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Streamer/Client vs Server/Nas. What has bigger influence on musicality

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On 11/02/2019 at 5:09 AM, Shondek said:

..... it seemed like an amplifier upgrade rather than a source upgrade

I’m not sure what you mean by this. Can you let us know?

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13 minutes ago, Snoopy8 said:

There are expensive solutions for including audiophile routers, power supplies, master clocks etc. into the music chain. Decided enough was enough and chose to stick with a direct link between the SMS-200  and the NAS which has 2 Ethernet ports (some software config required).  

 

IF (still a big if) I choose to upgrade, I would look for a high end single box solution with a streamer, SSD and DAC with internal master clock and linear power supply to simplify everything and reduce all the noise and jitter in the music chain. A very expensive upgrade requiring a loss on expensive current gear. Hence the hesitation... 

 

Sorry, I have digressed a bit but hopefully I have given you some (expensive $$$) ideas on your next steps.  Best wishes on your journey, please post if you have more questions.

I hear you S8 but just because there are expensive so called Hifi peripherals out there it doesn't necessarily mean they sound good or does one have to buy them I use a very musical  sounding netgear switch which sounds better than without it. Thanks very much for showing me the direction I should be going it has been very enlightening. 

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23 minutes ago, Sir Sanders Zingmore said:

I’m not sure what you mean by this. Can you let us know?

To my ears when you improve an amplifier the improvements seems to more sound based, ie better bass treble stereo imaging etc and it tends to have a more impressive sound. In the case of a genuine source upgrade it usually doesn't seem that much  more impressive but  music seems less hurried with more space between the notes and melodies are  much easier to follow with better insight into the musicians intent.So for me the further away from the music the upgrade is the more it alters the sound (eg speakers) and the closer the more it improves the musical qualities. My friend built a nas/server to same spec as the streamer I built and he was surprised by the improvement it brought. Flac rips he thought were badly recorded/mastered now sounded enjoyable to listen to even though the sound(bass, treble etc) hadn't improved that much. Very interesting times ahead. Ps This streamer in some ways sounds musically better than Linn Akurate DS 1

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1 minute ago, Shondek said:

I use a very musical  sounding netgear switch which sounds better than without it. 

Using Ethernet in music chain 

can isolate noise, improve AQ and your own experience with the switch supports this.  👍 

 

The same isolation principle led to the development of the network streamer. However, noise from routers, their power supply and timing issues with Ethernet created a different set of problems, hence the expensive gear mentioned previously.

 

Unfortunately, it never stops in the quest for the ultimate AQ.  You have to decide what your limit is and when to stop!  For some, it never stops . ..😆 

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