How do you listen to flac audio?

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  1. jaishankar

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    I am just wondering how do you listen to your music?

    These days there seems to be several options.

    1. Using a NAS where you have ripped all your (super)audio cds to lossless files and stream from them.
    2. Use an external hard disk and connect it directly to the AV Receiver or processor.
    3. Good old way having a cd player with analogue outs connected to your AV Amp.

    I prefer option 2 due to simplicity. What do you guys think and what are the pros and cos of each approach and are there more options that I have missed?

    Appreciate your views :thumbsup:
     
  2. GloopyJon

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    I use option 1. I have a 4-disk Synology NAS box sitting in my network cabinet, and a Logitech Squeezebox Touch in my TV cabinet, connected up to my AV receiver. I control it remotely via my Sony S tablet, running the Squeezebox app for Android. My CDs are not cluttering up the lounge, they are downstairs in the hall next to another sitting room / guest bedroom / music room where my previous stereo hifi setup lives, but I don't think I've put a CD in there since we moved into the house last May. Shame really, as that's a nice setup (CA 840C + 840V2, and ProAc Studio 130 speakers), but I wanted surround sound for the main TV, which is in the area where we spend most of the time.

    I have ripped all of my CDs in both FLAC and MP3 - the former is used for the Squeezebox, and the latter in my car.

    If you're interested in the technical details of my NAS and network setup, they are in the thread linked in my signature below.

    Incidentally, why do you ask? :)
     
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    If I'm in the right mood then its the cd player and amp every time, sounds far better for me.

    If I'm tinkering around and listening whilst waiting to watch a film, then it on the media pc through the av amp.

    Waiting to get my amp upgraded with the dac to use that instead of the av amp.
     
  4. jaishankar

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    Thats a very good start. Thanks for sharing your experience. I will have a look at your networking project thread.

    The reason for starting this thread is to understand what is the best way and if there is some thing that I can do to improve the setup at my place.

    I have a small niggle with option 2. When I connect my external hdd to Av receiver directly, the hdd remains powered on (the led in the hdd remains on indicating this) even when I switch off (stand by mode not exactly power off) the Av receiver. And I dint mind this for quite a while until my hdd failed recently. I wonder if this could be down to the hdd being powered on all the time?
     
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    Still good old CD player here,plus now i have adder an cocktail audio unit :)
     
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    All my CD's are ripped to a NAS > Sonos > Amp ;)
     
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    NAS direct to receiver. Receiver app used to play them.

    Setting up a NAS doesn't cost much and that way you can have various players accessing your music, not just one with the Hard drive option.
     
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    Htpc using XBMC, the music files are stored locally

    EDIT: HDMI to my AVR!
     
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    I must be the only one going backward,just brought an s/h Rocksan amp to go with my Naim CD player :D
     
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    I use option 4.

    My computer running JRiver Media Centre via USB to my JKDAC32 then analogue out to my amp.
     
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    PC running Vortexbox/LMS/Squeezeplay -> MF V-link -> MF V-dac -> Arcam AVR350, all controlled by multiple tablets (Android/WebOS/iOS) or android smartphones.

    V-link and V-dac both powered by medical grade linear power supply

    Secondary feed from V-link-> FiiO D3 -> Denon DM38.

    Can also stream to any of the tablets or smartphones
     
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    All CDs ripped to FLAC and now sitting in a cupboard somewhere. Haven't owned a dedicated CD player for more than a decade. Stream from PC to AVRs (in lounge and bedroom) and quality is plenty good enough for me.
     
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    NAS > SB3 > amp x2 (front and dining room setup)

    Some CDs ripped to flac stored on a Nas. No point ripping all to flac and packing them away as she will drag them back out.
    Use a UDP on each setup for CD playback and will always require a cdp of somekind
     

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