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  1. I'm at the Munich High end show this week hanging out with the guys from Ayre. They are running the QX-5 demo in their booth using our new server. Our new server has a quad core i7, CD ripping and dual Ethernet, plus 5TB of internal storage. In the picture your can see we have the sonicTransporter attache to the Roon Ready QX-5 using a Cardas Ethernet cable. This configuration works and sounds great! To show case different a network player option we are running the Ayre Codex using a microRendu in DLNA mode.
  2. I was ripping some of my CDs on my old macbook using XLD. I found that task quite boring and since the optical drive in my old laptop died and my new MacBook Pro doesn't have one I have not done any ripping recently. Presently I am mostly downloading or streaming and listening to my CDs via my CD transport which sounds better than any ripping I did. I like the simple physical act of getting up and searching for a CD instead of being on my computer but ripping has the advantage that one can use these files on different devices like my DAP (AK120) or my SD-trans 384(restricted to WAV) or a future second audio system. Talking to some audio dealers they claim that the quality of the rips are much better using dedicated music servers. I do not understand that statement as any rip which is accurate should be identical to other accurate rips. But I would prefer not to use my MacBook for audio purposes so I am interested in some of the newer music severs which have builtin optical drives and can +/- automatically rip CDs like Naim Unity Core or Innuos Zen (mini /-ith). One main concern is whether these rips are useable universally by other devices (of course the file format itself should be one these these devices can use. That includes the metadata! So is ripping with these servers really more convenient and are the files fully transferable? And which one?
  3. 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
  4. Peachtree Audio nova150 + ELAC Discovery Music Server - JUST ADD SPEAKERS In an effort to provide a complete system solution, we have put together some of our most popular and highest value lines into complete system packages. Not only is the Peachtree Audio nova150 an excellent integrated amplifier that is capable of driving all types of speakers, but it also features a world-class DAC for all your digital sources, a phono stage for a turntable, a discrete headphone amp and a home theater bypass to integrate into a home theater system. We selected the ELAC Discovery Music Server ($1099) as the perfect match with the Peachtree nova150 ($1599) because together they form a serious digital music system, offering playback of local and streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio, all with an interface that anyone can master in a few minutes. ELAC Discovery Music Server lets you discover the world of computer audio without the computer. Keeping in line with quality music, the lossless, high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal® has been tightly integrated into the Discovery’s software*. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface. It’s really very simple The Discovery Music Server lets users open their personal music vault from another computer, Apple iPad** or Android tablet. Whether your choice is a full ELAC system, powered by an ELAC integrated amplifier and running an ELAC loudspeaker system, or a pair of ear buds, you can listen in one room or around the house with other Discovery-compatible products. A wave of music Discovery delivers music based on relationships between performers and composers, starting from the tracks you choose. TIDAL* delivers no-compromise music streaming, with millions of tracks in lossless, audiophile quality—a bigger music landscape than ever before. * Separate Tidal Subscription required Your music, as you like it Between users and across devices, you can select from downloads, ripped CDs and streaming services. Your collection is supported by a rich library of images and information—an archive of material that adds depth, knowledge and excitement to your listening. Audiophile reproduction The artists and engineers who recorded your music took great care creating it. It’s no secret that Discovery takes the same care playing it back. One component, infinite sound. Adding the Discovery Series DS-S101-G Music Server to an existing system is simple. Connect the Discovery to the internet and one of the outputs to the upcoming ELAC Integrated Amplifier or your existing system. Adding your personal music collection is a snap. Connect either a hard drive to the rear mounted USB port or point the Discovery to your NAS (Networked Attached Storage) device and the Discovery will take care of the rest, organizing and gathering feature rich meta-data for your entire music collection. Expanding your Discovery system to other rooms is easy. Whether you want the full functionality of an integrated amplifier or a simple wireless speaker in the kids’ room, the Discovery eco-system is ready to grow when you are. * iOS (64-bit Devices), Android, Windows (7, 8, and 10) and Apple OSX the best sub $1,000 loudspeakers we've ever heard and the nova150 will help them reach their full potential and sound their very best. When combined with the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floorstanding speakers, this combination creates an incredible, high performance stereo system for under $2,450. The Peachtree Audio nova150 integrated amplifier + ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 speakers are truly a match made in musical heaven. Peachtree Audio nova150 - First of a New Generation The Integrated Amplifier… Reimagined The nova150 isa completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. I represents the culmination of everything Peachtree has learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things they hadn't gotten to - until now. Highlights ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel Extensive internal grounding Designed by a world-class engineering team Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices Phono (MM) input Home Theater Bypass Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1-844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  5. I read about this device recently, and it is described as an endpoint. Roon newbie questions; what is the difference between a Roon Server and a Roon Endpoint? if I store my music on a NAS, do I still need Roon Server hardware, or is Roon Server software that I can install on my Netgear Ready Cloud NAS?
