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RE: NAS recommendation ..has to do gapless

May I ask 2 questions, please?

The 1st relates to music.

I have the below equipment, which should be in the new lounge, once our new extension is built. Our computer is in 1 of our bedrooms that we use as a study. We have a BT Home Hub.

I was thinking of buying a Synology DS213+ DiskStation & adding 2 x 3TB WD Red drives to it, placing it in the loft & hard wiring it to the BT Home Hub. Then I was going to connect a Sonos Bridge to the BT Home Hub & connect a Sonos Connect to a DAC which I was going to connect to my amp. Then I was going to copy our CD collection on to the Synology unit using our computer. Is there any reason why that layout won't work? (I was also going to have a couple of Sonos 5 speakers configured for stereo in the kitchen.)

The 2nd question relates to all my DVDs. I was going to copy them on to the Synology unit too. If I buy a new TV, such as the samsung 7000 series, or equivalent, which I was going to hardwire to the BT Home Hub. Can I not just stream my stored films to my TV?

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I was thinking of buying a Synology DS213+ DiskStation & adding 2 x 3TB WD Red drives to it, placing it in the loft & hard wiring it to the BT Home Hub. Then I was going to connect a Sonos Bridge to the BT Home Hub & connect a Sonos Connect to a DAC which I was going to connect to my amp. Then I was going to copy our CD collection on to the Synology unit using our computer. Is there any reason why that layout won't work? (I was also going to have a couple of Sonos 5 speakers configured for stereo in the kitchen.)

No reason I can think of to suggest that wouldn't work, there have been suggestions that earlier BT Home Hubs can cause issues with Sonos but the new one is supposed to be ok, should be fine, although the usual advice about making sure you're not on conflicting wireless channels (set the Sonos to 1, 6 or 11 and the HH to a different number out of those three option, turn off all 40MH, turbo, wideband, 300MB/s options on the HH), reserving IP addresses for the NAS and Sonos on the HH etc all apply as normal.

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stevenjonas wrote:

May I ask 2 questions, please?

The 1st relates to music.

I have the below equipment, which should be in the new lounge, once our new extension is built. Our computer is in 1 of our bedrooms that we use as a study. We have a BT Home Hub.

I was thinking of buying a Synology DS213+ DiskStation & adding 2 x 3TB WD Red drives to it, placing it in the loft & hard wiring it to the BT Home Hub. Then I was going to connect a Sonos Bridge to the BT Home Hub & connect a Sonos Connect to a DAC which I was going to connect to my amp. Then I was going to copy our CD collection on to the Synology unit using our computer. Is there any reason why that layout won't work? (I was also going to have a couple of Sonos 5 speakers configured for stereo in the kitchen.)

The 2nd question relates to all my DVDs. I was going to copy them on to the Synology unit too. If I buy a new TV, such as the samsung 7000 series, or equivalent, which I was going to hardwire to the BT Home Hub. Can I not just stream my stored films to my TV?

Well if you are going to rip the dvds into the NAS then why not buying 2x4tb hard drives, the 213+ support them and tha way you'll have more storage space!

and yes you can connect the wifi hub of your home and tream mkv files into the smart tv, although you can have a better external player like WD TV live or  the new Asus ( http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/OPlay_HD2/ ) and have a better picture quality.

regarding streaming Into Sonos I don't have any experience with Sonos, but someone will jump in...

I do stream my music files (Flac) into my DAC, it has a USB input and i use the Synology DS Audio app, it works very well and simplify the process.

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Thanks both, very helpful.

Whether I go for the Syndergy DS213+, the WD TV live or  the new Asus (I presume that they'll all take music files in the way I described?) can I configure 2 x 4TB discs to RAID?

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Thanks both, very helpful.

Whether I go for the Syndergy DS213+, the WD TV live or  the new Asus (I presume that they'll all take music files in the way I described?) can I configure 2 x 4TB discs to RAID?

I have a 213 with 2x3tb but soon will upgrade to 4tb HD and i've got mine in RAID 1. 

I only use the WD live for movie playing, for music playing i need to have the tv on and i think that is a waist of electric energy. So, for music i use DS audio App in my ipad, you can use what ever ithing you got. 

