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  1. Euphony ─ a new embedded, headless OS for music servers. I saw Matrix Audio is working on a music server and it will be running an OS called Euphony. Then I found out a German company just released a server called the Zenion and it also is running Euphony. After a little research I found out Euphony is also sold pre-installed on an SSD drive for DIY builders. So I got one and put it in a little Intel NUC computer to try it out. It required no installation or configuration at all. I just booted the computer and then was able to access the interface with my phone. You have full control of everything using just a web browser from any computer or mobile device on your network. You can go to their site if you want to see all the features and options. The main thing I wanted to share was how surprised I was that it sounds so much better then my windows 10 computer and corresponding playback software(s). I can't explain why, but it absolutely sounds much better ─ at least to me it does. I can guess all day, but that does nobody any good. Hah. Some of it is likely due to having less background processes while the other obvious one would be less components (especially fans) between my two systems ─ a gaming PC and an intel NUC. Some aspects of the sound really stand out to me between playback from Euphony and Windows 10 (using ASIO in my playback software of choice). Right away, the background is more black. I wouldn't say that I had an issue with the noise floor before either as my system is dead silent without humm, buzz, or hiss. The spatial image is noticeably wider, deeper, and taller ─ covering all three of the X,Y, and Z axis ─ which is likely what/why I'm hearing instruments and sounds coming from the darkest depths of the abyss compared to windows which is reproducing a smaller spatial image to work with in direct comparison. Having more space to work with, I find it easier to hear microdetail that can easily be overlooked or missed in manic musical tracks. I don't have to actively listen for the details either as they're simply there even when I'm having a passive listening session whilst multitasking or kind of tired from a long day. I've done a lot of A/B testing and honestly can't go back to windows audio after having heard Euphony ─ at least not for listening to music. "What has been heard cannot be unheard." I've had Euphony on a NUC for a few months now and couldn't recommend it more. I've not tried any competing operating systems or music servers, so take that for what it is. Some other users may have more insight to provide than I can in the coming posts of this thread. Oh ─ before I forget ─ I did most of my A/B comparisons with a PS Audio Dectet Power Conditioner, AudioQuest NRG-X3 AC Power Cables, AudioQuest Carbon USB A─B Cable, Violectric DAC V850, Violectric HPA V280, Audeze LCD-4 (200 Ohm), and ZMF Eikon (Padauk). My source files were primarily redbook 16/44.1 lossless CD rips with a couple of exceptions ─ those being a 24/96 remastered albums and/or TIDAL HiFi streaming (which is now native in Euphony at this present time). TNT Audio Review | HiFi Advice Review
  2. Hi Guys, Up for sale is my Syrah Server from Playback Design, Optimised for Audio through Hardware and software. Built upon the Jriver Platform and remote control is free to download from Apple or Android App Store. Sounds Excellent, Universal Voltage. Purchased from an Authorised Distributor. Retails: 6500.00 US. My Original Receipt Price is: $5970.00 Us dollars. Purchased in June 2017 Asking Price is 3500.00 US dollars. + Shipping.. Price is negotiable for serious buyers with reasonable offers. Can Ship World Wide via Fedex. Paypal Is accepted or Bank Wire to a US Account. If your using paypal a 4% Charge is required for fees, Otherwise a friends and family method is fine by me. Can be shipped in its Original Wood Crate Package or to save cost i can get a customised Cardboard box one made (of course strong enough for international shipping) Comes with 2 TB hard drive. I can load this up with DSD and PCM before shipping out. Buy with confidence, my proven track sales on computer audiophile speaks for it self.
  3. thequietman

    Sold

    I’m selling part of my system. Aurender N10 , silver . 4Tb .$4750 USA ONLY. In excellent condition. PayPal only. Damian aka thequietman
  4. The Buckster

    Basic Music Server 101 Question

    My current desktop set-up consists of an Asus PC (Windows 10, Intel M3 core processor, 8 GB RAM, SSD) running JRiver21 and connected via USB to a Schiit Modi Multibit DAC. Music files are stored on a Western Digital MyCloud NAS and accessed via WiFi and I also steam Spotify. I am thinking of getting a Sonore UltraRendu to feed my Schiit DAC using Roon as my music playback software with the music files still stored on the Western Digital MyCloud NAS. I am planning on running Roon on my Asus PC which, while the M3 processor is not the fastest, it does have plenty of RAM and a SSD. I guess in the current computeraudiophile parlance, my PC would act as the Music Server in as much as it would host and run what Roon calls the Core. Am I suffering any significant decrease in sound quality by using my Asus PC in this manner as the music server and having it connected to the network via Wifi? Any advice would be much appreciated.
  5. YoAndre!

