Does this mean you want to transfer sound from DS212j via its own USB to rDAC. I wonder if Synology's own music app would do this for you - http://www.synology.com/dsm/home_home_applications_audio_station.php?lang=us - it's controllable from mac or iDevice.
At the risk of appearing to be thick - if I were to use Synology's music app, would I have to jettison iTunes? If so, how would I then load music onto an iPod and/or iPhone?
Is your iTunes library on the nas? If so then no, you can still use iTunes. And Synologys Audio Station will stream music via usb to your dac, as Leadears said, just point Audio Station at the music files on your nas. I find the remote app is better for control than the web interface, it's a bit slow via the web interface, it's not as 'nice' as the remote app for iTunes though. You might find the sound quality is a bit better than using Airplay too.
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Does the Audio Station app allow fast end to end browsing of the media library?, e.g. artists listed a .. z with the ability to drill down at any letter? Must confess I didn't try the app as the web-browser navigation experience killed my interest. If it can do the former it sounds like something I need.
Also read about the USB out giving 24bit audio, may give that a go when I'm up to messing with cables again
Airport Express ->Dacmagic -> Denon AVR4306 -> Kef Iq9
Squeezebox Touch -> Audiolab 8000 -> B&W 685
Above fed from synology NAS
Yes, the remote app lets you scroll very quickly from a to z. You can slide with your finger for slower scrolling, or there is a little box appears at the right, using this lets you go from a to z in about 2 seconds. You can scroll through by artist, title, genre, recently added, playlist, there is also a radio heading but I haven't tried that yet. It is much better than the web browser, which is almost unusable imo.
Edit: It doesn't let you drill down by letter, it lists all artists alphabetically. It's still pretty fast though. While I'm thinking about downsides, I don't think it supports gapless playback.
Synology could be connected directly to a DAC via USB, unfortunately rDAC doesn't work with Synology. Check the list of DACs that work or don't work with Synology http://forum.synology.com/wiki/index.php/User_Reported_Compatible_USB_Speakers
From iTunes on your any computer or tablet or phone you can acess the Synylogy's music library if you run iTunes server on your Synology. You can control it on your ipad/ipod touch/iphone via the dedicated app DS Audio https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ds-audio/id321495303?mt=8
Thanks for the useful info, a usable audio app is good news. The lack of gapless playback is an issue for me. I tested this and can confirm it's the case, even with lossless rips (ALAC, flac). The same sources play gapless via LMT. Not sure how they managed that as it seems a bit of an ommision, perhaps something to be fixed in an update. I'll continue to use LMT and ipeng, this is pretty convenient for me as it allows control and syncing of multiple devices and sources.
Synology could be connected directly to a DAC via USB, unfortunately rDAC doesn't work with Synology.
That's shame - I was hoping to have a play with that...
Synology DS212J-> AppleTV-> rDAC->Naim Nait5i. Dynaudio Audience 52SE
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I noticed that REGA DAC is not on the list of compatible DACs/ usb powered speakers. But Im planning to get the Synology, then stream to Airport Express then to the DAC.
How does this work if you have a library on your macbook as well as on the server? I would like access to my full library when im at home but when I take my laptop out of the home, I would like access to some of my songs. If i point the destination folder for my itunes to the NAS will i be unable to listen to any music if my NAS isnt about? we have two mac laptops in the family if that helps.
Also, im thinking of getting the WD Red disks- have they been good for you so far?
HIFI= Yamaha CDS300 CDP ----> Rega DAC-----> Yamaha AS500 Amp-----> B&W 684
Airport Express ------> Rega DAC-----etc..
Yamaha RX-673 ------> Q Acoustics 2050i
I personnally tested Synology usb connection with 2 DACs : Cambridge Audio dac magic plus and Audiolab Mdac both works perfectly up to 96kz/24bit flac format
Gurjitsidhu, I have my music library on my MBP and NAS, but I'm pretty sure you could access the library on the NAS and stream it over the internet.
As far as i can tell, you would set the NAS and router up as per the guide above, and then use Audio Station to stream to the computer you were using.
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