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  1. I need a new music server and have been studying the C.A.P.S. units. What are the other options for a Windows based factory made PC? Are there any decent options instead of spending $1,500.00 or so on the C.A.PS.? Thanks
  2. has any one measured or observed the effects of a internal vs external drive say for new mac mini 2012 as a music storage plus playback. iam thinking of adding a internal drive.but iam not sure how much of a sound quality degradation or compromise is this in terms of sound quality.would this add more noise inside or is this still a acceptable. iam sure internal drive will be more faster as well. would appreciate comments and help in this regard.
  3. What would provided the highest quality music playback? Wadia 170i dock + iPod Touch to Bryston DAC via digital coax or Mac Mini with Snow Leopard + iTunes/Bit Perfect to Bryston DAC using HiFace 1 USB/SPDIF converter + digital coax cable. Not that it has anything to do with the SQ, but in both cases, control of the devices would be via an iPad with apple remote. I am only interested in using the one that offers better sound, so I'm not interested in all the other things the Mini is capable of unless it improves the SQ. The mini is an intel based dual core, 8 Gig of Ram, 320 Gig HDD. M
  4. Melco N1A ($1999) ...the level of transparency is in another league to that I have encountered with streaming servers in the past, it’s one of those rare components that makes you feel as if the truth is within your grasp. The mythical absolute sound is just a whisker away!" -Jason Kennedy (TheEar.net) Streaming. Solved. Nothing is hotter than streaming audio. It promises instant access to your entire collection of music at the touch of button. Unfortunately, streaming audio also comes with the configuration of a home network and associated equipment. Almost every bug or quirk
  5. Hi guys. First time poster, long time lurker. A couple of years ago, I purchase an Olive 06HD. Beautiful piece of equipment that is now currently a brick. Quite bitter, but you live an you learn. Anyway, I'm considering alternatives. I currently have my music collection ripped to flac via J River. I am going to move the collection to a NAS. With that backdrop, I'm considering 3 similar, but different options. 1. Aurender N100H ($2695)+ DAC ($???) - The Aurender has a 2TB hard drive, which I could use for my core collection. But, can also access NAS. Since I use J River, would like t
  6. With the latest firmware update (Version 18033R) SONY HAP-Z1ES is supposed to be supporting Media Server functionality. The Helpguide says that "Some USB digital audio devices may not work for playback." (see http://helpguide.sony.net/ha/hapz1es/v1/en/contents/TP0001220509.html?search=dac ) I've tried to connect HAP-Z1ES via USB with the PowerDac Wadia 151 yet i'm getting "USB device not supported". Has anyone faced a similar issue and is there any way how to get it working? Seems I'll have to employ a USB to spdif converter ;( Thanks
  7. I’m selling part of my system. Aurender N10 , silver . 4Tb .$4750 USA ONLY. In excellent condition. PayPal only. Damian aka thequietman
  8. Hi, I'm a Linux nerd, new to CA and just getting my Audiophile feet wet. I have a project in mind and could use some pointers, I have many questions. I've gone thru the FAQ. What I'd like to know is, do people have strong opinions on the following? I'm looking for an ideal setup. Options for a PC platform in a DIY solution: Raspberry Pi B+ (w/Raspbian OS) and the I2S-based HiFiBerry DAC+ (RCA version) Intel NUC and *some Linux audio OS and **some DAC BeagleBone Black and **some DAC I like the RPi version b/c the RPi is: ubiquitous cheap reliable f
  9. I have made two prior inquiries to this forum concerning servers which will sound great. Keeping in mind that I am using an Ayre QB-9, which is asynchronous,the following is what I have come up with: CAPS Zuma with Windows 12 server, Optimizer and JRiver. Cost $2,200.00 CAPS Zuma as above with linear power supply Cost $3,200.00 Mac Mini I7, ssd, JRiver, Audirvana, Amarra Cost $1,250.00 Mac Mini as above with linear power supply, Keces Cost $1,750.00 (prices are approximate) What is the best option weighing in the quality of sound versus cost? Thanks Mark
  10. Hello, Not sure if this has been discussed already (couldn't find anything from a quick search), but is there any particular Mac Mini model/year that lends itself best to adaptation for a music server? I'm thinking along the lines of PSU - as I know this has changed from the early years. What are the differences here? Planning on swapping out the hard drive for an SSD and upgrading the RAM, so I'm thinking anything Core 2 Duo or above should be sufficient if its only job is serving files (which will be on an external HD, probably connected via Firewire). Obviously an i5 would be id
  11. I am new here, and super discouraged right now with the Mac Mini setup we have. Before I get into that though, let me explain my setup so I can get your expert feedback on the best course forward. Keep in mind our goal is ultimate SQ within the realm of a computer (mac mini) server. We are using a 2012 Mac Mini (stock) with a Promise Pegasus R6 setup for music file storage. From the mac mini we go to an Oppo BDP-105 via an AudioQuest Cinnamon Async USB. This allows us to use the Oppo's Sabre DAC which is really good IMHO. From there we go from the Oppo to B&O System 3 via HDMI and
  12. This is a near-new three-month-old, mint Aurender N100H caching music server with a 2TB internal drive. It will also use networked NAS servers. It's built like a tank, beautiful fit and finish, and comes with renown, best of breed music app. It is under warranty has all original packaging, including double shipping box, cloth cover and paperwork. and I will throw in shipping to the continental US and a Supra USB cable, given 5 stars and a best-by by What Hi-Fi? Aurender is widely considered to make the best audiophile music servers in the world and the N100H is no exception. The N100H is U
