Over on the Theta Digital thread here at this forum I've discussed how impressed I am with multi-channel rips of SACD ISO files & FLAC multi-channel rips of DVD-Audio discs played via JRiver Media Center on a Dell 8500 with an AMD Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5 video card. (My system: Four Aerial 9s, 1 Aerial CC5, 3 Aerial SW12 subs, pair Theta Citadel 1.5 monoblocks, 3 Theta Enterprise monoblocks, Theta Gen VIIII Series 3 DAC, Theta CB3 HD, etc). (The Dell 8500 is "borrowed" to demo with as I had it in my home office, and as the AMD Radeon card allows JRiver Media Center to do everything it wants with the JRiver digital audio output then unchanged out HDMI into the CB3 HD!!!@@@
Edorr, Steve Kale and Bulldogger have all discussed audiophile PCs to use for both multi-channel and also two channel.
I luv my Bryston BDP-1 for two channel, but now that I've found the pleasure of multi-channel over HDMI, I am considering bye bye Bryston, using a newly to be built audiophile PC for both two channel (probably using an external asynchronous USB to
digitial coax/etc converter) and HDMI multi-channel. Especially as I've got JRiver using JRemote on my iPad now. And I am finding JRiver so each to use and with so many powerful features including EQ.
So Edorr, Steve Kale, Bulldogger, etc help me with ideas and specs for this audiophile PC!!@@
I am in touch with Andrew at www.smallgreencomputer.com
, which the online Computer Audiophile refers to that company if you want to buy a prebuilt home theater PC per specs of the models recommended by Computer Audiophile, the latest models being CAPS
(Computer Audiophile Server) 3.0, of which the one closest to my needs for multi-channel over HDMI is the CAPS 3.0 Zuma. However, with the ripped SACD ISOs in particular, this needs a lot of processing power over HDMI multi-channel, thus an add on AMD Radeon or equivalent video card for this purpose.
Here is my starting point for my audiophile PC build. The first paragraph below is the basic CAPS 3.0 Zuma.
CAPS v3 Zuma - Total Price: $1,547
Case: Streacom FC5WS EVO Price: $272.00 Link
Motherboard: Intel DH77EB / BOXDH77EB Price: $100.00 Link
Processor: Intel Core i7 i3770S Price: $305 Link
Memory: Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 (CT2KIT51264BA160B) Price: $45.00 Link
SSD: MZ-7PD064BW Price: $100.00 Link
Power Supply: picoPSU-150-XT + 102W Adapter Power Kit Price: $76.00 Link
OS: Win 8 Pro 64-bit Price: $140.00Link
Playback App: JRMC v18 Price: $50.00 Link
Flexible Riser: EXP1-362-10 Price: $34.50 Link
Add-in Card: SOtM tX-USBexp Price: $350 Simple Design
SATA Power Noise Filter: SOtM Price: $65 Link
Cable: Internal USB 3.0 Price: $9.00 Link
Following are deletions, additions, changes to the above for my purposes:
Delete - Case: Streacom FC5WS EVO Price: $272.00 Link
Add – Case: Silverstone Crown Series SST-CW02B-MXR-USB3.0 (black + LCD/IR + multimedia + card reader)
(although case comes with supposedly "quiet" fans, will delete fans from build as components speced so won't run hot enough
to require fans)
Add – Sapphire HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 Ultimate video card (w HDMI out, video card will pass through unaltered hi rez PCM from redbook on up to 192-24 including 176-24, 96-24, 88-24, etc)
Increase memory to 16 GB RAM
Increase SSD to 128 GB SSD
Need to add a asynchronous USB to digital converter to use with Theta CB3 HD and/or Theta Gen VIII Series 3 DAC!
IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS, THOUGHTS, RECOMMENDATIONS PLEASE! THANKS!!!@@@
Keep in mind as I demo with my Dell 8500 XPS that it has the following components:
3rd Gen Intel Core i&-3770 CPU @ 3.40 GHz
AMD Radeon HD 7770 2 GB GDDR5
Hard Drive 2TB SATA, 7200 RPM, & 32 GB SSD
12 GB SDSR3 SDRAM 1600MHz