Hello music lovers,
I own a DirectStream DAC and decided to build my own silent server based on a Streacom FC10 housing.
Specs/details: Asus CS-B motherboard, Intel i5 processor, 8 GB internal memory, 3x Samsung 840/850 SSD
I installed Debian Jessie (minimal, only gnome-core) and JRiver MC and tweaked the server for optimal SSD performance, minimal startup time and stability. I wrote a manual for a complete clean installation of the software.
Startup time is 8 s. I used 1 SSD for the operating system and 2 SSD’s (a total of 3 TB) for music files. It operates headless and connects with my iMac via VNC (remote desktop) and Samba. The server automatically shuts down at 01:00 (configurable).
There are no moving parts in the server!
The motherboard has 2 lan connections. One lan connection is for my home network, the other (Intel) connection is for a direct link to the Bridge II of the DirectStream DAC. This lan connection is auto-mdi/mdix, so you dont’ need a cross cable. Selecting a playlist and disconnecting my lan home network while the music keeps playing proves that the server streams data directly to the Bridge II.
I’m very satisfied with the way things work at the moment: I switch on my Krell S-550i, push the button of the silent server, grab my iPad (and maybe an espresso) and enter the sweet spot. On the iPad activate JRemote, select a song and there is music …
At the moment I’m using the Streacom power supply, so there may be improvement with a better power supply.
My Magnepans 1.7 deliver a very detailed, wide soundstage and very “controlled” bass (especially since Torreys). The background is very, very “dark”. More than ever are (female) vocals responsible for goosebumps!
Do you want to know more? Just ask.