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5 hours ago, joelha said:

Fantastic information and research, Chris.

 

These are the kinds of articles that originally drew me to your site.

 

Thanks for giving me (and probably many others) another compelling streaming option.

 

Joel

Thanks so much for the kind words Joel. These articles are fun to research and write :~)

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Am I correct in thinking that both Vox and Brio would be somewhat of a PITA to use as backup applications  because Vox doesn't save artwork and doesn't maintain the usual directory structure, while Brio requires selecting albums for downloading one at a time?

 

I'm tempted to try Vox due to the excellent pricing for remote access bundled with a kind of backup, but wow what a pain if I really did lose my local collection.

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2 minutes ago, Jud said:

Am I correct in thinking that both Vox and Brio would be somewhat of a PITA to use as backup applications  because Vox doesn't save artwork and doesn't maintain the usual directory structure, while Brio requires selecting albums for downloading one at a time?

 

I'm tempted to try Vox due to the excellent pricing for remote access bundled with a kind of backup, but wow what a pain if I really did lose my local collection.

Correct all around Jud. 

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It's interesting, if I hadn't already gone to the trouble of setting up my own remote access, I think Vox would likely win.  But since I have, I've got a very robust backup solution (Backblaze offers unlimited backup storage for $60/yr, essentially the same cost as Vox - I use their slightly more expensive B2 service because it allows me to do some fun geeky stuff the unlimited doesn't), and then it's just $26/yr more for the Subsonic music server and a domain name.  I guess that's one advantage of rolling your own that to some extent offsets the extra work to set it up: You get to customize things to your liking.

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Hah! Well, if we like more options, look at this: https://asti.ga

 

(I haven't tried it yet, but curious.)

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Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen -> USPCB -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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No one I think is in my tree. 

 

I just want something that will let me stream any audio in “real time” from a PC running broadcast automation software to my car. I’m actually doing this right now (ok, I’m on the patio, not driving) but only as 128k AAC. It actually sounds surprisingly good. And I can listen about a couple hours a day without jacking up the phone bill. But, I depend on the good graces of a friend who lets me have a little server bandwidth for free. 

 

What I’d like is something flexible enough to handle 5-10 connections at once, mostly because of coverage dropouts reconnecting without closing the now-lost blah blah not relevant. 16/48 would be adequate. 

 

Probably not much money to be made though, as I am a notorious skinflint. Most of the time. 

 

But I devour these articles and hope I can find some usable edge case. Thanks!!

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8 hours ago, Mike27 said:

No one I think is in my tree. 

 

I just want something that will let me stream any audio in “real time” from a PC running broadcast automation software to my car. I’m actually doing this right now (ok, I’m on the patio, not driving) but only as 128k AAC. It actually sounds surprisingly good. And I can listen about a couple hours a day without jacking up the phone bill. But, I depend on the good graces of a friend who lets me have a little server bandwidth for free. 

 

What I’d like is something flexible enough to handle 5-10 connections at once, mostly because of coverage dropouts reconnecting without closing the now-lost blah blah not relevant. 16/48 would be adequate. 

 

Probably not much money to be made though, as I am a notorious skinflint. Most of the time. 

 

But I devour these articles and hope I can find some usable edge case. Thanks!!

 

Do you require the automation? Are you automating the playback of your own files?

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen -> USPCB -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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On 7/22/2021 at 11:09 PM, Jud said:

Hah! Well, if we like more options, look at this: https://asti.ga

 

(I haven't tried it yet, but curious.)

 

I've tried it and it works.  Advantages:

 

- Syncs to a wide variety of cloud storage providers, including Backblaze B2, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Synology, Yandex, OneDrive for Business, and more, with the Subsonic music server.  This means it uses the storage you already have, so no uploading.  And perhaps most important, you don't need a home computer or server running to play your collection if it's backed up to one of these cloud storage services.

 

- If you are content to run a sync no more than once every 3 days, it's completely free.  (More often and you need the Premium level, which isn't expensive itself - 24 Euros annually.)

 

- It works with the Subsonic API, so virtually all Subsonic apps should work with it.  I've tested with AVSub and play:Sub, which both work.  Through the apps you have offline mode (AVSub refers to this as caching), AirPlay and CarPlay.  Chromecast capability is available via both the Astiga web player and Subsonic apps.

 

To summarize, for those who back up their music to the cloud: It works fine; you don't need to run a computer/server at home; you don't need to upload anything; the free tier of service is perfectly acceptable, and the Premium level isn't expensive; offline mode, AirPlay and CarPlay are available through apps; and Chromecast is available via both the web player and apps.

One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. - Einstein

Computer, Audirvana -> optical to EtherREGEN -> microRendu -> USPCB -> ISO Regen -> USPCB -> Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 DAC -> Spectral DMC-12 & DMA-150 -> Vandersteen 3A Signature.

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