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  1. OK I'm thick: do you mean converting data packets to a data stream?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Bingo! Wonderful news - but will wait for release of 10.15.2 before changing to Catalina.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. OK, but I think the point Jesus was making was that he did not want any additional wire-borne interference reaching the electronics in the Rendu.
  11. For what it's worth when considering the purchase of the original Sonore Rendu (ethernet > SPDIF) I asked Jesus Rodriguez whether I should use GB ethernet or 100Mb ethernet output from optical isolation to the Rendu. He said the latter as this would reduce the potential for RF interference.
  12. 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)?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. Roon is not for listeners who focus on the music, rather than read background material.
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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