Originally Posted by imrf
Just wondering, have you ever ran a NAS with RAID? Because that’s the beauty of them there’s really no fuss or muss with them either that’s the whole point of them. If a drive fails, you swap it out and it rebuilds itself. Hell, that’s easier than dealing with replacing belts and laser mechanisms. And really the power draw is minimal. Plus with a family like yours, everyone would have access to the whole library anywhere in or around the house, unlike the changers where you’re limited to the source it’s connected to.
If you’re going to the GTGs tomorrow hit me up and we can talk. I’ve had RAID arrays running for years with no issues.
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I guess multiple hard disk failures in my days of 250G-500G drives, usually right at or after their 3-5 yr warranties, made me wary of large hard disk setups, plus the power consumption 24/7. THis was before those simple commerical NAS array boxes were available and/or affordable. PCI RAID controllers were prone to failure then, too, and your data was tied to that specific RAID contrller model.
I do plan to do a NAS RAID for lossless audio serving- CD rips, hi res wav/flacs, dsd files, maybe music concert DVD/BD rips. Probably with SNAPraid and stock USB or SATA enclosures or maybe a commerical NAS box.
I think there is room for both approaches- NAS and large capacity optical disc changers.
I just want the Panasonics and Sonys of the world to rethink changers and allow add on carousels for the future 1100ES/UB820's of the world with a simple expansion port and daisy chain capability.
Might even be easier using Gigabit Ethernet ports for the encrypted data transport to the single disc player/controller, to allow standard Gigibit switches to be used for multiple changers on one RJ45 port on the single disc player/controller.
I am assuming such an arrangement would lower the cost of the add on carousels by eliminating direct playback circuits and video circuits (chips, ports, etc) on the carousels.
They could also do cool things like disc-specific carousels, ie Universal CD/SACD/DVDA/BD/UHD/3D, CD/SACD-only, CD-DVD only, etc to accomodate growth and collections over time, with varying costs per dsic type to save more $$$. Plus enable streaming live from optical disc throughout the house (I know, I'm dreaming
...and develop an industry standard protocol for these ethernet based carousels, ie interchangable between single disc player/controllers.
Could also locate the changers anywhere in the house or a closet with a Gigabit switch, away from the theater/living areas.