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Am I correct that the Syndergy DS213+ is 'just' a NAS box, which allow one to add up to 2 x hard drives, whereas the WD TV live & the new Asus O!Play HD2 are music servers which will only allow the addition of one 3.5" disc or one 2.5" disc?

Also, the DS213air also allows for WiFi too. That seems to be the best NAS solution around at the moment?

In saying that, I'm very aware that we are already talking about yesterday's technology. Today's is cloud storage. As a dinasour, I'm still not keen on leaving everything on a cloud & having to pay for the priviledge.

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The WD live is just a bridge to play digital contend within your home network the same as the Axus, but the Axus can store a 3,5 HD, in that case you wont need it. 

I just advise you of the WD tv live as I have a smart TV as well and the player in it is not a good one, but mine is one of the first models, so maybe the new models have a better one. You can always try, and if don't like add a player later on. 

 

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Many thanks for your advices. Having considered them & done a bit more research (with more to do before I put my hand in my pocket) I'm inclining towards the Syndergy DS213air with 2 x 3TB HDD (something like the WD Red) RAID 1 configured. 3TB HDDs seem much cheaper than 4TB HDDs at the moment. Is it easy to insert the HDDs in to the Synergy unit? & is it easy to configure the RAID1? I have Windows 7 on my computer, to which I will connect my Synergy unit via an ethernet hard wire as I suspect that will be quicker than doing so wirelessly.

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I think you made an excellent choice. Synology is one of the best (or even the) solutions for a NAS right now. Don't be worried about the configuration, it's a breeze, 15 minutes work. And I don't know where you from, but my dealer in the NL offers to install the disks and configure it for free. 

 

Only remark from my side: go for the 214 if your budgets allows you to.

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Fwiw I just bought the DS214Play, could not be happier.. I got the 214Play since it has the most horsepower under the hood.. I did look at the Air versions but I didn't see the need for built in Wifi since that's what my Netgear Night Hawk is for.. Oh and I set mine up with two 2tb WD Red drives in a Raid , setup is fairly straight forward

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Starting the DS213 or 214 is very easy, me and spockfish had the luck that the DS was started by the synology dealer, but if that is not a possibility to you don't be afraid,the DS has the "Quick start" menu that teach you to do every thing the only thing that has to be done by you is to connect the cables... :grin:

fitting in the HDs is  very easy, only two screws in each one and of you go!

my last advise will be if you have the financial disponibility to invest in 4tb HD go for it!

How many DVDs and Cds you have...?

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spockfish wrote:

I think you made an excellent choice. Synology is one of the best (or even the) solutions for a NAS right now. Don't be worried about the configuration, it's a breeze, 15 minutes work. And I don't know where you from, but my dealer in the NL offers to install the disks and configure it for free. 

 

Only remark from my side: go for the 214 if your budgets allows you to.

hi spockfish,

i see that you still have the SBT in your system, did you ever tryed to connect the NAS directly into Rega DAC through USB and controle it through your ithing, if you have a ithing...

since the first day i did that never went back, the SQ of the USB input in Rega DAC is much superior that all the others, is a completely different circuit and a better one as well! :grin:  

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Thanks for everyone's input. It's all been very helpful. In the end I've gone for the DS213j & 2 x 3TB HDDs. That's still more than a monkey & I've still got to decide on which satellite receiver to buy. I've got about 300 CDs & over 100 DVDs, although I don't expect I'll need to copy all of them.

In a way I do feel that I'm investing in yesterday's technology, today's being cloud based. However, cloud based storage needs internet connections with decent broadband speeds - fine in large cities, but less guaranteed elsewhere.

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Thanks for everyone's input. It's all been very helpful. In the end I've gone for the DS213j & 2 x 3TB HDDs. That's still more than a monkey & I've still got to decide on which satellite receiver to buy. I've got about 300 CDs & over 100 DVDs, although I don't expect I'll need to copy all of them.

In a way I do feel that I'm investing in yesterday's technology, today's being cloud based. However, cloud based storage needs internet connections with decent broadband speeds - fine in large cities, but less guaranteed elsewhere.

Sorry, but a NAS is a VERY today investment, is your OWN personal cloud, you can access into it from out side your home and listen to your music, see your holidays fotos or download a document from your business! 

Last year i was 400km from my home in holidays by the swimming-pool drinking mojitos listenig to my tunes through my ipad, how cool is that???? Dirol

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