    Aurender x100L vs N100H

    Hi Guys, Could you explain what is the difference between Aurender x100L vs N100H except the HDD capacity? Aurender's network player N100 that was dedicated only to play whether from NAS or TIDAL comes now with HHD of 2TB and is called N100H. That makes it a media server and player. Anyway, Aurender's X100S (HDD 1TB) en X100L (HDD 6TB or 12TB) are both media server and players too. They are differently build. They cost (except the 12TB) almost the same. They are in different housing. What is than the difference?, and obviously, which one is better? Looking forward to clarify the case. Cheers, Andre
  6. I often get asked how to setup our sonicTransporter with Roon Server and a microRendu or ultraRendu as a Roon Ready player. I made a quick youtube video on how to get this done. https://goo.gl/BHN1Jb
  7. Melco N1A ($1999) ...the level of transparency is in another league to that I have encountered with streaming servers in the past, it’s one of those rare components that makes you feel as if the truth is within your grasp. The mythical absolute sound is just a whisker away!" -Jason Kennedy (TheEar.net) Streaming. Solved. Nothing is hotter than streaming audio. It promises instant access to your entire collection of music at the touch of button. Unfortunately, streaming audio also comes with the configuration of a home network and associated equipment. Almost every bug or quirk associated with streaming audio relates back to the dreaded network... So, what is an audiophile to do? With purpose-built Melco servers,we finally have a plug-n-play music storage device that requires no network configuration or computer. It plugs directly into your streamer or USB DAC, and provides 4TB of storage with UPnP operability. Simple, elegant and high performance. Melco - Audiophile Engineering High grade power supplies with audiophile grade components. N1A - 60W x 1 Dual high grade power supplies. N1Z – 30W x2, separate supplies for external data interfaces means no pollution of sensitive internal data and clock supplies. Audiophile grade capacitor bank for absolute stable supplies (*N1Z only) Solid Aluminum front fascia (N1Z) rigid metal chassis. High stability noise eliminating H cross-frame construction for mechanical integrity (N1Z) Specialist audio isolators (Japanese TAOC brand) Melco - Simplified Installation and Operation No PC required for setup and installation - no specialist knowledge needed. Specific IP port for Streamer / Player with additional Network port for Control and Ethernet. Simply creates robust network for streaming high resolution music and control even on complex networks. Pre-installed media server - no configuration required. Supports multiple specialized media servers - currently shipping with Twonky 7 with DSD support. Informative OLED front panel display - displays current streaming track data, system status, and setup. Simple menu navigation structure and track selection Simple front panel on-off switch - just like Hi-Fi. 15 seconds only to full power-on. 5 seconds to full shut-down Safe against unintended power down - no requirement for UPS Melco N1ZH ($4499) "The Melco buffaloed my MacBook Pro + Synology NAS. It destroyed them, embarrassed them, and gave them a good schooling to boot. Music sounded frighteningly obviously comparatively more refined, more spacious, and more natural. End of story. I cannot imagine anyone in this universe who listens to music as an activity unto itself making the same comparison and not hearing the difference." - Michael Lavorgna( Audiostream.com) To purchase, arrange for a home trial or for more info click here
  8. All, I decided to take the plunge and try Tidal for 12 days, downloaded on my MacBook Air. I have a Melco N1 music server connected to a Berkeley Alpha USB/Berkeley DAC II. I have been playing files via an iPad using ConnectHD app. This player allows Tidal to be used and in fact, I have been listening to music all day through this set up (Melco-DAC II). My question is what is the advantage of a separate stand alone network music player in comparison to the above set up. Thanks Tom.
  9. HighEnd music PC is sold due to upgrading to new music PC. Review: http://www.phasure.com/index.php?topic=3130.0 It is built by a hifi and pc freak from England. There are carefully selected parts, including 3 pieces of Dexa Neutron Star Clock (http://www.asi-tek.com/NeutronStar.html) with linear power supply. There is used expensive cabling where it is necessary for the best sound quality. More info: Processor: https://ark.intel.com/products/63697...up-to-3_80-GHz This is selected because it manages many tasks at the same time without affecting the sound Motherboard: https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79 Extreme4/ Memory: 16GB, the best from Corsair Windows 10 is on the Plextor SSD 128GB, fastest on the market in 2015 Special PCIe USB cards are tweaked for best possible sound Silent cooler from Noctua Music PC is 2 years old, price was 4500 dollar, price now is 1250 dollar
  10. mikicasellas

