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post #1 of 15
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Although I love the Sooloos Control 15, it's made for the Meridian Digital environment, and would require an additional outboard unit to make it compatable with my current setup. Therefore, I got an Olive O4HD server, a sweet unit that has pretty much the same functionality as the 15 (minus the georgous screen) and very good sound quality. I love that it is standalone - dedicated - vs. a PC based music server.

Do you have a music server?
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Originally Posted by J.Mike Ferrara View Post

Although I love the Sooloos Control 15, it's made for the Meridian Digital environment, and would require an additional outboard unit to make it compatable with my current setup. Therefore, I got an Olive O4HD server, a sweet unit that has pretty much the same functionality as the 15 (minus the georgous screen) and very good sound quality. I love that it is standalone - dedicated - vs. a PC based music server.

Do you have a music server?

Various >$10K+ servers have been coming out of the high-end woodworks lately (e.g. Weiss, Audio Research, Boulder). Not a good investment if you ask me. In my estimation, price performance of these things is improving so fast, the sweetspot is to spend $2-$3K on a good server, live with it for a year or two and check back in with the current state of the art.

I personally just ordered the Red Wine Audio powersupply, and will use JRiver on a CAPS 3.0 as my server when the powersupply is ready (total outlay about $3K). This replaces my CAPS 2.0 with JRiver.
post #3 of 15
I purchased my server from http://www.musicvaultcat.com/MVDiamond.html

Using JRiver with JRemote which I love.

(But I am certainly no "rich guy" eek.gif )
post #4 of 15
Bryston BDP-1 + IPad as controller. An unused late model P4 system will become a dedicated server.

(It's all computer in reality though........ )
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I purchased my server from http://www.musicvaultcat.com/MVDiamond.html

Using JRiver with JRemote which I love.

(But I am certainly no "rich guy" eek.gif )
Ohhhh, looks sweet.
I've heard good things about JRiver - seems to be the software of choice for HD FLAC files.
post #6 of 15
Bass management, 64 bit digital volume, built in parametric EQ and support for third party room correction and crossover convolution files.
Nice user interface that can be set up as a shell. I can see the possibilities with a ssd boot drive, and preloading software upon boot up, in the
start up folder, so the computer acts like a dedicated music player.
post #7 of 15
Server from Core Audio Technology using J River for playback software (J Remote on iPad for remote) and Empirical Audio to feed spdif input on processor

http://www.coreaudiotechnology.com/music-servers/

http://www.empiricalaudio.com/products/off-ramp-converter
post #8 of 15
Olive 06HD here: it serves me well smile.gif

very quiet operation: no fans and you can barely hear the HD
post #9 of 15
I am not rich biggrin.gif but I am very happy with the Baetis HT with Jriver.
http://www.baetisaudio.com/
The higher models have more ram (for intermediate storage of ripped files) standard and higher end connections but I upgraded my Ram so I am pretty happy. It sounds great for music with the Jriver software. All media storage is with external HD's.
post #10 of 15
How about lumin with DSD support?
post #11 of 15
I have a Linn Akurate DSM as my Pre/DAC/UPNP Renderer and my server is a Synology DS412+.

The linn streamers are fantastic. Also have a Majik DSM in my vacation home smile.gif
post #12 of 15
Meridian MC200 rocks if used with the rest of Meridian gear.
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Meridian MC200 rocks if used with the rest of Meridian gear.

Have recently got the totaldac d1-server with reclocking. It replaced an Aurender S10 and it is quite a lot better, more analog, blacker background, just more musical.
post #14 of 15
Using an old Mac to feed Squeezeboxes around the house, many into high quality DACs. Also JRiver from the computer directly into another good DAC.

Am entirely unconvinced there is any SQ benefit to 'hi-end' servers.
post #15 of 15
Have you had a look at the Meridian MS200 audio endpoint? It would integrate well with your C15. You'd still have the excellent Sooloos interface, with analog and digital output options from the MS200. I had a SB Touch with digital output into a G68ADV (via a custom Speakerlink to S/PDIF + Comms cable - Speakerlink is balanced S/PDIF over RJ45) and thought it to be a nice sonic upgrade, that's pretty affordable (in Meridian terms).
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