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Storing surround music on NAS - need help and information please!

post #1 of 13
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I am very happy buying flac 96/24 stereo music from HDTracks and have them stored on my NAS. Both my AVR and blu ray player can easily access and play them.

What I would like to do is get similar quality surround music which can be stored on NAS. It seems to date, that SACD is not a good candidate but perhaps a DVD-Audio would be a path to follow to upload to my NAS. Given that I plan to purchase the discs outright I'll need to find the correct methodology to convert to multi-channel flac.

If someone would be kind enough to give me some information, direction, software required or point me to an appropriate forum I would very much appreciate it.

1) Better quality sound - SACD or DVD-A
2) Can be converted to multi-channel flac (96/24?)
3) Software required for use with my purchases
4) Best place to shop for these discs
5) Prefer software that runs on MAC but Windows 7 is also available


Thanks very much in advance and sorry if this is a rehash. I am very anxious to get into the mix here.

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Music - filmscores, various jazz, classic rock, classical, pop
post #2 of 13
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It is a little sad that no one can offer help here.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phrehdd View Post

It is a little sad that no one can offer help here.

Nothing sad about the fact that you haven't received an answer to your question IMO. Maybe if you tried a more appropriate sub forum that deals with computer software and hardware. Then maybe you will get answers to your questions. This is a Surround Music Format sub forum which discusses mostly Hi-Rez music not computer software or hardware.

Bill
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

Nothing sad about the fact that you haven't received an answer to your question IMO. Maybe if you tried a more appropriate sub forum that deals with computer software and hardware. Then maybe you will get answers to your questions. This is a Surround Music Format sub forum which discusses mostly Hi-Rez music not computer software or hardware.

Bill

Bill, even though you didn't provide help - I do appreciate your suggestion. Thanks!
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Bill, even though you didn't provide help - I do appreciate your suggestion. Thanks!

Well I would say that is not true as my suggestion to post in the appropriate sub forum might get your questions answered. If that happens then my post will have been very helpful wink.gif.

Bill
post #6 of 13
DVD Audio Extractor, runs on Mac or Windows. As to which sounds better DVD or SACD impossible to answer for you. I have favorites in both formats, too many variables to say which one is superior. A lot will depend on what you like and what is available.
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DVD Audio Extractor, runs on Mac or Windows. As to which sounds better DVD or SACD impossible to answer for you. I have favorites in both formats, too many variables to say which one is superior. A lot will depend on what you like and what is available.

I gathered up that software and gave it a try. It worked very well and I appreciate the suggestion.

What is great is that I was able to get a multi-channel for home use and then also get a stereo version that was converted to 44.1/16 for my iPhone.

The software does exactly what I needed and as well, I have a couple of other software now that gives me a bit more control when handling a stereo mix.

Again thank you!
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phrehdd View Post

I am very happy buying flac 96/24 stereo music from HDTracks and have them stored on my NAS. Both my AVR and blu ray player can easily access and play them.

What I would like to do is get similar quality surround music which can be stored on NAS. It seems to date, that SACD is not a good candidate but perhaps a DVD-Audio would be a path to follow to upload to my NAS. Given that I plan to purchase the discs outright I'll need to find the correct methodology to convert to multi-channel flac.

If someone would be kind enough to give me some information, direction, software required or point me to an appropriate forum I would very much appreciate it.

1) Better quality sound - SACD or DVD-A
2) Can be converted to multi-channel flac (96/24?)
3) Software required for use with my purchases
4) Best place to shop for these discs
5) Prefer software that runs on MAC but Windows 7 is also available


Thanks very much in advance and sorry if this is a rehash. I am very anxious to get into the mix here.

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Music - filmscores, various jazz, classic rock, classical, pop

I'll try and answer some of your questions but I'm just going from my own experience.

1) I have a three albums in DVD-A and SACD: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Roxy Music - Avalon, and Steely Dan - Gaucho. They both have excellent good in stereo and multichannel. I;m not able to say one sounds better than the other.

2) Foobar for Windows has the necessary plugins to rip DVD-A discs to individual stereo and multichannel tracks. The maximum sampling frequency and bit depth is 96/24 for DVD-A. Foobar can also downsample the tracks to 48/24 and 44.1/16.

3) Seems like you figured out how to get the files onto your NAS.

4) I like amazon.co.uk for SACD and DVD-a.

My preferred file format for storage of audio files is flac with maximum compression.
I hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Phrehdd View Post

I gathered up that software and gave it a try. It worked very well and I appreciate the suggestion.

What is great is that I was able to get a multi-channel for home use and then also get a stereo version that was converted to 44.1/16 for my iPhone.

The software does exactly what I needed and as well, I have a couple of other software now that gives me a bit more control when handling a stereo mix.

Again thank you!
Glad I could help and good luck.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Phrehdd View Post


If someone would be kind enough to give me some information, direction, software required or point me to an appropriate forum I would very much appreciate it.

1) Better quality sound - SACD or DVD-A
2) Can be converted to multi-channel flac (96/24?)
3) Software required for use with my purchases

I love the convenience of having my hi-res music on a server with instant access to both audio only and music videos, all in 5.1. Also the security of knowing I have a backup of often rare and expensive discs. (in fact some discs are no longer available at any price!).

Unfortunately, there is no method to backup SACD. I have about 25 SACDs that will one day fail, get stolen or damaged or lost in a fire....

DVD Audio Extractor can copy DVD-A, DVD-V and unprotected Blu-ray to multi-channel flac. Copy protected BDs can be unprotected with MakeMKV, then converted to flac with DVD Audio Extractor. MakeMKV or DVDFab can convert BD discs to individual song/tracks with full HD sound (DTS-HDMA and Dolby TrueHD at original bit rates).
post #11 of 13
There is a way to back up SACD's but you need a PS3 that can handle SACD play. Google it if you have an early model PS3.
post #12 of 13
Am I missing something, or is DVDAE unable to rip to WMA Lossless? I was hoping for a lossless option that I could stream to my Xbox 360.
post #13 of 13
I've never used WMA lossless so I'm no help on this one. Maybe try WAV or AIFF.
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