long run. markr
  7. ... the Apogee mini dac has the balanced outputs that maitadan wants, and it is at or near the price range that he wants. Cheers? markr EDIT: Hey sammie, how about a link to the article that your referenced?
  8. If you like, or think you would like, the Apogee Duet - then try their mini-dac: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/mini-dac.php . It is a few dollars more, but works up to 24/192 Khz. markr
  9. FUNNY souptin. Thanks for the laugh!
  10. Welcome to Computer Audiophile! You seem too have picked out a GREAT combination of hardware: Mac+Minerva. On to your quesitions. 1) You so seem confused here. There are no 'disadvatages' in utilizing files on the 'Mac as well as an offboard drive'. There might be some 'library management' issues due to maintaining more than one location for your libraries though. The purpose of moving your library to an 'offboard' drive is to allow for the growth of your music collection. Simply put, the space available to add more audio files after a certain point (when all of your internal drive bays are full of Hard Drives and the drives are full as well..) will be a detriment to collecting more music to add to your library. Therefore, you need to add external drives, or an external drive 'system'. This is emphasized here on CA, because of the fact that you WILL run out of space for more music eventually if you are an active collector of music. If you already have all of the music that you want to play and they all fit on your internal drives, you don't need to worry about this..... 2) Your music file under playback normally does *not* load entirely into RAM during playback unless you have a "memory player" program. The music data is normally parsed into internal memory as needed. This is actually a 'contested' subject, as some feel this is important, and others do not. 3) I don't know of any links to give you an idea of what the 'flow of data in a music' server is. The flow is pretty simple though: Data file (wherever it may reside on whatever hard or optical drive)>>Player software>> out to DAC >> DAC audio output to playback hardware. That is about it. I hope this de-confuses you a bit. markr
  11. VERY Nice post, Daphne! I have to say that I wouldn't even be bothering with the 'music server' end of personal computers and audio if the iPod hadn't made it so BLATANTLY obvious that doing this computer+audio thing could be so beautiful. I love the utility of iPods - or their other-branded similes - . You are correct in positing that simplicity has not exactly been the byword for 'music servers' for the masses as of yet. I'd also have to say that the iPod is what finally convinced me to return to the Mac after being away from them (and thereby using PC's to produce music for 15 years or so in the interim). If any platform is close to the ease of use that we need for serving up quality music effortlessly, the Mac is IT - IMO, YMMV, etc. I will admit, that after going at it for more (way more) than a year, my enthusiasm for attempting to realize the dream of an easy to use PC-based music server has NOT waned. Quite the opposite. I would have to hastily admit that I am a 'techno-geek' though. Technology has never intimidated me, just made me curious - which in turn encouraged me to spend the time required to master that technology. I realize that this is not the case for many people though. Much effort (or MUCH money) is currently required for the majority of people to be able to get the ultimate experience from computers and music. This will change. I think it will change soon. I also think that this will change for ALL computer platforms. Hang in there. It is coming. Forums like CA will be vocal in demanding it. That is why we are here. EDIT: Also, unfortunately, forums like CA will simultaneously be responsible for spreading disinformation on what is truly needed for people to achieve that goal of the 'easy to use' music server. By nature, internet forums will be populated by people who will good naturedly be eager to offer up advice which is actually nonsense. It will take some time to get enough past that to make the difference that is needed. Hang in there, and Regards, markr
  12. Several people of influence and merit met in Europe the other day to try to start hashing out a way to simplify distributing music (digital downloads) in Europe. This has come up a couple of times here on CA, and folks here should be interested in this - urging their representatives to accelerate finding an answer to the hang up.: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2008/09/steve-jobs-joins-ceos-mick-jagger-for-e-commerce-roundtable.ars - This probably isn't the best link to this, but is the best I could find right now. EDIT: a couple of verbiage construction corrections...
  13. .. at the link describes it as well as anything else I've heard. An "angel" investor left on short notice, and the business plan wasn't designed to compensate for that. My feeling about the WMP and DRM issue is probably the same as yours: It stopped me from being a buyer.
  14. ... it isn't good news...... I have to say that while they are Window's centric (that isn't a crime in any way, shape or form) and they didn't 'get' that most of us (ALL?) don't want DRM, I hope that they can figure out where they went wrong and end up getting folks to buy more music. I like their catalogue, just not the Windows (semi) exclusivity and the DRM. I'm certainly not rejoicing this. A bit more info: http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/stories/052709hdgiants