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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MattSPL » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:21 am

spacey wrote:Cheers matt, its great having built it all, a superb front end IMHO. :D :ugeek:


I'd say so, especially with the Zodiac/Voltikus :)
How's the power issue coming along?
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:24 am

Northern Electrical have agreed that they'll have to find and fix the fault, but this could take weeks! Till then I only use the Voltikus during the day and the SMPS in the evenings.... or I may borrow a mains filter till its sorted.
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby BenL » Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:53 am

Looks very nice Spacey, nice one 8-)
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MattSPL » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:03 am

spacey wrote:Northern Electrical have agreed that they'll have to find and fix the fault, but this could take weeks! Till then I only use the Voltikus during the day and the SMPS in the evenings.... or I may borrow a mains filter till its sorted.


Ok, sounds like your making progress anyway.
You could always get a Purepower unit :?: :)
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:41 pm

BenL wrote:Looks very nice Spacey, nice one 8-)


I've been in touch with one of the UK distributors and if i buy them in 5+ numbers i can offer theres built and configured for around £500. Anyone interested?
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby BenL » Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:49 pm

Would love to but unfortunately don't have the spare cash & NAS & DAC at the moment. Hopefully this'll still be possible in a little while... ;)
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:26 pm

BenL wrote:Would love to but unfortunately don't have the spare cash & NAS & DAC at the moment. Hopefully this'll still be possible in a little while... ;)


Hi Ben, yerp can't see why not; no rush at all... internal storage or NAS versions. I still can’t get over how much better this sounds over my laptop running exactly the same software.. I suppose it’s the removal of all the unnecessary functions and hardware of a general computer/laptop..

Everything sounds more etched yet more relaxed, fuller and detailed. The Hybrid SSD and memory playback is just fantastic. I can shutdown and restart the shuttle in less than 60sec’s. In comparison my Vista based Toshiba Tecra M10 (which is also dedicated to music duties) can't even shut down in the same time frame!
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:32 pm

Tiz a very stange thing a server with no moving parts and zero noise :)
Yesterday i ordered a Crucial M4 512GB SSD from ebay BNIB for £235. Arrived this morning, is up and running already.
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MattSPL » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:38 am

spacey wrote:Tiz a very stange thing a server with no moving parts and zero noise :)
Yesterday i ordered a Crucial M4 512GB SSD from ebay BNIB for £235. Arrived this morning, is up and running already.


Hi Spacey

Is that a new one to replace the one you built, or an addition to the system?

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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:57 am

Naa, all I've done is swap the Hybrid (750GB) drive, with a full (512GB) SSD. Rest remains as was.
Its just that 6 months ago these drives were £700-900, now they've gone about as low as possible at £235, which i thing is in preparation for the 1TB SSD's. But these have an RRP of £1600 ATM!!

Still not a bad build cost,

Hardware:
£170 Shuttle
£30 RAM
£235 512GB SSD

Software:
W7 £70
JRMC17 £30
AVG 2013 Antivirus £25
RealVNC £20
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MattSPL » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:08 am

That's not bad at all :)
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:02 pm

All running and fully loaded with 914 albums Including quite a few box sets and double albums, 28GB used for the OS and software’s etc, I still have 162GB free. I need to prune the server a little but 512GB is enough space IMHO.

Sound wise; well i think the full SSD sounds much better than the Hybrid drive. It’s not a small improvement, much to my surprise
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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MattSPL » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:19 pm

spacey wrote:All running and fully loaded with 914 albums Including quite a few box sets and double albums, 28GB used for the OS and software’s etc, I still have 162GB free. I need to prune the server a little but 512GB is enough space IMHO.

Sound wise; well i think the full SSD sounds much better than the Hybrid drive. It’s not a small improvement, much to my surprise


Sounds good. Once you've plenty of space for Aphex twin and the like ;)

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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby MarkAz » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:06 am

Hi Spacey

Nice project. Have you given any thought to how you might scale up to more than 1 zone (e.g. music room, kitchen, etc)? I used to run a laptop and NAS based system in my music room*, but to add a kitchen zone i moved to sonos, cos at the time there seemed few other all-in-one-box solutions.

* who am i kidding, i mean the room where i do battle with 'the tv watchers' :-)

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Re: Computer4-Audio

Postby spacey » Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:26 am

Hi, yes, JRMC is a DLNA player, so as long as your devices are all linked via the 'media key' JRMC issues when connected then you can stream from the server to any DLNA device around the house. This connection is also used for tablet/Gizmo Ap which i can stream music too from the server.
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