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Home Digital Music Newbie Has a Bunch Of Questions....

by soundhd / March 20, 2012 6:29 AM PDT

I am looking into adding high end digital music streaming to my high end home audio system.
Been looking around on the internet and sometimes one gets over loaded on the info out there.
Would like to be able to use a digital player...lots of manf. are coming out with them now....Bryston, Cambridge, Sim-Moon among others.....Want to be able to connect a external hard drive to the player and also be able to use my home router to be able to connect to other systems in the house.
Currently I have ITunes on my desktop computer with about 2200 tracks (my favorite music tracks from my personal music CD collection) in a "wav" format mainly for using my IPod in my vehicles, and playing music on my audio systems I have in the house.....they all have some sort of an IPod dock for that purpose.
What are the different ways for "controlling" the digital music playing system? We do have a couple laptops with "wifi" on them. Would hate to have to buy a new phone or some sort of "Pad" just for remote controlling...
I have a cell phone but just a basic one.....not a big cell phone user......

What is the best software to use for recording, burning, playing the music files?

Does the software get loaded in the player, the laptop, etc...?

Can the wav files in my Itunes be copied or transfered? Would hate to have to re-record/burn whatever it is called now all over again......

What is/are the best way to record new music files to get the best audio quality? Certain types of CD/DVD drives, etc....

I know I will need some sort of DAC between the digital music player and my audio system(s) and a music file wireless streaming device connected to the router in some way...
Sorry for all the questions, just trying to understand it all....

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AV forums is a good place too
by Pepe7 / March 21, 2012 12:29 AM PDT

It's probably a better forum for those higher end digital streaming systems, especially the nitty gritty on wich features actually work and which might work well for your particular needs. If you want some decent feedback on the lower priced stuff though (like WD Live, etc.), you could ask about those devices here, along with iPods, etc.

I'll pop back later with more comments on your other questions. Might be easier to separate them into a few posts instead of one though. They take us in many different directions ;).

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Some answers
by Pepe7 / March 21, 2012 12:45 AM PDT

Some dedicated digital audio players can be networked, some cannot. Ditto for adding storage/connecting an eternal drive. You would have to do some legwork to find one that does the degree of networking/storage that you require. I'd look around at for some good info on what high end systems are being used there by folks.

Similarly, some may have apps for smartphones, or simply may use old fashioned but reliable dedicated remote controls. Again, this depends on which model you are looking at.

Since you are referring to obtaining a dedicated player, you would not necessarily require separate software just to play since the new hardware would do this. Ripping/burning, etc. could be done on some models, but this is usually done on PCs so you can control the process better (bitrates, file formats, etc.). There are entire forums dedicated to discussion the ripping/burning trappings.

You could simply transfer the WAV files as to not have to re-rip your original CDs. What's considered 'best' software/hardware to use for ripping new music is somewhat subjective since there are hundreds of options/permutations to try. Some folks like Samsung drives and others like Liteon, etc. Sort of like Coke/Pepsi ;).

Acquiring a separate streaming device might not be necessary if you find some sort of all in one unit, unless you are requiring a model that does video as well. And a separate DAC might not be necessary if you like what the player can do natively. I would start out by first learning about what capabilities there are in the marketplace, then apply them to what you really want to achieve with your home system.

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by Pepe7 / March 21, 2012 2:17 AM PDT

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