I want to keep it all dedicated for high quality audio use only and if that means having a Pi (mini computer ?)and a add on storage device then so be it. Keeping the audio thing totally separate from anything else is what i want to do. Thing is I may in the future (never say never) do some streaming as well as playing back ripped CD's so it would have to be compatible with that also I guess. Asking too much ?????montechristo358 wrote: ↑Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:20 pmStukaratestu wrote: ↑Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:50 pmWhat do you use to rip the CD's Simon ?
I have never ripped a CD in my life. I don't even know how to use iTunes and we have got it (wife does all that).
I would not want to skimp on quality but then not knowing anything means the whole thing is a mine field littered with acronyms that I don't even know the meaning of. A steep learning curve for me to be sure to be sure.
I have been reading on TAS that slinger has just purchased a Pi and intends to use it in anger. I have so many things to look in to I don't know where to start. Also been reading about DAC's - Beresford seg looks interesting and is at an attractive price. I like the direct selling at trade price approach.
Stu (my head hurts)
I'd heartily recommend DBPoweramp as the ripping software
if you new to streaming then break it down into teh sections below
Files - always rip in the best quality you can, FLAC or WAV, my preference is FLAC, you can always convert to other formats later as a batch job. If you rip them as MP3 for example you are always stuck with that quality.
FLAC or WAV it is then. Fretless prefers WAV, you prefer FLAC
Storage, Where do you want to keep the files, PC,NAS, Hard disk attached to the Playback device? My preference is NAS, as you can keep the noisy computer bits and spinning hard drives away from your audio gear. You also don't need to leave a PC on
NAS it is then. What's a NAS ?
Playback - What hardware will you use to get the music int your stereo? This may have its own DAC or you may choose an offboard one.
Maybe a Pi plus an offboard dac
Control - How will you choose what to play? This may be a tablet or phone, physical or remote or the Playback device may need a screen.
Not fussed, but i have seen you can get a screen for a Pi
personally I use
DB Poweramp to rip to uncompressed FLAC
DIY NAS to store the files
Raspberry PIs as the playback devices. Some running Picoreplayer, others running Roon
Android Tablet for control using OrangeSqueeze or Roon Remote
Thanks for all the help. Getting to grips with this has already started and i want it to ultimately be as good as i can make it within a sensible budget.
Stu WHoops dooble post