Tagged With "NAS"

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UnitiServe SSD > died tonight + help with MinimServer

Adam Zielinski ·
Have to vent, hence this post. But also need some advice... Came back from our Easter break, fired up all the equipment as usual. UnitiServe kept on flashing, flashing, flashing. Tried all the usual tricks... to no avail. The most annoying thing is that this one is not even 1 year old. The previous one died at a tender age of 4 months So emergency procedure - fired up the MinimServer. The 'problem' is that my NAS directory has two folders at a root level: NaimDownloads and NaimRips. As far...
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WAV or FLAC Lossless? And tags etc etc....

-goat- ·
Hi all. I think I remember some talk on here a while back about dbPoweramp now supporting lossless FLAC. FLAC is always lossless though is it not? My understanding is as follows: FLAC is lossless. It's a compression which is reversed when the FLAC...
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WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

minnow ·
Hi - as usual - apologies if this has been already asked (I've searched but can't find a suitable thread).   I intend to get a UnitiQute and all my music is saved as mac AIFF files.  I want a cost-effective and reliable NAS to serve to...
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US SSD: Music Store suddenly turned into Music Share - can I switch back?

MichaelSch ·
For some unknown reason my Music Store suddenly turned into a Music Share ...   My equipment is UnityServe SSD + Synology NAS and I have (had) one Music Store and a few Music Shares. There are almost 900 CDs stored in the Music Store.   I...
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USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mr2Harvey ·
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and have just purchased a ND5 XS, currently using it in wireless mode and a NAS via my Netgear router, also Tidal. I've been doing some reading and from what I have read wireless is the least best option followed by wired and then USB. Is that correct, what do you think? Then I got thinking if this is true and you give some quality away for the convince of having a NAS music store (accessibility to all devices in house / possibly anywhere with internet...
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Why use NAS as a music server?

Peter W ·
I am currently using PC + Asset as a music server for my NDX. I know many people are using NAS which as far as I know is sort of a mini computer that is turned on all the time. Apart from the convenience (i.e. you don't have to turn on the PC before...
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Re: NStream stops responding

Peter W ·
I used to have similar problems. The reason was poor wi-fi connection. Try to put the wi-fi router/AP higher up or replace it if it is aging.
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Re: NStream stops responding

Rankinnz ·
There is no issue with the wireless strength / signal, as I use airport expresses throughout the house to extend the wireless network.
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Re: NStream stops responding

Steven Shaw ·
I have the same issues as David. My setup now generally works fine but sometimes n stream stops responding. I usually just switch n stream to compatibility mode. You lose playlists but generally seems a bit more stable. After a day or so everything is usually working again.
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Re: NStream stops responding

dickey ·
I have more or less the same issue, but then it seems as if nstream is still working, but the volume controls are not or there seems to be no connection and browsing through UPnP folders happen in the cache memory only and when want to play a new song or send a command it doesn't respond. This can be solved very easily in my case by pressing the home button or whatever it is called on the ipad and then reopening nstream. It is sometimes ennoying, but since the symptoms can be solved easily,...
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Re: NStream stops responding

David ·
Same issues in my house as well, again no issues with signal strength. I also find that the nstream client cannot connect to the upnp server on occaision. Again after a while it comes back on line. While the nstream client cannot connect to the server the uniti can still play files in the queue. David
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

Manu ·
IIRC, there are no options for the on board UPnP server (just on or off!!!). So you have to use it as is. Be sure you have the LaCie latest firmware.
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

One-hifi ·
Thank you. I will try soon.
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

2roomsor1 ·
I am looking at this very same has, to store music for my unity rather than a computer being on all the time. does the upnp stream wav? a lot of the inbuilt has upnp's only stream mp3 the lacie website is not that helpful
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

One-hifi ·
Yes, upnp stream wav, flac, mp3....Software updated auto and I have the latest version.
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

2roomsor1 ·
do you know if it streams mkv video? thanks for your help
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Re: WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

GerryMcg ·
Hi M, This was posted by Phil Harris of Naim 25th March " Only just seen this - don't know whether you have got your NAS yet but I have to say that my experience of the WD MyBooks has also not been the best ... In the words of the Top Gear anonymous roadtests "They were a bit 'salty'..." - fine for use as a domestic filestore buuuuuut... My money would (and did) go on a ReadyNAS as a small NAS drive ... works very well. Phil"
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Re: WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

minnow ·
thanks for that GerryMcg - if anyone can shed more detail that would be good - happy to spend more or invest elsewhere if required. Any other mac users streaming AIFF with NAS or router experiences?
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Re: WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

whitevanman ·
Hi Hope I'm not too late on this one. I use FLAC files on a WD WorldBook with my Uniti with no problems
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Re: WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

Richard D ·
I have been using a WD 1Tb My Book to store my WAV files to my streaming solutions (U/Qute for the past year) for three years with no problems. It just requires some isolation to prevent vibration noise (a couple of small pads is fine)
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Re: WD MyBook Live NAS for UnitiQute

