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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

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Like a lot of people here in the forum I can only speak from experience of having tried some of your options listed, and give my own view, which hundreds will disagree with. Nevertheless, it's just my opinion and worth little:

 

Before starting, think about how much tinkering you want to do once you get things basically going, and whether or not having the system down for long periods will be an issue while you recover from something you or the system did while it was operational eg an automatic OS patch applied or a USB drive you added and expected to work. I found the Hackintosh/Tonymac path to be unsuitable for me because I am this kind of person. It's tremendously satisfying to get a Mac working that one has built but it wasn't something that I could keep functional unless I could promise myself to leave it alone and let it do its job, nothing more.

 

Yes yes there will be Hack people who will now yell "you did it wrong" at me or something like that but all I can remember is long nights of frustration on the Mac path as each attempt to build failed and the final 'success' being so sensitive to every little change I made, that the Hackintosh lasted about an hour before I realised just what I was really getting with a Hackintosh, and just started rebuilding as a PC under a number of configurations (virtual server, CAPS-like player with separate server, server & player etc etc). All of that worked without too much hassle, and it was a far more satisfying and learning experience. I can add and change things each week to make it "better" in my mind, and I learn something from it each time. But that's just me - I like to tinker and continue to refine my setup today (server and player are separate machines, Mac used for most other things).

 

In summary, I think the PC building path will give you more options if you want to mess with it going forward. The dedicated hardware server (Aurender, SoTM and millions of others now emerging) is the simple, pricier way with little option to 'mess around', and everything else is something in between I think, including your MM server.

 

Just my view.


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Thanks, I am on the same page as you are, I like to tinker with things and try to make them better bit by bit, so you are right the Hackintosh way will probably end up being a disaster on the first upgrade of either software or hardware. I will probably not be able to leave it be so PC may end up being the best way. MM as I said seems like a compromise, although I would not know how to express it technically. Again, thanks for the feedback !!!

 

Manolo

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It's a really good question that highlights a really common mistake. Without plugging any specific 'servers', it is absolutely vital to pause there a minute and step back and look at what you're doing . . .

 

The Aurender is pretty much state of the art as an SPDIF and AES/EBU transport, but the S10 isn't really designed as a USB transport, and doesn't do Firewire at all.

 

It is vital to remember that the transport serves the DAC. It is vital to choose the DAC first, then design a transport that makes it happy. The brief for the construction of a USB transport is a bit different to a Firewire transport, and entirely different to an SPDIF transport. I can tell you from experience that getting a computer to live with the Aurender when comparing AES/EBU is a tall order. But doing it properly for USB is about half the price . . .

 

But the DAC is the boss of the source, and it chooses the transport. Thinking about the PC before setting on the converter is putting the cart before the horse.

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Hi, you make a very good point, but I already have the DAC, as I said I bought an Audio-GD NFB 7.32, it´s an ESS9018 based DAC, and it does sound very very well. I am going to stick with it for now, and don´t really have plans to change it anytime soon. It is solid in every way, has all kinds of inputs, AES, BNC, SPDIF, USB and RCA as well.

 

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I am NOT planning on having a USB based or connected server, as it is not optimal for music streaming from my POV, so I opted for a Lynx Studio AES 16 PCIe card, I can run it either in Mac or Win environment, and can connect it to a MacMini via a Thunderbolt adapter from Sonnettech. That way I can have both AES inputs and AES outputs from the Mac or Win based server.

 

After having done a "BOM" of what I would need it would be around a third of the Aurender cost, so I personally think it worthwhile to pursue this project, considering I would have all the gimmicks of the Aurender, plus iPad control, and pretty much unlimited HDD space as well. The sound card is pretty much top notch, so the AES connection should be pretty much optimal and it in theory should all work well.

