Originally Posted by Noah Winter
I use a HTPC in conjunction with the 7000es and it does work smooth. What do you believe the cost is of storing a complete BD on a hard drive? In other words the cost of having as much as 50GB with appropriate backup?
I have just purchased the JRiver to play HD audio. I found the IPAD control ok. There appears to be a lot of flexibility to the software. Since the changer does not play Flac files, this appears to be another advantage of such integration, however I have not found anything that sounds as good as music from a BD playing in 5.1 from the changer.
Well, depends on how many BD's that you want to store. There is another forum that I am located on, and the owner of the forum has 4 rackmount servers with 24 drives per server. He has been building this system since 2008. Around 100 TB of BD's, but he had smaller drives in the past. So now you have access to 3TB drives, well, there is a 4TB hard drive. So to equal one changer, would take approximately 8 drives based on 3TB. (20 TB is one changer) Although, there is lot of BD's that are in 25GB range. Use this website to tell what movies is 25GB or 50GB. [URL=http://]www.blu-raystats.com[/URL
] You can use either a hardware raid solution or Thunderbolt. Go to newegg.com or Amazon.com (depends on your hard drive size, but it looks about .13 cents for a gigabyte based 4TB hard drive or .12 cents for 3TB hard drive with enterprise drives)
Drive brands that I recommend are going to be Hitachi or Seagate. (Typically, I don't buy the cheapest drive, but I buy Enterprise drives. I have a Areca Hardware raid 6 card, so I have the choice of using SAS or SATA drives.) Well, going with a Hardware raid solution, the manufacturer lists the drive models that you need to use with the hardware raid card. I still look at the price per gigabyte, but Enterprise drives are usually have a warranty of 5 years. (Oh, I have learned from the past on losing data, so that is the reason) I still keep an optical backup of the (CD, DVD, BD) I have this little cd/dvd robot called Nimbie, so it might take a few weeks, but if I lose the array. Then I still have a backup solution. Cost for magnetic tape solution is to high. (5K)
Originally Posted by Noah Winter
There appears to be a lot of flexibility to the software. Since the changer does not play Flac files, this appears to be another advantage of such integration, however I have not found anything that sounds as good as music from a BD playing in 5.1 from the changer.
SACD ISO sounds great, there is a thread describing this on J River. (Need the expensive cables for SACD). I never done it, but I heard that you can take bluray concert video and remove the audio part of it. There is a link on how to do it on the web, but I have to look for it later. Car audio would be a good application, if you had a TrueHD decoder in the car. Most home receivers receivers will play flac, but again you are limited to 96Khz depends on the receiver.
J river allows you several different options for audio, but I have some Flac, but my collection is original CD. So it was ripped to wav, dts, or DVD audio. The Nimbie did that for me, so it is rather nice to have.
There is 2 different Ipad app's for J River. I prefer Jremote, but there is another one called Myriver. (Both can stream from a DLNA server). J remote seems to be rather fast. There is an access key to setup the connection to your server or you can do the IP adress. The access key is located in the Help menu, I believe. Also, download the latest version of J River in the forums. J river updates quite frequently, sometimes a few times a week. Your audio depends on your sound card or your DAC. If your receiver or amp has XLR connectors, then you have more options. My Denon 5308 receiver has RCA connectors, so I went with HT Omega Claro Plus card for multiple channel. It has PCI interface. Simiar to the Asus Xonar Essence with the H6 option. You can still buy the Asus Xonar, but not the H6 option. If you have a motherboard with PCI-E, then there is a few options. High-End sound card. Lynx Studio has one multiple channel option, and several stereo options. DAC there is several options, but the forums discusses several solutions. Also, J River has different settings in J River, but depends on your audio setup. I went to Bluejeans for cables, but my server sits in the basement. So, I had to order these special order cables.
Oh, I am under a different nickname on J River, but it is similar to this one. Anyway, as far as support with their product, it is the best that I seen.