I want to be sure that I understand this and determine if Octave will work for my needs. First, let me say that I am a dinosaur when it comes to music servers. Let me explain what I want Octave to do for me. My principle music collection is approximately 3500 vinyl albums. The albums are arranged by artist on open shelves in our listening room. I like playing vinyl and SACD’s (I have about 600 SACD’s). My wife loves the sound of vinyl, but she is not much on playing vinyl. She was very impressed a year or so ago when we went to NYC to audition new speakers and the dealers handed her a tablet and said pick some music you would like to hear that they had on their in house music server. Now she wants me to get a music server.
At our age (we both early boomers) am not going to stream or subscribe to any kind of music streaming service. I have a TASCAM hi-rez digital recorder that will make DSD (.dff files) needle drops of my vinyl. The meta data in the case of these needle drops is on the vinyl label. When I pull the file from the TASCAM to my PC I add the artist and title to the file name and the two tracks are Side 1 and Side 2. A typical album in the .dff format is about 1.8 GB. Currently I transfer the file to a thumb drive (USB drive) and then plug that into PSA DMP, press PLAY and the file is sent to my PSA DS DAC over an I2S HDMI cable and the DSD copy of the vinyl is played. So here is what I need from the Octave music server and what if have read about it in this thread.
The physical style of the Octave will be the same as the DMP and DS DAC (I think the answer is YES)
The Octave will connect to the DS DAC via an I2S HDMI cable (YES)
The Ovtave will handle DSD (.dff) files (YES and even 2X DSD files)
I can easily transfer files from my PC to the Octave using a USB A to B cable (not sure if this is a YES)
I estimate that given the typical 1.8 GB size of the DSD album file I can have about 1100 albums stored on the 2TB HDD in the Octave (Is this a YES? - Can I upgrade the Octave to a 6TB HDD?)
I would like to have the needle drop files arranged the same way my open shelf storage of the vinyl albums are arranged. Thus, I would want to have a Clapton folder where all of my various Clapton needle drop files are located, and the same for an Eagles folder, and the same for a Beatles folder, etc. I assume the GUI will be on a tablet ( this will cause a huge argument because I hate all things Apple and my wife is an Apple user ). Will it be possible to have the tablet display the folder collection in alphabetical order? Then if I want to hear EC’s Slowhand, I would tap on the Clapton folder and then on Slowhand to play the album. This is the part that I am very unsure about. My open shelf system is very easy to use and I want the music server to work the same way.