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post #1 of 13
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The W4S MS 2 showed up at my door this Wednesday.  The wait was well worth it.  I could not be happier with the quality of the sound in my system and the incredible ease of use.  

 

I have not had a better digital source in my system (Oppo BDP 95, Mac with Pure Music/BitPerfect/Audirvana/Decibel... and legacy CD and DVD players).  For context:  W4S DAC2, EE DAC Plus, Audio Research LS2B, Krell KSA 250, Apogee Caliper, REL Stadium 2, Violectric V200, Eddie Current S7, Grado HP2, Audeze LCD 2.

 

Getting the music onto the server's hard drive was as simple as described on their website (drag and drop).  I opted to activate BLISS to clean up the library copied across.  Feeding a CD (label DOWN) launches the auto-rip.  Five to ten minutes later, FLAC files will be on the hard drive.  Interaction with the server can be via webbrowser or the mobile device applications, as described.  Everything works smoothly.  

 

I opted to install Crashplan to handle the backup.  It is connected to my NAS and CrashplanCentral (allow 5% CPU time, scheduled backup 1am to 6am).  Set it and forget it.

 

Congratulations to EJ and his team!

post #2 of 13

I can't believe no one else has posted in this thread. I'm very interested to learn more about these units.

 

I've been beyond thrilled with my W4S DAC-2 since I bought it back in September of 2010. I thought back then and still do that it offers one hell of a bang for the buck.

 

I'm not so sure about the pricing on these music server units, though.

 

 

Anyways, I'm eager to learn more about these units in any event.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

A quick update.

 

I have now listened to the server extensively with a wide range of music.  The sources were anything from 16/44 to 24/192.  The best set up and combination by far is W4S MS into W4S DAC2 by I2S.  It is like taking a veil away compared to other options.  Everything snaps into place while being emotionally extremely engaging.  Take for example the rich overtones and decay of a concert grand - you can hear the 'color' change as the sound gives way to silence (I play piano;  hit a key and listen, you will know what I am trying to express).  Large scale orchestra, piano, pipe organ, string quartets, rock, pop, heavy metal, jazz, electronica, you name it - you will discover the music new.

 

The W4S music server / W4S DAC2 has taken the level of performance of my system and most importantly the enjoyment of many great recordings to new heights.  Highly recommended!

post #4 of 13

Really dumb question:

 

Does the server come with any kind of bare bones remote control (for lack of a better descriptive?)

 

To control these apart from the computer one needs to own a Touch, an Ipad, an Iphone, or something along those lines?

post #5 of 13
When did this music server first released?
post #6 of 13
Bump for any response.
post #7 of 13

$2500 for the I2S version...  

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jon L View Post

$2500 for the I2S version...  

The 1TB music server doesn't have I2S connection?
post #9 of 13
Any updates?

I was curious about this unit.

All input appreciated.

Luis D. Paret
Keller, TX (DFW) USA
post #10 of 13

There's really never been much talk about music servers on head-fi which I've always thought strange.  There are a few out now that I'd love to hear more about.
 

post #11 of 13

really like the idea of not having cds everywhere like I do. Went with the MS1

previous NAS experience did not work for me , hope this is the solution. Got it today but waiting on a wireless router to set it up

 

700

 

 

love the size!

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Originally Posted by snapple10 View Post

really like the idea of not having cds everywhere like I do. Went with the MS1

previous NAS experience did not work for me , hope this is the solution. Got it today but waiting on a wireless router to set it up

 

700

 

 

love the size!

 

Congrats! It'd be great if you can do some impressions later.

 

It's unfortunate that this does not have a built-in wireless adapter. If I get the music server, I would plan on getting a Zyxel powerline 4 port switch.

post #13 of 13

I went with Hawking HWREN1 Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Range Extender recommended by W4S.

 

I am still having problem setting it up- failing to connect to my password protected line.

 

Why can not I just plug and play? I will pay extra for that frown.gif

 

 

 

 

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