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post #1 of 6 Old 07-30-2014, 04:08 AM - Thread Starter
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Set-top device for playing back ripped 5.1 music

I have a collection of a few dozen DVD-As and Blu-ray audio discs and feel as if I'm stuck in the 90s: I'm putting a single disc in a DVD/Blu-ray player each time I want to listen to it. Ripping the audio from the discs is simple enough: I understand how to use the software to do that. I haven't been able to find much information about set-top box devices (a la Roku or Apple TV) to play back hi-res 5.1 rips.

I'd like to avoid getting a full-fledged HTPC. Are there any set-top box devices capable of playing 5.1 music in hi-res? What kind of setup might you recommend for this?

FYI: Whatever device I end up getting will end up plugging in to this receiver:
http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio...ps/rx/rx-v667/

As you can tell, I'm at the very start of this project. Any advice is most welcome!
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I ripped everything to FLAC, including all my multi-channel media (DVD-Audio, BD Audio, etc.). I use dbPoweramp's Asset UPnP to share the rips to any DLNA player. For multi-channel, I have found that my Panasonic BD player (230) does a good job playing back everything (stereo or multi-channel, 16 or 24-bit, 44.1 kHz all the way up to 192 kHz). The only flaw is that it doesn't play back gapless, so you will hear some short breaks between tracks on live or concept albums.


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Depending on your blu ray player you could store your rips on a portable hard drive and play them back thru the blu ray player. Another good place to post on AVS for set top info is in the networking, media servers, and content streaming thread.
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Thanks, acebreathe! I'll post to the networking/media centers board.

Michael, how is the user interface on the Panasonic 230 BD player?
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Thanks, acebreathe! I'll post to the networking/media centers board.

Michael, how is the user interface on the Panasonic 230 BD player?
Sufficient.


That's about the best I can say. It works. It does the minimum it needs to. It's OK in terms of speed. Etc.


I think the best solution (if money isn't an issue) would be to go out and buy a touchscreen laptop with HDMI output. Get an I/R adapter so you can control it from the couch. Then you can run any of the dozens of excellent PC bases media players with complete control.


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I use a Mede8er 1000X3D media player to play all my hi-res music including concert video. I started a thread here a way back. It has a cool IPad app that allows me to play everything without leaving my chair:

http://www.quadraphonicquad.com/foru...i-Res-Surround
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