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I finally finished my theater room and now I need to connect my vintage Onkyo 540 amp and my Klipsch horns. My home has a hard wired network as well as numerous wireless routers. Part of my network has a free standing network hard drive that contains thousands of songs and some video. Playing video should not be an issue sense I'm installing a smart TV.

I know that using a laptop and connecting the headphone output to the preamp will work, however, I'm looking for a better solution. I’m thinking about placing a CPU out of sight and installing a flip down touchscreen monitor…any better ideas?

I saw that Onkyo has a network capable amplifier, however, I want to use my old equipment.

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Welcome to HTS!!! :D I am just getting into media servers myself; you could use your laptop, but using its digital output would be a much better option. Using the laptop's headphone jack works (I've done it myself) but severely limits your options.


There are also several USB devices to get sound from your PC; look for the word "asynchronous" in the description. This should reduce jitter and improve SQ as the data timing will be "managed" by the AVR's/SSP's DAC.

I'm sorry that I can't offer more input, but I hope that it helps. :bigsmile:
 

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A computer out of sight with an external D/A converter would probably be the best thing. I used to use an older Aragon D2A connected to the digital out on my pc for my 2 channel rig and I loved it.

Pair it with a media application on the pc like XBMC and you should be golden.
 

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I'm in a similar situation with some of my vintage gear (HH Scott 299C amp, Marantz 2285B receiver). Was thinking of using a Lindeman DAC, and possibly a Mini Mac or an iPad...

Thanks for the post, looking forward to hear more of what others have to say!
 

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There are many media streamers that will play your music from the hard drive as well as access Pandora, Slacker, MOG, etc. for on-line music. The bit rate from the on-line services varies from 128K to 192K or so, so it will not be a match for your local music's quality.

Check out the Western Digital media player line:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/homeentertainment/mediaplayers/

But be sure to check any player's file format compatability. Almost everything will play MP3, but if your music is in .WAV format, a conversion will be needed. Some players will play FLAC, but some will not. Many will play from an attached hard drive via USB and some will play from a networked drive as well. Again, check out the specs and owner reviews on places like Amazon and Newegg.

Congrats on you K'horns! I have had a pair since 1978 and now have two pairs and a Belle Klipsch in my home theater. They will stay with me until death or the nursing home:D
 

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There are many media streamers that will play your music from the hard drive as well as access Pandora, Slacker, MOG, etc. for on-line music. The bit rate from the on-line services varies from 128K to 192K or so, so it will not be a match for your local music's quality.

Check out the Western Digital media player line:

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/homeentertainment/mediaplayers/

But be sure to check any player's file format compatability. Almost everything will play MP3, but if your music is in .WAV format, a conversion will be needed. Some players will play FLAC, but some will not. Many will play from an attached hard drive via USB and some will play from a networked drive as well. Again, check out the specs and owner reviews on places like Amazon and Newegg.

Congrats on you K'horns! I have had a pair since 1978 and now have two pairs and a Belle Klipsch in my home theater. They will stay with me until death or the nursing home:D
File formats are relatively irrelevant when we're talking about using an external DAC for your computer. As long as the computer can decode the file and provide a bitstream output to the DAC, you should be good.

My antique Aragon D2A played wonderfully so long as my computer was sending 44.1/48 khz - 16 bit digital through the optical cable, it didn't matter what file format the computer decoded in order to get that digital signal to the SPDIF output.
 

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File formats are relatively irrelevant when we're talking about using an external DAC for your computer. As long as the computer can decode the file and provide a bitstream output to the DAC, you should be good.

My antique Aragon D2A played wonderfully so long as my computer was sending 44.1/48 khz - 16 bit digital through the optical cable, it didn't matter what file format the computer decoded in order to get that digital signal to the SPDIF output.
Agreed. I was only offering a different path from using a computer.
 

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Agreed. I was only offering a different path from using a computer.
Aha, I guess my curse is that I read that too quickly.

The media player that I run on the media pc is XBMC. It's the only one that I've tried which can add all the music I've got to a library without choking, but that's another discussion entirely.

Anyhoo, carry on!
 

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...XBMC. It's the only one that I've tried which can add all the music I've got to a library without choking, but that's another discussion entirely.
Well since we are all here... How big? Currently I have 1325 folders with 24170 files in foobar2000 and it handles it very well so far.
 

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Well since we are all here... How big? Currently I have 1325 folders with 24170 files in foobar2000 and it handles it very well so far.
69,668 Files, 4,949 Folders of audio. I haven't tried foobar, but that doesn't seem like the same sort of interface.
 
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