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  1. As has been stated a couple of times in this thread: a NAS for your primary storage (and use the current 4 drives for backup purposes). As I use my NAS for other storage besides music (video, photo's, etc), I went bigger (Synology DS1819+ with 32GB ram and 8x12TB). But in light of your budget etc, you could get away with the Synology DS920+ (4-bay) with 8GB ram, provided you run Roon on something else (PC, NUC, ...) Wth 4x10TB drives, you have 1 spare drive and approx 9TB space left (you can go up to 4x16TB as your budget changes). Budget-wise, you stay under 2000$ as long as you have a machine to run Roon, If you need to buy a decent NUC for running only Roon, you can find that for 500-600...
  2. Fully agree and to be fair, all of the items I listed, I bought used or at least ex-demo, and I would resell my own mint condition equipment to fund the next purchase. Rarely have I spent more than a couple of thousand out of pocket on a new item, taking into account the sale of the item it rplaces. The list also describes 20 years of HiFi purchases...
  3. I have definitely bought a lot of gear over the years based on reviews in the English language audio press (Stereophile, TAS, Hifi News, Hifi + and many others), including Thiel 3.6, Classe 15, Parasound JC2 BP, Mark Levinson 39, Thiel CS7, Bel Canto Ref1000m, Hegel h390, Devialet expert pro 220, Marten Django XL, etc...
  4. Yes, like I said 'under the name HFN&RR'. They changed the name and the format and the layout to the Hifinews it is today (I subscribe to that oner as well).
  5. I remember it well, but HFN&RR stopped publication quite a few years ago, at least under that name. There's also HiFi Choice, HiFi+, HiFi News, etc. None of them come close to Either Stereophile or TAS in my opinion.
  6. I subscribe to both, as they are (combined) for me the most complete source of information on all things high-end. I also continuously discover new music because of their reviews. I read and speak multiple languages and I can say that there is no equivalent anywhere else that I have seen to the quantity and quality of the reporting in TAS and Stereophile. Much of the reporting in other languages is either pandering to the manufacturer (reviews of X are often in correlation with who advertises in that month's issue) or the reporting is lightweight, with the possible exception of the German magazine Stereoplay. In both TAS and Stereophile, I can read in-depth reviews and analysis, both from a perceptual and from a purely technical perspective. I will continue to read both as long as I can.
  7. have to concur with mfaoro. I have used various apps in the past (JRiver on a PC, Minimserver on a NAS, Auralic Lightning DS, Lumin, Linn Kazoo, ....). I switched to Roon over a year ago and never looked back. My streaming hardware and associated setup has changed as many times as the apps you see listed here. But since I installed Roon on a fanless NUC, with my music stored on a NAS, all 'playing' hardware (streamer, DAC, integrated AMP with built-in DAC, ...) has been chosen in function of Roon support. For sh*ts and giggles, I still have Minimserver running on my NAS, to drive a NAIM MuSo 1st gen in my home office. The interface is so clunky (no auto updates in the library, no sorting the library by date added, etc). I always go back to Roon, because it does everything I want and it does it simply and automatically. YMMV as always.
  8. I have the Synology DS1819+ 8-bay drive with 8x10TB. It holds all my music (31000 albums give or take, including many Hi-Res and DSD/DSF), all my video files (sizeable movie library) and all my photos. I run Roon on a fanless NUC, freeing up the NAS to do only storage related tasks. I migrated from an older Synology DS1513+ with 5 bays and wanted to make sure I would need to migrate again in the foreseeable future
  9. Sure, but that adds another link in the chain, another conversion from one interface to another and that usually is not conducive to improvement in the sound. You could just get a top USB cable and connect the NUC to the T+A that way. I'm just trying to avoid USB as I am not a fan. YMMV.
  10. Coming back to DSD support via ethernet: I just read the review of the MP 3100 HV in Stereophile, which seems to confirm my earlier info I got from T+A themselves. The higher resolution DSD/DSF files (DSD128, DSD256 and higher) are not supported via ethernet. Only via USB. So my understanding is then: if I run Roon from NUC to MP3100HV via ethernet, Roon will down-rez the DSD128 and up. If I run Roon from my NUC via USB to the MP3100HV, the resolution is supported. Is the SD 3100 different from th MP 3100?
