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  1. Looking for any advice on what’s best to replace an older failing Synology DS-413 with. Have 8TB of music streaming to multiple Roon end points. Thanks!
  2. Hello all, I have a Linn Klimax DS, connected by ethernet to my Internet provider box, as well as a qnap 109. These were Linn's recommandations when I purchased my first DS streamer. Reading the forum, I feel it may not be the best set up. I would like to try Roon and not have too many boxes and cables. What would you advise me to do? Get a nuc for Roon + a Switch, another nas with ssd cache, or going the innuos or sonictransporter route ? I'm a bit lost as many threads seem open to debate in the long run and tend to favor USB related solutions. Thanks a lot!
  3. Hello! Currently I use a gaming PC connected to DAC via USB, which is quite nisey (both the fans and the electronic noise). I really like the idea of a small fanless PC considering I don't do gaming really. But what I need besides HI-FI is: - internet browsing - general office work - 4K video playing - light video (gopro mostly) & photo editing. Will this work and what kind of Intel CPU do I need to aim to for theese needs? I assume the for the best SQ one needs a dedicated NAS in a separate room at best. Is it really imp
  4. I got a Synology DS218+ for Christmas. I have a large iTunes library and currently use ITunes Match. I would like to use the Nas for backing up my music library. Time Machine and watching movies. Did I buy the correct device? What else would you recommend?
  5. My existing system Wadia 270 CD Transport <--- Now I want to get rid all CDs Wadia 27 DAC Krell Preamp and amplifier Totem Speakers I would like to now put all my CDs on a QNAP NAS system in FLAC format. What do I need to connect QNAP to my system to play music. Thanks AR
  6. Hi I have ripped all my CDs into Apple Lossless format and stored on a Synology DS409 NAS. I have updated all latest S/W on this NAS. This is connected to a Mac Mini (10.6.3) running latest itunes. The Mac is then plugged into my amp via a Benchmark DAC. So far so good. Most files play fine except there are always tracks within some album that itunes complains not finding the file. I deleted and re-loaded all the files into itunes. I have tried physically linking missing tracks to the itunes library but sometimes it losses the location info again. If I look into the file info, the non-pla
  7. HI! Recently picked up a ultrarendu. I have a vortexbox appliance with all of my flac files on it and am wondering how i go about getting the Ultrarendu to play them? thank-you, Daryl
  8. I'm currently seeking out solutions to this problem: I currently have a growing number of 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB external drives and it's becoming a pain to manage. I've been storing everything manually in duplicates (1 copy to drive A and 1 to drive B as an example). I'm trying to find the best and easiest solution to having at least 2 if not 3 copies of my entire music collection, and I would like one of those copies to be off-site. I am trying to decide between: 1. several large external Hard drives (4 to 6 8TB external drives - I have about 16TB's of music so 2-3 cop
  9. Hi; this is my first post (after the loosin' Bio data from... that time...) (Sorry for my English and... thanks to all of you) Well, after many digital sys over PC, I -finally- found the sound I like, with no differences (and if there are, they are better listenings than... CDs) from any other digital front end, I mean my transport/DAC Simaudio Moon 750D. My goal was to put away PC from the audio chain, so... NAS (QNAP TS251 fanless)... router (Fritzbox)... renderer (MiND 180 by Moon, Simaudio) and through AES/EBU_XLR 110-Ohm cable (Apogee Wide Eye) to DAC. All cabled wit
  10. Hi All, After 2 frustrating attempts I've finally conquered Roon Attempt 1 - core installed on Dell XPS months ago. Could not get it to see my renderer for the life of me and threw in the towel Attempt 2 - installed again on XPS because my new DAC happened to be Roon Ready so figured it was worth a shot. Sound quality terrible tho and kept cutting out. Probably due to many factors including laptop noise, Windows not being optimised and sending over busy WiFi rather than wired. Saw enough in the whole Roon user experience to warrant attempt 3 and
  11. This is a somewhat complicated issue; I've always run my iTunes Music Files from an external hard drive because I have an extensive music library (more then 1 TB). As my library has grown so have the number of iMac's and MacBooks in my office studio. I purchased a Drobo 5N NAS box and decided that since I work at different computers doing different tasks at different times, copying my ext h/d iTunes music files and library file to the NAS, all computers regardless of which one I was working from could play music. I setup the music library the same way on my NAS as it was on my ext h/d id
  12. I'm trying to get my Logitech Transport to get acquainted with my QNAP TS 419 P+ I cannot get either device to register on my Wi-Fi network. The Transport works if connected to a Cisco router via RJ/E, but that does NOT work for the QNAP. I am now attempting to connect by RJ/E to the NAS; QMusic recognizes the NAS and creates a db. BUT, I am connected by USB to Toslink (Cambridge X3) from NAS to Logitech, then by Toslink from Logitech to Arcam DAC. Silence. The VU meters on the Logitech are deflecting, and the display correctly IDs the music stream from the NAS. A Sonos and a cd player
  13. Hello everyone, I ordered a Microrendu yesterday and today I am searching for solutions to build my system. After several hours of research, I am still not sure if my understanding is correct: 1. SSD is the best : because low noise / Spinning drive is definete not a choice. 2. Sumsung EVO 850 Pro is the best SSD currently. 3. QNAP fanless is the best (than Synology) : because low noise. 4. NAS need low power assumption to generate a lower noise. 5. How do I connect microrendu to NAS ? by LAN cable ? 6. If I do so, the RAM storage and CPU of NAS do not matter because the files are re
