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  1. I'm not going to 'upgrade' to Catalina until I read some feedback on user experience with the Apps that replace iTunes. In particular it would be very helpful if / when anyone uses these to learn what music library curating facilities are available in the 'Music' App. Is it the same as available in iTunes, apart from the column browser (which I regard as essential for library maintenance)?
  2. There are many free software packages for serving and controlling playback. Even though I could afford stuff like Roon & JRMC I have found the free MinimServer server software to be the best and most robust for my purposes, and thus well worth donating to. I currently use dCS Mosaic (free) and Bubble UPnP (small licence fee) for control.
  3. A huge amount of work. Thanks for the information. All we need now is a similar review of server software and music player control apps - the parallel universe to what you have covered.
  4. As a user wedded to the iTunes column browser it might be helpful if I was more specific. Referring to the screen shot below which is an example of my preferred layout, I choose 'Songs' in the LH column, then the 'Genres' column in the top window which then allows me to scroll through either the 'Artists' or 'Albums' columns in the top window. In this case I've chosen an 'Album' (classical work here) by Bach and can immediately see I have 3 performances in my library. Hence I can very rapidly select the music I wish to hear or edit its meta data. I'd be very interested if you know of any other software that can do this, preferably from a source that I could be confident would provide long-term support.
  5. I stopped using iTunes as playback software many years ago BUT it is by far the best software I've found for curating a large music library and the column browser facility is a major reason for its superiority.
  6. Yes I am using Mosaic Control but it has a serious bug (for me) that is known to dCS and I'm told will be fixed in version 1.0.2: Currently Mosaic lists music library contents as Album/Composer rather than Album/Artist. This is a major problem as I use ‘Album’ for ‘Work’ for the classical music in my library so where I have several performances of the same work by different artists in my library they all look the same in the Mosaic album listing! Compared with BubbleUPnP I'm missing a scroll bar that allows rapid, accurate access to items in a long list. So until version 1.0.2 arrives I'm still using BubbleUPnP as controller. Of course I therefore have to accept that playback is not gapless.
  7. I've been using a dCS Network Bridge for 4 weeks, locally streaming my music library from a Synology NAS running MinimServer software, connected to a PS Audio DirectStream DAC. Basically it’s brilliant hardware. The improvement in sound quality relative to that of the Bridge II in the DAC is remarkably large considering the Network Bridge is only converting ethernet packages to a digital stream (I’m using the AES output). I am hearing more detail and ambience with the music. Image depth is greater. Violins are sweeter, there is more ‘body’ to the sound. Bass is better defined and the music flows better. Trumpets ‘rasp’ convincingly. Inner detail is now audible in loud, complex orchestral works. There appears to be greater dynamic range in music, with the quietest passages noticeably more delicate. Overall the sound is yet more ‘natural’ and engrossing.
  8. Ranking of streamers I own, best to worst: dCS Network Bridge (by a mile) Sonore Rendu (first version product, ethernet > SPDIF) Bridge II in PS Audio DirectStream DAC
  9. To answer the question I posed in March 2019 I ended up focussing on the dCS Network Bridge for the reasons I indicated midway through the thread. I've just bought one after 2 weeks evaluation. The hardware is brilliant and there is a marked improvement in sound quality relative to that from the Bridge II in the PS Audio DirectStream DAC. Furthermore the dCS hardware / control app supports UPnP: dCS recommend and support MinimServer for UPnP music serving. As far as I can tell from 2 weeks use the Mosaic control app appears to offer play facilities to match BubbleUPnP.
  10. I used Peak Pro 6 - one of the main reasons for choosing it was the excellent quality of its sample rate conversion. Twisted Wave has very similar capabilities and AFAIK supports 64 bit: https://twistedwave.com
  11. Just picked up this thread and see the subject has been pretty thoroughly covered but my experiences may have some value. I had a large number of recordings on DAT tape, made with a Sony DTC-55ES - some off-air radio, others from CD. I got a USB audio interface to do transfers digitally SPDIF to USB to a Mac computer. I also paid for an audio editor Peak (no longer available; now replaced by TwistedWave). Easier to use and more facilities than Audacity.
  12. Roon is not for listeners who focus on the music, rather than read background material.
  13. Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking in terms of adding SSD as cache storage in addition to main storage on 4 WD Red drives in the expectation that this would improve performance.
  14. I'm left slightly confused with these responses. I use MinimServer installed on Synology DS412+ NAS. As my music library increased in size I began to notice an increase in the time it took to navigate the library remotely (with BubbleUPnP on an android tablet). I am considering replacing the DS412+ with a DS918+ which has a more powerful cpu and SSD capability with the aim of improving the response when navigating the library. Are you suggesting that there is no point in having SSD in this setup?
  15. Yes, I've also found that if I had a file that would not play the problem was solved if I used XLD to convert to some other format and then convert back. I can only guess this corrected some header info or similar.
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