Originally Posted by abacustrader
Steve and contributors,
Thanks for the info on marantz/denon setups and the followup lfe/sub setup info for the oppo 105. My Oppo 105 is on order. Hope I'm going to hear what everyone has been hearing.. I have a lot of catching up these days especially with the new file formats and using server to store and play music.
Anyone have a link or know where i should look to learn to get started with using music files or movie files. I wish to go towards a setup with a small pocketable external storage that i can just plug and play. Is that possible with my portable seagate backup drive and an oppo 105? I am able to just load files in music and movie directories and play them using the oppo 105 usb input? or do i have to setup as a nas. Whats the easiet way to approach this? I dont have tons of music or movies and i dont have a lot of time to mess around with my computer these days.. How are you guys setup? What is the prevalent file format for good audio quality music to play on the oppo 105?
I believe the amount of links will fill up that HDD of yours already
The storage solution depends on the data volume and your preference.
For movies, in .mkv or .iso format,I use barebones drives into a USB HDD dock directly linked to the 105. With Ant Movie Catalog I keep track of what I have, did I see it already, what type of movie it is etc and on which barebone HDD the particular movie is archived. It adds meta data as well. I have many tb's in movies. I did not want to create a server that needs to be up to play that one movie. Redundancy is not an issue for me. My set up is not as HT proof as an XBMC for instance. However, it is my personal preference for simplicity and pragmatic reasons.
To me FLAC is the audio format of choice. Very flexible and widely supported. I use freeware called MusicBee to manage my library. It can "toggle" between file formats like ALAC mp3 etc, adds meta data and it is usefull to keep multiple libraries in perferct synch. It can also use Wasapi. it is one of the most user friendly and comprehensive audio tools I've laid eyes on.
Enjoy the journey!