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  1. Pretty sure I first heard of her on this forum a few years back:
  2. I'm a big fan of Sufjan Stevens. His early set of Michigan, Seven Swans & illinoise are about perfect. Illinoise is the best produced of the three, but Seven Swans is one of my reference albums.
  3. Bumping to see if anyone else has experience with this DAC. I notice that it now supports 96/24. This is great news! The Part Time review from last year was very intriguing to me, but 44.1 only was hard to take. But, with 96, I would be fine down Rez'ing my few 128k albums. It is just the conversation to from a base 48 to a base 44.1 that I couldn't handle. Does anyone know the story here? Did they shift to a different R2R chip, or was that review just always wrong? The ability to run it with both tube and solid state power seems awesome as well, and at just over $1k, it's a great price. Do people here just ignore it because you can't run 768 HQPlayer streams through it?
  4. Looks interesting. I still need something to replace MPaD and mpod so I can upgrade to iOS 11. I've tried soundirok on my iPad, but the load time are slow, and it isn't as quick and snappy as MPaD. it isn't available on the Apple Store yet, so it is just some screenshots, so far. I'll be on the lookout and will report back.
  5. It is important to note that it is perfectly legal to use mpd (or any other GPL software) in a commercial product. It is only illegal to modify the code, put it in a commercial product, and not publically release your changes. For most companies that release streamer products (Bryston, et al), they are probably using unmodified copies of mpd. Also, linking to new libraries, or recompiling with different support is not illegal, as long as no code modifications are made. Similarly, you can put functionality into external libraries which you aren't required to release. It is also possible that companies release their changes, but do so anonymously, or otherwise don't draw a bright line between the contributor and the company backing them. That said, it does sound like some of these companies have been in violation of the GPL.
  6. This. While I understand the reactions that this is too expensive, folks need to read up on price discrimination. It is a benefit for those of us further down the income scale. Also, my understanding of the R2R thing is that just the blank tape stock is expensive ($150 per album or something, iirc), so that is a major price driver. I suppose when it is cranking away at 15ips, you burn through it quickly. I have no clue how these rigs sound, but with vinyl, there is something to the ritual and tactile nature of it all. I also will not give up my 1k album mpd archive either.
  7. I like the soundtrack to Sweet and Lowdown, I return to that album regularly. Also, while they don't have quite the upbeat "hop", the Dick Hyman albums "Swing is Here" and "From the Age of Swing" have astonishing SQ. If gypsy jazz is your thing, and much more uptempo, I highly recommend the Hot Club of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Bounce should not be judged by its silly name, and I also like their Postcards from Gypsyland. Both also have great SQ. The Cherry Poppin Daddies are good for more of the big band swing.
  8. Am I the only one who kinda prefers MPaD? The interface is a little old school and not as polished, but it is quick compared to Soundirok. I have around 1k albums, and just scrolling through the lists is far more responsive. More annoying, I don't like that the alphabetic quick jump strip doesn't show up until you scroll. In general, it takes more taps to get around. When jumping around between apps, soundirok also sometimes take several more seconds to come up, if iOS has dumped the app out of RAM.
  9. The best upgrade I ever did was adding 40lbs of lead weight to my speaker stands. It tightened up the bass and really improved almost every aspect of sound. But, you were asking about components. To be honest, it has been ten plus years since I really did much comparison, but adding weight to the top of my CD player, showed in a fair amount more detail and air. Adding some weight to my integrated wasn't as obvious of an improvement, but it did help a tiny bit in the upper ranges. At that point, I had my Mom make me some nice, presentable bags which I stuffed with sand and lead, and I just throw them on any components I have, it is cheap and easy. Haven't really A/B'd them in a while. I can't say if it will help as much with components that don't vibrate as much as a CD player.
  10. What is your current NAS configuration? Do you have 2 x 2TB drives that are striped to be 4TB total (i.e., RAID0)?
  11. Do you have the exact wording for that error? Where/when did you see it?
  12. Magister, I don't have much experience with Synology, but in general, unless here is a compelling feature in a new NAS, I don't think it would be worth upgrading the box, you should be able to get 2-3 more years out of it. As for drives, they upgrade capacity by both changing density of data per platter, and (as you suspect), by just varying the number of platters. However, when it comes to failures, heat and vibration are your two enemies, and the easiest way to control heat is to just get disks that spin slower. In fact, many of the "NAS" branded drives are completely identical to desktop versions, but just set in firmware to spin slower to lower heat, and priced for $20 higher. Stay away from Raptor and other drives marketed toward speed. But, in general, if you are concerned with failure rates, I would just look at RPM and stick to 5400 or slower. That is plenty for music, particularly when split across two spindles. When I built my last NAS, I picked up 4x4TB desktop drives, and just bought the cheapest desktop drives that were below 7200. Keeping your NAS in a cooled, well ventilated environment (I.e., not a closet) is more important than the label on the box the drive came in. For backup, that is another story. Take a look at services like BackBlaze or Crashplan, they have online backup services with unlimited data for like $5-6/mo. Many of these services have plugins for Synology. I don't know enough about the Synology backup service, but there is a possibility you could continue to leverage your existing 4TB drives, and just buy two more. Alternatively, is there data on there that you don't need backed up, and would be fine if you lost it (movies, etc). TBH, those online services aren't really much more expensive over a 3 year lifetime. However, initial backups and recalls may take a little bit of time, depending on your pipe.
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