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    Default I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I picked up a used Acronova Nimbie CD ripper and am gradually making my way through converting about 1500 CD's to lossless. I chose ALAC format since most of our gear is apple though I could easily convert to FLAC. The music is stored on a synology NAS. Synology has a few medial library servers options including an itunes server.

    But what are the best options for listening in the house?

    I have an Anthem 720 Receiver with my apple TV connected via HDMI. I'm a bit doubtful of the expensive DAC's on the market. They seem highly overpriced. I 'm not adverse to something raspberry PI based though. I've got a spare with a good quality audio daughter board (pisound) for music making. But the apple TV is probably more convenient.

    Any suggestions?

    Thx!

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I am not up to date with the options that support ALAC, but I'm pretty sure they are many. FLAC is pretty universal.

    If you are looking for something to manage and enhance the experience with your music, I suggest having a look at Roon https://roonlabs.com/. It can do so much with all the metadata that is available for the music. It is a bit much to get started with as it consists of needing a core server and an endpoint(your RPi can be used as an endpoint), and some are put off by the cost, but for me, I find it excellent and can't imagine not using it, but I also got lucky and got a lifetime subscription before the price increase.

    Another option, and less costly, is using a device with BlueOS. The Node 2i is pretty popular, but I have no experience with it. It can also be used with Roon. https://www.bluesound.com/products/node/

    As you have said, since you are Apple-centric, the AppleTV is easy and convenient.
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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I did something similar except I'm not an Apple guy. I ripped all our CDs to FLAC and, like you, have them stored on a Synology NAS. I run a Plex Media Server on my Synology NAS and a Plex client on my Amazon Fire TV Cube which is connected to a Marantz AVR. I love this setup for music but I also use Plex as an OTA DVR for a few things - comes in handy when the internet is down like last week when ATT sub-contractors cut the fiber to our house.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    I sometimes use Plex for movies but not music. I didn't really like it for music but I could try it again.

    So what's the value for Roon? It handles streaming and also organizing your music library, but you still have to have a DAC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blingleberry View Post
    So what's the value for Roon? It handles streaming and also organizing your music library, but you still have to have a DAC?
    It is so hard to describe Roon. It does so many things. There are many articles written about it if you do a google search.

    You don't "need" a DAC, but you do need a Roon endpoint.
    https://roonlabs.com/howroonworks
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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Since you are Apple-centric, this might be a good article for you to read on Roon.

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-t...s-alternative/
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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blingleberry View Post
    I have an Anthem 720 Receiver with my apple TV connected via HDMI.
    Yep, that has a DAC in it that should work more than fine. I'm not sure why you'd even consider an outboard DAC here.

    I have most of my music ripped to ALAC and on a Synology NAS as well. I just run in through my HT receiver.
    Sierra-2 EXs in study, Sierra-1 NrTs in office, HTM-200s in kitchen. Brother owns CMT-340s and dad has a pair of CBM-170s. I also own a Rythmik L22 sub. Luna Duos now on order! Sierra Horizon and Towers will just have to wait.

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Thx!

    How do you search and find what you want to listen to? Just browsing the folders?

    Do you need to run some kind of librarian management server like itunes or plex?

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    Default Re: I'm digitizing all my CD's - best way to listen to them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blingleberry View Post
    Thx!

    How do you search and find what you want to listen to? Just browsing the folders?

    Do you need to run some kind of librarian management server like itunes or plex?
    You could do it by browsing folders or whatever, and sometimes I do that, but I also run Plex on the NAS itself. Plex has some oddities but it works well enough.
    Sierra-2 EXs in study, Sierra-1 NrTs in office, HTM-200s in kitchen. Brother owns CMT-340s and dad has a pair of CBM-170s. I also own a Rythmik L22 sub. Luna Duos now on order! Sierra Horizon and Towers will just have to wait.

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