    The HOST from CLONES

    Hello to all, If using this device, can one avoid using either Ultra Rendu or SOtM sMS200 streamers and obtain the same results?: It looks interesting: The HOST Music Server The HOST is the first digital music server of CLONES audio. Equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output, Ethernet port, solid-state drive for music storage, full linear power supply with the super low noise regulator modules. Providing the solid foundation to the high performance playback. The great solution for playing and storing high resolution digital music collections. Custom Linux OS with the ROON Server for the best performance. Also providing the DAPHILE as the difference choice for the user. The HOST also is the platform for audiophiles to make his own PC based Computer Audio System. "For those who don’t have the knowledge to handle their own build, or just lack the time to spend monkeying with it, the Clones Audio HOST makes an excellent alternative. It’s totally silent. It looks great in an audio rack. It’s very simple to get up and running. And it performs quite well with Roon assuming your music library isn’t absurdly large. The sound quality is superb too... -John Grandberg (Part-Time Audiophile) Features SHAAR USB gateway for the clean and high performance USB audio class 3.0 output. Full linear power supply. Double POWER STATION regulator supply the SSD/SHAAR and the Main processor board separately 256GB/ 500GB/ 1TB/ 2TB internal storage option Machined aluminum case, same structure as the ASHER DAC Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for network connectivity
  11. M_stephen

    Final Decision

    I have made two prior inquiries to this forum concerning servers which will sound great. Keeping in mind that I am using an Ayre QB-9, which is asynchronous,the following is what I have come up with: CAPS Zuma with Windows 12 server, Optimizer and JRiver. Cost $2,200.00 CAPS Zuma as above with linear power supply Cost $3,200.00 Mac Mini I7, ssd, JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra Cost $1,250.00 Mac Mini as above with linear power supply, Keces Cost $1,750.00 (prices are approximate) What is the best option weighing in the quality of sound versus cost? Thanks Mark
  12. With the latest firmware update (Version 18033R) SONY HAP-Z1ES is supposed to be supporting Media Server functionality. The Helpguide says that "Some USB digital audio devices may not work for playback." (see http://helpguide.sony.net/ha/hapz1es/v1/en/contents/TP0001220509.html?search=dac ) I've tried to connect HAP-Z1ES via USB with the PowerDac Wadia 151 yet i'm getting "USB device not supported". Has anyone faced a similar issue and is there any way how to get it working? Seems I'll have to employ a USB to spdif converter ;( Thanks
  13. Selling 6 months old Aurender S10 music server $3400 10/10, 'like new' condition, with a protective foil still on the display ! 2TB version, but can be upgraded to 4TB or 6TB at a cost of a new HDD. One owner unit, used in dedicated smoke, animal, and kids free listening room. Comes in original box and packaging, detachable IEC AC power cord, all manuals, remote and warranty card. All enquires welcome and will be answered in full. NO TRADES. Shipping within the EU ~ 95 EUR by DHL with full insurance. Ask for an exact quote - I pass through the same quoted shipping charges from my broker without adding in handling charges to keep the costs as reasonable as possible for the new owner. US, Asia: $200 No VAT or duties for EU countries.
  14. All: I have finally found the right community to share my latest project: Designing and Building an Audiophile grade Music Server. This is my first post on Computer Audiophile so I will give a brief introduction of myself and my audio equipment: I was in Information Technology/Computer Science for most of my working career, and about 4 years ago switched over to Research Science. I have since been published as a co-author on a paper in the field of Neuroscience, but my main specialty is Computational Finance. I also have a strong background in Electrical Engineering I learned at the University of Pittsburgh. It is with my Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and appreciation of music that I hope to add value here to this forum as well as learn a lot from other people sharing this interest in computer audio. My audio system consists of: Integrated Amplifier: Creek Evolution 50A Digital Front End: Custom Designed Linux Music Server Digital Front End: NAD 516 CD Player SPDIF Converter: USB to COAX M2TECH HiFACE TWO DAC: Bryston BDA-1 Speakers: Epos Epic 2 with Epos stands Cabling & Interconnects: AudioQuest mid-range for speaker cables and XLR from DAC to Integrated, OEM or "generic" power cables and other interconnects. I very recently sold off my analogue front end as I found my new Linux server to exceed it sonically. It consisted of a Rega P1 turntable with Ortofon Red 2M cartridge, and a Vincent PHO-8 Phono Stage. As for the main reason I joined this forum........ I originally posted this thread on Stereophile, but now will re-post here as I think this is a much better forum for this topic.... please reference the thread below... I hope my experiences will help a few and I also hope to learn a lot here as well! Respectfully, Ron
  15. jimxing@outlook.com

