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  1. Friends, I'm looking for a solution to a problem, and your advice is greatly appreciated, as I have little idea where to begin to find what I'm looking for. Background: about 10 years ago I dabbled in computer-based audio, using a laptop and a first-gen M2Tech that I had modded by some fellow in Ireland to feed my otherwise relatively high end stereo. The sound wasn't good, but I enjoyed it enough to live with it at the time, because my stereo was in our basement, and most of time I was down there I was listening to music while playing with my kids. I move every couple years, and I went to a Modwright Oppo front end when we moved in 2010 because the new music room wasn't . I've been using a Modwright Oppo 95 or 105 since. I have all my CDs ripped to hard drives. At times I've plugged in a USB external hard drive enclosure to the Oppo and played my files that way; recently, I gained the opportunity to run ethernet cable to the Oppo, so I moved the hard drive to my router's USB 3.0 port and allowed the router to act as a DLNA server so the Oppo could play the files via ethernet, which for some reason sounds superior to having the hard drive attached directly to the Oppo via USB. I'm now looking to get away from the Oppo. There are several reasons for this: I want to more conveniently navigate my music library; I'd like to have the option to upsample to DSD; I'd like to be able to tinker with the voicing/filters instead of being stuck with the voicing the player gives me; and although Modwright's products sound fantastic I'd like more resolution than what I have now. To that end, I've purchased an LKS MH-D004 from China, and intend to have it modified by a fellow who is known to do a good job modifying digital products. However, I haven't kept up with the developments in digital playback over the last seven years, and I have absolutely no idea what product(s) would be strong options to get the music from my hard drive to the LKS. As luck would have it, I'm replacing my wife's nearly decade-old computer this week, so I soon will have an extra Windows 7 desktop sitting around. I have no idea how to modify it to control it with a tablet or phone, though, and don't want to use a keyboard and mouse. I've looked at players such as the Auralic Aries and Aries Mini, the Allo DigiOne player, the Bluesound Node 2, and SOtM sMS-200, but I really am not certain which, if any, of these players will provide me audiophile-quality sound, the ability to upsample files, to include DSD up to 512 (maybe the LKS DAC can take the native file format and upsample; I'm not sure), and navigate my music library relatively easily. As an aside, although experience tells me "everything matters" in audio, I confess being baffled at the idea the sound output by a standalone DAC would be different based on the player feeding it (as long as all the ones and zeros are reaching the DAC). I selected the LKS in part because it gives me the ability to adjust the filters to my preference, and in light of that, is the difference in the sound I will hear between players likely minimized? Finally, am I in the right ballpark with the digital audio player products I've looked at? Should I look at some other type of device, and within the types of products I've researched, what other products would be strong options based on my requirements? Many thanks for your advice. It's pretty disconcerting to be so lost on a part of a hobby I've enjoyed most of my life! Best, HC
  2. Hello all, My current setup involves a Cambridge Audio CXA60 amp, Azur 851D DAC (Which I picked up for an absolute steal) and a Yamaha WXC50 which I use as a network streamer. I am absolutely happy with the sound quality I get out of this setup, but as you know with all things audio, the question of "Can it get any better?" is always at the back of my mind. The way I look at it, the streamer is the weakest link in the chain, more of a budget component than the other two, so I am wondering if it makes any sense to upgrade this. I have my eyes on either a Linn Majik DS or a Naim ND5 XS (Can't justify the investment yet, but maybe in some months or sooner if a good used deal pops up). But honestly, would the streamer make any difference when all analog conversion duties are being handled by the outboard DAC (851D)? I am not talking about minute differences that one can only measure with lab equipment, but actual, audible difference that makes one sit up and notice? Any thoughts would be highly appreciated.
