Originally Posted by Redbeemer
A while back in this thread, a member who had installed the new NIC card indicated that his 4311 now was able to play 96/24 hi rez flac files via the network. I have quite a few such files and would really love to be able to stream them from my NAS. Can anyone who has replaced their NIC with the newer model confirm that it will now play 96/24 bit flac files?
Pbarach mentioned this, in reply to my question. In the meantime I researched the matter further, with some good results.
My 4310 can play some 96/24 flacs just fine, while it stumbles on others. It does not play 88.2kHz/24bit flacs at all, with the exception of one very short sample, no idea why. However, I found out that by converting the problem flacs to wavs I can play them back as well (both 88.2 and 96 kHz).
Some 96/24 flacs are played back with dropouts, while the corresponding wavs play just fine. So I would suspect that the decoder which I think is built into the NIC somehow gets bogged down in some circumstances causing the playback to temporarily stop.
One important mention I have to make is that I tested this with both the original "old" network card (golden edges) and a new one (green edges) I ordered, and got absolutely the same behavior. Maybe my original NIC is not a "problem" one.
I have the music stored on a Synology NAS connected to the router, an Airport Extreme. The connection to the entertainment system is done wireless and on that end I use a Linksys WRT54GL flashed with DD-WRT and configured as a client bridge. I tried replacing the wireless link with a cable didn't help with the dropouts at all.
The flacs I have were either downloaded from HDTRACKS or converted from DVDA using dbpoweramp.
Hope this helps,