  6. 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).
  7. I'm selling my N100H in order to buy the N10. This machine is just under 2 years old.Yours for $1900, Paypal ONLY. Bought from NYC dealer at full price, used in smoke free, pet free home, in pristine condition.Unfortunately I don't have the original packaging but I will pack suitably. USA only sales.I'll ship anywhere in the CONT USA for $50 insured. AURENDER - Reference Music System The Aurender N100H digital music player supports DSD (DSF, DFF), WAV, FLAC, ALAC, APE, AIFF, M4A and other major formats at native bit and sampling rates. Equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output, Ethernet port, 120GB solid-state drive for cached playback, the N100H is also the ideal solution for playing high resolution digital music collections from NAS. • 120GB SSD for caching playback • 2TB internal storage • Cached playback of internal and NAS contents • Clean USB audio class 2.0 output • Full linear power supply • Machined aluminum case • 3.0 inch AMOLED display • Switchable for a variety of modes, including names of artists and music titles • Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for network connectivity • Award-winning Aurender App with convenient features • Remote internet technical support
  8. Dear All, I'm looking to replace an older SONORE music server box, which had been serviceable, but now severely limited by driver support for its LYNX AES16 Sound card. There's obviously a myriad of options and as much as I'd love to research/spec out from scratch, I simply don't have the time to invest in the learning curve. Wishlist is as follows: Extraordinary sound quality Rock solid, bullet-proof, appliance style operation, with remote control (MCE is fine) Dual boot 1) VB as well as stripped down 2) MS Windows with audiophile optimiser from AudioPhil. Ideally a third boot option which would be OpenElec - this triple boot option would be great (but only to the extent it does not complicate setup/daily use as an appliance or degrade sound quality) audio output from a) sound card or b) USB/firewire to AES/EBU input on McIntosh MX151 Interfaces - 1) MP Droid / JRiver - 2) ROON for Windows and 3) Kodi for OpenElec SSD for OS and NAS for audio files (or local 2 - 3 TB Drive, whichever is better sound quality/ease of use) DSD and FLAC all sampling rates to to 24 bit / 192 kHz Multi channel (5.1) nice but not critical Video card (ideally 4K) or happy to go headless if this really complicates set up/degrades audio quality. The 4K option would enable me to use this also as a high end video server All audiophile grade components inc. mother board - no weak links Isolated signal/audio paths Optimumly clocked No jitter introduced Isolated /clean power supply (240V) Filters, etc. Streacom FC-7 Alpha or similar form factor DAC NOT needed - the McIntosh MX151 has an onboard DAC Up to about say $3,000. 50% up front and 50% on completion I'm ready to roll now; feel free to respond here or via pm, with confirmation of your intended approach, components (makes and models), drivers, config, timeframe, etc. Many thanks guys Jim
  9. There're 4 Clocks on board which confusing me a little bit. I don't know which one is a Main Oscillator Clock? (as Photo attached) Neep help... Please... Thanks
  10. Hey all. I feel like there's a lot of what they call tacit knowledge knocking around in these forums, and I'd like to tap into it. I'm building a Music Server that will feed via a USB magic box thing (probably the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha) directly into speakers that have a digital input. Here are the priorities: Sound Quality - Very Important (I am expecting bit-perfect redbook and HD at the speaker input) Convenience - Very Important (including remote control via iPad) Cost - Not So Important Appearance - Important (ie we don't want a bunch of boxes, and we don't want a monitor) My take on things from reading around is that a Mac Mini (configured as per Amarra's instructions) running Amarra and iTunes and not much else is the way to go. My concerns are: - gapless playback - 24/96 and 24/192 playback - remote control I'm looking for convenient, non-enthusiast usability for a widely varied iTunes library, including remote control. What are the things I haven't thought about? What will be the most difficult part of getting things working? I have some history doing computer config, etc., so I'm not overly worried about that part but I'm happy to hear about shortcuts and best practices. Here is the Mac Mini I will spec: * 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 * 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB * 256GB Solid State Drive * Apple USB SuperDrive * Apple Remote Music library will be stored on a small, external USB 3.0 1 TB drive. Thanks in advance for any help or references to existing sources. Regards, Chris Toronto
  11. JRiver shows duplicate files, which come back when I delete them. Some guidance would be much appreciated. My setup: Synology NAS running Minim server. Controlled by Plugplayer. Rendered by Audio Research Reference DAC. I use Jriver to manage/sort/tag the music files (mostly WAV). In Jriver under filename I get: Volumes/Music/[Artist]/[Album]/[Trackname] But the same file also shows up as: http://[lan NAS address]:[port]/minimserver/*/Music/[Artist]/[Album]/[Trackname] This happens throughout the library. If I delete all http://etc files they automatically are recreated (not at once, but over time). Any ideas what may be causing this issue? Thank you.
