Dear Larry headphone addict,
I am now trying to use the J River media to playback music from my collection via PC.
Could you elaborate more in steps, using the bridge to help the digital out for the PC
What kind of extra gadgets to use? I like those with the better or best quality
I still don't own the PWD and have been following this blog for some time. If the bridge
turns out to be a good one I will purchase one.
I also have a collection of music : half of them in PC itunes, and in Mac itunes, how
can I do with that?
Will the Perfect Wave DAC has 3 pin XLR out, What is the power because I am
considering to get the Beta 22 to use with those difficult can e.g. HE6
Do we need the ipad or minimac to do this or just use my PC which is very close
about 2-3 m from the main rigs
You need a Twonky or similar media server, a simple DLNA NAS will do to. I don't have any iTunes specific media, so I'm not sure it will work or not. PWD have both RCA and XLR out and I believe the output voltage is 2V. An iPad/iTouc/iPhone will enable you to control it remotely but is not needed.
The Bridge is as good as the PWT , it is better than my S7700 when I feed FLAC to it.
Like jc9394 says, you need a music server - either as a program loaded on your PC, or on a NAS hard drive (I believe J River does that on a PC). You would connect the PC and the PWD Bridge to the same ethernet router, for them to talk with each other and allow the PC to transmit the music to the PWD. The PWD has a strong 2v output, so it should be strong enough to get good output out of your Beta 22. I don't know if the B22 is a good match with HE-6, and I would wait for more reviews. I didn't like the Prototype HE-6 with Asr's single ended B22, as it sounded a little to the cold side of neutral with that amp. I don't know how the production HE-6 will respond to the B22.
I use Twonky on my iMac and a LaCie NAS, and I can choose which to listen to when I want. I only keep my lossless ALAC and FLAC plus 24/96 FLAC on the NAS, so when I use it with the PWD I don't have to see the 500 albums of MP3 that my kids have in the iTunes library. The kids use Twonky on their Macbooks to access all their music on the iMac. If you don't use an iPod touch/iPhone/iPad to control the music playback and direct it to the PWD Bridge, then you need to install controller software on the PC. I don't know anything about J River Media because I use a Mac, so I don't know it's capabilities. I think I read that it is a uPnP or DLNA server, which would suffice. But I don't know if it's also a controller. You need to make sure that it will redirect the audio output from the PC to the Bridge. Otherwise it will still output sound on your PC and not the Bridge.
In my case, my Twonky media server does not act as a controller to send music to the PWD Bridge. I can log into my Twonky server media player via web browser with my Macbook, and play music on the device that I am logged in with, but I can't redirect the audio output to the PWD Bridge from the Mac. I have to use the iPad/iPhone to select the music, server and destination (one could pick up a used Touch for $150 or less to use as a controller).
With Twonky I can select a multiple folders to be served, so I select my "iTunes" library folder which is in my shared users data folder on Mac, and I select my "Music" folder where I keep a bunch of FLAC 24/96 files that don't go in iTunes. This would be similar to what you want, and you can keep your music spread out over multiple folders and still serve it all as one big chunk of music together. J River should be able to do that for you.