  3. Hi, I’m a newbie on CA and this is my first post, and it's a long winded one. I’m about to update my home network backbone and looking for advice. Thanks for taking the time to read and even better if you can help. I’ve taken quite a bit of time to search for answers here and google without much luck (as it pertains to home network backbone structures). I'm hoping I haven't overlooked anything obvious - I can find info on downstream switch/hub setup, but not so much on the backbone. My home network has evolved over the past 10 years starting with basic internet/network, a 24 Port 10/100 Switch, Crestron Automation (mechanical), extensive conduit and CAT5e cable drops during renos (have 6 hardwired connections spaced around my office), NAS, ATV and 10 zones of Sonos etc. Then we added (bridged) another 24 Port 10/100/1000 Switch and more Crestron integration including digital automation controllers/wireless bridges and POE and other unmanaged remote switches. We’ve recently added 2 HDHomerun’s with dual tuners and NAS for DVR. Everything works… usually. I’m having some issues with the current setup from broadcast storms and network/internet freeze/drops. I can produce a broadcast storm by adding another Sonos ZP90 to Ethernet, it works fine with wireless. I’ve had comments from a young networking guy who suggests that the bridging of the 2 switches and too many tight turning and exposed wire ends in the patch panel causing x-talk. Could be one of these devices is starting to fail. My internet connection seems to disconnect several times a day – it’s getting to be a PITA for Roon use. My current setup includes a Motorola Surfboard SBG6580 Cable Modem (Cableco issued in bridge mode, less than 2 yrs old) > Netgear N600 Router (less than 2 yrs old) > Patch Panel > 2 switches – a 24 port 10/100 Dlink DES-1024D and a Netgear GS724T 24 Port Gig Smart Switch. Extensive Cat5e cable throughout the house and conduit to most rooms. I use 2 Airport Express WAP’s wired to the network and 4 other 5-8 port switch hubs scattered in the house. A 16TB FreeNAS Mini serving audio to 10 Sonos zones and a couple Roon end points. 2 other small backup NAS’s - one is used for recording OTA HDTV broadcasts and serving to Smart TV’s etc. Also streaming Netflix, Video, Spotify & Tidal to HT, ATV4, several smart TV’s and a dedicated listening room. 1 PC workstation, several laptops, tablets and smartphones. No VoIP. I’ve been recommended to upgrade to a single 48 Port Managed PoE layer 2 switch. Some of the Crestron gear is using PoE inserters and maybe upgrading to PoE WAPs. I’ve read about the benefits of Managed Switches & VLANs, but there seems to be some conflicting info on PoE implementation. I’ve seen recommendations for everything from Netgear Prosafe to Cisco Catalyst Layer 3 switches. I’m currently leaning toward Ubiquiti simply because our user experience at work with their gear & UI has been user friendly and bulletproof. A Cisco Catalyst 48P with PoE seems very expensive by comparison. But I expect to get 10+ years trouble free service from it so I don’t want to cut corners just to save $$. I have too much invested in the system to experiment and it’s going to be a big job rewiring the network closet. I’m interested in any advice regarding the modem, router, switch, WAPs, where to use PoE and power supply suggestions. Thanks for reading. Rod
  4. I have a quite odd situation in my house for setting up the network for the audio system and thinking about the powerline adapter, but I have no idea whether this will interfere any audio playback quality. In general, my plan is something like this: Study room on 2nd floor: a PC with strong horsepower for HQplayer DSP. (BTW, I'm still waiting for intel i9 7980XE) Audio room on 1st floor: my main audio playback system with NAA receiving the DSD512 data from the PC in study room upstairs ( through local home Ethernet network) Now the odd thing is : My audio room has Ethernet socket installed via CAT6A cables through the wall from the Modem located in the garage. So there is no problem for me to get network access in the audio room. Due to some mistake happened during internet installation by the engineer. My study room does NOT have Ethernet access at all. However, the bedroom next to the study room has been installed with Ethernet access via the same route as my audio room (i.e. from the very start point of modem) Therefore, I'm thinking about adding a pair of powerline adapter (TP-LINK AV2000 with 2G bandwidth) between the bedroom and study room on the 2nd floor so as to give the study room Ethernet access for audio playback networking. My question is : will the powerline adapter installed upstairs pollute the AC main and interfere the audio playback quality in the audio room on the 1st floor? I've drawn a simple picture to show what I mean and it might be better understood as well. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. How Source Affects DAC

