newDACguy208 - So, I decided to keep my streaming in another room and went the Ethernet CAT7 route because of good EMI rejection properties of the CAT7 physical layer (cabling); using Talagertner connections. My NAS has 8GB RAM and 8GB Seagate Ironwolf drive. When I designed this music room I thought I would be getting a lot of DSD CDs and CDs in general because the DS DMP was so amazing. After (5) months, I have bought (3) SACDs and have very little motivation to buy anything physical. This brings me to the reason I posted this response. I once had an audiophile system that was great 30 years ago; however, I spent huge amount of time understanding the best vinyl to buy. Increasing my depth of produced music took a huge amount of time with many social contacts… This system I just assembled streaming music does not have that weakness. I listen to TIDAL using IPAD III (Mconnect). Setting up Roon would have cost me another $500 to get an updated IPAD VI; not a fan of IPAD, finally getting my full use of that peice of hardware. Now I sit with a laptop in my music room and research music as I’m streaming the music I want to study. This time around I’m free of the social interaction required to increase my depth of musical content. There are over 50 million songs located in a place I have access to; all I need to do is ask a TIDAL search and seconds later I am listening, absorbing, postulating all the possibilities of different music I had no idea existed. In addition, the stream sounds amazing. Here is my system in a Block Diagram and music room picture. One final note (pun intended). I was going to get a turn table for this system; however, after (5) months of streaming… no way I will go backwards. This system sounds amazing. There is not one sentimental bone in my body for having to spend huge money and time dedicated to that physical medium. The streaming is accomplished using UPnP (Universal Plug & Play) approach.
PS - The USB input to the Netgear works great; can use it with my Passport 1T drive as wijber indicated. The NAS took 10 min to set up from opening the package to seeing it in Mconnect with all my wav files streaming away. This go around is about listening to music non stop…
PSS - The PSA gear made all this possible and this community has allowed a deeper understanding of music, components, issues… Paul deserves a round of applause for engaging the community. In doing that he has exposed himself for what he truly is: an audiophile who just loves music and how to get it… In addition, Ted and the PSA team has freely engaged the community, on their time to make sure PSA products are amazing. I have to be honest, I have been designing electronic products for 40 years and rarely engage my customers freely as PSA is doing. This culture is a direct reflection of their leader.