you can actually control a vortexbox from an android device, so no need for the streamer http://vortexb.blogspot.nl/2012/01/remote-control-your-vortexbox.html
Not exactly plug and play, I have not found anything that runs Vortexbox directly, is easy to set up and use and gives the kind of functionality that is considered normal these days.
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Yep, I agree, not plug and play as it were, but I've tried it and it does work without any problems
Thanks guys, that clarifies some of the functionality aspect, but what about the end result? Would such a NAS, plugged in to a DAC through a good USB - S/PDIF converter, produce the clarity, imaging, and soundstaging of a 2000+ CD player?
Would the above sound output depend more on the quality of the DAC rather than the NAS, and I can be satisifed with any HD server that provides me the required functionality?
Yes, if the DAC is good enough
Nice to hear from someone who actually uses the product he is talking about.....
Out of interest, how easy was it to set up and use and what is your level of expertise?
I use Apple and have no real compedence in the pc/android world so this is a genuine inquiry as to the ease of getting something like this set up.
to be honest, it was easier than I imaginged. Pretty much plug and play, just a few tweaks to the settings. Don't get me wrong, it's not as slick as the sonos, and iirc, the bog standard vortexbox with squeezebox controller doesn't do gapless flac playback, although it may do now.
Worth having a look here for a list of supported dacs
and here's how you can make a very cheap streamingbox to work with the vortexbox
Like with most things linux, if it works, you're fine. If it doesn't expect pain and nightmares ;) My level of expertise is quite high though (sysadmin etc) so I can work around if needed.
I'd advise if people want to try it, download vortexbox and give it a shot. You might waste a couple of hours for nothing, then again, you might find a nice new toy
I don't use it myself anymore, but that's because I run everything through XBMC now as it's a combined audio/video solution, and ihmo, nothing really comes close to xbmc for all the bells and whistles
Isn't it the case though that xbmc doesn't allow streaming of FLAC files?
i just bought a NAS and am waiting on a Raspberry Pi arriving so I can stream my music. I do intend though to upgrade my cdp, amp and TT.
xbmc has played everything I've thrown at it, be it local, or network storage, plus it has airplay and such built in now :)
Is there any way you could demo both options before spending? Wadia and Krell would certainly be worth listening to first, or even an EMC1UP.
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Get yourself over to ebay and grab yourself a mint Squeezebox Touch for around £200.
connect to an Amp and Speakers of your choice and you're done. Forget DAC's and various bits of HiFi hocus-pocus; the Touch will give any DAC a run for its money.
Then sit back and control it all from your phone/tablet of choice. I recommend iPeng for IOS devices.
FFS god know why Logitech binned them off!
Agree the DAC in the SBT is pretty good! I use one upstairs with Actives
Icon Audio ST40 III / KT88, Rega Apollo R, DAC, RS3
Rega RP6, Nagaoka MP-200, White Belt, Michell Tecnoweight, Rega Fono MM
Rega Quattro, Couple 1 & 2
Thanks guys. So all this is fine to run stored music files. If, while playing music, I want to play Youtube music, how do I do it easily in this set up?
Assume I am connected from a NAS to a USB S/PDIF -> DAC -> Amp -> Speakers. And I am using a remote. What's the smart way to switch from stored music to online (youtube)
Don't think you can include youtube in that device chain as there's nothing to run youtube on.
Some nas's like the synology and stuff have the music players built in, hence you can plug a dac in to them, but in order to play youtube you'd either need a pc or similar in there somewhere, or a device that would take an airplay source, like a pc or apple tv type of thing.
So can I connect the NAS drive to a PC, and the USB S/PDIF through the PC to the DAC? So I will be controlling using the PC, and then maybe switching over to Youtube.
However, given that I am working on the PC/Mac, will the rest of work cause noise that could affect the sound?
the nas drive would connect to the network, not directly to the pc, as that's what they are for.
From there you can access the files on the nas from you mac/pc/tablet etc..
don't do any digital conversion if you have to, so if you want to use usb, make sure you have a dac with a usb input, otherwise make sure you have a pc/soundcard that has spdif out to the dac.
As for doing other things on the pc/mac, should make any difference, unless those things have sound coming out of them. So for example, if you were playing music through a music player on the pc, and then loaded up a youtube video, you would get the sound from both of them coming out at the same time if that makes sense?
Hopefully that makes sense, I've been staring at screens all day so brain is fried
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