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Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post
 

What do you guys use as an off-site backup solution?  

Old-fashioned style. HDDs taken to friend's house every few months. :biggrin: Once cloud storage becomes more economical, along with my bandwidth, that is the route i will take.

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Old-fashioned style. HDDs taken to friend's house every few months. :biggrin: Once cloud storage becomes more economical, along with my bandwidth, that is the route i will take.

Research it well, is my advice...I tried a couple of commercial solutions but they were either slow as hell with high data volumes (incremental backup) or unreliable (my cynical view for one of the products was that it's perfect in every way...until you need a restore).  In the end I set up a box in my second residence (one of the few advantages of living in 2 places) and wrote a primitive script that logs in via SSL once a week at night and pumps over the additions.  Far from perfect but it works.  Having the place in India burn down on me is not just a remote possibility but quite likely in the longer run, the way they implement electricity here.  Not even going to talk about power quality, everything is behind a generator-backed UPS (with battery stack) and power conditioner...nominal voltage should be 240 V / 50 Hz but is really between 160 and 280 V.  Highlight was some error a klutz made 2 years ago where he put 380V (!) on the wires, took out most of the appliances in the neighbourhood that happened to be connected.  And of course, if it breaks you get to keep the pieces.

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WOW. I am a electrical PE. Among other things . How can anything made work on such a varible voltage grid like that.

Much less electronics. . So you generate your own power and of course you need your own ups cause of the generator fluctuations . Wow. My home inusa NC has power issues as the power goes out and right back on . But that is nothing compared to you.

Al
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Yeah that is crazy. Anyways, i agree, it's once you need to restore that the cloud becomes a serious bottleneck, which is why i just bring HDDs to a different residence. A less elaborate version than what you have, but works nonetheless :)

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Brunk that is what I have to. But for some stuff I do hVe the real cloud stuff Nd it does it automatically weekly.

Al
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I've looked into those before, but I honestly don't see anything special besides being fanless. What benefits have you gotten out of it? I'm curious. :popcorn:

 

Nothing special about it really. The draw is a design that is made to be easy to install and performance that is unmatched at its price. Most of the issues people have with the more expensive boutique type music server is bloated, proprietary software that isn't well supported. After talking it over with Darryl I made the decision to pick up a CAPS and it was a huge difference in my musical listening. I was using a custom gaming computer before with fans, moving parts (HDs), and of course no USB filtering. With the caps you have the benefit of noise and jitter filtering throughout your entire signal. One of the best investments I've made in this hobby thus far for sure. 

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Nothing special about it really. The draw is a design that is made to be easy to install and performance that is unmatched at its price. Most of the issues people have with the more expensive boutique type music server is bloated, proprietary software that isn't well supported. After talking it over with Darryl I made the decision to pick up a CAPS and it was a huge difference in my musical listening. I was using a custom gaming computer before with fans, moving parts (HDs), and of course no USB filtering. With the caps you have the benefit of noise and jitter filtering throughout your entire signal. One of the best investments I've made in this hobby thus far for sure. 

Cool, thanks for sharing. I have a sole fan in my music PC, but i keep it super quiet through software control that it's hardly audible. However, my noise floor is about 10-15dB quieter than average since I live out in the country :) I'm hoping when I try a linear PSU that I can say the same for improvements, as I did notice a difference using my big rig PC (TOTL PSU), even with the 16x spinner HDDs lol. That's one thing I don't buy into for better SQ - HDD vs. SSD.

 

edit: What kind of PSU did you have in your gaming rig?


Edited by brunk - 2/12/14 at 5:26pm
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Cool, thanks for sharing. I have a sole fan in my music PC, but i keep it super quiet through software control that it's hardly audible. However, my noise floor is about 10-15dB quieter than average since I live out in the country :) I'm hoping when I try a linear PSU that I can say the same for improvements, as I did notice a difference using my big rig PC (TOTL PSU), even with the 16x spinner HDDs lol. That's one thing I don't buy into for better SQ - HDD vs. SSD.

 

edit: What kind of PSU did you have in your gaming rig?

