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- Mar 4, 2001
- Catfisch Cinema
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Are you now using y our Plex system for all your music too? (You can use it as with your movies to be your own home ”cloud” music streaming service, and listen via the Plex app on your streaming devices.)Last night I sat down to listen to my CD rips. As I said earlier, I use Apple iTunes to rip my CDs with ALAC. I also have a few FLAC and WAV files. The WAV file is from my purchase of Band on the Run Archive collection that has a download code.
My current home set up is the ALAC and WAV and FLAC files are loaded on a hard drive and connected to my Oppo via the rear USB port. I use the Oppo’s DAC and send the signal to my Rotel pre-amp and set that to by-pass so it’s not processing the file. ( I do that to skip around the hDMI connection.) I have a pair of B&W 804’s.
In listening to one track off Band on the Run from my ALAC rip and then the WAC file from the same set the CD came from. It was really hard to hear any difference. I could have spent more time to really listen for something. But they both sounded great! In this case, I think the DAC makes a huge difference, the Oppo sounds better to my ears. The Rotel DAC is good too, but I can hear a difference. So this is another aspect to consider I think if you want to really pull out every bit of the music. The Oppo can have the vocals more forward and sounds warmer, just depends on the mastering of the CD of course.
In reading this thread, it’s sort of helped me because I was wondering about maybe creating a second library of music files that is for the home set-up. And keep the ALAC rips just for the iPhone usage. But I realized that the ALAC rips will uncompressed and is lossless. So for now, I will get a larger hard drive and experiment more with the Oppo as the player for my home system. I’ve also read that the Oppo can access the music files from a drive in a home network If you‘re set up for that.
And I know that will not apply to Mike, but I always buy the iPhone with the most storage I can. I load the phone with my music and I can play my music at work or in the car via CarPlay. So it’s been wonderful.
I planned to do this with my Emby system. But Emby app on AppleTV has been really buggy for music (not videos) for me. And I haven’t been able to figure it out.