  12. I have a v3 Carbon with Win8.1 Pro that I run headless, controlled from my iPad. I have been using VNC. Generally it works very well, but the pointer displays as a tiny dot that is sometimes impossible (and always annoying) see. I contacted VNC who told me that the dot is displayed when the host computer cannot generate a cursor. They gave me a couple of settings to try to fix this but nothing worked. Then it dawned on me: since there is no mouse or trackpad plugged into the Carbon, Windows probably thinks it can't/shouldn't generate a cursor. I unplugged the mouse from my laptop, into the Carbon and voilà--pointer! 1) Any Windows gurus here know how to force or trick Windows into showing a pointer in this situation? 2) Do the alternatives to VNC (TeamViewer, for instance) have this problem? What alternatives to VNC can folks recommend? I suppose I could buy the cheapest mouse at the office supply store and just leave it plugged in, but the idea does not appeal to me. I would use Windows' own Remote Desktop, which ought to work, except that the iPad app for that requires iOS6, which my first-gen iPad can't take. Thanks!
  13. Hello. Like many of you (perhaps) I am looking for a DAC. I'm quite interested in NOS DACS, but I'm not 100% sure this is the way to go. I am also looking to replace my Squeezebox with a better file player. 99% of my music collection is 16/44.1 RIPS of my 2000+ CDs. These live on a NAS. So I am primarily looking for something very musical and engaging to listen through. I have recently purchased a Eastern Electric minimax CD player and I am impressed by how much better this player sounds than my file player / DAC. My current system: Line Magnetic 518ia, Harbeth P3ESR, Eastern Electric minimax CD player, (will skip the analog front end), Squeezebox Touch with CIAudio power supply, and a CIAudio VDA2 DAC, (will skip all the cables)... So, I'm interested in hearing from people with a similar kind of set up that might have an opinion on a DAC / File player upgrade. DACs I am considering : Metrum Octave, Audio Note kits, Wavelength Brick v2 & v3, MHDT Havana, MHDT Stockholm, DB Audio Tranquility, Eastern Electric minimax & PLUS, Line Magnetic 502CA. File players I am considering : SOTM sms-100, Auraliti 90 or 100, the new Auralic aries. The last piece of this puzzle would be either USB player, SPDIF player or a USB player with an SPDIF convertor ahead of the DAC. I am very curious to hear any others who have discovered a great solution along these lines. As you can see my price point is sub-$2000 for the DAC and around $1000 for the player. I am not opposed to picking up DACS on the used market either. Thank you all in advance.
  14. Hi, I am looking for info & advice. I'm streaming hi-res audio across a home network (Ethernet) from my i7 Windows PC. The PC runs MinimServer, and at the receiving end, I have a Simaudio MiND. Every few days, I have what be latency problems . . . clicks (dropouts) through my Auralic Vega DAC. Am I likely to get better results by moving to a Synology NAS box? It seems to me that the problem COULD be the PC's being busy downloading email, updates, and so on. So that's the question, can moving to a NAS eliminate this as a potential source of the problem?