    I've been happily living with Modwright Oppo players for about 6 years now, and I've recently decided to go in a completely different direction, wanting more resolution and honesty than the Modwright units supply. Although I do listen to SACDs occasionally, 98% of my listening from my digital front end is from either an external HDD plugged in to the Oppo's USB port. Soon I will have the ability to connect my router directly to my new digital source (whatever that may be), however. I'm leaning toward an Auralic Vega at ~$1200 on the used market. Whatever DAC I go with, though, how will my front end selection impact the sound that ultimately comes out of the speakers? Will an Auralic Aries sound much better than an Aries Mini? Will it really sound significantly different than, say, a Bluesound Note 2, or a stock Oppo 105? Many thanks in advance for your insights! Best, HC
  6. I found an interesting review published on 23rd of September 2017. You may need to use google translator. Link: http://www.salonav.com/arch/2017/09/audioserver-aurender-n10.htm
  7. Qsonix Q205 Network Problem

    My Qsonix Q205 music server has worked perfectly for almost 3 years. About 6 months ago, I was unable to pull up the IP address on my IPOD, and could no longer use the IPAD as a remote control. Every time I run the network text, the last test FAILS connectivity. The IP address is good, The DNS and Gateway addresses are also perfect. I can see my QSONIX Q205 in my Router configuration scree, but I CANNOT PING it. It immediately. fails. I have tried to manually change the IP Address,but that is not the issue. Somehow, the QSONIX Q205 is blocking connectivity or file transfers, but allowing itself to be seen. Any help from anyone would be amazing. I have been going nuts for 6 months, with no answer mikesiegel 12 mikesiegel1@gmail.com 973-699-0958 NJ thanks a ton !!!
  8. I'm in need of an end-to-end introduction to what I understand are the very few options for playing multi-channel files on disk (somewhere) on my audio-visual systems, which are at present networked but which are NOT co-located with computers. I'm beginning to know of a few pieces (such as getting the files from primephonic.com), but I can't see how to make the process work end-to-end. I have tried for years to get about six separate Sony devices just to see my computers' DLNA on Windows - none of them even see my main computer running Windows 7. There seem to be no DLNA troubleshooting tools for either the server or player ends of the network. I installed Serviio and again, no devices (or other computers) see the Serviio DLNA (Serviio can plac FLAC and DSD files, but not sure about multichannel). I just discovered primephonic.com, and their website seems to be talking only about playing surround sound on computers directly, not playing files stored on my Windows computer (I guess I run some kind of non-network cable(s) 50 feet between two rooms to play on my A/V system?) I see the exaSound e28 DAC, but $3,800 for just one piece of the puzzle? Seriously? From the bullet above, you may infer that I am a music lover, not an equipment lover. Yes, I've spent five figures over decades on media (about 1500 CDs and 100-200 SACDs and miscellaneous) and equipment, and my main system includes items from 1970s Janzsen electrostatic speakers to a 2014 55" Sony Bravia television. But it's not about the gear, it's about the music (video, schmideo, I'm not a videophile, either) I'm a software/database developer with almost 40 years experience (H-P mini-computer, then Microsoft stack), and for me computers are work tools, not toys. I don't love 'em any more than my father (an auto mechanic) loved his wrenches. So, "thank you" first of all to anybody who has read, not just skimmed, this post. I'm stubborn enough to still want to troubleshoot DLNA, just to prove I can get it working, or at least understand why it doesn't, but my ultimate goal is to play surround sound on my A/V systems. P.S. For the last 10-15 years I've been grumpy about the conflation of "hi-res" with multichannel sound. Strange bedfellows - I'm perfectly happy with a 44.1 kHz sampling rate, but view stereo recording as a historical artifact of the 1950s (wait a minute, I was born in the 1950s).
