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  1. Merko

    Sony HAP-Z1ES has arrived

    I just received this new unit, ordered via Amazon.com yesterday. So far, I have been listening to DSD64 files (DSF's) purchased online - plus those ripped via PS3 from my SACD collection. Headphone listening only thusfar - with my Schiit Valhalla/Senn 650 combo and my Grado RS-1/Grado RA-1 amp. Very good sound; better than my Schiit Loki, for sure. I haven't placed it in my big system as yet since my wired network is in a different spot, and still have a lot of files to move over. Speaking of which - the Sony "HAP Music Transfer" application leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. You can only sync a folder - rather than select subfolders (i.e.: albums) to transfer. And since there is a 100 subfolder limit on each sync - and I have over 300 albums each in it's own folder, it has turned into as bit of a pain. Any other HAP-Z1ES owners out there with suggestions, tweaks or other relevant comments? Would love to compare notes. Thanks. Merko
  2. Thanks to you guys and Computer AudiophileI have started to really explore the boundaries of computer audio. My search started due to my recieving computer bighting the dust. Right now my system consists of an upstairs computer streaming flac to a down stairscomputer wirelessly. The down stairs system consists of an Ayre QB-9 24/96 dac playing into an Audio Research SP-11MK2 to a McCormack DNA 500 to a pair ofAerial 20Ts. Over the last several weeks I have been using my personal HP laptop in the system. I use JRiver MC 19 and have used Asioforall for a few years. I have been auditioning several new settings including wasapi, Jplay and fidelizer 4. All of these have made differences, now only if I can figure outwhich is the best combination. All in all my sound has changed drastically andI have enjoyed the results. This where I really need some advice, I have to putsome sort of new hardware in the system to replace my personal laptop. I havecome up with the following options: 1. New PC vs. Mac vs.C.A.P.S. · A new WindowsPC will put me exactly where I am now. · I have seen that many of you are using a Mac Mini for your system using MC with some otherMac compatible items like Audirvana, etc. I am not a big fan of Apple productshowever. · A new C.A.P.S.Zuma, I have read a lot about the builds, etc. I have never heard one though. Question Number One; what is the general consensus to which would be the best source? Question Number two; all of the above can be modified. How much modification is necessary? Whereis the line of diminishing returns? How many of you are taking apart yourcomputer and adding different components, new usb cards, new filters, newstorage drives, new power supplies, etc. I realize that that this is a hobby, Ihave made a significant investment in the system that I have? How far do you go?I have read about the Zuma and Paul Pang components including custom handmadecabling, linear power supplies, etc. A linear power supply costs approximately$1,000.00, without hearing it first puts me at a disadvantage of making adecision. Of course this is true about everything above, except for yourstandard PC. I have always believed in trying to buy once. Nothing distresses me worse thanbuying something that I don’t like. The other problem is I realize that moreexpensive does not necessarily mean better and I guess that is where I needhelp. If any of you have any advice, please chime in and thanks beforehand.
  3. I have been offer Synology - DS411+II & Seagate 2TB SATA III Mod. ST2000DM001 - 7200 RPM 64MB for 1,300US$ in Spain. Any other models/configuration that would cost less? I need 6TB for storage. Thanks
  4. I wasn't sure whether to post this in the networking or music server section, as it involves both, but I am looking for a solution to allow me to: Store music files on a network, to be managed by an iMac that will not be in the audio chain. Media management preference is iTunes+Audirvana or JRiver for mac I would like to keep multiple libraries (one for me, one for my wife, maybe one that includes holiday songs) [*]If management is by JRiver, I want libraries to sync between JRiver and iTunes, so I can still add music to iDevices using iTunes [*]Storage can be by NAS or PC server + external attached storage [*]Files must be able to be accessed by at least one main room media renderer of some sort (either a custom PC, Mac Mini, or audio company built network streamer) - perhaps more rooms later. I do not want to have to turn on the media management computer. [*] Files also need to be accessed over network by an iphone to pass along to portable DAC/headphone amp(s). in hi res formats [*]Control of playback should be easy through iPhone and/or iPad. Any advice? Soundwise, I am unsure of whether to money is better invested in a network streamer with built-in DAC, or a cheaper network streamer (or perhaps a Mac Mini) and a higher end DAC. Setup wise, I am lost. Thanks! Edit: To aid in any device recommendations, I am using a Prima Luna Dialogue Two integrated AMP and will likely be upgrading my NHT Classic Three speakers to Sonus Faber Venere 2.5, PSB Imagine T2, GoldenEar Triton Two, or Nola Contenders pending demos next weekend. For my digital source, I am currently using a Wadia 170i iDevice Transport and Cambridge DacMagic DAC, which doesn't sound that good and is not convenient - hence this thread!