    Music server

    Hi, everyone, The microRendu reviews have been positive so far, has anyone listened to Jplay, which I use all the time, and I pretty much enjoy, anyone can tell me which one actually better?[h=3][/h]
  16. I have been streaming iPad Tidal > Wifi > Apple TV optical > DAC. Upgrading to having a Mac connected via USB to Wyred 4 Sound Remedy USB Reclocker > USB to DAC so i can not only stream in better quality but also create a music server. The sonic improvement has been eye opening. I am deciding between using a MAC Mini (2.5 Ghz and 8GB RAM) vs. the latest MacBook Air (1.6 GHZ and 8GB RAM. Pros and Cons from my perspective; its nice to have a new laptop for occasional use and if it gets removed from the server/streaming chain occasionally i can stream using the iPad to Apple TV as before.The Mac Mini has more horsespower a TB drive on board for ripping most of my CDs to and perhaps i would have more apps and processes always turned off on the Mac Mini so a "quieter" computer might sound a bit better. On the other hand as far as storage is concerned a 1TB external drive to augment the MacBook air is pretty darn cheap. Thoughts? Setting up the music server and using the iPad as a remote is also pretty new to me so any recommendations on Remote Control software would be appreciated. Just to get started experimenting using TeamViewer but will probably demo Audirvana for improving sound quality and using their Remote from the App Store.
  17. So, I've written this music server which has a free version and two paid upgrade feature sets. Is this a good place to mention it? It's a networking server - a bit like GrooveBasin. I did casually add it to the HydrogenAudio Wiki over the Christmas break but was immediately banned and my edits deleted so I'm a bit reluctant to end up the same way here, but I can see that the CA forumship is rather more computer savvy and I don't get any feedback if no one tries it out, and to do that I have to first tell people it exists.. Fingers crossed! My website is here: Silk: CuteStudio Ltd. SeeDeClip4: a DeClipping Multiuser Digital Music Server over HTML5. I have sold a stand-alone declipper for years but I wasn't able to access the music very easily with that and the concept of batch conversion isn't as useful as just-in-time processing. Also because I ripped all my CDs into WAV format I found that iTunes ended up with an unintelligible list thousands of tracks link without any context. Plus my laptop has a very small disk. So the basic idea is that it's a server/client model with the server sat on a PC with all the music on, and the client is any modern web enabled device. This can be an iPad, tablet etc or another PC. The key benefit for me with this architecture was: 1) The noisy server PC can be banished to a spare room 2) Writing for the HTML/CSS/JS plane is simpler than battling with all the native APIs in the devices. So there you are, it's early days but the current version should be quite stable but I'd expect it will take a couple of months for all the wrinkles to be ironed out. The free base version allows you to set up a full multi-user networked audio server and has some nice playlist and DJ stack features so it should be a good centre to any DIY system too. And it's free, which is always handy. The paid for bits are mainly for the declipping bits which is of limited interest to many. I find it most convenient to prop an Android tablet up against my HiFi box to use it (on the wifi), at some point I'll put the effort in and get a Toslink sorted out - but I think I may need an iPad for that. In the future I'll create an ARM build too for the Raspberry PI, I've had an earlier version run on the Seagate 1TB wifi disk so it does fit! If you love/hate/don't understand any feature please let me know, all feedback is useful! It's written in C for the techy among us, not the latest python/rails/etc. because that's what I'm used to, and requires HTML5 audio on the browser (i.e a modern, non Microsoft client). In fact the real product is not the music server but rather the embedded website inside, but the server is great at shaking stuff down and it does what I need it to do for me so it should be useful for others too.
  18. cdarville