  11. FWIW: I had the Altair first gen and loved it. As I have a large library, the Lightning DS library management system was getting a little sluggish, so I added a NUC and a lifetime subscription to ROON instead. That in turn removed the need for some of the Altair's features and I replaced it with the excellent Vega G1 Network DAC. All this to say I like Auralic products. You will not find better bang for your buck than the Altair G1 (especially if you like the Lightning DS software, which is one of the best in the business, but if possible you should audition it along with the Mytek. Those are the only two in this price range that I am aware of and that are worth auditioning.
  12. doesn't appear to have a preamp / volume control option
  13. Apologies. I responded based on this part of your post: "My budget is $2000 or less used or new." In that case, stretch your budget a bit and get the Altair G1 (reviewed on this very site with glowing results)
  14. Thanks for that. That was both informative and helpful.
  15. I use roon on a NAS (with Roon ROCK running on a fanless NUC). The whole os connected via ethernet to a Network DAC (in my case the Auralic Vega G1). Would the SDV 3100HV slot in the place of the Auralic and accept DSD over ethernet in this config (and become the Roon endpoint)?
  16. Has anyone tested (or owned) the T+A SD-3100HV or SDV-3100HV by any chance? Earlier in this thread, there were some questions around Ethernet connection and the ability to play DSD files over ethernet and which Dacs were capable of doing this. The last time I emailed T+A directly (approx 6 months ago), they clearly stated that DSD was only supported via USB and not via ethernet. Some of the posts in this thread seem to indicate the opposite, unless I am misreading...
  17. I have the Auralic Vega G1 in my setup, used as a standalone streaming DAC / Roon Endpoint. I don’t use Auralic's Lightning DS. My setup is NAS=>ethernet=>GB switch=>ethernet=>NUC (running Roon ROCK)=>ethernet=>same GB switch=>Vega G1=>XLR to Hegel H390 I have an opportunity to switch the Vega G1 to a Vega G2 for an opportunity cost of 1500 Euro. I am looking for inputs from people who have listened to both Vega G1 and G2 side by side and who can give me a sense of the incrmental improvement with the G2. Thank you for any inputs / insights.
  18. Not to hijack the thread, but does anyone know of an audiophile ethernet switch with more than 8 ports? I would look at the Bonn N8 but I need at least 11 ports... Is it possible to concatenate 2 Bonn N8 by sacrificing 1 port on each for the connection between them?
  19. Thank you all for the feedback. That was the input I was looking for.
  20. I asked Hegel first, before coming here. So far no response, hence my question in this forum.
  21. Not sure in which subforum to post, as it relates to DAC, streaming and Roon... Does anyone know / has anyone tested recently: I am looking at the Hegel H390 / H590 amplifiers to potentially replace multiple boxes in my system (Auralic Vega G1 streaming Dac, Parasound Halo JC2-BP preamp and Bel Canto ref1000 monoblocks). I can find the info on most of the features I need (like HT bypass assignment) but I don;t see a clear answer to the questions below. I run Roon on a NAS / NUC combination via ethernet to the Vega G1 which is recognized as a Roon endpoint I have many DSD128 and DSD256 files, which run in native resolution on this combination. If I use the H390 or H590 as a Roon endpoint via ETHERNET, will it have the same capabilities? In other words: 1. does the H390 now work as a Roon endpoint? 2. Does the ethernet port in th H390 support DSD128 and DSD256? Thanks all for any inputs
  22. After unsuccessful attempts to run ROON on my Synology NAS, I bit the bullet and bought a fanless i5 NUC with16GB ram and an SSD to run ROCK. Nothing else runs on the NUC. Completely silent and completely problem-free from day 1.
  23. I can confirm I prefer the AP remaster on SACD. For me: wider soundstage (the brushing drum strokes on 'You look good to me' are completely outside my left speaker) and and better overall 'presence'. The difference is not night and day (unlike with the standard CD which sounds dead by comparison), but it's there.
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