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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

NotMyNaim ·
Thanks Harry and you're right, the HB2s sound great. I'm considering B&W PM1s to replace them (I've got an option to buy a lightly used pair for half price), but right now the HB2s sound so good I'm in no hurry. I've still got the A60 and RP3 - haven't used the Rega for years, but like you, can't part with it - it's just such a nice thing. I've used the A60 recently and it has a lovely tone and some serious punch for a 40x40w, but against the SU it sounds congested and confused, so I...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Sloop John B ·
great post Richard, thanks for taking the time. does rather open a can of worms (or open it wider). Have you connected a laptop to the offending CAT5 and is there any indication of a faulty connection? Did internet radio work under the old scenario? Speakers, for what it's worth, have to suit 3 things, your amp, your room and your ears. You simply have to hear them is situ in your room. Historically it would have been noted that Naim amps may be a bit underpowered for B&W speakers. (I...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

NotMyNaim ·
Hi SJB, I haven't actually tried connecting a laptop to the offending Cat5, but the internet radio was working - although it didn't sound great either. To be honest, I haven't tried the radio with the new set up. I agree with the caution about speakers. I have auditioned an SU with various speakers twice now (but both times at a dealer demo room, not at home) and both times I preferred the PM1s to anything else I heard (Spendor A5, B&W CM8s, Linn Majik 140s). I did take my HB2s with me...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

MDS ·
Nice post, Richard, and glad you've sorted out the problem. I'm also pleased to learn that someone is still listening to and enjoying a pair of HB2s. Many years ago I used to run a pair from a A&R A60, a great match (still in my loft somewhere). What stands do you use for the HB2s? I started with Linn Kan stands and later moved to Partingdon Dreadnoughts which seemed to give them more oomph. The stands were heavy beasts, though. MDS
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

NotMyNaim ·
Hi MDS, I'm ashamed to admit that my speakers are currently sitting up on a shelf away from the pointy and inquisitive fingers of my three year old twins. I do have contemporary, sand filled, Target stands for them, but they're a bit of a hazard in their own right with their deadly spikes - so they've been banished to the garage. If I get the PM1s, with grills on, they might be allowed to sit on their own stands. Richard.
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

hungryhalibut ·
What an interesting and valuable tale. The whole subject of Ethernet cables seems very controversial, with some saying they make no difference whatsoever, and others spending large sums on bespoke Hifi versions. You have certainly found out that they do have an impact, though as it's buried in the wall you won't know if it's faulty or just poor quality. I would advise you not to get speakers without trying them. I'd also advise, having had bouncing boys, to get floorstanders rather than...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Jan-Erik Nordoen ·
Richard, You could also have the Heybrooks restored and rejuvenated by a speaker specialist. Areas for improvement generally include tweeters (newer technologies / components improve definition and smoothness), crossover components (idem), internal wiring and speaker terminals. I've done this for 30-y old Mordaunt & Short Pageant 2s and Pageant 3s and the result is well worth the relatively small outlay, compared to new speakers. Then spend a few hours hand rubbing, drying and wiping...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

MDS ·
Originally Posted by NotMyNaim: Hi MDS, I'm ashamed to admit that my speakers are currently sitting up on a shelf away from the pointy and inquisitive fingers of my three year old twins. I do have contemporary, sand filled, Target stands for them, but they're a bit of a hazard in their own right with their deadly spikes - so they've been banished to the garage. If I get the PM1s, with grills on, they might be allowed to sit on their own stands. Richard. Ah, yes. I remember the hazards of...
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Manu ·
An unknown network wiring should be professionally tested before been used. It cost less than, at worst repairing a damaged unit, or troubleshooting a slow or unreliable network.
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Re: A Cautionary tale of a SuperUniti and a Cat5 cable

Mr Underhill ·
HB2s, great speakers - I wouldn't be in a hurry to replace them! M
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Re: How can I edit the 'position' field of a track?

GerryMcg ·
Hi Yvan, I have never encountered this problem. I have made a number of my own compilation albums in the past and using my tag editor - "Tag&Rename" I am able to change the track list order and this is always reflected in DTC and n-Serve. I Have you tried a rescan of the network share? Gerry
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Re: How can I edit the 'position' field of a track?

