I have recently been introduced to this forum, and have already found it to be packed with information.
I am a bit over my head with a project I am on for my father and thought I'd ask for some advice. I'm not a stranger to technology or computers by any means, I've just never built a media server, nor have I even operated an Oppo unit.
I have received very high regards for the Oppo BDP-95.
My father has a 5.1 system consisting of a McCormack MAP-1, complete set of Martin Logan speakers & a Velodyne woofer, all powered by 2 Fosgate amps.
As you probably know, the MAP-1 requires us to use analog out, which the Oppo BPD-95 excels at. So, I need to build a media server behind it that will play nice.
We will be ripping 500-600 discs using this server, and encoding them (as little as possible to preserve quality) as to be compliant with streaming to the Oppo. We will not be storing Blu-Ray rips, he'd rather just pop the disc in and 99% of his library is DVD currently.
So, requirements of the server:
- Works well with the Oppo
- Scalable HDD space (I've been recommended UnRAID, which I am looking into)
- Streaming the library over the internet (a program like Orb, TVersity, etc), will make use of on-the-fly encoding, so a good CPU is important there as well
- QUIET (not necessarily while ripping discs, that would be a bit asking a bit, but it will be sitting behind the entertainment center in a space/room that has a rear access door behind his entertainment unit)
- If it does not affect encode quality, having dual disk drives to rip multiple disks at a time would be favorable
Now, I realize there's a lot of "opinion" in this realm, and I am not afraid to do research, so feel free to give me any suggestions.
I will be reading through the following threads over the next few days, but as they are long, and I'm still learning, it may take a couple passes to digest it all:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1311806http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1215071
I'm very much open to suggestions for ripping/streaming software as well.
Right now, I plan on using Slysoft to decrypt and Handbrake to encode, but I'm not set in stone there. I've read up on how you can rip multiple ISOs and queue them up in Handbrake, that would be something to consider as the amount of DVDs that need to be recorded is not a few.
If there are ready-built solutions that would fit well, great, if not, we can build the machine and go from there.
P.S. At this time, he's not very interested in streaming online sources to his television via the server.