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  1. You need a connection to the qnap via ethernet or wifi and then you can use a streamer to connect to the nas and feed the dac. Look at the Allo, Sotm, Auralic streamers for example. Just be careful - you need a streamer that can connect to your dac,e.g. spdif. (Many of the new products connect via usb - and then you would need a usb to spdif converter.) You can also look at computers to do the connection to the NAS
  2. I have not done what you wish to do, but have used dBpoweramp extensively for other types of conversions. Check out the dBpoweramp forums/Google. I believe it can be done.
  3. @audionerd Very good questions. I can't answer all of them. And I think you will get a lot of opnions There are many ways to do it and it depends on what you really want or need. #1: I like to have as few as possible boxes/items so I like the Streamers like the Auralic G1. There are many similar items.
  4. @Flyman I think you need to look at 2 things: The Streamer/Renderer The Dac The Raspberry and the Auralic Aries/G1 etc. are streamers/renderers. Your Hegel is an amp with a dac as well as a streamer. I don't understand why you are not using the Streaming capabilities of your Hegel, but putting that aside you are using a RPi as a streamer. Regarding your questions re streamers. I had an Allo Digione which was really good for the price. The microRendu however was better and then an Auralic Aries with special power supply was even better. From what I read in reviews I doubt that a RPi with whatever improvements can outperform the G1. By adding a hat etc to the RPi you are changing the connection to your dac - it may make a small difference, but wont outperform a significant more expensive or better product. My recommendation would be to see what you can do to listen to the streaming capability of your Hegel before throwing more money at it. If you do need to add something look at microRendu/ultraRendu the SOtM and Auralic. The second thing is the dac - again you can add that to the RPi, but will it be better than the dac in the Hegel? I unfortunately dont know. All the best.
  5. Now I am just waiting for the G2 to get a bit older so that I can afford it and buy a used unit somewhere. In the meantime I am very happy with my Aries Femto. Thanks Chris @The Computer Audiophile, you are doing a great job with the reviews and the forum, much appreciated.
  6. @Marcel073 There are so many ways to do things but I am able to give you some feedback. My system is based on a dac/pre/amps and speakers that would have been about 12,000 Euros when new, to give some background. I use a 6 year old NAS and WiFi and for years used a Mac Mini with Audirvana. I then bought an Allo Digione, Sonore Microrendu and an Auralic Aries (Femto) and compared the 4 alternatives. My Mac Mini is not modified for optimal performance and whilst not bad I would suggest that the latest "streamers" are better value for money and easier to use. The Allo Digione (similar to Raspberry) is absolutely fantastic value for money, but unfortunately it was not as good as the Microrendu which was not as good as the Aries. I am now just using the Aries. (I do note that the 3 streamers I am writing about have been superceded by better/more expensive alternatives.) What I like about the Auralic products is that they recommend WiFi - which takes alot of other issues/expenses out fo the equation. I do believe that with your system you will easily be able to hear the differences and I would suggest that you should look at the top of the range products offered if you look at Sonore/SOtM/Aries. To cover your question re Server/NAS/RipNAS etc.: When we look at a DAC the underlying premise is that the music is stored somewhere in digital format. So where is the music? On a CD/BluRay/Hard Disk/NAS/Tidal, Qubuz, other ? The various solutions being offered are either "ripping" from a physical disk to a hard disk or buying/downloading music to a hard disk or just streaming via the internet. You need to decide how you get your music and where it is stored. If one uses a NAS you need a computer and disk drive to rip and or downlaod the music and save on the NAS. MAny of the servers being offered do that and hence removes the need for the computer etc. In other words it may not be that expensive to go down that path. A typical NAS is designed for normal data storage etc. and not for Audiophile music. The dedicated servers are designed for music only and for example has better power supplies and produces less noise. I have not personally reviewed/compared all these music servers, but from reviews it appears that the sound quality is better. I believe you have to listen for yourself. In summary, for music stored in electronic format the first question is whether you would like to play back the music via computers and software or via a streamer. Once you have decided which route you are on you can look at your options. It appears the new Mola -Mola dac will have an ethernet port. That means it will become a streamer as well. If you go down that route the next question is then: do I store my music on a NAS or on a more expensive music server. All the best.
  7. Lindy is good. Elijah is good value for money and Curious is great if you are willing to pay the price. Above is my view, but then there are others.
  8. My view as an interested participant is that you rooom is going to have a huge influence. I also agree with others that ideally you should have an active and a passive setup. Putting that aside and as I from the Land Down Under. In Australia we have a few fantastic speaker builders/designers (in no order): Kyron Legend - Dr Crawford who worked for Linn SGR - already mentioned Osborn - read the reviews, some world renowned reviewers reckon they are very good. I own a pair of Eclipse Reference speakers. Lenehan - best kept secret in the world. @The Computer Audiophile- do yourself a favour, and even if it is just to do a review, contact Mike Lenehan here in Australia to get a pair of his ML5's. Top of the range is less than $25K Australian and they are seriously good. (He is the manufacturer of Curious cables).
  9. I do not disagree with the previous responses. IMO - in hifi and in computer worlds it all comes down to personal circumstances and budget. I actually use local attached storage and a NAS. Local storage: some are connected 24/7 and others not. The reason I am doing both is that: 1. I have lots of hard drives available and I listen to music in various locations and take stuff to work and to GTG's. 2. I have about 6TB of music, all of it just does not fit that well on local storage. And I cant afford cloud storage of all. So, on my NAS I have everything, as in music, photos, personal stuff and kid's stuff. That gets backed up so we have no chance of losing things. The various local drives are for convenience and (maybe) better quality. My advice is to investigate the options available and design a solution that fits your personal circumstances. Whatever you do, make sure you have backups as hard drives fail. Enjoy!
  10. I might partly answer the question. I have compared the same version Aries with a microrendu powered by an ifi powersupply via an audiophilleo. The Aries was clearly better. Was it twice as good, no, but it was better. From reviews we know the ultrarendu and sms200 ultra are better than the microrendu - but then the powersupply will influence it. You need to look at the sms 200 ultra as well as a good power supply. You also need to consider where your music library is, wif/ethernet/apps used etc.
  11. I do not wish to offend but Mac and Allobridge IMO do not warrant that expensive usb cables. Maybe when you upgrade it might. Spending money IMHO opnion should be directed at speakers and then the room. When we get to dacs/rendererers I think the various options are great, but you need to spend at least $1,000. After $2,000 it becomes flavour and personal choice. I acknowledge that cables make a difference, but not asmuch a difference as speakers, amps and dacs etc. Anyway, my recommendation is that we all need to try different things in our systems, trust our own ears and enjoy the journey.
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