Originally Posted by alour
I have a Denon 4311ci receiver and Oppo BDP-93 Blu-Ray player in a 7.1 setup. Having over 500 Cd's and 100's of Blu-Rays and DVD's is becoming cumbersome and I am looking to start burning these media to either a 3TB External Hard drive or a network server. Being new at this I have a few questions and would appreciate any input.
1) What software is best to burn the discs to hard drives?
2) What is difference between using a regular External drive vs a media server? I plan on just hooking up the External HDD via usb to either the receiver or the blu-ray player, dont think streaming thru wifi is important to me
3) What device is best to use for playback of the files? The Denon receiver or the Oppo?
This is the software I use, although there are other good choices, particularly for ripping CD's:
EAC for CD ripping to FLAC or WAV with cue sheet
DVD Audio Extractor for ripping DVD-A & music DVDs to FLAC
eac3to for ripping music Blu-rays to FLAC
DVDFab for ripping DVD-A, and music and video DVDs & Blu-rays to ISO
MP3tag for tagging FLAC or MP3 files
You didn't state whether you have an ISO-capable 93. If you do, I believe DVDFab is the only software that will rip a DVD-A to ISO if you have any DVD-As. If you don't have an ISO-capable 93, then you will want to use an MKV container or other methods for BD and DVD playback. Alternatives to ISO are highlighted in Bill McClain's excellent Unofficial FAQs
I use both attached hard drives and several media servers, depending on my needs. Using a media server is great for creating music or video playlists, or playing content from a NAS. If neither of these are important to you, attached storage should work fine. If you plan to rip many BDs, you will need much more storage.
Be aware that a 3TB attached hard drive will not work unless you partition it and then only 2TB will be accessible. Plan on multiple 2TB drives connected via a USB hub if you use external HDDs. However, you can use a 3TB network drive or NAS if you plan to use a media server to stream content to your Oppo.Edited by scolumbo - 1/30/13 at 3:30pm