    Internal LPSU

    Hi guys, I was hoping you could comment on this. Researching for my build of a music server, I saw that the Lampizator Komputer/SuperKomputer has an internal LPSU (see image). Would you recommend this for a DIY server? If so, coud you recommend any LPSU that could do this? Thanks a lot!
  19. Audiophile Neuroscience

    HELP-Best HTPC/Audio+Video Server Build Oct 2013

    Hi all, I have decided to build a Windows based dedicated HTPC/Audio-Video Server, something that’s flexible to swap out components if/when needed. I have a fake partial wall in the living room, behind which a HTPC (even a tower) can be invisible. Slightly larger Form factors and quiet fans are acceptable. As it will be likely on 24/7, power consumption is an issue. Whilst I will stream music and Video over the network the priority is Sound Quality to the directly attached HiFi in the living room.Budget $500 - $2000. I need build suggestions on any/all following. Thanks so much for any help OS Presently W7 64bit MEDIA CENTRE I will use Jriver for servers (native and DLNA),music organiser,TV + DVR.I am aware of other options for SQ but want to focus on hardware. GRAPHICS Thinking of the GTX650ti or GTX660ti as this seems to be the best for gatting the most from MadVR and video.HDMI to TV. SOUNDCARD I am thinking of a quality soundcard, hopefully with and AES/EBU balanced output on XLR to feed directly into my vintage Mark levinson DAC 30.6. Perhaps spif output as well (into the Levinson) ? At least 24@192 for PCM. Obviously DSD would be an advantage but not critical. Min 2 channels. Does such a thing exist? I have seen the Lynx AES 16e but don't need 16 channels output (or expense?) My issues here are Jitter handling - I am not sure whether the Levinson DAC reclocks the signal. Of course I can go for a newer tech asynchronous usbDAC but do not want to eliminate the levinson. DSP - Maximally bypassing all operating system DSP Driver - Should the soundcard come with an ASIO driver? Buses - Do buses make a difference (usb,PCI,whatever) ? Any issues with jitter/clocking, speed/ bandwidth, RF/EMI/other interference, unnecessary signal electrical conversions between different buses etc ?? CPU/MOBO I am thinking a Haswell i5 maybe for its low power consumption.Want eSATA and usb3 connectivity and at least two full sized SATA internal drives. CASE and PSU To match the above. Cheers, David
  20. I bought a microrendu 2 days ago and I feel I have to get a lot of accessories to make a "simple" system "complicated". The reason to choose microrendu is due to its simply design. Now I have to play with router / NAS / Music Servers / Extensions and worry about degrade of sound quality. My original plan is Sotm SMS1000Q WE (or any other optimized PC, like CAD, Mojo etc). For more details about an optimized PC : any PC with low power assumption (generate less noise), separated power supply to USB, low noise circuit design, internal power filter and linear power supply ,EMI isolation, low jitter clock etc. Any kind of optimized PC can feed signal to USB DAC with highest bit rate support via STABLE PHYSICAL connection. [PC - USB DAC + linear power supply]. How about Microrendu? I was attracted by the CA reviews and bought it. Now I realize the system is not simple at all and the system may have inferior SQ due to ethernet transport parameters, plus, the routers and photoelectric conversion modules of those systems are not audiophile grade. [Music Server / Router / Microrendu / USB DAC / Several linear power supply / Maybe Ethernet Switch / NAS]. How could I convince myself to invest further in microrendu system because I could not see any advantage now. How about SOUND QUALITY? Thanks for any suggestions.
  21. MusicLuver

