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I've been reading these forums for a while now but I use a mac, just ordered a drobo 4 bay for my main computer and have airport extreme. I wanted to get a nas drive with ethernet so I can get an airport express to act as a bridge in my living room. This won't probably for music but for using my ipad as a remote control.

I would like some recommendations on a 2 bay Nas drive (drobo 5 bay with ethernet is pricey and overkill for me) and it must be a mirrored drive using either raid-1 (if I think I can configure it, I'm a mac guy)

or something like a droboeque technology. I just don't know where to go with this. I called synology, was put on hold for a couple of minutes and told simply GOODBYE,

If anyone can offer some help, I would greatly appreciate it. I've got a high end audio system deserving of the best that I can provide it.

I know there are some really knowledgable people here, so please give a shout out,

thanks

 

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If you think 2 drive bays will be sufficient, then I am going to assume that 2TB of storage is roughly what you need. In that case, I'd suggest you get a couple of 2TB external drives, and either mirror them (if you are sure you won't make "user errors" such as accidentally mangling your library), or use a backup utility like ChronoSync to periodically synchronize the two. G-Tech makes very good drives with good chipsets, Firewire connectivity, quiet operation etc. So does Glyph, among a few others. We generally favor those drives used in pro audio because they are designed with audio in mind, but if you are on a budget, lesser consumer drives will work as well.

 

 

Sanjay Patel | Ciamara Corporation | New York, NY | www.ciamara.com

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Ciamara

thanks for the thoughtful response. I believe it's important to have an ethernet connection

available for using an airport express as a bridge as well as a usb connection to go to the

Auraliti I'm pretty sure i'm going to buy, unless you think something like a WD my book world

computer drive would work, I liked the idea of the Data Robotics drobo because it does everything

that I will likely have difficulty with. I'm good with audio (I've patented an audiophile cable going into

production) just not computers,

thanks,

Keith

 

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I see what you mean. Well, you can probably find the older models available quite cheaply. Or why not just go with the 5-bay unit and then use smaller drives? 500GB and 1TB drives are dirt cheap these days ...

 

Sanjay Patel | Ciamara Corporation | New York, NY | www.ciamara.com

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I'm happy to pass the details on making a server work with the auraliti players. I have a server 95% done (which I'm reminded repeatedly is 100% unfinished).

 

To get a server working with the auraliti players it must support the following:

1) zeroconfig (aka Bonjour). This is the technology we use to get the boxes to find each other on the network.

2) nfs (network file system) is how the boxes communicate. Its a Unix technology well supported on all unix platforms (linux, Sun, OSX) but poorly supported on windows. It works really well for what we are doing.

 

 

If those are both supported then the settings become important- the server's host name must be correct and the content directories must be exported. We have details on these settings somewhere and I can pass them to interested parties after I dig them up. I don't want to make a mistake here since the consequences will be lingering.

 

I have looked at a number of commercial nas boxes for details but many are not clear on whether these are supported or if they can take specific settings.

 

A simpler solution for some may be an external mirrored drive array connected via USB. No IT stuff to deal with. A quick Google search yielded this: http://www.newertech.com/products/gmax.php and this http://www.amazon.com/Data-Robotics-FireWire-Storage-DR04DD10/dp/B001CZ9ZEE I'll make provisions in my server (now even more undone) to support one of these as well as the onboard storage. Meanwhile you can connect it directly to the player.

 

Demian Martin

auraliti http://www.auraliti.com

Constellation Audio http://www.constellationaudio.com

NuForce http://www.nuforce.com

Monster Cable http://www.monstercable.com

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Demian I'm ready to go for the older or newer version (Ray hinted as such) when I spoke with him recently. I've ordered One Drobo 4 bay and 4 Western digital Caviar black drives leaving me one more Drobo to purchase and two more WD Caviar greens to add on, one to each drive.

Let me know how things are going and when you want to get together per our discussion before you left for CES. Since I'm officially a cable manufacturer, it you really really like this stuff for your headphone application, we'll be ready to roll.

 

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Demian I'm ready to go for the older or newer version (Ray hinted as such) when I spoke with him recently. I've ordered One Drobo 4 bay and 4 Western digital Caviar black drives leaving me one more Drobo to purchase and two more WD Caviar greens to add on, one to each drive.

Let me know how things are going and when you want to get together per our discussion before you left for CES. Since I'm officially a cable manufacturer, it you really really like this stuff for your headphone application, we'll be ready to roll.

 

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Hi Demian, good to see you here and am curious if you have a new version of the pk100 coming out soon. I've decided to buy a brand new mac mini and am going to have all my cds added to a 500gb data robotics drobo with 2 Western digital Caviar black Hard drives as back up and acting as the usb drive to feed the Auraliti. Whichever mac mini I use as the controler through an IPad will be fine. I hope CES is going well for you.

Keith

 

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If I simply use the mac mini to rip all cds to flac using some type of ultra software to make things speedy ( don't know what I'm talking about)

I could then use the drobo to back up everything with two WD Caviar black 2TB drives. The mac mini by nature could connect to my airport extreme for using my Ipad as a remote. I"ve searched and searched for hours and can find no definitive answer to what extern cd-r device that is really fast at archiving these audio files eventually to my drobo. I

chalk my main problems to my ignorance. i've never ripped any cd to archive or put on a plastic cd so I am way behind the audio curve. Ask as I might , the professional cd copying companies, hobbyists alike must use something, I just don't know what it is. I am in such desperate straights I would be willing to pay $$$$$ some bay area fellow poster to help me set something up. There is surprisingly little written about anything to do with ripping and storing music to a USB based hard drive.

So, what hardware is being sold to quickly rip these cds's

 

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If I simply use the mac mini to rip all cds to flac using some type of ultra software to make things speedy ( don't know what I'm talking about)

I could then use the drobo to back up everything with two WD Caviar black 2TB drives. The mac mini by nature could connect to my airport extreme for using my Ipad as a remote. I"ve searched and searched for hours and can find no definitive answer to what extern cd-r device that is really fast at archiving these audio files eventually to my drobo. I

chalk my main problems to my ignorance. i've never ripped any cd to archive or put on a plastic cd so I am way behind the audio curve. Ask as I might , the professional cd copying companies, hobbyists alike must use something, I just don't know what it is. I am in such desperate straights I would be willing to pay $$$$$ some bay area fellow poster to help me set something up. There is surprisingly little written about anything to do with ripping and storing music to a USB based hard drive.

So, what hardware is being sold to quickly rip these cds's

 

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If I simply use the mac mini to rip all cds to flac using some type of ultra software to make things speedy ( don't know what I'm talking about)

I could then use the drobo to back up everything with two WD Caviar black 2TB drives. The mac mini by nature could connect to my airport extreme for using my Ipad as a remote. I"ve searched and searched for hours and can find no definitive answer to what extern cd-r device that is really fast at archiving these audio files eventually to my drobo. I

chalk my main problems to my ignorance. i've never ripped any cd to archive or put on a plastic cd so I am way behind the audio curve. Ask as I might , the professional cd copying companies, hobbyists alike must use something, I just don't know what it is. I am in such desperate straights I would be willing to pay $$$$$ some bay area fellow poster to help me set something up. There is surprisingly little written about anything to do with ripping and storing music to a USB based hard drive.

So, what hardware is being sold to quickly rip these cds's

 

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