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In Reply to: RE: Playing files from a hard drive posted by ppopp on May 11, 2017 at 08:47:29
Yes, a small PC running JRiver MC.
I would prefer to use an audio component.
I second that.
Hard drives are OK for music files on a NAS but keep PCs out of the chain apart from their ability to select your music.
For fast and reliable access, nothing beats Sonos. I have partly upgraded to using BluOS to handle my music files through a Master Series NAD (M12) which is certainly an audio improvements but a control downgrade. BluOS is better than any UPnP I've seen but still not quite as slick as the Sonos interface
How would I integrate Sonos if I already have speakers and an integrated amplifier? Which component would I need?
All you need is a Sonos Connect - £350. Use an Ethernet cable to connect it to your NAS, a co-ax or optical digital cable to your DAC and get the control app on any PC, tablet or phone.
The Connect has a built-in DAC but it isn't exactly state-of-the-art so use a "proper" one!
The user interface developed by Sonos is so intuitive and easy.
What it won't do is handle hi-res files but Redbook (CD) is fine - as well as MP£ of course if you stoop to that format!
Never sure about the Bryston. I'm sure it does what it's designed to do very well, but does it do all you want it to?
I have the NAD M12 that is in effect a digital and analogue preamp and DAC plus (with a board added) a BluOS streamer. I'm very pleased with it.
My music is stored on a RipNAS - combined ripper and NAS. I've had this for some years and the hard drives are nearly full.
I'd like a single box that rips, stores the ripped files, but also plays CDs without ripping them first. Friends' CDs for example, that I may not want to keep. There's not much out there, but NAD has just come up with such a box - the M50.2. The trouble with that is that it duplicates much of the M12 and this has rendered it substantially over-priced.
Everything on the M12 is there (fewer inputs) except the all-important DAC and IR remote. If it included these I'd sell the M12 and all would be rosy, but that's not possible. A cut-down version of M50.2 (rip, store, play only) would suit M12 owners, or add the DAC and remote and we'd have a great one-box device that will directly feed a power amp.
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