Originally Posted by adanny
I suspect Steve has the biggest experience base in creating an SACD/DVD-audio library and listening to multi-channel music through the Theta.
1. I don't have a large SACD or DVD-audio library (maybe 10) and have never burnt them. If I were to start creating a loss less, HD, multi-channel library, what is the best place to buy these tracks and what digital format do they come in/should be stored in (if there is a sticky on this, please forward...i couldn't find it?)
2. what is the best media player and interface to store and play these tracks that plays nice with the CB1V? I'm looking for something that can easily be programmed into a remote (I have Control4) and that even my family could use. Steve - I know you use JRiver.....others like David are using Aurender. what should I add to my system?
There are very, very few DSD multi-channel downloads. There are a lot of DSD two channel downloads. You can buy and download a very limited selection of DSD two channel from online vendors HDTracks and a large selection from Acoustic Sounds, which has a whole 9 multi-channel DSD albums! NativeDSD also has a lot of two channel DSD downloads. Also Channel Classics Records. There may be some other websites that I am not aware of?
The source by which Bulldogger and I have obtained multi-channel SACD ISO files (I used JRiver to batch convert mine to DSD/DSF files with individual tracks as opposed to album ISOs) is by using an “old” Sony Playstation 3 with revised firmware thanks to Mr. Wicked (posting at the Computer Audiophile forum). It’s a tedious process and I do not recommend it. However, over at Computer Audiophile there’s a thread where Mr. Wicked is designing software for the Sony Playstation 3 so you can connect via USB to your PC and the process will be automatic. There is a thread where you sign up to be no tified when this is ready and then you will be able to buy this. Then you can buy multi-channel SACDs and rip them yourself. Don’t know when this new product will be available to purchase though.
For straight two channel, my advise is do not be concerned with DSD. Both the Theta CBIV SSP and the Theta Gen VIII Series 3 DAC intake only PCM anyway, and your music player (whether a PC with JRiver, ROON, etc, an Aurender, etc) will do the DSD to PCM conversion. Although the current “rage” is DSD DACs, only a few very expensive DACs do straight DSD to analog conversion – 98% of the DACs convert DSD to PCM and then to analog. And the SACDs and DSD albums were converted to PCM and then back to SACD/DSD anyway in the mastering process.
Aurender makes great music players, easy to set up and play without a lot of fussing. If you want this for your entire family to use this may work the best for everyone.
On the other hand, if you want more flexibility, the Computer Audiophile website’s CAPS computers (you can buy prebuilt from Small Green Computer) are the way to go. For two channel, ROON is the very best software, but much more expensive software than JRiver Media Center.
ROON at this point only does two channel. JRiver does both two channel and multi-channel.
I recommend that you go to the Computer Audiophile Forum and start reading reviews of music players/servers, browse theads discussing all of this, etc and educate yourself. Have fun!