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    Never mind the bitrate palaver

    ... looking into NAS drives I came across this article:

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/hificri...to_storage.htm

    If you haven't already come across it, basically the writers argue that different brands of hard drives can have significantly different sound signatures.... as if cable debates weren't enough already

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    Never mind the bitrate palaver

    ... looking into NAS drives I came across this article:

    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/hificri...to_storage.htm

    If you haven't already come across it, basically the writers argue that different brands of hard drives can have significantly different sound signatures.... as if cable debates weren't enough already
    I donít know about different hard drives, but I recently upgraded from a HDD to an SSD on my Macmini and the sound quality Iím getting from my digital music library has certainly gone up a peg imho.


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    Lower power usage may be a reason.
    It's certainly possible. Noise can get everywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z View Post
    I don’t know about different hard drives, but I recently upgraded from a HDD to an SSD on my Macmini and the sound quality I’m getting from my digital music library has certainly gone up a peg imho.
    Did that a good while back - mainly for the speed increase and general performance boost...

    The articles also considers the difference between HDD and SSD (not always favourably for the latter in their, albeit limited, tests)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikmas View Post
    Did that a good while back - mainly for the speed increase and general performance boost...
    I did it for exactly the same reasons and the speed improvement was pretty massive, the SQ improvement to the music was incidental.



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    That could also be down to a lack of mechanical noise at the source.

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    If you are running say a laptop directly into a DAC then I can believe it makes a difference. I did some tests years ago looking at how the USB power supply was modulated when the HDD was performing head seeks and ways to eliminate that modulation. The only way was to separate the 5v line completely. As for a NAS Iím highly sceptical especially if there is no ground connection between end points.
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    Inclined to agree. The ifi silencer does a good job with attached drives in reducing noise, for a small outlay. Typically £50.
    Ive 2 and they have made a difference to me anyway.
    Their usb purifier goes a step further. But is a fair bit pricier. I've one of those too.
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    Interesting stuff ... but USB and/or drive noise issues isn't really the question.

    What these guys are claiming is that they noted improved SQ results using different brands of drives solely in the context of NAS usage over ethernet.

    Seems like a bit of a wild claim but perhaps someone else has experienced similar improvements just by using a different brand (i.e. Samsung v Corsair, etc...)

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    Might have helped if they had done their initial comparison blind, but they don't and then they jump straight to the conclusion that something else must be going on.

    Having established early on that these two NAS units did indeed sound quite different,


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