    Ripping CDs, then Playing Music

    Hi, I am an admitted noob when it comes to music on computers. I understand computers pretty well, just not music on computers. What I would like to do is rip/record my CD collection to a NAS unit or something like that, and then play it back through the Auxilliary input on my BOSE system. Not sure if the playback could or should go through something like a Squeezebox, Roku or other kind of streaming unit, of if I should/could build a dedicated computer for something like that. Any ideas is appreciated. Thank you!
  22. Hi I am wondering what the best music server software is and the best digital room correction software to go with it is, please. I have a work system that I plan to upgrade over time. It has a decent buisness PC and a Xindac DAC5 feeding Linn 11L active speakers. The problem is that the upper base can blurr together. I will upgrade in time. I expect to get a Hugo DAC, then amp(s) at least the cost as the DAC, and, say Neat Iotas, then... etc. I love the Naim sound, but if the DAC V1 isn't the greatest, then I wait longer to get my first black box. I am computer literate and have written a Word Macro once, used to know how to update my website and wrote something once in keystroke emulation software that I can not know the name of. So, I'm not a technophobe, but I wont be programming in source code anytime soon. I know that dB is a log scale that doubles every three dB, but I forget the rule of thumb to add two sources together to get total loudness. I don't want the be all and end all, but I can be a bit obsessional about stuff. A mainstream, powerful solution would be fine. I figure I should chose the software to work together. JRiver and Acourate? If so, that's great. It's a pitty HiFi books and magazines give NO guidance about this. I will really appreciate any help!
  23. The HOST is the first digital music server of CLONES audio. Equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output, Ethernet port, solid-state drive for music storage, full linear power supply with the super low noise regulator modules. Providing the solid foundation to the high performance playback. The great solution for playing and storing high resolution digital music collections. Custom Linux OS with the ROON Server for the best performance. Also providing the DAPHILE as the difference choice for the user. The HOST also is the platform for audiophiles to make his own PC based Computer Audio System. • SHAAR USB gateway for the clean and high performance USB audio class 3.0 output. • Full linear power supply. • Double POWER STATION regulator supply the SSD/SHAAR and the Main processor board separately • 256GB/ 500GB/ 1TB/ 2TB internal storage option • Machined aluminum case, same structure as the ASHER DAC • Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for network connectivity Specification • 322mm(W) X 260mm(D) X 90mm(H) • Weight: 7kg • Mucic Storage: 256GB/ 500GB/ 1TB/ 2TB • Digital Output: 2 - USB • Other I/O: Gigabit Ethernet, USB Port X 4 • 2 YEARS WARRANTY Price: Starting from HKD11,799(EUR1,377)* *Solid-state hard drive and ROON licence are excluded CLONES audio SaveSave
  24. manolo2011

