Originally Posted by CharleyC
One last question (for now), does anyone have a recommendation for a DLNA-compliant media server that runs on Mac OS X ? I want to build a movie library of ripped DVDs and Blu Rays. Also would like it to support high def audio (FLAC, AIFF, DSD, etc.).
I did a pretty hard and months long evaluation of mac-based DLNA servers and iPad Controllers to use with my Oppo 103. KC did the multichannel eval of the SC-77 at least partly at my request. (I ended up buying one despite the lack of multichannel streaming capability - and am glad I did).
My experiences with mac DLNA were not good, to say the least. Plex is probably a good place to start if you really must go the native mac route. It and its corresponding iPad app worked pretty well in my setup. I surrendered and put Win7 in a VM on VMWare fusion on my mac mini server and run JRiver Media Center from there, using JRemote on the iPad for control. After trying literally (yes, I DO know what the word ACTUALLY means) dozens of combinations of mac-based DLNA servers and iPad controllers, I had to give up. Either media management was bad, or playback organization was bad, or interoperability was bad, or reliability was bad. In the end, running a small Win7 VM on my mac with JRMC was worlds better than anything I could do native mac, which is sad - but there you go.
Note that music is the
highest priority for my system (as opposed to movie watching). With the exception of SACDs (where ripping is waaaaay to involved) I stream all
of my music and many of my movies (BD and DVD) over a gigabit wired
network backbone (some endpoints are 100mb, for course, but the server, switches and router are all GB) from two 8TB Thunderbolt RAID arrays on the Mac Mini Server. I rip multichannel BD and DVD music to multichannel flac using DVD Audio Extractor. I rip my CDs to Apple Lossless using iTunes. I rip BDs and DVD movies to mkv using makeMKV. I do apple lossless media management in iTunes, but need good media management for the flac and mkv - for which JRMC works very well. Streaming behavior/transparency, DLNA interoperability, media organization and metadata control are very important to me. These may not be as important to you, in which case other combinations of servers/controllers may suit you just fine.
And, I LOVE the status screen on the iOS iControlAV app!! It shows info for audio and video pre and post SC-77 processing. Great way to see how the SC-77 is processing the signals.
Me too! I love the app in general. Pioneer is one of the few companies that really "get" the whole control app thing - at least on the SC Elite receivers.