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- BUILT FOR BOTH SEASONED AUDIOPHILES & COMPUTER AUDIO NEWBIES ALIKE!
- HIGHLY PORTABLE FOR TRAVEL OR DEMO
- ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A TURNKEY DEDICATED HI-RES SETUP SUPPORTING DSD512 AND MQA, OR INTEGRATING WITH YOUR EXISTING OPPO OR MAC SETUP?
Have you wanted to start listening to the highest quality audio recordings but don’t know where to start or what equipment or software to buy or how much it might cost or how to set it all up?
Think of me as your short term or long term contracted hi-res consultant guide. You are buying highly curated, recommended and proven components that an expert will put together for you into a seamless package, then ship to you and teach you how to use and enjoy. I am offering to be that guide as an offsite companion. After installation a contract with me can continue under extended support subscriptions for as long or as intermittent as you like.
I have built hundreds of turnkey computer data systems for different installations and individual use under contract during recent years and have assembled, networked and managed integrated large and small computer data and voice systems since the 1980’s. I have worked in Hi-Res Audio (DSD and MQA since 2000) and Computer Audio at both online, recording/production and studio playback levels (since 1995).
I can get you set up with a great turnkey hi-res MQA, DSD512 and 4K video portable networked or standalone system with today’s optimized components. I can then teach you how to use it in some easy to remember steps.
These systems have endless potential for those who are curious and inventive, and provide features including local WiFi lossless streaming playback from your personal library cloud, Smartphone WiFi control of music playing at home (no Bluetooth 30 ft. limits), unlimited Smartphone lossless streaming from anywhere on Earth via the Internet, redundant library archive and fail safe library storage (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 (optional support service).
At the same time, they are very easy to understand and use for all forms of digital audio and hi-res playback, using your existing headphones or stereo or adding new speakers/IEM/wireless speakers to your setup. And it plays your current Netflix and streaming audio as well by just adding in the accounts. Videos look really great on the portable laptop 4K screen and can be mirrored or externally connected to any big screen.
|HiRes.Expert@gmail.com ~ Contact me for full price quotes if you are serious about setting up a seriously good sounding Windows based small computer audio system in your home or studio.|
Prices for systems supporting DSD256, DSD512 , MQA start under $2000 complete with shipping & installation.
(Only available for locations in the U.S.A.)
1. Special use of OPPO UDP players allow WiFi/Wired network access to OPPO as DLNA server to stream local DSD stereo or 5.1 multichannel under computer control. In otherwords, use your OPPO as your computer audio DAC for all your music playback including DSD downloads, not just for DVD videos and SACD disc playback (optional support service).
2. Special use of OPPO UDP 103 or 105 players allow SACDs to be backed up safely for playback and archive as DSF files (optional support service).
3. NEW: I can set you up with a low cost (under $100 for hardware) backup BDP player that you can then specially configure to extract SACD layer of all stereo and multichannel SACDs for your playback or archive as DSF files (optional support service). This does not replace your current BDP/UDP but is a backup for video/SACD playback and can rip the SACDs you own.
|FEATURES WINDOWS LAPTOP/TABLET PLATFORM FOR PLAYING THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION RECORDINGS (STREAMING AND DOWNLOADS).|
|ARRIVES TURNKEY FULLY INSTALLED AND TESTED WITH 14-DAYS SUPPORT. No Windows Experience Required.|
|ARRIVES TURNKEY FULLY INSTALLED AND TESTED WITH 14-DAYS SUPPORT. 30-DAY HARDWARE RETURNS/REFUNDS.|
(Add’l. extended support subscriptions available.)
|PLAYS AND STREAMS AUDIO TO 24/384, DSD64 TO DSD512, MQA DECODED TO 24/384 (INCL. TIDAL) AND BLU-RAY or 4K VIDEO (Netflix, Amazon Prime, DVD, Video Downloads).|
|MANAGES UNLIMITED SONG LIBRARIES WITH VARIED GROUPING & SEARCH LOOKUP. ARCHIVING/BACKUP. INTEGRATES WITH NAS.|
|INTEGRATES WITH OPPO 103, 105, 203, 205 OVER LOSSLESS WIFI (DLNA) FOR STEREO AND MULTICHANNEL DSD AND ALL OTHER HI-RES. OPPO 103/105 SACD Backup/Rip Option Available!|
|CAN BE ADDED TO ANY MAC USER STUDIO AS ANOTHER MUSIC SOURCE FOR PLAYING DSD256, DSD512.|
The turnkey system is both a dedicated stand-alone portable and an integrated system based on a Windows PC setup. The fast Intel i5 or i7 PC can be used to get email and other basic web activities while it plays music but is still considered a dedicated system, not intended to replace your current computer setup. It’s small, portable, and standalone. It’s storage for music and videos can be extended as much as you want or exist elsewhere on your network (NAS, USB share, etc.).
