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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    ... none of the above

    Not particularly sure why that's relevant to the workings of a streamer/ripper/server - surely such a machine would make whatever I currently use redundant?
    So how is your digital system set up at the moment?
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    Default proprietary software

    Just a small point. the squeezox software, both client and server, is most emphatically NOT proprietary - it is open source, - you get the source code, and will forever be able to (or get someone to) fix or change it as you choose if innuos dissappear .

    And this is one of the things I find very attractive about it (I use it on a Synology NAS server and rpi/allo digione client). for those two platforms, not only is the squeeze software open source but so is the operating systems on my two boxes (Linux)

    Now there is nothing to say that the innuos o/s must be open source, but I'd be amazing if it wasn't a flavour of Linux too, and so they are required by the Linux license to publish the o/s source too. Does anyone know what o/s they use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    Contacted Innous support regards inability to get spotify playing....came straight back to me-should be sorted by the end of the week.

    they offered to help remotely-bit too much for me...the support is excellent.

    had one of the troops over for a listen....he confirmed what im hearing-game changer for me
    glad your happy with it Tony
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    So how is your digital system set up at the moment?
    Various means and methods, but again - why does that matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    Various means and methods, but again - why does that matter?
    Forget it!
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    James,
    Brian came over yesterday and had a listen...corroborated my findings- its sonically outstanding.

    have ripped nearly 400 disks so far.

    one of the best hi fi purchases i have made

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    Quote Originally Posted by wee tee cee View Post
    James,
    Brian came over yesterday and had a listen...corroborated my findings- its sonically outstanding.

    have ripped nearly 400 disks so far.

    one of the best hi fi purchases i have made
    Hi Tony, bet you and Brian had a great time!

    I was surprised myself at the difference the Innuos server made as a digital front end. I have heard a number of other servers and feel the Innuos is probably the best especially as the use interface and software is both stable and easy to use. I have heard a number of the Innuos servers and there are certainly gains to be had as you go up the range but I think the Zen is probably the sweet spot.

    I think money spent on one of these in a digital system reaps greater benefits than upgrading to a better DAC. I think you could use a realitivily modestly priced DAC and get great results.
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    Aye , we had diet cakes and a good ol' chinwag James

    I must say that I agree with your assessment of the Zen James . I haven't heard the other servers in the Innuos range , however , the Zen is excellent for the money . Tony was using a laptop before and the Zen was a big jump in SQ IMO . I've heard Tony's system many times , but the music was now more natural and musical . His system is now better balanced and I was really impressed with it . We listened to all types of music and old and new recordings and it all sounded very good indeed .
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    Aye , we had diet cakes and a good ol' chinwag James

    I must say that I agree with your assessment of the Zen James . I haven't heard the other servers in the Innuos range , however , the Zen is excellent for the money . Tony was using a laptop before and the Zen was a big jump in SQ IMO . I've heard Tony's system many times , but the music was now more natural and musical . His system is now better balanced and I was really impressed with it . We listened to all types of music and old and new recordings and it all sounded very good indeed .
    Fingers crossed nae John Martyn, even cake wouldnae compensate for that Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian2957 View Post
    Aye , we had diet cakes and a good ol' chinwag James

    I must say that I agree with your assessment of the Zen James . I haven't heard the other servers in the Innuos range , however , the Zen is excellent for the money . Tony was using a laptop before and the Zen was a big jump in SQ IMO . I've heard Tony's system many times , but the music was now more natural and musical . His system is now better balanced and I was really impressed with it . We listened to all types of music and old and new recordings and it all sounded very good indeed .
    Diet cakes

    Glad you liked it mate, It really is a game changer for me.

    Until you hear what one does in your system it is difficult to explain the digital performance upgrade but Innuos certainly know what they are doing and it would be an essential part of any digital system i would be building.
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