  14. Some questions about upgrading my Synology NAS, now 3.5 years old (DS213). The immediate problem is that the 2TB discs are getting full. I can buy either 4TB or 6TB replacements (8TB would be overkill). IIUC manufacturers make higher-capacity discs by squeezing the tracks closer together. I imagine that this makes larger discs more prone to failure, but don't really know. The 6TB units would of course go longer without filling up. On the other hand, my offsite backup system has been to rotate two portable WD Passport drives, which have a maximum size of 4TB, so I would need to find ano
  15. Folks: I want to set up a NAS for my house for audio files only. This will be my first NAS. I currently have about 1 to 1.5 TB of audio files including a modest number of HiRes files and 44/16 in FLAC and a fairly large collection of ISO files (from SACDs). I am sure that my wife and I will continue to purchase digital files (both HiRes and 44/16) but we spend most of our listening time listening through Roon (our own files plus Tidal CD-quality). So, although we may need to expand later, I think one of the Synology ds216 models (ds216, ds216se, ds216play) with two WD Red NAS 4TB dri
  16. Hello, I'm putting together a system for a friend who's new to truly great audio. He fell in love with some new speakers by Janszen and the EAR DAC4. To start I'm just going to hook his current run of the mill bluray player and apple TV to the DAC so he can hear the improvements that brings to what he already has at home. From there he wants to upgrade. We heard a NAS drive connected to a CHORD DAC with ethernet input and the sound was great he preferred the EAR. I've been looking into the MSB Universal Media Transport and I'm curious if anyone has any experience with this device and hooki
  17. Hi, Everywhere I read people's testimonies that music streamed through ethernet from a NAS sounds dull compared to playing it directly from an external HDD. Even when the player pre-loads the whole song to memory like Audirvana does. How can this be? Are there any plausible explanations for this? I'm building a new system and it would be nice to know if this is simply a myth or if there's some rational behind it and if someone has done some proper comparison tests. Thanks in advance, Nuno
  18. Is there a reasonably priced option to hook your NAS directly up to a wireless streaming solution without effecting sound quality? I would like to control the music still through a laptop, possibly an ipad too. I have a Line Magnetic DAC in the mix as well but am either getting too old for cables running across my living room or just not wanting to pay $550 for 4 meters of blue heaven usb cable. Yikes maybe it's both! Any thoughts or point in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
  19. I'm considering going to a NAS based storage (Synology DS218j with their matching HDD) for music files vs my laptop with an internal 1TB SSD. Are there any compelling reasons for me to change? Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks.
  20. I have been offer Synology - DS411+II & Seagate 2TB SATA III Mod. ST2000DM001 - 7200 RPM 64MB for 1,300US$ in Spain. Any other models/configuration that would cost less? I need 6TB for storage. Thanks
  21. Hello, I'd love to know what, if anything, I could do to improve the audio quality of my setup. Not that it doesn't satisfy currently, but, you know, with the addiction and all...I'm just curious if there are any obvious places where I could look to improve. What could my upgrade path look like? Here's how I listen to music: 1) Rip the CD to FLAC using Max 2) Put the files on an off the shelf Buffalo something or other wireless NAS that has DLNA built in 3) Connect the NAS to an airport extreme 4) Connect a separate airport express to my Marantz SR7005 via LAN (The Marantz read
  22. Need some help setting up a backup and server system for my home network. I am starting from a blank slate and want to put something together to achieve the following goals: 1. Provide full backup for 3 PC’s and one MBP 2. Provide a sharable wireless music database, most likely a combination of AAC and AIFF for iTunes. I don’t have an immediate use for the wireless aspect, but I would eventually like to hook up a Sonos or Squeezebox type system for whole-house access to the music. 3. Provide an archive backup of all my music files in FLAC Here is what I am thinking, plea
  23. Hi, I looked at this thread, but didn't find the answers I needed: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f10-music-servers/esata-vs-nas-15824/ Here's my problem: I have a CAPS Zuma server with 16gb of RAM, etc. I have an awful lot of music -- about 7tb of AIFF files, over 3 tb of DSD files, and another 2-3 tb or more of other hi-rez including PCM. I'll run JRiver. I can either connect multiple 6tb Western Digital ESATA drives powered by Tripplite Linear Power Supplies (not the stock AC/DC switching power supply) and with one drive with AIFF, another with DSD, etc, I can connect
  24. We have need of centralized storage in the home for my wife's business and for sharing some files, photos, etc. One or 2TB should be plenty to last us for years. I'm wondering if I should also keep my iTunes music files on it? (If so, I'd get a bigger NAS.) I've been running a Mac Mini-based system with directly-connected hard drives for many years. Is there any reason I should not also use the NAS for all of my music files and drop the USB and Firewire drives I have been using? (I'd use the USD drives for backup of the NAS.) I remember seeing someone's comment that NAS solutions don't so
  25. This is my first post so bear with me. I've used mp3 on cell phones etc for years but recently ripped all my CDs to both mp3 and FLAC using dB Power Amp. I am looking to setup a high quality 2 channel FLAC audio system using a NAS. I have an older high end Yamaha receiver which lacks HDMI. A Schiit Modi 2 is in my near future as is some 2 or 4 bay Synology NAS. Q1. Are those DAC and NAS a reasonably good choice? Will they just boot and play nicely together? Q2. In Synology Audio Station I would set the NAS to playback on "usb speaker" in ord
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