  13. Hi, The old laptop that I was using as media center died. The setup was modest: AMD processor from ~2011 8 gig ram external hard drive 3tb connected with usb 2.0 Software: Ubuntu Linux + clementine DAC: HiFimeDIY Sabre USB DAC ES9023 96kHz/24bit Music: a collection of FLAC files + radio (ICI Radio-Canada Première | Émissions, horaire, fréquences radio) I will be able to rescue to external hard drive and the usb dac at least. I am looking for a cheap replacement, so I am interested in best bang for buck up to 300$, but it can be really cheaper. I am looking at r
  14. All: I have finally found the right community to share my latest project: Designing and Building an Audiophile grade Music Server. This is my first post on Computer Audiophile so I will give a brief introduction of myself and my audio equipment: I was in Information Technology/Computer Science for most of my working career, and about 4 years ago switched over to Research Science. I have since been published as a co-author on a paper in the field of Neuroscience, but my main specialty is Computational Finance. I also have a strong background in Electrical Engineering I learned at the Un
  15. Selling 6 months old Aurender S10 music server $3400 10/10, 'like new' condition, with a protective foil still on the display ! 2TB version, but can be upgraded to 4TB or 6TB at a cost of a new HDD. One owner unit, used in dedicated smoke, animal, and kids free listening room. Comes in original box and packaging, detachable IEC AC power cord, all manuals, remote and warranty card. All enquires welcome and will be answered in full. NO TRADES. Shipping within the EU ~ 95 EUR by DHL with full insurance. Ask for an exact quote - I pass through the same quoted ship
  16. This item is SOLD. I am selling my ZENith SE Mk.II Std, which was built and sold as a limited production run of only 100 units. Mine is #57 of 100, and I am the original owner.This coveted model sold out very quickly, and rarely appears on the used market. This is your opportunity to own one of the finest music servers available today at any price. According to John Darko: “I find myself haunted by my memory of its sound. It was like no other digital source I had heard to date: richer and smoother.”https://darko.audio/2017/10/richer-sounds-with-the-innuos-zenith-mkii-se/https://dar
  17. My current desktop set-up consists of an Asus PC (Windows 10, Intel M3 core processor, 8 GB RAM, SSD) running JRiver21 and connected via USB to a Schiit Modi Multibit DAC. Music files are stored on a Western Digital MyCloud NAS and accessed via WiFi and I also steam Spotify. I am thinking of getting a Sonore UltraRendu to feed my Schiit DAC using Roon as my music playback software with the music files still stored on the Western Digital MyCloud NAS. I am planning on running Roon on my Asus PC which, while the M3 processor is not the fastest, it does have plenty of RAM and a SSD.
  18. I often get asked how to setup our sonicTransporter with Roon Server and a microRendu or ultraRendu as a Roon Ready player. I made a quick youtube video on how to get this done. https://goo.gl/BHN1Jb
  19. Hello - I am likely going to buy the new Mac Mini (assuming they're announcing it next week) and use it as my music server. It would be connected to my PS Audio Digital Link III DAC (either through USB or Digital out...whichever turns out to be better). I see that some folks here have a similar setup but they also use a separate hard drive which (presumably) stores all the music files. I was wondering why having a separate hard drive in this setup was beneficial? Let's assume the Mac Mini will be used strictly as a music server...no web, movies, etc. Is it strictly capacity (
  20. I am selling my mac mini (Apple mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz - 8GB RAM -500GB HDD -MC816​LL/A(2011) which I have been using (actually NOT using, which is why I am selling it) as my HTPC/music server. This is a stock mac mini with RAM upgraded to 8GB and the OS has been upgraded to the latest version (OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2). I will also through in the following software: iLife 11 (GarageBand, iPhoto & iMovie) Amarra Hifi (SAM-HIFI) XBMC $575, includes shipping Detailed item info Product Information Powered by 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, the Apple MC816LL/A desktop le
  21. ELAC DISCOVERY MUSIC SERVER (DS-101-G) - $1099 Discover the world of computer audio without the computer. With their latest release, ELAC continues to set the bar for more affordable high-performance audio equipment. Their latest entry is the Discovery Music Server, which at $1099 offers a high-end music server solution at a much more accessible price than most of what's available on the market. With its Tidal and AirPlay integration, ability to be used as a Roon endpoint, as well as multi-room support with synchronized audio, the Discovery Music Server looks to be a great solution
  22. I have been streaming iPad Tidal > Wifi > Apple TV optical > DAC. Upgrading to having a Mac connected via USB to Wyred 4 Sound Remedy USB Reclocker > USB to DAC so i can not only stream in better quality but also create a music server. The sonic improvement has been eye opening. I am deciding between using a MAC Mini (2.5 Ghz and 8GB RAM) vs. the latest MacBook Air (1.6 GHZ and 8GB RAM. Pros and Cons from my perspective; its nice to have a new laptop for occasional use and if it gets removed from the server/streaming chain occasionally i can stream using the iPad to Apple TV
  23. I have been reading this websites forum postings for over a year. What a great site. This is my first post. I currenctly use a low end PC to stream music to my system and I am tired of the background noise it puts out. I am ready to jump to a fanless PC. I have read the CAPS forums extensively and want to assemble my own server. I currently own the Elfidelity USB card which I would like to continue using for now with the intention of upgrading later. I would like to ask the community if anyone has found a fanless unit with a PCI-E slot that is capable of solid streaming and rendering. Th
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