  15. Ok folks, my XP music server died after 10 years of service and I need to replace it with a newer Win 7 server. I have a Lynx AES16 (the PCI version not PCI-express). This really limits the motherboards that I can use since most newer ones only support PCI-e. So here's the question. If I'm only using it for playback (not recording) do I really need the AES16 at all to feed my Bryston BDA-1 with a perfect bitstream? Wouldn't any sound card with an SPDIF/Optical output sound the same? The rest of the audio system is fairly high res audiophile (Thiel speakers, Sim-Audio pre, Sunfire amp, MIT cables) so I'll be able to notice fairly subtle differences. I've read many people talking about the sound quality difference between various digital feeds but if my BDA-1 locks in on the signal seems to me I'm in good shape. No? If the answer is, hell yes the AES16's gonna blow the doors off another SPDIF card, how on earth do I get it into a PCI-e slot without a world of hurt? My days of hours of tinkering are behind me. Many thanks dbdog
  16. Hi all, I've been a long time reader of the CA forum and in this first post I want to ask your opinion on my fanless build. It will be a headless server, based on MPD and RT Linux. I'll stay with the CAPS design philosophy as closely as possible. I just ordered the parts and will keep you posted on my progress. This is my setup: Akasa Euler fanless case Gigabyte GA-H61TN (thin mITX mainboard) Intel Pentium G630T OCZ Vertex 64 GB SSD For a review of the case, see: Akasa Euler Fanless Thin ITX Case | silentpcreview.com Other components: Musical Fidelity V-Link (on its own linear PSU, circumventing the USB power line) Metrum Octave + linear PSU Duson PA-100 (Class A stereo amplifier) All my music will be placed on either the SSD or on the network and MPD can be controlled through my phone or tablet using one of the available clients. Once it's up and running, it's really convenient. As for the software I'll be using MPD on (stripped-down) Debian Linux, because of my experiences with this combination. On an earlier build I really came to love the sound of the PREEMPT RT kernel. Despite the disbelief I noticed in other threads by some of the audio qualities of a real-time Linux kernel, I really want to say that it did wonders to my previous setup. Voices are so clear, they almost seem visible in space like a hologram. Audiences and drum sounds in live recordings sound very realistic too. To make full use of the real-time kernel, you need to prioritize the threaded IRQs, which can be done effectively by using the rtirq scripts by Rui Nuno Capela. Then there are some small adjustments, such as increasing the priority of the MPD process and setting the processor affinity for each process, working towards placing MPD on its own CPU core. See this guide for some useful tips (based on Voyage MPD): ????? Furthermore, I'm using the following ALSA configuration in my MPD.conf, allowing me to make use of the async-USB properties of my USB-S/PDIF converter: device "hw:1,0" format "*:24_3:2" use_mmap "yes" auto_resample "no" I suspect some people on this forum are using similar configurations and I'm interested to hear how they compare their own setups to the more expensive servers and appliances of the established brands. In short, has anybody used the Akasa Euler case for a CAPS before? And does anyone have good tips on how to get the most out of my setup? I'd really like to hear your comments and tips! Regards, Vincent
  17. A quick note to mention that this music server, by itself, is very good in standard issue, (ie Server, switching PS) but improves dramatically if the optional linear PS is used, as well as the SOtm battery power supply for the soundcard. Further improvements in spatial cues, depth, width and height, are obtained if the USB signal is passed through a iFi USB power supply. The latter was an ad hoc addition because it was there, and if so, why not use it. (DAC used was the USB input of the Accuphase DP550). The Naim server is used for CD only rips, and feeds the DP550 via the SP/Dif route. DSD recordings are either burned to a DVD and played through the DP550, or via the Antipodes DS2 using the Chordette DSD input that outputs into the BSB Qol, then to either Bird or Woo WES etc. As it is the DS2 plays back DSD files but via the files route shown in the music player, here the Logitech Media Server. Then it's a case of navigating the file structure to locate the music file you wish to play, and add it to the playlist. Definitely not a navigate and click, play operation. One minor issue is the Chordette DAC - it uses a different protocol in USB mode, and requires hard reboots to interface with the DS2. The Chordette is used to play back DSD files natively from the DS2, as the Accuphase DAC cannot, at present.
  18. I have a strange issue with my CAPS Topanga setup, hoping someone might have an idea what's going on. I built the Topanga with the parts listed on CA, have stripped many of the unneeded windows services, and use it with a W4S Dac1, iPad with JRiver and Logmein app. Ethernet cable connects Caps to my router, and Flac files on Qnap NAS. Using wasapi event mode. Everything runs perfect, sounds great, no skips, no stutters, all good, except for one thing. When I first turn everything on and start a listening session everything works fine for what seems to be about 15 minutes, then the playback just STOPS. No pops, no stutters, just completely stops. When I go back to JRiver on the iPad and try to start plaback again, nothing works. It is like JRiver and the Caps have somehow "lost connectivity" with each other. I need to close out JRiver, and start over on the iPad. Once i get playback going again, it never stops again after that one time. I can play album after album, hours and hours, never again any issue at all. So this stoppage is only happening once, and it is only after everything is turned on, and then happens about 15 minutes or so after I start listening. Any ideas Caps experts? Thanks!