Yvan ·
Hi Gerry, Yes of course, I have made several rescan and it stays the same. If I could know the source of this 'position' field... thanks Yvan
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

Thorsten_L ·
Upgraded to DSM 4.2...everything very fine, except that the SLEEP-Mode is not working... The disks just won´t go into deep sleep... Any ideas ???
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

Foxman50 ·
There was an issue with this on DSM 4.1, which was resolved with a patch. I'd have thought that this would have been fixed on DSM 4.2 have a look on Synology forum site, there is lots regarding this issue.
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

Thorsten_L ·
Hmmm... I just checked there for quite some time... No real solution...even the patches don´t seem to work... Shame...everything else is perfect...
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

JohnF ·
I am running 4.2 -3202 on 212J without any problems using NDX and Nstream on ipad. Cheers John
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

pixies ·
I also upgraded to 4.2 on my Synology 212j and no problems so far.
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Re: Any experiences with the upgrade of synology DSM 3.2 to 4.2 ?

Foxman50 ·
Hi OHL i have a Synology 212j running DSM3.2 just to let you know that transcoding hi res flacs does not work on versions above DSM3.2 If it all works fine, is there any reason to update?
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Re: Backup of HDX, complete

Bart ·
I am not fully familiar with the 2-drive HDX. BUT, have you updated the software to version 1.7? If so, it certainly is possible to backup to a folder on a nas on your network. The reference manual tells you how to set up a backup folder. No, I am pretty sure that it's NOT possible to backup to a directly connected external hard drive.
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Re: RIpping CDs into NAS using iTunes : metadata support

Borders Nick ·
Philippe Ive been through much same process as you but without a NAS. I keep the iTunes library on a PC with a back up on a WD My Passport running all the time. Yes - I eventually also resorted to the same manual process as you to get artwork to show up on the Naim App. There is an thread somewhere on this forum that points to a "Doug Script" that can do the work for you if you have a Mac rather than PC (I couldn't find anything similar for PC) I run Minimserver on the PC and now transcode...
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Re: RIpping CDs into NAS using iTunes : metadata support

feeling_zen ·
Not only in the formats but also in the same format depending on ripping software. Technically, WAV, FLAC, and ALAC should resolve to the same data. Assuming bits are bits, the difference heard is the noise generated by unpacking at the Uniti end. I definitely hear this on the NDX and Naim have confirmed their units are optimised for WAV. As a solution, many choose to use another piece of software to read the iTunes library and transcode to WAV so that whatever the file format, the Naim gets...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Dan.S ·
No need for drilling walls or floors guys, just use powerline adaptors if the distance between the streamer and the NAS needs long cables. I've used some TPLink 100Mbit cheap adaptors (on power sockets 20m apart) and I've tested a steady +3MBytes/sec connection, thats 25Mbit. On the LAN over USB quality my dealer swears streaming from a NAS sounds better than playing the same file from the front USB port. As I'm still waiting for my SU to get delivered I'm yet to test this myself.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

robert_h ·
My unitiqute 2 prefers wired or even wireless over netgear powerline adapters, so they are not always the solution; guess that depends on your house mains wiring, but p' adapters gave us dropouts that did not occur with wireless.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

trickydickie ·
I used powerline adaptors for a while without any issues. However when I took them out the system took a leap forward in sound quality. I'd never use them again or recommend them
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
You will not find many people on this forum agreeing with you on that one Dan.S. Powerline adaptors can cause serious interference in your home, your neighbourhood & various radio systems.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Simon-in-Suffolk ·
It also makes all the optimising of electrical noise with Ethernet leads, ferrite clamps, switch powersupplies, mains wiring etc look like a drop in the ocean compared to them extremely high levels of broadband RF pollution necessarily caused by the Powerline adapters
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Solid Air ·
Powerlines are the devil's work. Regarding switches, if the system works fine without then no problem! I found occasionally my the iPad or app lost the streamer and other weirdness, but when I put in a switch it was all resolved - rock solid. Finally, if you get the NAS physically near to the streamer then you can wire them to a switch, and the switch to a WiFi extender. All the UPNP traffic will then be wired, although of course Tidal and iRadio will still be wireless.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Adam Zielinski ·
Hi Harvey Once you start putting all your streaming gear together, there are few points you should observe. Examples include: Routing Ethernet cable away from mains cables Keeping power supplies for your network gear away from your NAIMs Correct settings of your wireless router and internal IP assignment Mike is exceptionally experienced when it comes to streaming set ups. I may be able to chip in a few things as well. So just ask - will be glad to help. Have fun, Adam
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

