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    Innous zeb mini mk2 1tb drive ---600

    Amazon fire tablet----50

    Orange squeeze app ----3.05

    10m cat 6 ethernet cable ---5

    USB DAC of your flavour ( Beresford seg ....probably ideal)

    I was looking for a plug and play high quality server/streamer with all the advantages over a lap top....solid state/fanless/cd ripper and good support.

    Happened across Innous servers -did a bit of googling....they ticked all my boxes.

    My system is pretty resolved regards speakers/amps/cabling and power supply my weak link was my lap top.

    My sons MAC sounded noticeably better than my acer lap top so i pulled the trigger on the Zen.

    big jump sonically...reduction of noise across the board.

    better bass/treble/detail resolution.

    Great bit of kit IMHO

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    Hi mate , you have PM .
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    Gies a bell

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    gies a job
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    gies a gammy!!

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    Been very attracted by Innous stuff given some of the rave reviews it's had here ... the Zen makes it almost affordable (although still limited in function)

    Only reservation I have is the same as for any gadget that depends on proprietary, and essentially niche, software - if the company folds ... bye bye updates, support, etc.... Had that before and decided then to be wary.

    The same holds for the Brennan thingumabob - nice idea but how long a life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    Been very attracted by Innous stuff given some of the rave reviews it's had here ... the Zen makes it almost affordable (although still limited in function)

    Only reservation I have is the same as for any gadget that depends on proprietary, and essentially niche, software - if the company folds ... bye bye updates, support, etc.... Had that before and decided then to be wary.

    The same holds for the Brennan thingumabob - nice idea but how long a life?
    I was considering a Zen but they seem very overpriced to me, especially for the higher capacity drives. The upgrade from 1tb to an 8tb drive on the new Zen 3 is 550 quid. It's possible to buy a good 8tb NAS drive for around 200 quid. No possible justification for such pricing!

    Geoff

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    If anyone is interested in Innuos servers please give Steve Hitch a ring at Sonority as he us an AOS member but also a dealer for Innuos. Mention my name and he should give you a good deal. His customer service is excellent. He may also have some second hand servers available at a good price. You can contact him here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherwood View Post
    The upgrade from 1tb to an 8tb drive on the new Zen 3 is 550 quid. It's possible to buy a good 8tb NAS drive for around 200 quid. No possible justification for such pricing!

    Geoff
    OUCH !! - baddd ... had enough of that gouging with Apple.

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    as a digital front end it is outstanding..had a proper listen last night, real game changer for me.

    squeeze box software ...still loads of support

    out performs a MAC at a fraction of the cost

    investigating a linear supply

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