  5. Friends, Geeks, Audiophiles, lend me your expertise! Specifically, what do you think the best options are for a $1k music server? Preferences: 1. No need to crack the box. 2. Don't need to install more than 3 software products. 3. Supports 24/192 and DSD formats 4. iPad playback control 5. Expandable USB drive storage Does anyone all something like this, or is a Mac mini the best option? Many thanks, and happy holidays! Ps. I'm sure there will be many different opinions, but please, let's disagree without being disagreeable-
  6. 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 for music lovers of all types. The Discovery Music Server is designed to be the heart of a serious music system, offering playback of local and streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio, all with an interface that anyone can master in a few minutes. Keeping in line with quality music, the lossless, high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal® has been tightly integrated into the Discovery’s software*. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface. It’s really very simple The Discovery Music Server lets users open their personal music vault from another computer, Apple iPad or Android tablet. Whether your choice is a full ELAC system, powered by an ELAC integrated amplifier and running an ELAC loudspeaker system, or a pair of ear buds, you can listen in one room or around the house with other Discovery-compatible products. ELAC has slated the Discovery Music Server for an early July release. For more information or to reserve yours, please visit us here CONNECTIONS Analog outputs (independent zones): 2 Coaxial output (independent zone): 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) Optical output: 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) USB port (mass storage class): 1 USB 2.0 Ethernet port: 1 Gigabit Ethernet END POINT SUPPORT Discovery AirPlay Roon End Point CONTROL & USER INTERFACE ROON Essentials Control app: For iOS (64-bit Devices), Android (4.4 and higher), Windows (7, 8, and 10) and Apple OSX (10.8 and higher) FORMAT SUPPORT Supported Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, AAC 192kHz 24-Bit Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC Native Support for SPDIF/COAX: 24kHz – 192kHz INTEGRATED STREAMING SERVICES: Tidal Track Limit: 15,000 Tracks (Combination of Personal and Tidal Content) PLAYBACK MODES Gapless, Crossfade, Shuffle, and Repeat MULTI-ROOM SUPPORT Type: Wired and Wireless Synchronized Audio: Yes This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  7. OK, so I am a complete newbie to CA. I still listen to my large collection of CD's. But want to create different playlists/ mixes from my CD's. I do have a not-so-old Mac Mini sitting around at home, which, I believe, could be used as the brain of computer audio system. The thing is I do NOT want to have a computer in my Living Room. So I need something quiet and without a monitor like the Mac Mini. But the Mac Mini lacks the much-needed ripping ability. Would I get an external ripper? If so from where? The other option would be to get an Audiophile VortexBox unit from Small Green Computer. The thing is this machine costs some $1,099. Their standard machine is much cheaper, but horrendously ugly!! On top of that I would need to buy a USB DAC (HRT Music Streamer HD, $515). So I am looking at over $1,500+ worth of investment. I do want to explore computer audio. But $1,500 seems like quite a bit of investment. So I just want to get some much-needed advice here. Instead of replacing my CD player, I would want to have the CD player along side my new computer audio gear. My hifi system has the following components: 1). Audia Flight 3 Integrated Amplifier 2). Heed Enigma speakers 3). Sony CDX-5000 CD Player Thank you very much in advance guys!!