Music Server -- Mon, 10/24/2011 - 07:27

Does anyone have experience with Naim's HDX or HDX -SSD music server products???  I have over 500 CDs that I want to move to a server and don't have the technical expertise or patience to build one from scratch using a computer/sound card/DAC/software.  I own a Naim NAIT 5i integrated amp and it is a wonderful product.  If their quality and sound carry through their other products I would suspect that the HDX is a solid product.  Any insight would be appreciated.

Soothsayerman -- Sat, 11/19/2011 - 15:03

I don't have experience with what you're asking but I dipped my toes in the water with a squeezebox touch and it is an awesome way to explore the options and it's dirt cheap. -- Thu, 02/23/2012 - 23:17

I have not done this either, but I have also started with the Touch.  It is a great way to start.
My plans going forward are to buy a new computer for HD audio processing and music file storage., and plan to use JRiver as the front end GUI (also a great product).
Can anyone reccommend the minimum configuration for a new computer to act as a simi music server?  I download most of my new music from at 96k/24bit.  Have ripped all my cd's to .flac files using dbPoweramp.  So I'm on my way.  Just need a new and powerfull enough computer to take advantage of and listen to all the great music.
Any and all thoughts and recommendations are welcome.
George Hubbard

gjcsima -- Tue, 02/28/2012 - 20:43

Have you tried Wyred4Sound's Server?  It comes in 1Tb and 2Tb versions.  2Tb seems like overkill if your just using CD's but, will accept higher def.

Kemer34 -- Thu, 03/01/2012 - 08:56

Build you own...there are great choices out there..

here are some specs...

origenae s16v case
asus e35m1-m pro motherboard..
seasonic ss460fl fanless powersupply
8gb of ram
120gb of solid state drive for the operating system and all programs..
480gb of solid state drive for storing high res music files..
external choice 3tb hdd via esata connection...

SOtM usb noise filter pci card
SotM sats noise filter cards for the optical drive and the solid state discs..

also a blu ray player 5.25" preferably plextor or pioneer..

windows 7 64 bit
and lastly JRiver software...connect this to your DAC and to the system...and you are sorted..fanless design with no heat in an absolutely wonderful looking case..

this is what i have -- Thu, 03/01/2012 - 09:52

I'm a novice at building a system to say the least!  But have often thought about trying.  How dificult is it?
How much idid the above speced system cost, less the software?
How long did it take to build?
Look forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for the info.
George Hubbard

Steven Stone -- Thu, 03/01/2012 - 10:42

Hello George,

I would advise following my advice here -

It will save you a bunch of aggravation....

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Kemer34 -- Thu, 03/01/2012 - 12:05

whatever you do stay away from apple!!!! 
i first did my server with a mac mjni and finally i was fed up with it ans sold it to build my own windows one...
apple is not an enthusiasts machine.... its for the consumer... u cant have usb 3 ... anything you buy from apple is roughly 5x the normal price. take alook at the ram upgrade prices ... for something thats is 50 bucks apple charges 200...
also thunderbolt tis thunderbolt that... why pay premium i say
as for how hard? its really easy. watch the videos on you tube or newegg an you will see ...cost depends on your case choice and whether to use ssd or not

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