Originally Posted by ghostsup
Hey guys, I have been out of the loop for about 10 years. I just bought a Denon 2112ci and would like to know what the best idea would be to store and play music. Currently I own a 200 disc Pioneer changer which works great however I would like to remove it from the system as it is quite large! What I would like to do is convert all the music (CD's) to digital and play them through the Denon if that is possible.
I just figured out that I can put music on a thumbdrive and put it in the front USB port, which is great but there really isn't a shuffle/random mode that I can see... in otherword's it appears pretty manual. I see that there are apps built in the unit but I haven't got it hooked up to the internet yet, so I'm not sure if there is something there that can play my music.
As you can see, I'm really out of the loop as to what is capable these days and just need an update! Any suggestions are welcome!
Since you are just getting in to the digital music space, I recommend doing it right the first time.
Step 1. Encode all your music to FLAC with dbPoweramp (buy the software, it's the best for this, and has slot of other functionality, like batch encoding to another codec should you need to (like putting VBR mp3 on a mobile device). Store on a pc, or consider an NAS, maybe add that later since you have 2tb free already, but your pc will need to be on whenevr you want to listen to music.
Step 2. Buy a SONOS Connect. Much more geared toward music than an apple tv. It has multiple always on outputs, and expandability in to other rooms/outdoors. You can control from a pc, Mac, iOs device, or android, or their own controller. I love the iPad for this, and you can find the older ones pretty inexpensive now, or a simple $70 android tablet will work!
Step 3. Add the folder(s) where all your music is stored to Sonos library, plug in optical out/coax out in to your receiver, and enjoy. Sonos software does all the organization.
Will post links in a bit.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1074710http://www.dbpoweramp.com/http://www.sonos.com/shop/products/connect
If you need a cheap controller; look at the Kindle fire, or something similar running android.