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robcentola

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Any advantages for each? Considering building a CAPS3 Topanga, but the SOtm Miniserver looks intriguing and a great price. Any advice why one would choose either would be helpful. Limitations? Advantages?

 

I appreciate the help. My limited knowlage is only increased by the info I get on this site.

 

Thanks

 

Edit: It's early and I spaced the "VS" part in my title. Thanks.

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The two aren't really equivalent.

 

The miniserver runs Linux and Squeezebox software, it's essentially a souped up, better sounding, improved version of the Squeezebox concept. You need another PC or decent NAS loaded with and capable or running Logitech (Squeezebox) server software to feed it the files for playback over a network.

 

The Topanga is a full fledged PC; you can run whatever playback or other Windows based software you want, and all you need is an external drive (a full fledged PC/NAS is optional) for file storage.

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: Ropieee (RPi3b+ with touchscreen) + Schiit Modi3E to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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The two aren't really equivalent.

 

The miniserver runs Linux and Squeezebox software, it's essentially a souped up, better sounding, improved version of the Squeezebox concept. You need another PC or decent NAS loaded with and capable or running Logitech (Squeezebox) server software to feed it the files for playback over a network.

 

 

 

The Topanga is a full fledged PC; you can run whatever playback or other Windows based software you want, and all you need is an external drive (a full fledged PC/NAS is optional) for file storage.

 

Thanks firedog. I was a little concerned how exactly it would work. Since I'm loving Jriver and getting a NAS in the very near future, I'm thinking CAPS is the way to go. What are the advantages to stepping up to Lagoon?

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