Music Over Wi Fi

The DBM server and Teac Amp / DAC

The DBM server and Teac Amp / DAC

Here I will try and describe my own music system. Several years ago I decided I wanted rid of my sizeable CD collection as it was taking over one of our rooms. The solution I found was to rip every CD to a network attached storage device ( or NAS ). The one I chose was supplied by DBM Servers, viagra 60mg it was 3Tb and contained Vortexbox software and a CD drive. The drive is used simply to rip your CD collection to the internal hard drive where they are stored in lossless FLAC files. Also installed in the server is Bliss, purchase which obtains the artwork for each CD that is ripped and a squeezebox server for playback via a wireless squeezebox network or the integrated player within the NAS.


The squeezebox controller on my Mac.

The squeezebox controller on my Mac.

So in my listening room the NAS is connected to my Wi Fi router via powerline adaptors and to my amplifier via the USB output. My Amp has the benefit of a high quality digital to analogue converter built in which takes the digital signal from the hard drive and converts it to an analogue signal for the amp to work with. The result is music of such high quality that I can hear parts of my music that I have never heard before, information pills even on albums that I have owned for thirty years or more. The internal player is controlled from either my computer, a squeezebox controller or the squeezebox app on a tablet or phone.


The Sonos App

The Sonos App.

So that is the listening room taken care of but this NAS also allows music to be streamed all around the house. In the dining room I have a pair of Sonos Play 1 speakers, each of these has their own digital amp built in and via a dedicated app installed on a tablet or phone they can access all the music stored on the NAS plus thousands of Internet radio stations and music streaming services. The app will display all relevant information for the selected track or album such as track listings and album artwork. The sound quality is fantastic.

In the living room I have another Sonos system doing the same job as the dining room but this time doubling up as a home cinema system with the inclusion of the Sonos Playbar. This gives fantastic quality home cinema as well as stunning music playback.

Ok, not the system for a purist maybe, ideally I would also have a turntable set up in my listening room but then we go back to storage problems associated with Vinyl and CD. I find this system gives me very high quality Hi Fi all round the house plus something equivalent in sound quality to the very best high end system in my listening room.

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