Originally Posted by shamus
I've been on the fence for one of these for over a year now... someone please push me over!
I would get the N3 250g and had a few questions....
What format should I store them at? I have about 200 CD's and out of those about 60% would only be good for about 1 or 2 tracks. I would certainly have enough room for uncompressed (it will hold over 400) and quite frankly, I dont see me doubling my collection. I also have an 8g Ipod that I would want to connect to it. Im fine with the uncompressed on the Ipod also.
I would also be interested in the Rondo.... do I have to have a computer on to use that? Is there a universal remote that can do the job of the Rondo?
I would like to stream the Olive to an upstairs stereo. I don't see that device on their website that lets you do that anymore?
I would love to buy single tracks to download, but nobody sells lossless/uncompressed... will this ever change?
And my final and biggest concern is future proof...
Will the new Blu ray format open the doors to higher resolution audio (never got into SACD so I dont know if that was comparable)????
I certainly don't see CD's being replaced with Blu ray music as they are already being replaced with downloads, but will downloaded music eventually be able to be Master quality and will the Olive be able to handle it?
As a very early adopter of the Opus, I may be able to help somewhat.
!. Storage forma
t: if you are sure that your collection will not grow 250 CDs, WAV is probably best for compatibility, including compatibility with the iPod (Opus does not decode Apples Lossless, and iPod does not decode FLAC). Just remember that your 8 GB iPod will hold only some 12 hours of music in WAV (not a problem if you change your iPod library pretty often).
2, Streaming to a second location
: It looks like Olive stopped marketing its "player" device. However, the Opus is UpNp compliant, meaning that any UpNp-compliant "client" device on the same network should recognize it and play its library (Roku, Squeezebox and other clients are UpNp-compliant). I have not tried any of them, but I have installed the server software that powers the Squeezbox (Slim Server) and the Opus is duly recognized on my PC, and vice-versa). In any event, Olive should be able to advise on compatible clients.3. Rondo
: the Rondo is not an Olive hardware product, just the name they gave to their Web interface that functions as a remote control and as a tag editor. That interface is accessible from any device that has a Web browser, be it a PC, a WiFi phone or a Web tablet such as the Nokia N-810 (the "Rondo" device p[ictured on Olive's Web site is the Nokia N-770, an older version of the 810). I use the N-770, which is OK as a remote (navigating the library and controlling playback), but not very convenient for tag editing, which is more comfortably done on a PC. If you do not have a large classical library, tag editing is not something that you will have to do much anyway. But the Nolias are just one option among many: you could use an iPhone, an iPod Touch, or for a bigger tluch screen, one of Archos' WiFi-enabled video players (their 705 model has a 7" screen, while the Nokia N-810 has a 4.3" screen). BTW, the Nokia is Up
Np-compliant and can stream the contents of the library on an Opus, though its output (thru headphone jack) is probably not of very good quality!).
4. Lossless downloads
: yeah, why does no mainstream music store offer lossless? Actually, there is at least one that does: Music Giants is offering full-resolution downloads and even planing to offer resolutions higher than "Red Book: CDs. For classical music, Naim Audio is also offerin hi-rez file downloads. Olive has actually started a partnership with Music Giants, although for the time being they offer only "packaged" compilations rather than individual tracks or albums.
: The Opus is currently limited ot CD resolution, and in view of uncertainty about the future of higher resolution formats, including those specified in the BluRay standard, I do not see how Olive could make its players future-proof. What may happen if their relationship with Music Giants develops is sthat they might at some point upgrade their DAC to decode high resolution files (24 bits/192 khz sampling rate).
Hopr that helps...