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  1. 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.
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  4. NADAC - Network Attached Digital to Analogue Converter "It's the best that I've heard in DSD and high-resolution PCM/DXD DACs to date. Period." - David Robinson Positive Feedback (August 2015) Advanced technology developed for F1 racing has dramatically benefited every modern car. Similarly, benefits gained from years of developing cutting-edge products for the professional recording community can be made available to the discerning audiophile. The NADAC is not unique because of the components it uses, but in the care with which it was designed and the experience behind it. By introducing RAVENNA networking to the home, we not only remove traditional limitations, we totally transform the performance we can deliver. NADAC is offered in two versions: For the stereo version, the 8 channels of the ESS Sabre ES9008S Reference D/A converter are merged into 2 for improved linearity, greater dynamic range and a lower noise floor. The 8 channel version can be set at any time to operate in 8 discrete channel mode, or stereo mode to enjoy the same advantages of merging 8 into to 2 channels as the stereo version . NO-COMPROMISE HEADPHONE OUTPUTS Both versions have separate headphone outputs using the same method of combining the channels for uncompromised DSD/DXD listening on your favorite headphones. Ravenna IP Network Technology This open and published IP network technology had been created to meet the demands of national broadcasters and focused on essential requirements of extremely accurate clocking, high resistance to packet loss and very low latency. Initially it did not encompass high PCM sampling rates and certainly not DSD. However, it was not difficult to make changes to allow that, so Merging worked closely with the developers to make sure that sufficient channels at up to DSD256 could be handled with an accuracy that exceeded anything previously available. It remains the only logical choice for the professional and the audiophile and is now available in NADAC. The added bonus to using an advanced networking solution is being able to send and receive control information as well as audio data. This opened up exciting possibilities in the studio and now you can enjoy these same benefits in your own home. COMPATIBILITY The RAVENNA protocol comes with absolutely standard drivers for any computer operating system. ASIO for Windows, CoreAudio with DoP support for MacOS. As easily installed and configured as any other driver for USB or Firewire, the NADAC-RAVENNA driver allows use of any application of your choice to playback your music files, Emotion, JRiver, Audirvana, iTunes, etc... as well as any music server or streamer able to communicate through those standard ASIO or CoreAudio drivers. PEER TO PEER CONNECTION TO A COMPUTER OR SERVER Just plug a cat5e or cat6 cable between the NADAC and any computer, music server or streamer and send audio to the NADAC from your favorite application through the standard ASIO or CoreAudio driver. As soon as the playback application is running on the computer it will appear in the NADAC source selection menu, exactly like any internal digital input. Select it... et voilà! MULTIPLE NETWORK SOURCES Any computer, music server or streamer connected to the network can be selected as an audio source for the NADAC. Any playback application running on any of the computers will appear in the NADAC source selection menu, exactly like any internal digital input. A different source can even be selected for the main NADAC output and the headphone. As above all sources can be from different application, different operating system, different computer type. MULTI-ZONE Multiple NADAC can coexist on the network and can listen to the same source. Just select the same source on the front panel menu and you easily integrate a multi-zone system. Each NADAC can however be independently remotely controlled with a different volume control. iOS APP This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 10% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  5. Thanks to you guys and Computer AudiophileI have started to really explore the boundaries of computer audio. My search started due to my recieving computer bighting the dust. Right now my system consists of an upstairs computer streaming flac to a down stairscomputer wirelessly. The down stairs system consists of an Ayre QB-9 24/96 dac playing into an Audio Research SP-11MK2 to a McCormack DNA 500 to a pair ofAerial 20Ts. Over the last several weeks I have been using my personal HP laptop in the system. I use JRiver MC 19 and have used Asioforall for a few years. I have been auditioning several new settings including wasapi, Jplay and fidelizer 4. All of these have made differences, now only if I can figure outwhich is the best combination. All in all my sound has changed drastically andI have enjoyed the results. This where I really need some advice, I have to putsome sort of new hardware in the system to replace my personal laptop. I havecome up with the following options: 1. New PC vs. Mac vs.C.A.P.S. · A new WindowsPC will put me exactly where I am now. · I have seen that many of you are using a Mac Mini for your system using MC with some otherMac compatible items like Audirvana, etc. I am not a big fan of Apple productshowever. · A new C.A.P.S.Zuma, I have read a lot about the builds, etc. I have never heard one though. Question Number One; what is the general consensus to which would be the best source? Question Number two; all of the above can be modified. How much modification is necessary? Whereis the line of diminishing returns? How many of you are taking apart yourcomputer and adding different components, new usb cards, new filters, newstorage drives, new power supplies, etc. I realize that that this is a hobby, Ihave made a significant investment in the system that I have? How far do you go?I have read about the Zuma and Paul Pang components including custom handmadecabling, linear power supplies, etc. A linear power supply costs approximately$1,000.00, without hearing it first puts me at a disadvantage of making adecision. Of course this is true about everything above, except for yourstandard PC. I have always believed in trying to buy once. Nothing distresses me worse thanbuying something that I don’t like. The other problem is I realize that moreexpensive does not necessarily mean better and I guess that is where I needhelp. If any of you have any advice, please chime in and thanks beforehand.
  6. I wasn't sure whether to post this in the networking or music server section, as it involves both, but I am looking for a solution to allow me to: Store music files on a network, to be managed by an iMac that will not be in the audio chain. Media management preference is iTunes+Audirvana or JRiver for mac I would like to keep multiple libraries (one for me, one for my wife, maybe one that includes holiday songs) [*]If management is by JRiver, I want libraries to sync between JRiver and iTunes, so I can still add music to iDevices using iTunes [*]Storage can be by NAS or PC server + external attached storage [*]Files must be able to be accessed by at least one main room media renderer of some sort (either a custom PC, Mac Mini, or audio company built network streamer) - perhaps more rooms later. I do not want to have to turn on the media management computer. [*] Files also need to be accessed over network by an iphone to pass along to portable DAC/headphone amp(s). in hi res formats [*]Control of playback should be easy through iPhone and/or iPad. Any advice? Soundwise, I am unsure of whether to money is better invested in a network streamer with built-in DAC, or a cheaper network streamer (or perhaps a Mac Mini) and a higher end DAC. Setup wise, I am lost. Thanks! Edit: To aid in any device recommendations, I am using a Prima Luna Dialogue Two integrated AMP and will likely be upgrading my NHT Classic Three speakers to Sonus Faber Venere 2.5, PSB Imagine T2, GoldenEar Triton Two, or Nola Contenders pending demos next weekend. For my digital source, I am currently using a Wadia 170i iDevice Transport and Cambridge DacMagic DAC, which doesn't sound that good and is not convenient - hence this thread!
  7. I'm looking into taking my first steps into the world of media streaming devices with my eyes on the Onkyo CR-N755 hifi which has had received some very favourable reviews. The only stumbling block has been that I'm a Mac user and in order to stream my music library (ALAC and FLAC) to the unit would require a 3rd party DLNA server such as Twonky, or for me to purchase a NAS (which could cost almost as much as the hifi itself). I've asked around a bit and so far the best bit of advice I've had is that: a) The DLNA programs for Mac should work b) It might be a better idea to pay an extra £100 for something like the Marantz MCR603 which can support Apple Airplay I'm not sure if I can afford the extra £100, and I'm also not sure if it's worth it if I can stream music via DLNA to the Onkyo for just a little extra setup aggro. So I thought I'd open it up to the forum to hear your thoughts on the matter. Will the Onkyo be too much hassle or is the extra £100 for the Marantz too much for just a little extra convenience? I'm obviously also interested in sound quality but from what I gather from reviews, both are strong in this regard.