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  1. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Downloading music from YouTube?!? You’re killing me.
  2. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Maybe it's time to join the 21st Century. :) We're a few years into it already.
  3. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    It's... Not... Pertinent... And I've never heard of audio only files being put into an .mkv container. Maybe using a traditional audio file format would make more sense.
  4. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Just to add some specific details. The read speed of a typical 96/24 FLAC file is a whopping 0.35MB/s. That's roughly 1/4,300 of the actual read speed capability of a low end M.2 drive. Unlike platter drives, SSDs generate virtually no heat just by being on, and they generate far less heat...
  5. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    M.2 and 2.5” SSDs are basically the same price these days. I have no idea why video files are being brought up here. These are music only players, and heat simply is not a problem.
  6. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    This seems to be a common problem, but complicated components tend to not provide proper information about how everything works. The DMP-A6 is no exception. I'm having to just look around and try to figure out how it all works. I just found the feature that indexes the music stored on local...
  7. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I have several pci M.2 SSDs and they can definitely get very hot, when you slam them. The thing is, the demands of playing back music files is virtually nothing, and I seriously doubt heat will ever be a problem. The exception would be trying to install a ton of new media in a short time. I...
  8. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    And if you want to use an external drive with USB 3, you can do that. That's what I'm doing for now while I figure the thing out. I have an M.2 SSD in an enclosure. Yes, it does have three USB ports, but only one is for local storage. The USB-C is for use with a computer as a sound card, and...
  9. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    BTW, I only have a couple 192/24 recordings. I find that's beyond the realm of audible benefit. I've only gotten those when it was the only option and no 96/24 version was available.
  10. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    So, what you're saying is, increasing the resolution of shit only produces high resolution shit. Yes, I completely agree. I tend not to waste my time with high resolution versions of music that was a crap recording to begin with.
  11. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I can definitely say the DMP-A6 is rather awesome. It is still evolving, demonstrated by the fact I've only had it three days and there have been two firmware updates. Still some little things they can improve, such as playing back from internal storage, it displays the file name, rather than...
  12. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I lied... I hooked it up. None of you believed I'd wait... did you? :rolleyes: It sounds really nice, even though I expect it will improve a little with some burn-in. Yeah, I'm one of those. :blush:
  13. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Something I find impressive is that during my wait for it to arrive, there have been two updates to the app. It was released less than a month ago, which tells me they are really on the ball about improving the app, which really is the best way to control the unit.
  14. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Everything about it belies the price. The closest component I can compare it to is the Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition, which costs $3,800. The EverSolo is $860. I wonder about the whole "too good to be true" thing, because it seems too good to be true. I was also very lucky to get one...
  15. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    The EverSolo DMP-A6 is here. I won't be connecting it until at least tomorrow, because I have other things taking priority for the next day, and I realize there is no such thing as "I'll just hook it up and then get back to the stuff I need to get done." :wacko:
  16. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I can't help you with Plex. I'll be almost exclusively using the DMP-A6's internal M.2 slot, which I understand you can access over the network using the ip address, to play back ripped and downloaded music files. So, at least my observations regarding user experience and sound quality. The...
  17. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I'm actually not interested in the streaming capabilities. What I want is a top notch DAC with the ability to play high res music files from an attached SSD, and control playback from a mobile device. The components that are able to do that are generally streamers. The Cambridge CXN v2 I've...
  18. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    …and my EverSolo DMP-A6 has been shipped. Supposed to be here Monday, though it wouldn’t surprise me if it arrived earlier than that.
  19. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Well… I appear to have grabbed one on Amazon. It hasn’t been available, but this morning I noticed it was, with a delivery in mid June. So I grabbed one and then it went unavailable again. We’ll see if I get it.
  20. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    I fully plan to get an EverSolo DMP-A6, sooner than later, most likely. I'd love to have an alternate unit to compare to the Cambridge CXN v2. I'm just not wild about having to import one through AliExpress, in case there's any problem. I have no idea what I'd do about it, though I would buy...
  21. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    $859, which is hard to believe. One very slick feature is an internal NVMe slot. What I wonder is, how do you get new files to it? I would hope you can do it over the network, because removing the SSD every time would stink. Unfortunately, it says there is a 2TB max, which doesn't exactly...
  22. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Now there's this rather mysterious EverSolo DMP-a6 that was released today. It's a mostly unknown company, but the unit looks amazing, and they did some brilliant marketing by sending units to several YouTubers. Currently, there are no direct sellers in the US, but there are in Australia...
  23. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Music has always been the #1 priority in my HT, odd as that might seem. Music is what brought me to audio gear back in the 70s. Since disc based music is sort of past, for me at least, I wanted an updated playback system that would provide the best audio quality I can afford. I'm very happy...
  24. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    That's a common problem you can fix with a music tag editor. Often, they only have track numbers, but no disc number, or all the disc numbers are 1. So it plays the first track from each disc first, then the second and so on. I've used a similar thing, Apple AirPort Express to stream from my...
  25. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    Maybe not so much. :D
  26. JohnRice

    Music Streamer/DACs

    For the last several years I've been playing back the HD music I bought from HDTracks using an SSD and an Oppo BDP103, connected to an external DAC, but it's never worked quite as well as I'd like, plus who knows when the Oppo app will tank. So a while back (far too long ago, actually) I...
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