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  1. A useful review. Not sure if this is the right place to ask but here we go........ When I started ripping CDs and storing them on a NAS about 10 years ago I was faced with a huge variety of tagging. In particularly classical CDs were particularly bad as they often have works br a range of composers and artists. My solution was to re-purpose 'Album' to 'Work'. This has resulted in my library being very easy to search and play classical music. My question is what would mp3tag come up with when faced with all these albums that now contain a single work?
  2. I've had the first tracks of an album dissociate from the rest. I could usually fix it by editing the dissociated track together with the rest and adding a character at the end of the album title. Then if all comes together re-edit to remove the character. If this does not work look at 'Get info' and the 'sorting' property; there may be some inconsistency there you need to correct.
  3. Storing and serving audio is a doddle for the latest NAS boxes. The real test is whether they can stream 4k video which is why I've started looking for a more powerful replacement for my DS412+ which is filling up (2TB music, 2+TB home video, 12000 hi-res photos etc) and it looks as though the latest Synology '+' models would be more than powerful enough (e.g. DS 420+). If you expect your library to grow considerably there are models that have expansion boxes (e.g. DS 920+)
  4. This subject can be very confusing to a newcomer because unfortunately there is no agreement on terminology by either users or manufacturers. While there is no general consensus on this it may be helpful to distinguish between capabilities/content of the boxes as follows: SERVER - basically stores and serves digital music files as packets over an ethernet local area network. A cpu is required to do this e.g in a general purpose computer or a NAS. The music files can be on hard drive(s) attached to the computer or in the NAS. RENDERER - input is music packets, either from a local serv
  5. Very interested in this occurrence. Many years ago I had corruption in iTunes with the media folder on a USB hard drive and the top-level iTunes files on my Mac. My solution (which has worked well for 6+ years) was to put everything on a NAS. I have multiple backups of this on- and off-site. As kirkmc indicates the downside to this approach is the latency but this is manageable. The latency only became an issue for me when Apple changed the Mac files structure to APFS (in High Sierra OS). APFS appears to write large buffers intermittently to disc rather than immediately store file changes
  6. Some wonderful looking speakers have been suggested, many with high prices. How important is sound quality to you? I'd suggest as a point of reference you listen to the larger models in the Harbeth range (SHL5-XD and 40.2-XD). Harbeth speakers are all transparent and natural sounding - you may be surprised if you compare the sound of these with that from some of those recommended above. OK they are ugly traditional boxes but they do disappear once you start listening!
  7. Very informative article. A couple of points on using a computer for recording. I started recording using Firewire on a Mac tower many years ago; first direct and then via a RME Fireface 400 interface. Very happy with the resulting recordings. I much regretted the demise of Firewire input on macs but solved the problem by buying a Belkin Express Dock which has a thunderbolt input and Firewire, USB3 and thunderbolt outputs. The RME firewire devices are excellent; their ADCs are very good - the ADI-2 Pro in particular.
  8. If you are seriously considering moving to a NAS as your music source the most effective setup would be to buy a NAS with a sufficiently powerful cpu to run MinimServer (& MinimStreamer), together with an ethernet-to-SPDIF/I2S renderer. Adding an optical fibre element in the ethernet leg immediately before the renderer/DAC can improve performance. Not sure why you posted this question on the Sonore thread as they (currently) do not make this type of renderer - their focus is on USB, as it is for your system. Both approaches can give excellent sound quality AFAIK, but the non-US
  9. Interesting question. I started considering which was the best element I'd bought for my system; DAC, power amp, Network Bridge or speakers? Couldn't decide between them - all gave a similar, worthwhile increase in sound quality. Then I realised that actually the best was a Synology DS412+ NAS. Before I bought this in 2013 my music was all over the place: CDs in 3 rooms, LPs (partially ripped) somewhere else, not to mention DAT tapes and cassettes of concerts recorded off-air and stored away in cupboards. Now most of this music (I'm still ripping) is easily accessible and I spend far more time
  10. As erasergate indicates it really depends what your priorities are. Are the speakers required almost entirely for background listening while you work on the computer? In that case there are plenty speakers to choose from - I'd suggest a pair that are 'smooth' i.e. not too up-front or analytical in their sound. On the other hand if you are going to do critical analytical listening that could match that typically available from a pair of good headphones I'd suggest high-quality, sealed-box (infinite baffle) smallish monitors. I'm assuming your computer system is not in a large r
  11. I suspect the dreaded USB. Have you considered using any other output? I too use a Chord Hugo 2 and have just added a 2Go so I can play the music via ethernet. I've installed Minimserver on my iMac and have the library on an external disc, with BubbleUPnP as the control software. Total lack of clicks, dropouts etc, etc. I suggest you switch to something similar so you can just enjoy the music.
  12. There was at least 1 thread here a year or 2 ago discussing how to set up a database for a music library. I've not been able to find it in the old Computer Audiophile threads so I'll recap. I continue to use iTunes for curating my library as it is mature and meets all my needs. I use the following simple, free process: 1) In iTunes, setup a playlist for all the tracks in the library - for a large library do this for each genre to keep the size manageable. 2) Set up the view options for this playlist so only those required for the database are visible, probably Album and
  13. Just like to add that you could buy a NAS to be dedicated to music serving and install MinimServer software on it. I use a Synology NAS in this manner, which I found very easy to set up and maintain, Cost of this (say 2 bay NAS) + dCS network bridge would be less than some of the all-in-one servers listed above. It might not give you some of the fancy extras they offer but the sound quality should be at least as good, probably better if you include optical isolation in the final ethernet link to the dCS Bridge.
  14. £3250 - if you have a dCS dealer in your vicinity I think you will find it worthwhile giving it an audition. Happy listening!
  15. If you have a "few grand" to spend in UK/Europe I'd very strongly recommend the dCS Network Bridge. I replaced a PS Audio Bridge II in their DS DAC with this and got a substantial improvement in SQ. Pricewise it is competitive in UK with the alternative of buying a collection of US boxes, power supplies, cables etc.
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