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Beethoven was not the artist 4

Posted 7 years ago

Another consistent error I see is listing the composer of classical music as the artist or album artist. If you have a copy of a recording performed by Ludwig Beethoven you probably have something worth a fortune since there was no way to record old Ludwig when he was playing the piano or conducting an […]
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Consistently different 2

Posted 7 years ago

It’s amazing how difficult it is to achieve simple clarity in anything. We all admire a simple easy to understand operation of a product that seems so obvious to us when it works just the way we expect. As a designer I can tell you that’s perhaps the most difficult challenge of all: making something […]
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Consistency 5

Posted 7 years ago

I mentioned yesterday that perhaps the single most important aspect of a music library is maintaining consistency in the way you tag and list your albums and tracks. When you go to look for Mozart and there are 5 listings for him: Mozart Wolfgang, Mozart Amadeus Wolfgang, Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus and then the various misspelling […]
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Dog ate my homework 2

Posted 7 years ago

OK, let me guess. Only a few of you actually read any of the material I assigned for homework last night, right? Instead, most of you were probably enjoying your hi-fi systems, your families and life in general – that sure sounds better than reading an article on organizing your music library. So, I’ll be […]
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Getting a music library started 6

Posted 7 years ago

We’ve been focusing on storage hardware for your music library and now it’s time to start thinking about the actual library itself. This is an important step if you’re starting from scratch – perhaps even more important to make sure you’re happy with your organization if you’re already in the thick of it. To review […]
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On the road 6

Posted 7 years ago

I travel a lot for our company and visit with audio clubs, customers and speak at a few of our dealers. When I go on these trips of course I want to play music and show off our equipment’s features and share with people the joy of choosing from my library on an iPad. One […]
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2.0 or 3.0? 5

Posted 7 years ago

We’ve been discussing HD storage for our music collections and I have been recommending you build your library based on USB connected hardware to your computer. A 2tB hard drive can be purchased for $100 and it’s fast and reliable, capable of a couple of thousand albums of storage. USB is getting even faster with […]
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What a nickel buys you 7

Posted 7 years ago

If you’re hell bent on relying on the computer built into a NAS rather than the one sitting on your desktop to stream music, then by all means make sure you get a good NAS if your library exceeds anything over a few hundred albums. But if leaving your desktop computer running isn’t a big […]
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So, what does work? 6

Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for the great feedback on our continuing ideas on music storage and how to best build a library from a hardware perspective. Several of you have asked me what my recommendations are for putting together a solid foundation for a library and I’ll start to detail them here. A NAS can be a good […]
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Ahhh, software 8

Posted 7 years ago

Computers are like vehicles and software’s like the gas they need to go. One without the other doesn’t work and the quality of the gas makes all the difference in the world. We’ve were discussing the NAS and then I goofed and got the posts out of sequence. Sorry. A NAS is a hard disc […]
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Does it have to be expensive? 7

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday’s post about high-end bikes and stereo systems got a few people talking and asking if you really need to spend so much on the system to get high-performance music from it. No, you don’t. You simply need to connect with designers and company’s who infuse passion into their designs. It shows, or should I […]
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What price passion? 10

Posted 7 years ago

My neighbor Mike has a $12,000 bicycle that is hand crafted from carbon fiber and weighs a mere 14 pounds. Next year the company is announcing a huge breakthrough; a 13 pound version for another $2K. My neighbor also rides 4500 miles a year on this bike and, as you can guess, is very involved […]
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And the answer is …. 4

Posted 7 years ago

Of course the answer to any good mystery is obvious once you know it – it’s the knowing it that makes it interesting. The question was: if all hard drives need a computer to operate and a NAS is a hard drive connected to the network but doesn’t need your computer, how can the statement […]
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What's a NAS? 4

Posted 7 years ago

If you Google “NAS” you’ll see that the first block of entries is for the rapperNasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as NAS. And if you look down the list Google offers you’ll find what we’re interested in. Hint: it stores music we listen to on our high-end audio systems. A NAS is an […]
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It might seem complex …. 2

Posted 7 years ago

One of my readers commented that “it sure is easier to just put a record on the turntable and play it” in response to trying to understand the complexity of sending music out of a computer. Well, sure it is – just as it’s even easier to put a CD into a CD player. But […]
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Switches and routers oh my! 0

Posted 7 years ago

With all these crazy packets running around our network, like web page traffic, email and music files, how do the attached devices (like our DAC or our computer) know which of these packets are intended for them? And how do we connect everyone together? There are three elements we need to lightly understand to answer […]
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Jigsaw puzzles 0

Posted 7 years ago

If you’ve been following along you now understand that music files are first broken into smaller identically sized pieces of data when they leave the computer. The data are placed in a capsule called a packet and addressed just like a letter with the address of where it’s supposed to be going and where it […]
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Finding your way home 0

Posted 7 years ago

When we stream a music file from our computer, NAS or even the internet to our DAC over USB or our network, that music file is first torn apart into little tiny bits and each of the tiny bits of information is then placed into a capsule, called a packet, and sent along the route […]
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The packet racket 0

Posted 7 years ago

We’ve been learning that computers and computer traffic are shared experiences. Gone are the days when we directly connect devices together and the reasons for this are fairly simple: too many devices need to be connected to too many people over the same roads – there are only a limited number of data highways that […]
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Sorting apples 4

Posted 7 years ago

If you’ve been following along with our series on networking you now understand that regardless of how data gets out of your computer to your DAC – USB or over a network – the path it takes is a shared one used by more than just the music we want to send. In fact, USB […]
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Telephones, CD players and frogs 4

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday we began our look at networked audio – connecting a DAC to your computer through a network rather than a fixed length USB cable (or S/PDIF cable). The advantages to connecting over a network are many, including the ability to put your DAC anywhere you wish and the possibility of as many DACS as […]
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Networking 0

Posted 7 years ago

This’ll be the first of a few posts where we delve into networking and computer audio systems. In prior posts we looked at what I would refer to as a closed system: a single computer with a DAC attached to it. This works fine but has a number of drawbacks, many of which are not […]
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What's a Windows user to do? 2

Posted 7 years ago

I was going to jump into network audio players, networking and all that’s involved with that, but due to a rash of requests I will postpone that for another day and answer some questions. We learned a few days ago that without a lot of hand work, iTunes does not play tracks in their native […]
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Summing up USB DACS 4

Posted 7 years ago

In the last days of posts I have been covering what it takes to play music to a USB connected DAC. We’ve learned what the various formats of music we can play are and how they work – as well we’ve learned that the player itself contributes mightily to the sound quality of what we’re […]
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The trouble with iTunes 15

Posted 7 years ago

Through our mini series on streaming audio we’ve learned how iTunes finds and plays a track on your hard drive but we haven’t yet learned why programs that circumvent iTunes, like Amarra, Pure Music and Bit Perfect exist at all. If you’ve managed to keep up with streaming audio in the magazines, you may have […]
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