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audio server via AirTunes follow-up?

Piqued by JA's somewhat recent investigation of Apple's AirPort Express & Apple Lossless via AirTunes, I suggest that Stereophile run a follow-up article assessing the merits -- sonic & logistic -- of replacing a transport based digital front end w/ a hard disk based audio server connected via Wi-Fi to an external DAC.

I envision that ripping (ALAC w/ error correction) my entire Redbook audio CD collection to an external Firewire drive connected to my PowerBook or a dedicated Mac mini audio server and wirelessly streaming that audio via iTunes' AirTunes capability to my AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station connected via mini Toslink (or will AirPort Express also output PCM via its USB?) to an external DAC could be both a satisfying digital front end and a deus ex machina from my never ending CD shelving problem.

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Re: audio server via AirTunes follow-up?


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Piqued by JA's somewhat recent investigation of Apple's AirPort Express & Apple Lossless via AirTunes, I suggest that Stereophile run a follow-up article assessing the merits -- sonic & logistic -- of replacing a transport based digital front end w/ a hard disk based audio server connected via Wi-Fi to an external DAC.

You must be psychic. I am working on a review of the Olive Symphony server, which does just this, comparing it with a home-brewed version using a Mac Mini and an Airport Express.

John Atkinson
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Re: audio server via AirTunes follow-up?

The Olive Symphony & Musica servers do seem like elegant & versatile but self-contained solutions. Unfortunately, I require upwards of 300 GB total hard drive capacity for my entire collection (approximately 1000 60+ minute film music or classical CDs). I calculate roughly 300 MB per hour of music, assuming 2:1 coding efficiency using Apple Lossless {[(60*60)(1411.2)/(8*1024)]/2}. Thus, I could accommodate my collection on a Mac mini 80 GB plus external Firewire 250 GB drive.

Thanks, JA, I look forward to your review!

AJ

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