Computer audio on the web has been around since before iTunes created a way to manage personal libraries of ripped CD recordings back in 2001. MP3 had already been online for musicians sharing their songs by the millions as downloads for some years.
It’s only gotten more complicated since then! Better quality, yes. More confusing, unfortunately yes.
If you want to listen to hi-res as streaming (TIDAL, Qobuz and others) or as downloads (HDTracks, AcousticSounds, NativeDSD, HighDefTapeTransfers and others) and are confused by what exactly to buy for what kind of price, or how to set it up, or how to best use it for multimedia in general, I have created a turnkey approach that takes away most of the What and How questions.
Turnkey makes the components selection and integration and setup (computer, music player software, DAC/preamp/headphone amp, optional headphones) easy and comes shipped to you with instructions fully ready to just login and add saved music, or add your Netflix account (yes video too), Spotify, TIDAL, Apple Music, Qobuz accounts as well as any CDs you want to rip to a library you create. You can then buy hi-res downloads for the highest quality masters and remasters of your favorite or new bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles or other music or videos of hi-res quality and add them to your music library.
The Turnkey Hi-Res Computer Audio & Video System can easily integrate with your current stereo or studio setup using a single wire or Bluetooth or WiFi depending on your setup. The sound can be sent to your stereo and the video to your big screen TV. Or you can watch it on the portable’s 4K hi-res screen too and listen through headphones plugged into the DAC/headphone amp.
Do you want to listen to DSD or MQA recordings or just 24/96 downloads (usually FLAC)? These are the audio formats or encodings that are used to record and produce the finest sounding digital recordings on the planet.
Good sound is a subjective goal, but hi-res wins everyone’s vote hands down as sounding bigger, wider, clearer, more natural, more enjoyable than compressed MP3 or Apple’s AAC.
Both seasoned audiophile geeks and complete computer audio novices together agree on this particular point, though they may argue with each other about what the best hi-res format is. Hi-Res Sounds Better. All you have to do is listen.
Your old recordings may come through this system sounding improved as well, including MP3 which can be upsampled to higher resolution.
TIME TO DISCOVER & ENJOY
So if you have been wondering how you might get started on a path to learning about and enjoying better sounding music the turnkey system could be what you are waiting to discover. It plays high quality Blu-ray video as well (streaming or downloads or DVDs).
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HOW TO LISTEN
You can use headphones/earbuds or hook it up to your existing stereo setup. It can do both anytime. You can also easily travel with the entire portable turnkey computer setup.
Today’s Turnkey configuration uses the Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 weighing less than 2 pounds as laptop and tablet. It uses highly regarded music player software by JRiver and some of the very best regarded and affordable DAC+headphone amp products available.
I shop regularly for the best gear at the best prices (you may be surprised at the total turnkey low prices). This is not simple. If you wonder what I mean, go to Amazon and search “AUDIO DAC” to see what it returns as (endless) options.
I select today’s best suited components, then build the systems with consideration for the current optimal integrations (sound quality, price, performance, reliability, ease of use) as the market and tech advances.
I own and use or have used the gear I can bundle for you as a turnkey system. I use it every day. I learn from my history of 20+ years hands on in hi-res (recording and producing) and 40 years in technology careers. I live and breathe this stuff.
HOW TO LEARN
Your system design is partly up to you. I’ll give you a choice of optimal gear at varying prices and performance for you to choose from. You can add suggested headphones if you like as well or use your own. You will be shipped no less than a portable computer/tablet, a DAC/heaphone amp, and necessary cables.
The music player software also comes 100% installed, tested, and ready to use. It is the Media Center application provided by JRiver, one of the oldest and most respected high quality music and audio platforms for both Mac and PC. The JRiver setup you get on the turnkey system will let you start listening to music and watch movies on Day 1.
