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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
While playing my music files from a drive is something I do over 90% of the time,using my PC as the "player" doesn't appeal to me . The only way I would even consider doing that is if the PC was completely dedicated to just playing the files (& I do mean completely), So I use an Auraliti PK100 digital file player,which plays the files from either a flash or extenal drive .
I export the output of the player to a Metrum Hex DAC.From there it's being routed to my outdated (but still sounding pretty good)McCormack micro mini line drive. I've been considering upgrading (if even possible) the Auraliti's sound card,but with as enjoyable as the Hex make everything I listen to sound,I normally have this thought on a "back burner"
One can get a used (outdated?) Computer for Beer prices.
More than capable for such a prosaic use as reading Music files.
Won''t be shiny and sparkly like yet another bit of Audio Jewelry to impress vistors with though.
ANd without a screen of any kind except on the component (like a SBXT or a Cambridge CXN has) or on the phone app.
Just like many DIY PC/Mac setups, your Auraliti PK100 is a small PC dedicated to just playing music files. In fact, the PK100 uses a common off-the-shelf Intel Atom mini-ITX motherboard available to any hobbyist.
That's pretty interesting Abe, but many of us aren't actually "PC Hobbyists"!
Audio Hobbyist?? Sure.. but for those of us that look at PCs as great tool we use with our Audio systems,selecting an available motherboard & putting it together with the other necessary components needed for a "workable" file player "Ain't so easy" !
He,he,he... More power to those who can put something together! I really hadn't come across too much DIY PC information when I decided to go with the Auraliti several years ago. The one thing that I'd probably try to do differently would have been to place a "real" onboard power supply on the unit.(Though the 12V switching PS works just fine plugged into my Equitech 1.5Q balanced transformer conditioner)
I'm sure the Auraliti does a great job for what it was designed to do. My only point is that since the Auraliti is based on a PC motherboard, a capable DIYer can produce comparable results from his PC.
Auraliti back panel with side-mounted sound card on a PCI riser
Which is exactly what I believe I had said in my response to your posting !
The Auraliti pictured in your posting is actually the PK90,whereas I'm using the PK100. I'm not a fan of outputting my digital output via a USB connection. The PK100 allows me to use it's BNC output (which I prefer to use on my Metrum Hex DAC)
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