  9. Gentlemen, currently I have the following network setup: Airport Extreme N standard > USB attached hdd over wifi to my MBP retina with AC wifi built in which currently doesn't make any difference. Current setup plays high res just fine via Roon but DSD drops completely after few seconds of playback which I can understand since the measured read/write speed now equals around 7MBps. So what I'm trying to find is the best suited network setup to stream my music via Roon to my new urendu. At first I've been exploring the simple setup like the latest high-end router with USB attached SSD. But have find out that almost every powerful router drops/freeses and reboots itself iccasionaly despite that it could deliver up to 100MBps over wifi which is what I'm looming for. On the other hand, routers that I love to use — the Airport Extreeme are ultra-reliable and stable but pretty slow (up to 20MB AC standard). Next option is to get a NAS which will solve the speed problem but it's bulky and overloaded with features I don't really need. Sorry for such a long post but any other opinions here? Thanks guys!
  10. First, THANK YOU all who contribute your knowledge on this site. I've learned so much. My question revolves around a networked/whole house audio system I have only envisioned at this point. But recent home improvements had me open up several walls and with so much time invested in quietly ripping and organizing a 700G/24000 song library I want to take this time to get the future infrastructure correct. The plan is to use JRMC installed on a windows laptop for control and playback of the music files on a NAS of some sorts. Ideally I would like 4 zones not counting my existing studio monitors connected to the laptop. I have several questions that may come to light after answering my first main question. Can I just run CAT6 from the laptop running JRMC direct to the NAS and still get multizone audio from future wired CAT6? OR do I need to add a sound card capable of sending multi-channel out from the laptop to the NAS? And if it is the later, what would this connection be? As you can tell I'm a little confused how that aspect works.
  11. Hi Guys, Foobar is my player of choice for many reasons, but one feature it's missing (on the surface) is the ability to push audio to multiple output devices on my network. Is there a way via a plugin or third party software (independent of foobar) that any users here have been able to play a song in foobar, and have it pushed to any number of devices on a network to utilise their speakers? I have 5 different sets of speakers attached to computers throughout my house, and would like to selectively distribute the audio playing from foobar to those speakers. I have tried AirFoil but it had significant lag and synchronisation issues, so it got the flick. Has anybody done this successfully before? Thanks! sabrehagen
  12. 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
  13. Hi all, long long time lurker but this is my first post. So, hopefully this isn't something previously addressed...I couldn't find it. Question: Is there as way to search for artists alphabetically on the N-50 without scrolling through the whole list of artists? I use the remote and the android Control App. This is extremely frustrating to me and I can't find anyone else asking the same question, which makes me think I'm doing something wrong. Someone else would surely have addressed this by now. For further info on the question you can read on. I bought an N-50 for my secondary system just to be able to access files in my living room (not my main listening space). Anyway, one of the big reasons for this is to get my GF to use the music collection more through the decent system instead of sticking her ipod with a bunch of 128 files on it on a cheap clock/dock...you probably know the scenario. Anyway, one of my frustrations with computer audio has been getting it to a point that a non-enthusiast can (and will want to) use it. I had a squeeze box and I wanted to throw it out the window so you can imagine, the GF never went near it. So I read good things about the N-50 and it seems really easy to use so far (even to plug her poorly loaded ipod into) but when using it as a music server, I seem to only be able to search for artist by a painstaking and agonizingly slow SCROLL through all the artists in my collection (833). If I wanted to play The Shins it'd take me 8 minutes to get to them. I can use playlists from my DLNA server which happens to be JRiver MC18 and that is really helpful...but not for her. She is not going to go create playlists on my computer then go listen to them. So is there as way to search for artists alphabetically without scrolling through the whole list of artists? Thanks!