I'm looking for thoughts on a couple of problems I'm having with a music server.
I bought a used Olive Musica (like the Symphony, but with larger hard drive) several months ago to store and playback my flac files.
I finally got around to hooking it up the other night. As noted many times, my system is nothing fancy: PSB B25s, an Oppo universal player, a 't amp' with the 2024 chip.
I'm really, really happy with the sound of the system when listening to cds.
I put a cheap pre-amp into the system in order to use the Olive, and was very disappointed. The music was thin and lifeless. So I disconnected the pre-amp and used the same cabling that was going to the Oppo to hook up the Olive.
I'm using analog outs on eveything.
John Atkinson's review of a few years back suggests the analog outs were decent, which leads me to ask, what am I doing wrong? Or is my gear simply so insufficient a lot of equipment will just never, ever sound good?