 

Actually my biggest worry at this point is whether I can make this a fan-less server, and have it run properly, and the power supply. I will be using the SOtM SATA filters for both hard drives and the CD player, but I am still undecided over main Power Supply. As I mentioned, I can build a power supply, but I´m thinking maybe getting a decent PC PS and tearing it apart, removing its fan and filtering the hell out of it may be a better and simpler choice. The ATX connection to the MB is key I think and focusing on that may be a lot easier than going all out and building one from scratch. I already use a Furmann power filter for my stereo system so I have good power to start with, it´s all the noise inside the PC that really worries me. I was even thinking of making a grounded copper plane to go over the MB that could catch EMI/RFI and that way try to eliminate it as much as possible. I am thinking that every trace on the MB, the sound card and any cable or wire is a potential antenna that emits and captures noise. So a very thin copper plate over most of the MB, and even covering the sound card could work in catching some (hopefully all if not most) of that radiation noise and minimizing the effect on the server. Maybe I´m just splitting hairs, but this is the fun bit where you can get really creative.

 

At this point I am going for the Hackintosh version, and with Win on Bootcamp, I have found that Mac´s version of Windows on a well working Mac runs without any glitches is very stable and just works fine for me, and as to upgrades and updates, I think I will be able to leave it alone once it´s working properly. Only change may be to go from Win JRiver to Mac JRiver once it´s out. If I go the Hackintosh way I don´t need any special Thunderbolt connection for the sound card just plug it into the MB, it´s all pretty straight forward, again what really worries me is making this as quiet and noiseless in every way as possible (db and EMI/RFI).

 

Anyway, this is what I have so far.

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My goof: I read the intro your paragraph re: 'unhappy with DAC' but skipped the part about your new acquisition!

 

Very likely that machine will favour its AES/EBU input, thereby making the master clock - and its operating environment - a critical component in the system. This will matter big time if that clock lives in a PC.

 

Sounds like you're thinking along the right lines, though: anything you can do to lower operating temperatures and galvanic noise - particularly AC/DC and DC/DC switching - will improve the performance of the Lynx card. We've found the RME cards to be just as good: modding them, getting the cabling right, and delivering clean power via ATX is a heap of fun! By all means PM me if you need any pointers.

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[TD] Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz[/TD]

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[TD] CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600[/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD] Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-NB 2.5" 120GB SATA III[/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1 [/TD]

[TD] Western Digital RE WD4000FYYZ 4TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise[/TD]

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[TD] Lynx Studio Technology Aes16e Pcie Express Interface Card[/TD]

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[TD] JRiver Media Center[/TD]

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[TD] OriginAE S21T Chassis[/TD]

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[TD]PS Filtering DIY ????[/TD]

[TD] ???[/TD]

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[TD]Coreaudio ATX Filter ????[/TD]

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ItemAudio (BTW what´s your name ????), this is the BOM so far, there is nothing missing I think, but it´s not cheap. I am quoting one of the most expensive chassis available, but it does have it´s own touchscreen and is a very solid build. I guess this is a bit of a wish list. I was having a look at the Coreaudio ATX filter as well, it is expensive though, but could be an easy and quick option.

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Just on case anyone is interested, I have updated my parts list, I decided I did not need a super computer for this, and am using a different MB and CPU, as well as less memory, a different set of HDDs, and a proper fanless cooler for the LGA115 CPU. All filtering I am not purchasing right now, and am keeping the OriginAE chassis as I think it´s just awesome looking and does have an integrated touch screen, which I plan to use. I just saved myself about $900 which is quite good I think. All the filtering I´m going to look into afterwards, as I think that a for a few caps $450 for the ATX filter from Core Audio is way too much, they just increased their price by 50%. I personally think it´s ridiculously expensive, as I think I can do this myself for much less.

