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  1. I've used several Synology models over the years, all have been very reliable. Mine runs Plex server in a Docker container for my music, TV shows and movie collection, which we mostly access via an Apple TV. It's reliable and Wifey never complains so that's three big ticks for me. One note about hard drives - be careful what you choose depending on where you intend on housing your NAS. I used to run 2x 8TB Seagate Ironwolf drives, never had a fault but they're really noisy... and since I use my NAS for surveillance as well as Plex, the grinding 24x7 was too much. Recently swapped out those drives for 3x of the new generation 6TB Ironwolf drives instead and they're much quieter. I don't notice any performance difference - both options easily read and write at full rate Gigabit and I don't have a need for 10Gbps to care what happens beyond that. Also, USB backup HDDs are great but only if you have two that you regularly cycle and keep one well away from the NAS (like at a relative's house - Hyper Backup supports encryption). If your USB backup HDD is connected to your NAS and you suffer a power spike or some other damage, you can kiss it goodbye too. I also use BackBlaze in write only mode for my photos as an extra layer, just in case. It's cheaper than most other Cloud storage options.
  2. This is the kind of thing I had in mind (slapped together with the trial of Smart Draw). The room is 4.5m wide but there's a door on the right hand side of the front wall so the cabinetry will only be 3.6m wide. Cheers, Dave
  3. Hi all, My wife and I will shortly be building a 2nd storey on our house and she wants the family room to have a built-in wall unit where the TV will go, full width, full height, full of picture frames and the like. The existing lounge room system (which will be staying) comprises a Yamaha RXA3050 with a Musical Fidelity M6 PRX driving B&W 683 S1s fronts. The Yamaha drives 601 S3 surrounds and a HTM62 centre. The sub is an old DTX Digital 15" powered unit. I'm very happy with this system at all volume levels, especially for music which is its primary use case. I'd love to replicate the existing system upstairs but I'm concerned about what I'd end up with if I placed 683s into a built-in wall unit. I do like my bass so I have my existing 683s sitting only 100mm off the walls, though there is nothing substantial on either side of them. I want a similar performing setup for the upstairs family room but I'm concerned about what I'd end up with if I placed 683s into a built-in wall unit. Is this a plausible option or should I forget about floor standers in a wall unit and either go for bookshelves like 685s or perhaps in-wall speakers mounted in the wall unit itself? Similarly, what will happen to a sub that's mounted in a wall unit (I may be able to avoid this but would prefer to not have to) and how do I fix it if it's a problem? The new sub, though not selected yet, will be smaller than the existing 15" unit, it's physically too big. The family room will be approx 4.5m x 4.5m. FWIW the existing lounge room is a similar size but then has a dining room and kitchen right off it with just a 2 metre dividing wall from the front right corner of the lounge room so in essence it's quite a bit larger. Timber floor with a large rug in the lounge room, upstairs will be carpet. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who's been through this process with a system that lives in a built-in wall unit, particularly if your "other system" is a punchy floor stander system. Cheers, Dave
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