    Music Server Help

    I am new to this Forum, and have been doing extensive research on the web as to which way I should go in terms of making my own music server. I have used the Aurender S10, as I had it on loan from my music "dealer" for about two weeks, and simply loved it's ease of use and of course it's sound. I am looking forward to replicating both. As of today I have identified three different, and more or less similar paths to take. First: I am looking at building a PC from scratch, ATX, set it in a nice Aluminium Case, use Windows 8, JRiver, iPad App for JRiver, a Lynx Studios sound card (I like AES/EBU), do as much filtering and EMI/RFI filtering and reduction as possible as well as heat and vibration minimization, this includes possibly building my own PSs, I am planning on using a startup SSD and an enterprise WD 4 TB HDD for the music storage as such. I do have experience with DIY Audio, none with DIY Music Servers though, and I have built my own PCs as well so none of the general skills required for this would be a challenge, but choosing the right long term setup is. Second: Make a similar setup, but Hackintosh it, it's real easy to setup a Hackintosh these days thanks to TonyMac. So the setup is almost identical, although there is still no JRiver for Mac, but I could wait it out. I was planning on using Amarra or Audirvana I think it was called. One standout alternative that comes from following this path of having a Hackintosh is that with Bootcamp I can have Win 8 in one partition and still have the HDD with the music and access it either from Mac or Win depending on bootup selection. This could actually be a decent solution and allow me to try out JRiver for mac vs JRiver for Win. Third: I have been a bit of an Apple Fanboy, from the moment I had my first Apple II, say 1980. I have a nearly brand new Mac Mini Server with Lion lying around and was planning on tearing it apart and adding what was needed to turn it into a proper Music Server, this includes a Thunderbolt connected Lynx sound card and other things as well. This is not too complex, but I feel it is not ideal for some reason. The MM Server can handle two drives, has a good processor, good memory 8GB, but I somehow feel going the ATX either Win or Hack/Win way would be better. I would very much appreciate your input and ideas, I have a pretty decent music stereo setup, with an Ayon Amplifier, Sonus Faber speakers, Micro Seiki TT etc. So I want to end up with a really good Music Server. The only weakish link I have today is the DAC, I had been using a Behringher SRC2946, but went out and bought a Chinese Adio-GD ESS Sabre NFB 7.32 DAC, which is actually not a weak link, it sounds extremely well at least to my ears, but I am looking towards being able to build something very similar or if not as good or if at all possible better than the Aurender. BTW I would definitely want to use my iPad as RC, so JRiver looks like the way to go for that, over Amarra and others. In your experience, as many of you already have music servers, what would be the best way to go and why ??? Thanks Manolo
  25. M_stephen

    I Need Help!!!

    I am relatively new to the idea of a music server. I have been researching heavily for the last couple of weeks and really need some advice. For the last couple of years I have been using J River, one pc upstairs streaming wirelessly to another computer downstairs. I had set up J River with the appropriate plug-ins and was ripping music with Exact Audio and thought "well, this is great". As all the codes were digital, I thought equipment and or cables could not temper the codes. Then behold, I am being told that there is a difference in the type of equipment and much less difference in the way certain components sound, HUH? My audiodiction started in the 70's, I have had turn tables, tubed equipment, cables and everything else and still do. The theory that source first and quality equipment were necessary in a linear progression to have the best sound, all made sense, it was analog!! Manual turntables, preamps with no remotes, triode tube amps heating the room to uncomfortable levels, getting up changing records every few moments made computer audio very inviting. Now, I have a quandary, "it seems possible that I can get better sound from my digital selections, whaaat? I have been to audio stores and seen a few of commercially available music servers, most seem to have their own dacs built in and their own proprietary software. As someone wrote, the moving development of design renders most of these objects obsolete in short order considering the high prices. Then, I discover Computer Audiophile with great realms of knowledge. A lot of stuff to digest!! This is where I need help: Music Server How do I determine what is the best source for playing my music? It is going to be difficult to audition many servers, just not that many in my area, how do I choose? I have seen the C.A.P.S units on this site, I am intrigued by the fact that they do give some maneuverability in selection of components, software, etc. How do the C.A.P.S. compare with commercially available units, compared on sonic quality and cost comparisons? If the C.A.P.S. is the best option, which model is going to be the best? 2. Storage What is the best way and best manufacture for storage? What is the best format? 3. Network What is the best way to network the system? What is the best components, switches, cables, etc. 4. What am I missing, is my ignorance just too great to overcome Please feel free to try to point me in a direction that will help me not to suffer too much!! I appreciate any and all replies to my post; I have a very nice audio system and would like to fully enhance my listening experience. I realize that many of you have been in my position and have figured a lot of this out. If you would be willing to share your knowledge and your trials, it would be great. Just not a lot of opportunities in my area to try to sort all of this out. Thanks in advance
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