hungryhalibut ·
If you are going to run a lead through the ceiling, it means that all the computer gubbins - router, switch, NAS, backup can live upstairs, with just a single wire to the living room. When we first started streaming, the router and everything was in the living room with the stereo; wires all over the place, clonking drives and flashing lights. Last year we had the router and other bits moved to the dining room out of the way, and it's made the living room a much nicer place to listen to music.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
I agree with HH, but it needn't be as bad as that ............ My NAS, UPS & switch live in a cabinet near the Naim rack, I moved the phone line entry to a position on the wall just behind the cabinet & the wireless hub sits on the cabinet. My Synology drive is pretty quiet, but in the cabinet its silent in the room & it can flash its lights with no bother. That said, given another house or ( no no please ) a Mrs Mike lead major room change around, then I would try to locate it...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Patu ·
Why do you need a switch if you have high quality router with all the necessary connections?
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
Not all home wireless hubs (routers) are good at switching duties & it can get to be more of a problem with HD 24-bit high sample rates. I have yet to be convinced by any router spec's that they do contain a fully functioning switch. It may well be some/most do, but how do we know ?? If what you have is OK, great, but I have concerns ...... & I prefer to do the job right & use a switch. Also worth noting that Linn advocate a switch in all but the most basic LAN, the Linn focused...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Simon-in-Suffolk ·
Although I sympathise with Mike's view - and if the home broadband router is very old then it might not have switch ports at all - but indeed use hub ports (the functionality that Mike mentions) - in my experience such devices are largely obsolete now. Many modern ISP and third party broadband routers including from Apple use Broadcom or equivalent switch chipsets now - and these are often the same as dedicated consumer and even some commercial switch devices. Therefore the switching...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
One more time Simon & I'ii get back in my box. My BT HH4 gets warm to hot after about 2 to 3 hours when its connected directly between NAS & NDX & streaming from NAS. That's good enough for me to never run without a switch. (HH4 is the current BT issue when not using Infinity)
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Simon-in-Suffolk ·
Mike Well the only HH4s I know run hot - irrespective of what is running on them other than the ADSL link being up. But I agree a device shouldn't run excessively hot - for what ever reason. The switching function on the HH4 is undertaken using dedicated ethernet switching hardware - I understand the Lantiq PSB 50368 switching chipset - without trawling google don't know what consumer switches might also use this Ethernet switching chipset. But the HH4 does manage multicast - and so...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Patu ·
Thanks for the comprehensive reply Mike. I was just curious and I'm not even streaming myself currently. Still happy user of PC -> USB to S/PDIF converter -> Naim DAC. It's easy for me since I live in a single room apartment and my PC is only few meters from my hifi setup. I recently updated my router to D-Link DIR-868L which has been working perfectly ever since. It would seriously amaze me if this router couldn't handle HD audio stream. Of course if people really find audible...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
My BT HH4 was connected for a gaming device until recently - rarely used & now inherited by the g.kids - I measured its case temp at a steady 26 to 26.4'C when doing nothing in a 20'C ambient, this went up to 28.5'C when gaming, I'd call that warm. When I had it temporally hooked up for streaming it got numbers of degrees warmer, I did not measure it, enough for me to say it was too hot for plastic. The only other listed device using the Lantiq PSB 50368 chipset is Netgear with the...
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

