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In Reply to: RE: Computer with suitable S/W and DAC. (NT) posted by Kal Rubinson on January 27, 2017 at 14:43:16
I'm aware of this option. In fact, I used to use a computer streamer but I much prefer a component like my Oppo BDP-105D or my TASCAM DA-3000. Actually, I greatly prefer using both of these with their inherent limitations compared to going back to a computer music streamer.
Since you acknowledge their limitations, why do you prefer them?
I prefer the user interface of both the Oppo and TASCAM. Apparently the user interface is much more important to me than removing the slight limitations inherent in the two components. Another factor is that I own both components and I bought them for other reasons than digital music playback. I bought the Oppo because I needed a Blu-Ray disc player and Netflix streamer. I spend more time watching movies and streaming Netflix than I spend listening to music. Next, I bought the TASCAM DA-3000 specifically for recording vinyl. My Alesis Masterlink was old and obsolete whereas the TASCAM DA-3000 was much more convenient for transferring music files to my computer for mastering and storage. I only discovered its ability as a digital player after buying it and I found its sonic flavor more to my liking than any other DAC I had owned previously. In fact, I even bought a Stello U3 link so I could use the TASCAM as a USB DAC for my computer streamer but I prefer the user interface of the Oppo BDP-105D for playing music.
Consequently, I would like to find something like my Oppo BDP-105D to play all my digital music files including DSD(128) directly from a USB drive. If I can't, I prefer to continue with my present components and use my BDP-105D for everything digital except DSD(128) and switch to my TASCAM for DSD(128) only.
I cannot tolerate the user interface on the Oppos. I prefer JRiver on a big screen or, if necessary, a small one.
Well, I never tried JRiver--only Foobar2000. What does JRiver do that Foobar2000 doesn't?
Anyway, I really don't want a computer user interface in my audio system. As you say: "To each his own."
I used Foobar2000 only briefly a number of years ago and found it challenging to set up. For some reason, JRiver was more intuitive but equally capable. I cannot describe differences since I never compared them back-to-back and I tried them at different stages in the evolution of my experiences.
JRMC does not present a "computer user interface" although that is always available. I use a graphic interface with menu options. What I really like is the ability to do almost anything with almost any hardware including NAS, USB, HDD and numerous DACS, all with the same GUI.
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