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  1. Buffalo have a patent on controlling current draw from the SSD. This is used DELA, as well as some high-end Japanese music servers/players. Patent on SSD
  2. Upgraded to Amarra Luxe 4.2.401-166. For the first time, I could scan my entire music collection of 120k + songs at one go. For just this one, I am very happy that I don't need to spend days scanning my music collection to load it into the system. Listing of the albums and artistes is much better too, with songs within compilations appearing under artiste view too. I have yet to spend enough time listening to the system to be able to tell whether SQ is better, but at least the interface has drastically improved.
  3. Take a look at Buffalo's audio-grade SSDs. They have an active patent in force in Japan. Toshiba has a similar patent in force for the US, but I am not sure if they have an audio-product on sale.
  4. HDDs induce significant electrical noise due to the current fluctuations, especially during spin-up/spin-down. This was why some initially speculated that SSDs, with their lack of moving parts, would fare better. However, SSDs themselves suffer from current fluctuations, hence some companies have patented technologies to smooth out the changes in current draw, so as to lessen electrical noise. You are quite right that it is more about the power supply, and being able to control the electrical noise, that ultimately impacts the SQ.
  5. Still have all my CDs, stored inside custom drawers. In my country, personal back-ups and rips are still deemed illegal, so I am breaking the law by dabbling in computer audio...
  6. Ralph, That is good to hear that Sonic Studio is trying to fix the loading of libraries. I will definitely be very happy if that were to work.
  7. I think all of us with sizeable music collections are suffering from the long loads and exits. Each subsequent addition only means a longer load/exit.
  8. I think most of us would support that statement!
  9. Actually, I have noticed that iTunes does strange things to my file names when I use it to import my music (ripped on XLD). Some times, it takes away the disc number at random, so my folder gets jumbled up.
  10. Thanks for your pointers, and I do wish that it were as "simple" as a corrupted file. In that case, I would have done what you have suggested, and taken the "offending" file out of the library and scan the library again. Meanwhile, I would rip another copy of any "offending" files from the physical CD using XLD.
  11. I am living with the quirks of Amarra 4 Luxe, but I do understand the frustration of the less-than-satisfactory library management on Amarra at the moment. When you are reduced to loading about 100 songs at a time, to prevent Amarra 4 from crashing, and have more than 100k songs in your library, I do understand if you would give up and ask for iTunes integration.
  12. For me, I use Artiste/Album/Disc Number-Track Number-Composer-Song Title.
  13. I don't think it has to do with file corruption, since these albums load into the library, if I add them individually.
  14. To be exact, I use Artiste/Album/Disc Number-Track Number-Song Title.
  15. Mark, While I agree that running Amarra without iTunes running in parallel produces better sound, many of us are also struggling with the "library management" of Amarra. Amarra crashes if I attempt to load my entire music library at one go, so many of us have our workarounds. This is why some are calling for the return of iTunes integration.
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