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  1. Amazon, search: Jun-Electron for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Case, Dual Cooling Fan, Enclosure Aluminum Alloy Case with Heatsink Pillar I've seen others similar, but passive only: Geekworm Raspberry Pi 4 Armor Case, Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B Armor Aluminum Alloy Passive Cooling Case Compatible with Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Only (Virtually the same case available from The Pi Hut for $15) A very detailed and credible article which is a good start to your series- looking forward to the next installment. I'm currently using J River for my audio and video needs, with a server and backup server, and put several small ITX FF computers I had lying around doing nothing into service as renderers in 4 rooms with a full version of JRiver on each, but sharing the server's library of roughly 800 blurays, 50 (and growing) 4k discs, 250 cds, and a growing collection of SACDs, all served at full original resolution, all on Win 7 SP1. I built my first computer in 1975 or 1976, am conversant in Windows, OS X, Linux and somewhat in Raspbian, which, under the hood have many similarities, which isn't surprising because they all have their roots in Unix. I would not dispute that some of your comments about OS X were true at some time, even within the last year or two, but newer tools are available and are continuing to be developed that make it easier than ever to build a Hackintosh that is enabled to do almost anything a Mac can do, including Continuity, Hand-off, Airplay, full Power Management, use of high-end GPUs, analog audio, bitstreamed audio over HDMI and DPI connection, USB, Firewire and Thunderbolt interfaces [selected compatible hardware required for all features]. It will cost you some time, research and patience. You can also opt for a build that doesn't do everything I just mentioned (many of which are not necessary for an acceptable audiophile-capable computer) and can be done in a couple of hours, depending on your previous computer skills. The first Hackintosh I built was with Snow Leopard (late 2009). The system was less complicated and took a lot more time. Today, the system is more complicated and takes less time. I build workstations because Apple hasn't built an acceptable workstation for my needs for quite some time, and the recently announced new Mac Pro is ridiculously over-priced, a bare-bones model costs $5.5k, a system minimally outfitted as a workstation costs over $15k, and maxed out it costs $53,658 US plus tax (all hardware is now proprietary form-factor, so you can't even buy GPUs from Nvidia or AMD to add on anymore).
  2. Point taken; I assumed, and perhaps incorrectly, from the OP's original wording "Is it possible to rip Bluray- and CD-Audio in a similar manner?" that he wanted to extract playable files on his iMac "in a similar manner" as SACDs, since it seems (at least to me) that the majority of people here extract the SACD's as individual files (songs) rather than ISOs (I extract both). Blurays are not officially supported by Apple, and no native player exists- and I doubt they ever will, given Apple's steaming aspirations. But until the OP provides more information about his intentions, we're just guessing.
  3. Look into MakeMKV (dot com) - there are versions for Windows, Mac and Linux; you'll need an external Mac compatible bluray drive for the iMac. The only issue is that it only decrypts & rips to .mkv, so you'll either need a player like vlc to watch it on the mac, or convert to another format with handbrake.
  4. Is it possible you have an older version of sacd_extract executable that doesn't support the -o option (file modification date 10 auot [August] 2015) that you're using with a newer version of SACDExtractGUI that does support it?
  5. Mikey is talking about the path to the sacd_extract executable that's in the first line, not the location where you want the extracted files placed; use the browse button at the top of the window to navigate the directory tree to sacd_extract.
  6. DHCP is not an either/or thing, in the DHCP settings on your router you have a setting for the range of IP addresses that are in the pool that DHCP uses. You can make that as big or small as you want. You could use the DHCP pool for most of your clients and assign a fixed IP address to just your Oppo. A lot of routers have DHCP reservation capability- one of the DHCP addresses is reserved for use by one device by entering the device's MAC address in the DHCP reservation table. Then, each time you connect from that device's MAC address, the router will assign the same IP address. But, the former example is really dead simple, and avoids having a different IP address assigned when it's current lease expires or after a power outage because you happened to add or remove a few other DHCP-connected devices.
  7. I have an Oppo (BDP-103) as well. If I understand you correctly, your Oppo network setting is now set to DHCP mode? If that is the case, unless you have some specific reason for doing this, you might consider giving it a fixed address, eliminating one of the steps that you mentioned. In addition, you can save time and steps by creating .bat files for the various ways you rip your SACD's i.e., a .bat for extracting stereo sony dsf files, another .bat for raw iso's, etc. This is easy to do and eliminates looking up parameters and prevents typos. A more detailed and expanded version of how to do this appears in this post:
  8. The Oppo BDP-103 capability to play SACD-R discs was removed with firmware 50-0323B which was released sometime prior to April 2013; a real long-shot, but you never know, depending on how you came about having the 103. Also removed with this release: BDMV folders are no longer supported on DVD media (this was a directive from the Bluray Disc Association); the "AVCHD trick" where Bluray backups could be played if the BDMV folder was copied into and AVCHD folder no longer works (this was by command of the licensing authorities).
  9. Sounds like the Oppo is switching from the Oppo's framerate settings to the framerate settings your Bluray movie was mastered in... usually only takes a second or so for your display to catch up. As far as your firmware, some of the earlier versions of Oppo BDP-103 firmware were able to play SACD-R discs, but Oppo was pressured into releasing firmware that blocked that "feature"; depending on how old the firmware version you have is, and whether or not you'd ever want to play SACD-R's, you might want to wait a research this subject before you upgrade, because you can't 'downgrade' the firmware at a later date; I can't remember the version number, but I'll see if I can dig it up and post here; maybe someone else reading this will have the info too. And, yes, if you upgrade the firmware to the latest version, you'll still be able to rip Blurays...
  10. Yeah, Analysis paralysis, same background as you, same Oppo, same condition here. Have fun with the newly-found capabilities of your Oppo! ☺️
  11. This method of ripping SACDs only extracts the contents of the disc itself, it does not connect to internet metadata repositories.
  12. Bits are bits. Doesn't matter if they are derived from Playstation or Oppo, Pioneer or Sony. As long as they are an exact reproduction of the original data, they will be reproduced exactly the same if played through the same playback equipment. Because of the encoding of the audio, even a few bits here or there will be filtered out by the post-DAC filter. Arguably the single most impactful part of the sonic chain is the post-DAC filter; however, that's a discussion for a different forum.
  13. "In Windows 10 Anniversary Update and earlier versions of Windows 10, Windows would not allow users to partition USB drives from Disk Management. While it has always been possible to create multiple partitions on internal drives via Disk Management, partitioning USB drive was not possible." "With Windows 10 Creators Update (v1703), Windows 10 allows users to partition USB drives. The only condition is that the USB drive must be formatted in NTFS to partition it." Dick, I sent you 2 PMs w/ links
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