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  1. When I was around 30, I started to lose hearing in my right ear. I went to an ear specialist who did some sound tests using earphones and did confirm that my right ear had issues. He then looked into my right ear and found that it was almost completely blocked by a large mass of ear wax that had formed over the years. He then took a HUGE stainless steel syringe that was filled with warm water and injected it into my right ear. He eventually pulled out a mass of ear wax the size of a pea out of my ear that was blocking the ear canal. After that, I could hear out of my right ear 100%. Moral of the story, get your ears checked by an ear specialist.
  2. JRiver has an option to automatically run on Windows startup, so it is not necessary to set it up in Windows 8. Just go to Tools > Options > Startup > Windows Startup > Run on Windows Startup > Media Center 18
  3. With Zuma not having a CD or DVD drive, how do you install Windows 8 onto the SSD? Do you have to get the Windows 8 ISO file onto a USB thumb drive from the install DVD then use the USB 2.0 port on the Zuma to install Windows 8 like outlined on the link below? How To Install Windows 8 From a USB Device
  4. Thanks preproman and iago for the responses. Regarding my question 12, Zuma does not have wi-fi built-in which I found out from another thread where Chris responded to the same question. He said that you can connect the server via wired Ethernet to your home network. If the home network has WiFi then you'll be able to use JRemote for remote control. You could also add WiFi via a card like this -> PROVANTAGE: Intel 62205AN.HMWG Centrino Advanced-N 6205 Wifi Half Mini. Since I already have a Netgear WI-FI router, I am good to go. I will ask SGC about the PSU question. Small Green Computer now offers options to chose 8, 16 or 32GB of RAM and 60, 256 or 512GB SSD sizes, which is a nice. (see attached image)
  5. I am planning to incorporate my first music server and NAS drive into my stereo system. The music server will be connected using the USB cable to a Classe CP-800 pre amp/DAC. The following are the list of items that I am going to be purchasing: Music Server: CAPS v3 Zuma (from Small Green Computer) NAS Server: Synology DiskStation DS412+ 4 bay, 2 x USB 3, 1 x USB 2, 1 x eSATA NAS Hard Drives: Western Digital WD30EFRX (RED) 3TB x 2, SATA 6Gb/s, 3.5 inch, 64mb UPS: APC BE550G Back-UPS Playback Software: JRiver Media Center 18 Remote Control App: JRemote (on iPhone 4S and iPad 3) USB Cable: WireWorld Starlight (STB) USB 2.0 A-B Cable, 2m Being completely new to the computer audiophile hobby, I have some REALLY newbie questions as follows: 1. Does the Zuma need to be temporarily connected to a monitor in order to install JRiver onto it? 2. Is there any other software that needs to be installed on Zuma other than JRiver? 3. Is there any benefit to increasing the RAM or installing a larger SSD on Zuma if I will be using it only as a music server and possibly a movie server? 4. In looking at the photo of the rear of the Zuma, I don’t see a place to plug in a conventional power cord. Does Zuma need a separate external power brick to power it? 5. I am planning to have Zuma located in my living room with my stereo and the NAS drive in a separate office next to my PC. Is the Zuma connected to my Wi-Fi router (Netgear WNDR3700) using a CAT 5E or 6 Ethernet cable? 6. I am planning to initially install two 3TB hard drives in the Synology set up in RAID 1, so that drive 1 will store the music files and drive 2 will be a mirror of drive 1, which will protect against physical drive failure. Is this a reasonable setup? 7. Can I install two additional 3TB drives in the 4 bay Synology that can function independently of the first two RAID 1 drives, so that say drive 3 is used to back up my PC data drive and drive 4 used to store movies? 8. Do people leave their music and NAS servers on 24/7/365 or can they be turned off when not in use which I would prefer to save on wear and electricity costs? 9. Is a UPS recommended particularly for the NAS server to protect it from power outages, which occurs to me infrequently? 10. Is JRiver supposed to be installed on both the Zuma and my desktop PC so that I can rip my music cd’s on my PC using JRiver to uncompressed FLAC onto drive 1 of the NAS or do I need separate ripping software such as dBpoweramp R14 to accomplish this? 11. I am planning to rip all my music cd’s to uncompressed FLAC, so that all the metadata is saved with the music files. Is this a good audio format choice for balancing sound quality, information retention and limiting file size? 12. Does Zuma have WiFi built-in so that JRemote on iPhone and iPad can control the Zuma using Wi-Fi? 13. In general, are there any other recommendations on the NAS server, hard drives, UPS or USB cable that I have selected?