 

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]XIGMATEK 2.5" to 3.5" Hard Drive Adapter[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 9.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Newegg [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 219.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Newegg [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]2[/TD]

[TD]CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 72.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Newegg [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Samsung 830 128GB[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 99.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Amazon [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Western Digital Green 3TB[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 149.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Newegg [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]SONY 7280S[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 18.99[/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Cooler Master Thermal Grease[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 9.99[/TD]

[TD=align: right] Newegg [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Silverstone Tek Heligon[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 65.99[/TD]

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[TD]Lynx Studio Technology Aes16e Pcie Express Interface Card[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 630.00[/TD]

[TD=align: right] AltoMusic [/TD]

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[TD=align: right]1[/TD]

[TD]Lynx CBL-AES1604 Cable for AES16, AES16e, and Aurora 6 Feet[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 58.00[/TD]

[TD=align: right] AltoMusic [/TD]

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[TD]JRiver Media Center[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 49.87[/TD]

[TD=align: right] JRiver [/TD]

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[TD]OriginAE S21T Chassis[/TD]

[TD=align: right] 1,100.00[/TD]

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OK I finally have my music server up .. it has some of the parts of the wishlist but not all, specifically no filtering yet and it still has two running fans. That will be the next step, for now I´m really happy with it, JRiver works great and the music just plays wonderfully.

 

Here's the Origin S21T Chassis : It is a bit short of space but I managed to get everything in ...

 

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The motherboard, sound card, wi-fi card, Blu-Ray Player

 

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The motherboard installed, the Hard Drives, one is an SSD, the sound card installed

 

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The final not too clean final setup, once I have the filtering ready to install I´ll clean the mess up, it'll have to do for now.

 

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The final, working version of my Music Server:

 

 

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My CDs, too many, it seemed I would never stop FLAC'ing them

 

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Well it sounds awesome, looks awesome and can only get better as I tweak it. Thanks to everyone for this site, I would have never been able to build this without all the advise and information available here !!!

 

Thanks again !!!!

 

Manolo

 

PS I hope the pictures are alright, and not too heavy.

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I now have heating issues, the CPU reached 80 degrees Celsius and the computer pretty much crashed, JRiver stopped working and I received a very friendly Windows 8 blue screen of death. Everything is now working, but I am monitoring the temperature closely, it just won´t cool well. I will try to install another, large, heatsink on the CPU but I can´t see how I´m going to be able to make due without fans.

 

Anyway, that is the first issue so far.

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I now have heating issues, the CPU reached 80 degrees Celsius and the computer pretty much crashed, JRiver stopped working and I received a very friendly Windows 8 blue screen of death. Everything is now working, but I am monitoring the temperature closely, it just won´t cool well. I will try to install another, large, heatsink on the CPU but I can´t see how I´m going to be able to make due without fans.

 

Anyway, that is the first issue so far.

 

What was your processor usage at when it got that high? A quick look online and others report it running at 70C, but usually under full load for 10+ minutes.


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If you're hitting 80C on the processor you have a serious problem. Given the size of the case and apparent airflow I would guess one of two things: you're running 100% CPU all the time, or the heatsink is not properly mounted on the CPU.

 

Task Manager or Reliability Monitor can tell if and what is eating CPU. If you're CPU usage is low then I would guess the latter.


Whatever works.

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Just a fair warning about the hard drive, in last 2 years, 3 of my 4 WD green series drives failed. No SMART warning or anything, they just stopped working. Not a big deal if you have everything backup though. Otherwise, I would get some black or enterprise series hard drives from WD instead.

 

Also about your CPU, I have i7 3770 with just the original heatsink, and even at continuous maximum load, it barely reach 70C. Due to a bug in Amarra in converting DFF files to AIF files, every time I do conversion, it will started max out my CPU about half way, and kept hogging the CPU even after the conversion is done, until I quit Amarra altogether. Sometimes I leave it on for conversion overnight, so after maxing out the CPU for more than 12 hours every time I do conversion, I have never had a thermal shutdown/crash problem. So I would say your CPU thermal issue either a heatsink seating problem (this is number 1 cause for CPU overheating) or a ventilation issue.


