I've recently changed to FLAC files and use Foobar or Winamp now instead of iTunes. I stream from the Synology to a squeezebox and an Airport Express using DS Audio.
Home Cinema - Sky HD, Panasonic DMP-BDT210, Denon AVR 2808 (Pre amp into MF A3.2 Amp), Monitor Audio Silver S8, MA RS Silver LCR, 4x Q Acoustics 1010 + sub, Mitsubishi HC7000 HD Projector
Stereo - PC/NAS (Synology DS212J), Squeezebox Touch via CAT6, MF A3.2 Amp, Monitor Audio Silver S8
I have a SBT but i've connected my NAS directly into my Rega DAC throught is USB input, all i can say is SQ improved, and I wasn't geting along with SBServer, too much freezing and buffering with Hi-Res, and the app of SBT freezed every time that two ipads try to controle it ( my wife and mine)... Never figured out why...
All I can say is with DS Audio app all those problems gone now! Ok my hi-res play as 16/44.1, but i don't have that many and the SQ of the 16/44.1 played strait to my DAC they sound better to me that SBT into Rega DAC throught COAX...
Rega RP3 / Goldring 1012gx > Rega Fono MM V2
Synology DS213 > QED Performance USB > Rega DAC > QED Performance RCA
Pathos Classic One > Inakustik LS 1102 cable > Dynaudio Excite X12 and some times BK XLS200 MK II
SBT > G&BL teflon line RCA > NAD 3020i > Supra Classic 2x4mm > Monitor Audio RS1
Say if I want to start again and rip my CDs to my MacBook - what software would you recommend??
ATV3 > Rega DAC > Rega Elicit R > Rega RS3
Rega RP6 / 10x5 / MP-110
I've not got a DAC but am tempted to try something similar. But the sound quality of the SBT is so good that I'm worried about spending £'s on a DAC for little improvement.
i've used dbPoweramp CD Riper, advised in this forum, sorry but don't remember who... With no uncompressed level.
It rips the cd in a folder with all metadata, it works like a charm!
Can't recommend the Synology highly enough - using one myself, to rip CD's in FLAC to via DB Poweramp, it works a treat. Also, an 'unofficial' feature to the i pad app is that it supports Airplay, so you can use this in conjunction with a streamer that supports Airplay, for wireless playback
Nick Slater (Store Manager) AudioAffair, now including Faithful Audio
Use it myself, highly recommended.
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