  6. Hi Chris, I have a question regarding a statement you made in your CAPS v3 preview article below: "My experience with several canned music servers such as Aurender, Sooloos, and Sonore to name a few has given me a good idea of what I and other computer audiophiles want in both performance and remote control. Given one of the goals is to design servers I will use in my system the CAPS v3 servers must compete with all the canned server options. I didn't design these servers for everyone else to use while I sit in an Ivory Tower listening to something else. I designed these servers for myself and all the CA readers." One of your goals of CAPS v3 was no moving parts, which means no internal hard drives, yet all the canned server options that you mentioned above along with other ones from Olive, SOtM, Music Vault Diamond and Baetis Audio include one or even two spinning hard drives for storage and back-up using dBpoweramp. It seems that all these manufacturers have integrated internal spinning hard drives without compromising the sound quality. I'm wondering if you think that these all-in-one music servers with internal storage are being compromised in terms of sound quality because they do have these spinning internal hard drives? You mentioned that additional storage such as extra SSD cards and spinning hard drives can be added to the Carbon server, but I would like to see a "reference design" with say 2 - 3TB hard drives (one for music storage and one as a back-up) and a 64GB SSD for the OS. That way, I could just purchase it canned from Small Green Computer, since I am not much into assembly or modding. I am most interested in the Aurender, but at $7k and with future planned models being even more expensive, it is out of my budget. I assume that a a good portion of the cost of the Aurender is due to it's proprietary OS. BTW, Small Green Computer does not seem to be selling the Carbon model yet.
  7. Was there any word on when the new Aurender W10 and upgraded USB music servers are coming out or pricing?
  8. What do people think of this new media server that seems to handle all types of media both audio and video, like combining a Kalidascope and a music server? It is priced to compete with the other popular music servers. Baetis Audio Unveils New Baetis Media Computer | AVguide index.html
  9. Jesus, Is the power supply upgrade internal or external and how much is it? Regarding the Sonore music server redesign, what things are you planning to change and when do you think that you will be releasing it? I am not in a rush to get a music server and can wait 6-9 months.
  10. The Signature Series Sonore and the SOtM sMS-1000 music servers are very similar in terms of specifications and price. They both use the MPad and MPod apps to control music playback. Does one sound better than the other one or is it a toss-up? Does anyone own either of these and would recommend them? If they sound the same, then I would have a tendency to go with the Sonore Music Server because you can get it with optional black faceplate and a 3TB hard drive. I am interested in the one with USB output, since I will be connecting it to my Classe CP-800 asynchronous USB DAC.
  11. MAN 301 brochure available now on the Weiss website, http://www.weiss-highend.ch/man301/documents/MAN301_brochure.pdf
  12. My system will consist of the following components: Pre Pro: Classe SSP-800 (HDMI 1.4 version) Pre / DAC: Classe CP-800 Amplifier: Classe CA-5300 Speakers: B&W 803D2, 805D2 and HTM4D2 Music Server: Aurender S10 I currently have everything, except for the CP-800 which is on order and the Aurender S10. The SSP-800 handles the movies while the CP-800 will handle 2 channel music. Wish me luck in integrating everything. It will take awhile to get the final two components and integrate everything...
  13. The Classe CP-800 has gotten some good reviews as an asynchronus USB DAC. Selling for $5k, I am wondering why this isn't a better deal than say buying a BADA DAC and BADA USB, which would cost more. Plus, with the CP-800, you also get a high quality pro pro. Does anyone have a CP-800 and is using it as a USB DAC?
  14. Here is a good review ow the following DACs if anyone is interested:<br /> <br /> Bel Canto 3.5VB DAC, Berkeley DAC ($5000), Ayre QB-9 DAC($2500), and original Benchmark DAC($1295)<br /> <br /> http://positive-feedback.com/Issue55/belcanto_dac.htm<br /> <br /> Bel Canto has since come out with the 3.5VB MKII<br /> http://www.avguide.com/article/bel-canto-introducing-multiple-new-products-ces-2012<br />
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