[dba-Tech] OT: A big day

Gary Kjos garykjos at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 13:30:31 CST 2013

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the input. The receiver - a Yamaha Aventege RX-A2020 - has
built in networking and built in Airplay - so I'm using those
capabilities with no added hardware excepting the PC acting as a
server. I probably didn't choose the right format when i ripped all
the CD's to WAV using Windows Media Player. While Media Player does go
and get album art and store it along with the music tracks, not
everything will take advantage of the separate file with the art in it
or use the naming convention used for the individual tracks. My
receiver uses the track names fine though and displays the track being
played on it's front panel or on the TV connected to it if I'm not
watching another video source. In "play from network server" mode it
won't play random tracks from the entire library though - or at least
I haven't figured out how to make it do that.  So that was why I went
back to iTUNES which does a fine job of selecting random tracks as I
want it to. I'm not really feeling caged in by Apple, I have used
iTunes and continue to as a iPOD user although I sync my IPOD's to
libraries on different systems than I'm using for this. The space
isn't currently a problem for me but I suppose over time that could

My neighbor is a musician, has a recording studio in his home and a
lot of high end gear and he also has recommended the FLAC format. When
I go to my next ripping exercise I will have to consider that as a
better choice than what I've been messing around with I suppose.


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Peter Brawley
<peter.brawley at earthlink.net> wrote:
> If you can free yourself from Apple's control, FOSS software (like
> mediaMonkey and maqny others) losslessly compress CDs to FLAC files, approx
> 50% of CD filesize; then a small settop box like the Kdlinks HD700 will
> stream them all from your server to your receiver or preamp, with no
> corporate predator restraining your choices.
> PB
> ------
> On 2013-02-20 8:46 AM, Gary Kjos wrote:
>> Congratulations!  I'm jealous. So nice to have a system that you can
>> play at any volume level and not need to wonder about distortion or
>> what is being left out due to sampling constraints etc. I recently
>> bought a new receiver which has networking built in and so could
>> listen to the music on my PC's. I hadn't bought in to the MP3s are
>> noticeably degraded idea and so thought all would be well and good as
>> I had enjoyed these same tunes via my iPOD and from memory stick in my
>> vehicle without noticing significant loss of quality. When I listened
>> to them on the Big System though I certainly noticed!  So I've since
>> reconverted all my CD's to WAV and am in the process of doing them
>> again another time using iTUNES Lossless format for playing via iTUNES
>> Airplay which I like for it's random play capability and have been
>> enjoying the music as it was intended to be heard again.
>> Enjoy your new speakers!
>> GK
>> On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Gustav Brock <gustav at cactus.dk> wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> More than 30 years ago when in the audio business, two of our clients -
>>> audio-visual producers - asked for new top-notch monitor speakers for
>>> their
>>> studios. We toured several suppliers listening to the well-known brands,
>>> quite expensive, and then we stopped by at Technics as they had gained
>>> much
>>> attention due to a major lift in quality.
>>> That settled it. I still recall how we listened carefully to our
>>> selection
>>> of "difficult" music but our real test was the reproduction of
>>> high-quality
>>> recorded human voice which is far more difficult to reproduce than most
>>> are
>>> aware of. There was no doubt - the SB-7000 speakers with the
>>> phase-correcting speaker alignment were convincing and the price couldn't
>>> be
>>> matched:
>>>    http://www.thevintageknob.org/technics-SB-7000.html
>>> At that time I neither had the money nor the space for such speakers but
>>> ever since I've dreamed of obtaining a set of these. By pure accident,
>>> Saturday I browsed a local second-hand site, and there they were, right
>>> in
>>> front of me on the screen, at a bargain price - and I have the room.
>>> Through
>>> the years I have struggled with some compact wife-friendly speakers -
>>> very
>>> good of course, but still - nothing beats a 15" high-quality speaker
>>> (except
>>> an 18" but they are so rare).
>>> Now, this set could really be anything - burned out units or misbehaved
>>> in
>>> many ways. So I had to go and listen: I brought some music that can bring
>>> down most systems and reveal any sort of misbehaviour: Chick Corea, My
>>> Spanish Heart, and Miles Davis, Tutu, on CD:
>>>    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Spanish_Heart
>>> It was like coming home! They reproduced perfectly and exactly like I had
>>> imagined with the transparent and completely neutral sound I remembered.
>>> They've two owners only, and no disco youngster had succeeded destroying
>>> them.
>>> So, today I picked them up and can hardly wait to get home and power them
>>> up. Should this day come? From time to time I thought No and resigned ...
>>> but today: Yes.
>>> Through the years I've kept (some sort of intuition or instinct?) this
>>> bright Sony amplifier to power them:
>>>    http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TA-N86B.html
>>> Though I have quite decent equipment to feed this, I might be looking for
>>> the matching preamp:
>>>    http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TA-E88B.html
>>> But that's another story.
>>> /gustav
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Gary Kjos
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