Yippedidou ·
Hi. Since you mentioned it, I use LaCie Space 2 for one year now. No problems whatsoever, easy set up and reliable.
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

garyi ·
It won't bring any sonic benefits as its over the network, anyone telling you otherwise is silly. The NAS is a great product and the advantage for me is the centralisation of everything not just music, meaning its available to everyone in the house with minimum of fuss, and is all backed up. Removing content from the client computers to my mind is a good move, as its these the inevitably go wrong. Coupled with the fact that my NAS is available to me from work as well, it a bit of a no...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Iver van de Zand ·
Hi Peter, a NAS is a Network Attached Storage: more or less a external HDD wich is permananetly connected to your network. It has a numbor of advantages over the HD in your laptop: first of all, the better quality Nas (ie. Synology, QNAP, Netgear) have dedicated processors and dual harddisk with RAID (permanent back-up). Most of them come with UpnP and/or DLNA software on it, making it easy for a streamer to access your music.When using a streamer, it also prevents from your pc being on all...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Geoff P ·
The potential storage capacity of a NAS is a big benefit. For example I currently have a 4 bay NAS with 4 off 1TB discs in it ( and larger 2TB discs are becoming quite affordable now). It holds not just music but also all my photos and downloaded videos plus document files and software zip files in their own separate folders. You can configure a NAS to use it's multiple discs to store duplicate copies of precious media files using RAID which offers strategies to do this which vary dependent...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Peter W ·
Thanks for your feedback guys. Perhaps I should explain my situation a bit more. I am the only one who uses the PC (my wife prefers her iPad), so when I am sitting in front of the speakers the only job that the computer does is stream music for me. My PC has a 2 HDDs, one for the operation system and programmes, another one just for storing data such as photos, music, etc. Backing up files is not much of a problem because I do it manually to an external HDD on a weekly basis. In my case do...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Guido Fawkes ·
Originally Posted by garyi: Just to clarify a NAS does not represent a back up solution, RAID is not backup. Yes RAID just protects against disc failure, you still need a back-up.
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

roo ·
Originally Posted by Peter W: Originally Posted by roo: Twonky on a QNAP NAS is unable to transcode to WAV which is something Asset can do for you IIRC. What format is your music in? Hi roo My files are wav and flac. I don't understand what is meant by "transcode to WAV" and "IIRC", would you be kind enough to eloborate? If I buy a NAS I will most probable go for QNAP which has Twonky pre-installed. Can it stream wav files to my NDX? I have also read posts about song/ ablum order problems...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

charnik ·
I have read one twonky howto for flac to wav transcoding. It was written mainly for use with ps3 but it could be used for other purposes (example: twonky->ndx) Has any one tried it? (involves some scripts and few command lines)
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Peter W ·
Thanks for your replies guys. My back up external HDD died last Thursday, so I eventually took the plunge and bought a QNAP 219P-II and two 2TB HDD, RAID 1 configuration. I soon notice that Twonky does not display album art for my WAV files. dbpoweramp's uncompressed FLAC option appears to good to be true because it provides metadata for Twonky without compressing the files. Unfortunately I could here a marked difference between uncompressed FLAC and WAV, WAV being the better format in terms...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

roo ·
One other dozy thing my NAS does is it replies to the uPnP discovery from n-Stream so I see my NAS and the Twonky service running on the NAS in the list of uPnP servers. I've not yet spent the time to figure out if n-Stream is not restricting the types of uPnP servers it wants a response from (assuming you can) or if it is the NAS being silly and responding when it shouldn't. I'd really like to be able to configure the uPnP source on the NDX to always use a single uPnP server as it would...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Geoff P ·
Originally Posted by Peter W: Thanks for your feedback guys. Perhaps I should explain my situation a bit more. I am the only one who uses the PC (my wife prefers her iPad), so when I am sitting in front of the speakers the only job that the computer does is stream music for me. My PC has a 2 HDDs, one for the operation system and programmes, another one just for storing data such as photos, music, etc. Backing up files is not much of a problem because I do it manually to an external HDD on a...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

roo ·
Originally Posted by Peter W: Thanks for your feedback guys. In my case do you think a NAS will improve anything, if so, what? My NAS only uses ~7w of power so you may save there compared to running a PC. You do lose the flexibility of being able to choose your own software though so you'll have to be prepared to live with the limitations of the built in uPnP server. For example Twonky on a QNAP NAS is unable to transcode to WAV which is something Asset can do for you IIRC. My QNAP Ts-119P...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Guido Fawkes ·
I don't think there is any great advantage of using a NAS for playing music, but it is not a bad solution either. Just use the method you prefer. There is no compelling reason to use a NAS in my view unless you want to have dedicated centralised storage and want features such as RAID to protect against disc failure. I have both a Vortexbox (free download), which is a specialised NAS for music (upstairs to stream to UQ) and a new Mac Mini with optical connection to a Naim DAC/555PS...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Peter W ·
Originally Posted by roo: Twonky on a QNAP NAS is unable to transcode to WAV which is something Asset can do for you IIRC. What format is your music in? Hi roo My files are wav and flac. I don't understand what is meant by "transcode to WAV" and "IIRC", would you be kind enough to eloborate? If I buy a NAS I will most probable go for QNAP which has Twonky pre-installed. Can it stream wav files to my NDX? I have also read posts about song/ ablum order problems regarding Twonky. So...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