  19. I've read through as much as I can understand and so far am a bit confused about the CAPS projects. May be the best way to attack this is to list my misunderstandings in point form. Any help form this community would be greatly appreciated. I am not against PC's, in fact I have a hard time with Mac's so I'm not predisposed against Microsoft. Apart from the music player being 'app' controlled, are any other input/output devices used? If not, how is the server's OS controlled? These run on Win 7 or 8. What stops the incessant message pop-ups such as updates, errors, bluescreens, device driver requests, etc, etc. Is there a list (I've looked without success) suggesting the most efficient Winstallation do's, don'ts and Ehrmigherds!?!? I presume the lack of a HDD and the use of a SSD indicates that the storage is elsewhere, likely a NAS. Or is this incorrect? I cannot find many of these parts easily (Canada) especially the cases. I realize that many PC items are interchangable but the CAPS idea seems to for very specific parts. I may have to use whatever I can get to get the server up and running and still conform as best I can to the ideals of the design. (fanless, low energy, etc, etc.) I will have more questions but this seems like a good place to start. And thanks in advance for spending the time answering my ignorance. BigBadger Victoria, BC
  20. I put off building this guy for about 10 months but just finished it a month ago with about 10 hours of testing and use on it. To ease your concerns, I've built about 45-50 PCs for our companies so you might say that "I'm Experienced". The only change that I made from Chris' original specs was that I installed a little faster RAM. I've hooked this magnificent machine up with the 60 watt external power supply. You may have the the original (I think 80 watt) supply that came with the mono as well. The only "software" installed on this guy is J River v17 as a player. I had mine pointed to my NAS resident music files. Oh, the reason that I'm moving from servers is that I recently purchased a couple of the PS Audio PerfectWave improved DACs with network bridges. Simple. We are downsizing and building a new home. Whenever I can reduce my inventory of stuff over the next three months I will so we won't have to move it. Make me an offer. I'm thinking somewhere around $1200. I'll ship for free and insure the server for around $1500 through UPS to the lower 48 U.S. states. You have to be satisfied. If not within a couple (2) weeks, just return in same condition and I'll return your $$. I'll try to get some photos posted up here. Want to talk? kevin.balog@gmail.com or reach me through Chris' forum. I don't take Chris for granted, he is really an asset to our hobby. Oh, if you email me I will share my office schedule so you may reach me by phone. Respectfully, Kevin J. Kevin Balog, Ed.D., SPHR Chairman The Brandon Group LLC Investment Banking/Mergers & Acquisitions
  21. Greetings all, I need some configuration feedback on my server setup to make sure that I'm getting the best sound; I also need feedback on some odd problems. Here is my current setup: I have a Mac running OSX 10.7 and the latest iTunes. I'm not running anything else; I'm not using any plugins I'm going from the Mac to my Anthem 50v Preamp via a Musical Fidelity V-Link USB to S/PDIF. I have CDs, High Res Apple Lossless and FLAC files on my server If I want to play FLAC files, I use VLC I have the MIDI setup for the Musical Fidelity set to 96k 2ch-24bit integer for output. My general questions are: Is there anything that I should be doing specifically to optimize my audio? What plugins or other software would one recommend to work with iTunes. I use the Apple Remote on iOS devices to manage the server library so I want something that is still compatible with the iOS remote control. Now, my odd problems have to do with FLAC files: If I use VLC files to play FLAC files, they don't sound as good as I think they should. Specifically, if I turn up the VLC volume slider past about 70%, the FLAC files clip and they sound horrible. Any thoughts on this? Is it just that the gain is too much? What is the best way to play FLAC files within iTunes. Some say Amarra and others PureVinyl. What are the pros and cons in my specific setup? I don't mind converting my FLAC files to Apple Lossless if that's the best course of action and I'm very tech savvy and happy to do that too. I appreciate any additional thoughts from the community to help me out here.