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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    PCs sounding far inferior...
    I’ve tried running a Pi but wasnt for me.

    Each to their own though, but imo generalising a bit, sorry Geoff.
    I use a Pi in my setup, but it's only running LMS for me.
    I have yet to explore the possibilities of using a Pi as client.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    Squeezeboxes were so far ahead of their time, shame what happened to them.
    Still run one here, great job in the office system.
    Logitech pulled the plug because of the unprecedented (for them) tech support they had to provide for the Touch.

    The embedded server thing was a train wreck for them, because it pulled in all the IT challenged folk that liked the idea of having a plug and play box. Let's face it, the only folk that have trouble running the things that way are ones that shouldn't be playing with them in the first place.
    Those that are not IT challenged run a proper server/client situation, and this tends to be rock solid and dependable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazjam View Post
    PCs sounding far inferior...
    Iíve tried running a Pi but wasnt for me.

    Each to their own though, but imo generalising a bit, sorry Geoff.
    I can only report on my experience. The Rpi/Digione wiped the floor with my PC based system.

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratmangler View Post
    Logitech pulled the plug because of the unprecedented (for them) tech support they had to provide for the Touch.

    The embedded server thing was a train wreck for them, because it pulled in all the IT challenged folk that liked the idea of having a plug and play box. Let's face it, the only folk that have trouble running the things that way are ones that shouldn't be playing with them in the first place.
    Those that are not IT challenged run a proper server/client situation, and this tends to be rock solid and dependable.
    Yup, remember it well Chris - bloomin' shame too.
    Glad I never flogged on the Transporter, still a great sounding bit of kit and use it daily.
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    Fairy muff Geoff, that's all any of us do.

    Don't run a PC based system anymore, apart from the Linux box with Roon Server pushing music around the house, but I did find you can get a good sound from PC with paying attention to the right areas, particularly software tweaking and quality of power supply.

    You can get into some real nitty gritty with this stuff, but you really can hear the results.
    Nowadays prefer the scaled down "black box with tablet" approach, much better.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    I can only report on my experience. The Rpi/Digione wiped the floor with my PC based system.

    Geoff
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    I have a Simaudio Moon 180 MiND that I really like. The software is much better than other hardware solution I've tried. It just handles the streaming side of things - which I like as it means I can hook it to my DAC of choice (currently a Bryston BDA-1), and NAS drive. I currently use a couple of LaCie CloudBoxes NAS.

    You can pick up a Moon 180 MiNDs on ebay for around £500.

    I played with a lot of Raspberry Pi setups and as much as I like them, I much prefer the Moon 180 MiND solution (even with previous DACs (Peachtree DAC-IT, and M2Tech Young).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    A lot less expensive than a Raspberry Pi and, say, a Digione board? Hardly! In any event the PC approach is far inferior to a RPi setup in terms of SQ.

    Geoff
    Second hand PC off ebay £30
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Windows-7...YAAOSwrBJa3f3k

    Foobar, Free.

    Job done, I thank you.
    I much prefer the sound of my PC to a Pi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Second hand PC off ebay £30
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Windows-7...YAAOSwrBJa3f3k

    Foobar, Free.

    Job done, I thank you.
    I much prefer the sound of my PC to a Pi.
    Jim
    IIRC a Rpi with audio board sold for about the same on this forum recently. I know which I would go for on the basis of SQ, noise, and energy efficiency!

    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    IIRC a Rpi with audio board sold for about the same on this forum recently. I know which I would go for on the basis of SQ, noise, and energy efficiency!

    Geoff
    Fair enough.
    I was only offering a suggestion for a ''....Hi-Rez Digital Player for 1TB USB drive?...'' as the OP asked for.

    I know which I'd go for too. Now it's for the OP to decide which is right for them.

    Jim

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    Quote from 1st post by OP:

    Quote Originally Posted by nickbaba View Post
    I don't really want to go the laptop route - hate using iTunes and don't do/own "PC"... so looking for a dedicated standalone (desktop) player with digital outputs (for my DAC) that I can plug into the wall (not run off battery I have to keep charging).
    (emphasis added)

    Which is why I suggested an Audiophonics standalone player

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