MikeUK ·
JMTENNAPEL: in a perfect world I would like to get rid of a piece of hardware, yes. I do get it that NAS drives are excellent as backup targets and sources, if you want. As a backup source the target could be another piece of local hardware (ugh!), but I concede that it has significant practical advantages. Richard: good points. Streaming from that backup - why not? Is it fundamentally that different to listening to streamed radio? I enjoy quite decent internet service now. Data retention on...
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

Huge ·
Those "major corporations and Universities" are typically using multiple redundant services, but in any case, they always include service level agreements and arrangements for access should a service provider get into financial difficulties. These contracts are much more expensive than the cloud services provisioned for the general consumer.
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

MikeUK ·
Indeed, HUGE, and the average user would not have off-site backup storage in fire-proof facilities, etc. It's a balance of risk & consequence.
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
Hi Harvey, welcome to Naim & the forum, you are about to have fun & some super SQ experiences. I would avoid wireless especially if you have 24-bit & DSD files, as depending on environment, it can struggle. USB is direct to the players buffer & as such it is not affected by the LAN, but its not so nice to use & it does not have most of the features of the Naim app & your chosen UPnP media server brings to the experience. A USB stick is a good benchmark to gauge SQ...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mr2Harvey ·
Hi Mike, thanks you for the warm welcome and your experience with this new area of Hi-Fi is most appreciated. I am looking to get a wired connection to my ND5 XS it's just that it's not simple, or maybe it is if you are competent enough to drill holes though floor and ceiling or can route 30m of cable tidily around the house! I must say I am delighted with the sound of the Naim and importantly the connivance, I've listened to more music in the last 2 weeks than the last 6 months and for the...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
Hi again, routing cable is a bit daunting, however you could consider some possible options to maybe make it easier. If the long cable is from ND5 to NAS it might be more difficult, but if the NAS can be placed in the same area as the ND5 - with maybe just one wall hole between - & a switch between NAS & ND5; then a wireless extender such as an AE from switch to router will work well. I said wireless was 3rd best option, but the router to switch link will only be downloading light...
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mr2Harvey ·
To be honest I will have to get a handyman in and drill a hole through the floor / ceiling then it's only 5m or so. One thing I have picked up though it to have a switch between router and streamer. I'm energised to ensure I get the best sound I can with the equipment I have, but I must say I'm so enjoying it now even though it's not optimised. (Big smile).
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mike-B ·
This might help ............
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Re: USB file sound quality v NAS wired or wireless

Mr2Harvey ·
Thank you that's very clear!
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

jmtennapel ·
I don't understand the question. Do you want to get rid of the synology? Or are you afraid that when your synology crashes that you have lost all your files and you would have to rip all your CDs again? in case you want to have a safety backup of your files to be able to recover them if the synology breaks, there are some backup apps on the synology that you can use to backup the synology in a cloud based storage. I am using Amazon Glacier for this. It costs me less than 4 US dollars a month...
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

trickydickie ·
I backup my files in the cloud. Currently I have only backed up music I have bought from download sites but I will gradually add ripped CD's at some point. I don't see the point in streaming from the backup though, it's slower and a waste of bandwidth. I have provisioned some storage with Microsoft Azure and my Qnap NAS has an application called Azure Cloudbackup Station which I use. It is all automated and very reliable. I use it for photos and important documents as well. This has...
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

MikeUK ·
My thanks to all for comments and feedback -they are very useful. Point taken: backup onto a £40 USB mechanical drive is a compelling safeguard, and I have no excuse! I am trying to work towards having less hardware that can fail, and has to be updated/managed. :-) Hence for storage, I like solid-state drives and cloud storage, generally speaking. I use cloud storage with local mirroring on a SSDD for all my work data, and I'm happy with the paradigm. It's made one Windows system crash...
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Re: Store your FLAC files on the cloud?

likesmusic ·
If google, amazon or apple go belly up it will probably be because of the apocalypse, so that will be the least of your worries! Actually I didn't mean to suggest cloud storage as the only way to backup your music, clearly local storage is going to be quicker to restore from - though it is also the case that some cloud storage providers will fedex you a usb drive with all your data on if you wish. I've just organised my computing so that all my data - documents, photos and music - happens to...
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