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Thanks guys for the advice and comments, I have no idea what was going on when it crashed, I was actually working on my laptop and listening to music using the music server, playing through JRiver, I was controlling it with the iPad and just listening to music, I have no idea why it would crash or heat up so much as nothing out of the ordinary was going on. I checked the fans and heatsink but everything is fine, both fans are working fine, plus the one in the power supply. I just connected another little fan the OriginAE case has, that is right below the HDDs, it actually has two small fans but I had to remove one as it did not let me close the MB tray because the eSata connectors would bump into it; I had not connected the other one as I thought two fans plus PS would do, I now have three fans plus PS, the music server now has four fans working permanently .... so much for a fan-less server as a goal, anyway ... Actually it peaked at 89 degrees C, as I rebooted it and went to BIOS and it showed that temperature and it would just not go down. I turned it off after a few minutes, it was stuck at 89 C. I did not have any temperature or core control software, now I do, and am checking on it regularly, it has never exceeded 52 C now since I started to control it more formally, and I just don´t know what went on when it crashed. I have been using the iPad a lot to change songs and play videos and nothing happens. Maybe it was a Win 8 bug or something, as I did install an update for Win 8 right after the crash and now it works fine. I have been checking using task manager and have just two startup programs and run nothing else now apart from JRiver. As I said, I have been checking constantly and there are no processor hogs, no memory hogs, nothing ... and now it works fine, I will make it run for a long time this weekend see what happens ...

 

Regarding the HDD I do have a backup, and have been using a lot of these WD Green Drives and never have had a failure .. so I am not really worried about reliability with it, plus, as I said I have everything baked up. Actually I have never had a WD hard drive crash or fail, and I have had them in laptops, mac mini, pc´s. Seagate is another story, all my Seagate HDDs have failed, and never bought one again. I´m using Samsung SSDs now and they seem to work fine so far.

 

On another point, after extensive listening, I was actually not verly happy with the way it played, seemed to have way too much bass and seemed odd for some reason. I decided to go into JRiver options, and there were very many DSP controls turned on that did affect the music, I have pretty much turned everything off, including the subwoofer option which was set at 8 inch, the ambiance options, everything, and it did sound better. But what really did change the sound was when I changed the ouput mode settings, for some reason it sounds much better using ASIO with the Lynx card, and there is one option that says Volume Device, I am using Play 03+04 (2 - Lynx AES16e), and that did make a huge difference. There are no effects. equalization, or anything else, it just has a volume leveling option that I can`t remove. I am just starting to learn how to use all the JRiver options, so maybe I can still tweak the setup to sound better still. If anyone has a Lynx card with JRiver and has any suggestions, please let me know your experience and what your setup is. I would very much appreciate any advice.

 

If it heats up again, I will try a larger heatsink, but it just makes no sense that it would heat up so much as all it´s doing is playing music or video.

 

Anyway .. thanks again

 

Manolo

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Just a fair warning about the hard drive, in last 2 years, 3 of my 4 WD green series drives failed. No SMART warning or anything, they just stopped working. Not a big deal if you have everything backup though. Otherwise, I would get some black or enterprise series hard drives from WD instead.

I've currently have 3 WD Green Drives - 2 x 1.5TB and 1 x 2TB. They have all been running for over 2 years now without a problem. At work we have around 50 2TB WD Green Drives, all have been in and out of hot swap bays, formatted multiple times and used in different machines for the last 18 months...... not one has failed. Myself personally have never had a hard drive fail out of the dozens and dozens I have owned/used, since I built my first computer in the early 90's. I often wonder when people report high failure rates if there isn't a problem elsewhere in their system and in particular the PSU?

 

Just my 2 cents ;)


Tim

 

"Songs are really just very interesting things to be doing with the air." - Tom Waits

 

Main: Custom W10/JRiver/FLAC music server | Rega DAC | Rega Brio-R | MA Bronze2

 

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