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  1. 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 Artist (or Album artist). 3) Click on a row and select all, and copy this. 4) In Excel, open a new worksheet, highlight the first cell and paste the data copied in iTunes. 5) Delete the first column (the track title) 6) Insert a header row before the first music record e.g. Album in col.1 and Artist in col.2 if that's how you copied the data. 7) Select all the records and use the advanced filter command (Data>Filter>Advance Filter) and check the 'Unique records only' box. Click 'OK'. Copy the resulting columns to a new worksheet (as the repeated rows have only been hidden not deleted) and edit this if required. This database can be used direct or exported to a mobile device. To manage this database I use Tap Forms Mac on an iPhone, iPad and iMac with syncing via dropbox. I also keep a separate list of Album 'wants' in a similar format.
  2. 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.
  3. £3250 - if you have a dCS dealer in your vicinity I think you will find it worthwhile giving it an audition. Happy listening!
  4. 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.
  5. Under 5. ; "Other reasons/answers are welcome ...." I currently have a Synology DS412+ NAS. With RAID about 12 TB of the installed 16 TB is available. My music library is ~2TB (103k tracks) and is certainly growing more slowly than in the past, however I'm in the process of moving from storing home videos in (poor) DVD quality to streaming files (HD quality) so I'm looking at replacing the 412+ with a later model having a more powerful cpu (918+?) and larger storage (some SSD). This will enable streaming of HD video and should improve the response time for serving music (Minimserver running on the NAS cpu).
  6. I must be totally thick but what is wrong with the most obvious solution - copy everything within the iTunes folder to the disk connected to the second computer? After the first copy which will take a long time, use a back-up program (e.g. SuperDuper! for local or ChronoSync for cross-network copying) for subsequent updating which will be quick.
  7. OK I'm thick: do you mean converting data packets to a data stream?
  8. While I agree with your selection of Sonore for the hardware accolade you do them an injustice. They were well ahead of the curve. I bought a Sonore Rendu ethernet-to-SPDIF converter in 2013 to convert my Bel Canto DAC to a streamer - excellent sound quality. Sonore followed up this product with a Signature version which (so I understand) gave outstanding sound quality. I guess Sonore chose this type of renderer because it had the potential to give the best SQ. Unfortunately this ethernet-to-SPDIF/I2S/AES renderer product line was terminated in 2015(?) and replaced by the current series of ethernet-to-USB renderers, presumably because most computer audiophiles wanted to connect their computers to a DAC by USB. My personal opinion is that this is an inferior concept, requiring a high quality USB interface and associated power supply upstream of the digital to analogue conversion, but the line has certainly sold well. It will be interesting to see whether Sonore will revisit their original idea and implement an ethernet-to-SPDIF renderer taking advantage of subsequent technology advances. I enquired if this might happen when I wanted to upgrade my renderer this year - no such luck yet, so I opted for a dCS Network Bridge instead. On the software front again I agree with your choice, Roon, as it is so comprehensive in its features set. I'd like to add (as runner-up?) an equally valuable piece of software which is particularly appreciated by owners of large libraries of classical music: MinimServer (with MinimStreamer and MinimWatch). As most will know, this software can run on both computers and NAS boxes. It is mature, very reliable and well supported, with an active user forum.
  9. Two Apple Airport Extremes: no longer available but these continue to provide a very reliable wireless bridge after years in place. If and when I need to replace them I'd probably look at the several 'mesh' products now on the market.
  10. I'd suggest keeping it very simple if you already have a wired ethernet LAN. Buy 2 ethernet-to-optical converters and connect them back to back with fibre optic cable, and insert this immediately upstream of your renderer (or server containing a renderer) with a short wired ethernet connection. This has worked well for me for several years and improves SQ. All my hifi system is separated from my modem, router, NAS and computers by a via an ethernet wireless bridge.
  11. Any audio editor worth its salt should have peak level check mode. I use TwistedWave on a Mac to edit music captured off-air and increase overall level until there is 2 to 3 dB headroom left.
  12. Bingo! Wonderful news - but will wait for release of 10.15.2 before changing to Catalina.
  13. I've been using an Apple Airport Extreme as router for years with no problems. It just works and indicates when its firmware needs updating (very Rarely). I use a standard Virgin Superhub as cable modem, operating in modem-only mode. (I realise that the Airport Extreme is no longer from Apple but it can be found used elsewhere.)
  14. An update. Yesterdays release of the dCS Mosaic control app 1.02 has fixed (1) the Listing of albums and added other browsing features. Scrolling (2) is 'in the works' for future release. As a result I've just switched from BubbleUPnP to Mosaic. Playback is now gapless and sound quality is improved in my perception.
  15. OK I guess we're not allowed to talk about Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald but I suggest we should use these great singers as references for more recent ones. I certainly agree with the choices made in the article. I'd add Veronica Swift who can certainly stand comparison with the above icons. I do have a problem with many recordings of current singers - they have been compressed, presumably to sound louder and compete in the pop music market.
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