Simple question. The XMC-1 has a DAC. Does anyone use an external hard drive and just run it thru the processors dac with downloaded hi res files? And if so how does it sound? Of course the hard drive was loaded most probably with a computer(maybe JRiver program) Any glitches? Like locking up?
Are you completely happy with the XMC 1? What would you change? Thanks
Post by frenchyfranky on Oct 13, 2016 23:59:48 GMT -5
I'm not sure I correctly understand the question. You cannot plug directly an external hard drive into the XMC-1, it isn't able to play by itself music files. You need to use a media or music server between your external hard drive and the XMC-1.
I myself use a 2TB external hard drive to store my music, this external HD is plugged into a windows laptops with JRiver program to work as a music server, usb plugged into the XMC-1 decoding the pcm streaming as DAC and preamp.
Everything works perfectly without any problems of decoding different files format and resolution, wav , flac , 16bit , 24 bit , 44khz to 192 etc. And no problem of streaming locking .
Plus the pleasure of browsing the music discotheque via JRemote for Android or Apple for Smartphones or tablet.
I ripped all my CD lossless (most in wav files) and no difference at all.
On my main system with the Arender MEDIA SERVER I download files directly to it(4TB internal drive) and use it as a source for HI Res files. I also can use a external hard drive thru the Aurender also.
Previously with this system before the Aurender MEDIA SERVER I used a $89 external 4TB harddrive listeing to music that used J River to download to the hard drive then the hard drive was connected to the OPPO 105 inputs. It worked fine with an occasional freeze up. Handshack issue
I am working on a second system that will not have a Oppo and I am trying to avoid another media player. My question is can I run that J River formatted external hard drive and play it directly thru the XMC-1 ?? I think the answer is the music files are there & the XMC1 can process it but you need a way to control the files(ala media player--ala computer)