Geoff P ·
Originally Posted by Peter W: Hi Geoff My PC and hi-fi system are in the same room, ~20ft away from each other, connected by CAT5e cables. Between them is a switch (~6ft from the system) to which the modem, NDX, wi-fi router, PC, TV and AV Amp are connected (TV and AV Amp are in another room). Wi-fi is for n-Stream, iPad and mobile phones only. Do you see any sonic problems for such a set-up? If I add a NAS, it will be installed in the cabinet where the switch, modem and router are, just 6ft...
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

garyi ·
Just to clarify a NAS does not represent a back up solution, RAID is not backup.
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Re: Why use NAS as a music server?

pcstockton ·
Originally Posted by garyi: Just to clarify a NAS does not represent a back up solution, RAID is not backup. Well depending on how it is setup it can be at least a DRIVE backup. Just not true DATA backup.
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Re: LaCie d2 Network 2

One-hifi ·
Yes. It is possible.
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Klout10 ·
Wonderful story Richard! Enjoy your system! Regards, Michel
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

MangoMonkey ·
To the Op: +1 to what you found - I suspect there is something wrong with the cabling at my place too. Having said that, I also recently noticed that the upnp server you use makes a difference too. I'm getting better sound now, that ever - I've hooked up my PC running the upnp software to a switch which is connected to my streamer. All of this via Cat6 cable. The switch is connected through the wall (with cat 5) to a Nas which stores the files. This sounds just right! In comparison, the...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Kevin Richardson ·
Originally Posted by MangoMonkey: To the Op: +1 to what you found - I suspect there is something wrong with the cabling at my place too. Having said that, I also recently noticed that the upnp server you use makes a difference too. I'm getting better sound now, that ever - I've hooked up my PC running the upnp software to a switch which is connected to my streamer. All of this via Cat6 cable. The switch is connected through the wall (with cat 5) to a Nas which stores the files. This sounds...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Matteo ·
Thanks for your post my experience is, so far, the opposite ... having cat5, I m completely satisfied of the SQ of my ND5, both iradio and streamer I turn on the acute cd in very rare occasions ... M.
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Kevin Richardson ·
You may well know I am not an expert. However, I have 3 Mac Airport Extremes in my home and have no problem streaming wirelessly even at 192/24. I run a cat 7 from both streamers to the appropriate AEx [conveniently located within 7 feet] I think thats a cost effective solution vs. running cat 6 cable throughout. YOu might try jRiver as it converts all your files to wav on the fly. Maybe it will sound even better than Asset. [I am pretty paranoid so I run Asset, Minim and JRiver]
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

NotMyNaim ·
Thanks everyone, lots of good advice. For now, at last, I'm very happy with the sound I'm getting. I didn't think it was possible for the HB2s to sound this good and I'm delighted not to have been laughed at for putting 200 quid's worth of 30 year old speakers on the end of £3.5k of SU! I'm skeptical about the necessity of audiophile Cat5 cable, my guess is that the Cat5 in my wall is either damaged or not Cat5. The Cat5 that I'm using now, instead of the stuff in the wall, is nothing...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Harry ·
I ran Spendor S5e off 552/300 and they were not embarrassed at all. They never sounded better and this arrangement served well for in excess of a year. As it turned out, some posher alternatives costing several multiples more didn't work so well in the room. When it comes to speakers and rooms all bets are off until you hear them in situ. You are right to be sceptical about "audiophile" Ethernet cable. That your cabling could be faulty is the obvious and logical first conclusion. However, if...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Aleg ·
Richard if using long stretches of cat cable I would recommend a shielded type. As many experiments/tests have shown, bits are not just bits, it is all about noise, outside interference and timing issues. Better quality cables do pay off. cheers Aleg
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Jan-Erik Nordoen ·
Originally Posted by NotMyNaim: I spoke to the supplying dealer who was convinced the problem was with my ancient Heybrooks. And there lies the crux of the problem. Surely, the dealer's responsibility is to ensure that the system sounds correct. Admittedly, this was easier before streaming... Jan
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Jan-Erik Nordoen ·
Originally Posted by NotMyNaim: Finally I tried short circuiting the Cat5 cable that was buried in the wall of the living room and connected the SU directly to the NAS . Surely you mean through a switch ?
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

NotMyNaim ·
Yes, sorry, not quite directly, it was through a switch.
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Harry ·
Originally Posted by NotMyNaim: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable. half a lifetime of being very happy with my trusty Rega Planar 3, A&R A60 and Heybrook HB2s, That takes me back. I started with this source and amp and I really wish I hadn't sold the A60 for buttons. It could still serve me well today. Isn't hindsight wonderful? Still got the RP3 though. I don't use it but I can't bear to part with it. So many happy memories. I haven't been bitterly disappointed but I...
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