Originally Posted by stevekale
The reason why I am doing the conversions is because I want to be able to readily see the different versions on my iPad and to not select the wrong one. This has more to do with the Casablanca than anything else. If the Casablanca had a Stereo mode that would switch to Multichannel LPCM I would play the ISO. But you need to Matrix with other channels off. So I find it a bit of a hassle to try to remember what is an SACD iso versus a two channel album to avoid getting no sound. Plus there's the added complication that at the moment the CB won't accept anything over 96kHz via coax but can accept more via HDMI. It makes for a very complicated zone switch.
I also don't like the fact that JRiver doesn't calculate the necessary gain for the SACD conversion.
BD, my processor doesn't blink an eye converting SACD ISO on the fly.
Steve, you don't need to manually enter anything - not sure what you were doing before but if
you had to manually enter anything you were doing it wrong. And disc space matters when you are using an internal SSD.
I had converted some ripped SACD ISO files, using Korg Audiogate, to FLAC, and I had to manually enter disc info in the FLAC files.
This was pre JRiver.
For SACDS which are combo stereo and multi-channel, when you click on the SACD ISO file in JRiver, the tracks are labeled and listed. the first set of tracks show 2 channels for stereo. The second set of tracks show the # of channels for multi-channel (whether 4,5,6,etc). Use the JRiver "tag" function, with your PC, to label the first set of stereo files as stereo, and then use the "tag" function to label the second/last set of multi-channel files. Also, in JRiver you can setup custom "views", for example, for 2 channel, and for multi-channel (specify 4 channels or more in the menu). You can also set up zones, one for stereo, one for multi-channel.
I use the free TeamViewer program, works great. I can access my custom media server from both my iPad3 and Toshiba laptop,
also from my Dell8500XPS home office PC, using this program. Then, you can use TeamViewer to have the full JRiver menu on
the iPad, or you can use JRemote on the iPad and specify which zone you are listening to.
Using an external SSD is smart because you are not so limited in disc space, and technically per experts I've talked to an external drive (but do not use USB external drive if you are using USB from your PC for music) objectively should result in less electrical noise than an internal drive.
And as I am now finding, using a networked drive is even better, provided one gets the network functioning smoothly for JRiver on the remote PC with the music on a network drive. At least through my initial demoing in this regard. I am still doing more demoing on this, having a 4TB USB drive connected to my home office Dell 8500XPS, with my custom media server some distance away in my dedicated home theater room.