 

I agree, I haven't found SSD to sound any better than HDD. I do enjoy the fast writing and reading abilities and the fact that they don't have any moving parts. I think in general many believe that to be a key component of a good music server. Not sure where the magic is, but I have noticed a dramatic difference in overall SQ switching from my gaming rig to a dedicated music server. There is an SSD installed, but I don't play music from it. I play my music from an external 4 TB HDD. 

 

My gaming rig uses a OCZ 850W Silencer MKIII. Love that thing... 

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I have a Mac mini extra RAM & SSD bringing love to my HE-6. Some moons back, I played around with a handful of Linux music servers but always kept the mini at the ready. Currently using A+ with Integer mode; Direct drive.

 

Addressing "Power" is on the horizon for the sup'd up mini...

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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

 

I agree, I haven't found SSD to sound any better than HDD. I do enjoy the fast writing and reading abilities and the fact that they don't have any moving parts. I think in general many believe that to be a key component of a good music server. Not sure where the magic is, but I have noticed a dramatic difference in overall SQ switching from my gaming rig to a dedicated music server. There is an SSD installed, but I don't play music from it. I play my music from an external 4 TB HDD. 

 

My gaming rig uses a OCZ 850W Silencer MKIII. Love that thing... 

Yeah I am starting to believe the improvement comes with a good PSU, and the on-board regulation of the motherboard. It's all a hunch really, but process of elimination / common sense is pointing in that direction. Or it's all in our heads :tongue:


Edited by brunk - 2/12/14 at 8:03pm
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Originally Posted by Silent One View Post
 

I have a Mac mini extra RAM & SSD bringing love to my HE-6. Some moons back, I played around with a handful of Linux music servers but always kept the mini at the ready. Currently using A+ with Integer mode; Direct drive.

 

Addressing "Power" is on the horizon for the sup'd up mini...

Very nice SO! Do you use a mobile device to interact with it or what? I'm loving my iPad Mini with JRemote. Big thumbs up guys and gals! I'd imagine if you have a phone with an IR on it (for TVs and stuff) that you can have it 'learn' your preamp remote commands for the ultimate awesomeness :)


Edited by brunk - 2/12/14 at 8:06pm
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I bought a late 2009 Mac Mini Server version. It came with two 500 GB hard drives. I maxed the RAM and replaces the HDD with one 120 SSD for the software and one 1 TB HDD for the music files. I went this way because it was cheaper (paid about $475 for the Mac Mini) it is the last one that has an external power supply so anytime I want I can buy a linear power supply for it and really improve the sound eliminating the noise of the switching power supply without need to do internal modifications. I am using Audirvana Plus and also JRiver for Mac. For Audirvana Plus in iTunes integration mode you can use the iTunes remote app to control it and for JRiver there is a remote app for it.  I also have it connected to my TV via HDMI if I want to see a bigger monitor image.

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I am enjoying using my Imac and macbook for files using Amara and aurdirvana on them. I have not tried the Jrivers yet. i am also using the Oppo BDP 105 DAC with the imac and very happy with the results. The sabre dacs are really nicely done.  I will try some separate Dacs in the coming months and see the differences.. Using the LCD X and Alpha dogs frequently lately and Dan done a super job with this last tweak he did on these cans. Excellent and they now have a soundstage. Nicely done

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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

I am enjoying using my Imac and macbook for files using Amara and aurdirvana on them. I have not tried the Jrivers yet. i am also using the Oppo BDP 105 DAC with the imac and very happy with the results. The sabre dacs are really nicely done.  I will try some separate Dacs in the coming months and see the differences.. Using the LCD X and Alpha dogs frequently lately and Dan done a super job with this last tweak he did on these cans. Excellent and they now have a soundstage. Nicely done

Very cool! Since you'll be checking out DACs, see if you can audition a Yulong DA8. Assuming it ticks all your boxes of course. It's the best Sabre implementation I have come across thus far. I was interested in the BDP-105 for some time, but I have the 93 and 95 lol. They still have the firmware that allows you to play .iso files, so it's tough to let them go.

 

Cheers!

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For anyone curious, here's the project I'm working on for my horns + supertweets. I'll also be checking it out with the HE-6 before I wire in the analog active x-overs :)

 

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