It won’t require you to learn how to install and configure software and integrate it with hardware. All of that is already done!
IS THERE HELP?…YES!
The turnkey system you choose comes to you fully configured with 14 days of online support by me. That means quick responses to all of your email questions. You can also subscribe to ongoing support options that range from 3 or 6 or 12 months at different costs.
Ask any questions related to the music software and hardware and I am all ears and can help. Ask any questions about computer technology, Windows, other applications, WiFi and Networking, Computer backup or crashes and I can help remotely for my reasonable hourly rate billed in 30-minute increments.
The system comes with remote access so I can log in to your computer over the Internet to assist you with a virtual hands on approach to either troubleshooting or showing you the ropes. It rarely requires a phone call but that too is possible as necessary.
WHAT IS A DAC?
DAC stands for Digital to Analog Converter. The DAC converts digital audio which is everything we know today except vinyl or cassette/tape and converts the digital encoding of the audio information into an analog sound your speakers or headphones can push the air around with as musical sounds.
There is a DAC in everything from your iPhone or Samsung to your Bluetooth speaker or wireless earbuds to your computer/tablet with a headphone jack.
But not all DACs are created equal. There are cheap and easy ways to impelement the DAC chip and circuits required and there are better ways to get better sound from the same song file or stream from Spotify.
So of course there’s a huge market of DACs for sales out there. Trying to pick a good one for the right cost is an ever changing challenge. I’ve done that for you!
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FOR THE MAC AUDIOPHILE WORLD
The systems I build are based on Windows. That allows the ultimate highest resolutions recordings at DSD256 and DSD512 to be easily supported with the right DACs. Mac OS X is limited to DSD128.
If you are a Mac computer audiophile or newbie and have wanted to add DSD256, DSD512 and perhaps MQA (DAC dependent) to your library of music, the turnkey system I can prepare for you will easily integrate with your current setup as an alternate playing source or for another room or location altogether. It can either use your existing DAC or add a new one that supports these highest resolutions.
With this turnkey approach you don’t have to learn how to install and configure Windows and integrate the audio hardware at the firmware update and device driver levels, install and configure the music player and resolve other gotchas. I prepare it all for you in advance and ship it to you from Hawaii for no additional cost.
IF YOU ARE AN OPPO USER
As a special extension of the discontinued and still fantastic OPPO Universal Disc Player (UDP) product line (103, 105, 203, 205) the turnkey setup I configure can use the OPPO UDP as a DLNA music server. That means the OPPO can be your DAC! Many people including OPPO owners don’t realize that the player they use is a fantastic standalone DAC if necessary.
So the turnkey configuration with JRiver can identify the OPPO on your network either wired to your WiFi router (preferred) or wireless (with OPPO WiFi attachment) and stream music over WiFi as lossless digital audio that then OPPO converts and plays on your studio/Hi-Fi/stereo setup.
You already own an excellent DAC for any stereo or 5.1 multichannel recordings. The OPPO 205 supports both DSD and MQA while other models support only DSD up to DSD256 (22mHz).
I build a turnkey system on a small laptop with JRiver that integrates your music library with your OPPO for playback over lossless WiFi from anywhere in your home studio.
—- OPTIONAL OPPO SACD DSD LAYER BACKUP (SACD RIP) —-
OPPO Users can get complete and clear instructions on how to use their OPPO 103 or 105 UDP Models to backup (rip) their SACD collection to either distinct DSF song files or a single combined ISO file.
Yes you can extract the 1-bit native DSD tracks from your SACDs (not the hybrid CD layer) as either stereo or multichannel or both and save them to your computer for playback on any DSD/DSF/DFF playing system including this turnkey setup. Contact HiRes@gmail.com for more info on this option.
[ALTERNATE BACKUP BDP CAN RIP YOUR SACDs
If you want to be able to extract the DSD from your SACD library and do not have an OPPO 103 or 105 UDP, email me to find out how I can help set you up with the right BDP and help you with the right configuration to rip/backup your SACDs for both stereo and 5.1 multichannel. You can then create a data archive of all your SACDs as well as stream/play the DSD using your computer audio setup. Protect your valuable SACD library and still play the DSD as DSF from computer.]
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