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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Nick » Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:32 pm

Remember though that in effect VB is just a Linux distribution, I think you can probably get all the same functionality with any distribution. A cheap Ebuyer PC running Debian makes a perfectly good LMS server and/or NAS.
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by simon » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:27 pm

I once had LMS running on a RPi. Sluggish but it worked. I had it running on a nettop too which was quicker.

Now I have LMS running on the NAS, which is just another Linux box of sorts. But unless there's a benefit I don't really want the energy overhead of running a PC 24/7 as well as the NAS.
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Nick » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:54 pm

simon wrote:
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I once had LMS running on a RPi. Sluggish but it worked. I had it running on a nettop too which was quicker.

Now I have LMS running on the NAS, which is just another Linux box of sorts. But unless there's a benefit I don't really want the energy overhead of running a PC 24/7 as well as the NAS.
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Fine, I was just pointing out that making a cheap linux box into a nas was one solution.
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Dave the bass » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:45 am

jack wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:53 pm

I too use max2play at the moment, but I'm unconvinced at the level of development activity on Vortexbox which is my server...

The VB web site was lost along with its forums and never really recovered, activity seems very very low and beholden to very few people... there's no critical mass...
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Ray P » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:49 pm

I perceive that LMS is falling behind the curve compared with the functionality and/or audio quality of packages like Roon/HQPlayer/JPlay - I don't recall my music through the Touch that I owned sounding anywhere as good as it does now. It would be interesting to see if this is reality or just me convincing myself.

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Post by Ali Tait » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:06 pm

No, I don't think you are imagining it. Things move quickly in the digital audio world as I'm sure you are aware. For myself, moving to the Mytek dac was a big improvement. Moving from Jriver to Roon/Tidal was an equal if not more of an improvement again.

Can't help thinking how the Mytek would sound with a nice valve output stage on it. :D
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by ed » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:38 pm

Ray P wrote:
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I perceive that LMS is falling behind the curve compared with the functionality and/or audio quality of packages like Roon/HQPlayer/JPlay -
struggling with this one Ray, how is the audio quality compromised by the server..am I missing something or are you referring to the quality of the players that will continue to talk to the server?
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Ant » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:16 am

This is why I just use the mac mini and iTunes into a dac. Just leave the mac switched on and play stuff. I dont understand how it all works. The old system used an sb3 and my laptop running lms, the laptop still had to be on for the sb to work and I had to run a wired connection to the router from both the laptop and sb to stop it dropping out. It still buffered when someone went on the phone or tablet. It was a pain in the arse.
I know that it's the future, and the sb system was pretty agricultural compared to whats out there now, but to me it all seems like it can still be a complete pain in the arse.

Presumably you still need a pc of some sort to run the server software, a storage device the server software can access for the music, and a user device to control it.

Isnt that what the mac and iTunes do?

Or is all the above oversimplification?

It genuinely puzzles me, probably because I havent a clue how it all works

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Post by andrew Ivimey » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:05 am

Me too. I worry only a little with my vortexbox and squeeze box but it 'just works'. No monthly subscription and I know where all my music is. It plays complicated operas and classical pieces seemlessly as well as the pop music stuff.

External fav downstairs sure but how inferior is this sound system...really? I don't worry about it.
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Post by andrew Ivimey » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:06 am

Oops... external dac downstairs...on the devialet system.
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Ray P » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:23 am

ed wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:38 pm
struggling with this one Ray, how is the audio quality compromised by the server..am I missing something or are you referring to the quality of the players that will continue to talk to the server?
Perhaps I oversimplified with my comment, I meant the overall 'Logitech' solution seems to be falling behind...

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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by andrew Ivimey » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:36 am

Me too...i'm falling behind!
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by pre65 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:32 am

andrew Ivimey wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:36 am
Me too...i'm falling behind!
I must be as well then. :shock:

My SB Touch and external DAC sound very good to me, so if the "modern" alternatives are so much better I really need to start thinking about upgrading.

It would, of course, help if I understood more about these "modern" ways. :lol:
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Neal » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:22 pm

Can't see how LMS is falling behind, it's still being developed, there's a great community behind it. Latest beta was released a few days ago. Max2play incorporates picoreplayer and gives you way more options for tweaking the o/p than the old Touch ever did. I feed the oversampled Pi output into a TDA1541a DAC and its sounds just great but each to his own I guess.....
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Re: Streaming advice needed.

Post by Tuono » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:26 pm

It's all "digital alchemy" :shock: and if you have a perfectly good sound and your method of reproduction works well for you then there is probably no need to look for anything else as long as you are happy.

But' (there always has to be a but) If in "my" case you want to install a new PC operating system then i am interested in what that will bring itself audibly and then what i can do to improve on that using whichever of the afore mentioned programs in the thread.

The aim for me being the best sound and ease of use set up i can get via software being as i have the hardware already it is fine tuning of the system if you will' and the learning experience and the knowledge gained' and it beats the hell out watching TV.

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