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post #151 of 1486
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Anyone using a wireless bridge with PWD?  I'm planning to move the PWD to bedroom which does not have network cable access and order an Apple airport express to connect to my NAS.  Does this work?

post #152 of 1486

I have a similar setup with my PWD and bridge.  Make sure that it is connected through a wireless-N airport extreme.  I think the airport express can't share its ethernet jack and act as a router (at least my older version doesn't).  The setup works very well, but requires quite a bit of bandwitdth for high res files.

 

Overall, I'm starting to like the PWD and bridge combo more and more. When I first received it, it was a pain in the butt since I was used to browsing through itunes, but now that I have a good music organization setup, I find that I listen to a lot more different music with the bridge and it works pretty flawlessly.  It is also pretty great that I don't need a computer hooked up to my stereo!

post #153 of 1486
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Thanks monsieurguzel.  Yes, I will setup the Airport Express as a bridge to the Airport Extreme.  My QNAP is attached to the Extreme directly and hope it works well as most of my files are FLAC and AIFF. 

 

I love the PWD and Bridge combo.  With normal CD as transport, I usually listen to few CDs only and now I'm able to access all my library from iPhone.

post #154 of 1486
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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post

Anyone using a wireless bridge with PWD?  I'm planning to move the PWD to bedroom which does not have network cable access and order an Apple airport express to connect to my NAS.  Does this work?

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Originally Posted by monsieurguzel View Post

I have a similar setup with my PWD and bridge.  Make sure that it is connected through a wireless-N airport extreme.  I think the airport express can't share its ethernet jack and act as a router (at least my older version doesn't).  The setup works very well, but requires quite a bit of bandwitdth for high res files.

 

Overall, I'm starting to like the PWD and bridge combo more and more. When I first received it, it was a pain in the butt since I was used to browsing through itunes, but now that I have a good music organization setup, I find that I listen to a lot more different music with the bridge and it works pretty flawlessly.  It is also pretty great that I don't need a computer hooked up to my stereo!

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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post

Thanks monsieurguzel.  Yes, I will setup the Airport Express as a bridge to the Airport Extreme.  My QNAP is attached to the Extreme directly and hope it works well as most of my files are FLAC and AIFF. 

 

I love the PWD and Bridge combo.  With normal CD as transport, I usually listen to few CDs only and now I'm able to access all my library from iPhone.


I have my PWD in the basement without a wired network.  I set up an 802.11n Airport Express to extend the network of the wireless Airport Extreme N router upstairs.  I then plugged in the PWD Bridge into the ethernet jack of the AE, and it works great.  I'm listening to 24/96 FLAC music on my Lacie Network Space MAX NAS, or off my iMac running Twonky server, with no skips or jumps.

post #155 of 1486
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I have my PWD in the basement without a wired network.  I set up an 802.11n Airport Express to extend the network of the wireless Airport Extreme N router upstairs.  I then plugged in the PWD Bridge into the ethernet jack of the AE, and it works great.  I'm listening to 24/96 FLAC music on my Lacie Network Space MAX NAS, or off my iMac running Twonky server, with no skips or jumps.


Thanks Larry, that make me feel better on the buffering that I'm concern with.  Ordered couple refurbished Airport Express and should be here early next week.

post #156 of 1486
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Received the airport express today, quickly set up to extend my network. There is no buffeting and queueing, sound just as good as over cat 6.
post #157 of 1486

Back in the club!!

 

It's good to be back.   

post #158 of 1486
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Welcome back. Did you get the Bridge?
post #159 of 1486

No bridge for me, I may entertain the notion but not at the moment!  All-in how much are you guys spending on your NAS and accompanying wireless hardware?

post #160 of 1486
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I have both NAS (250-300) and wireless (175) in home already but just got the Airport Express to extend it to my bedroom for $70.

post #161 of 1486

Did you go with a consumer or prosumer nas?  I've seen really cheap ones and really expensive ones; I think the computer audiophile guys tend to use very pricey NAS setups and transports so they are a horrible reference imo.    

post #162 of 1486
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I use QNAP TS-210, it is around $200 without a harddrive. Most harddrive are fairly cheap now.
post #163 of 1486

Anyone care to comment on how long the PWD takes to break-in? Brand new, out of the box, the DAC sounds awfully sterile and everything the word "digital" is associated with. I'm hoping this will be similar to other DACs and improve over the next 100 hours or so.

post #164 of 1486

People generally say that it takes about 300 hours of so to break in.  I've had one in my system for close to a year now and I really love the sound of it.  It did sound a little digital originally, but after a long period of break in, it did open up a bit and sound a lot less digital.  I have mine with a bridge and I think is sounds extremely clean, natural, and almost analogue-like at time.  I prefer it as a source over my VPI Scoutmaster.

 

The other great thing about this DAC is that you can bypass all the stupid Async USB BS that is going around with all new Dacs that came out this past year.  There is also too much fussnig with computer audio as of right now...computer type, hard drive type (ssd vs hdd), async usb implementations, software players (amarra, pure music), and quality usb / coax cable all make it waaaay too fussy for my likings with too much tinkering. With the Bridge, you can bypass all that stuff and just enjoy the music, knowing that it's feeding the DAC properly.  

post #165 of 1486

Yeah, burn-in is one of those things I don't want to believe in, but experience tells me otherwise.  Fresh out of the box, the PWD has harsh mids/highs and lacks bass impact. In these aspects, it doesn't yet approach what the AMB Gamma2 (which uses the same DAC chip with an opamp output) can do.

 

Got the transport on repeat now. It will be interesting to see what changes after just 24 hours when I compare again to my other DACs, though still not 300+ hours. 


Edited by purrin - 1/10/11 at 3:51pm
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