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Build a Remote Control Preamplifier for under $100 Some time ago, I published an article on my other blog loudspeaker-building-guide.com. I explained why analog preamplifiers are still useful in our digital age. It's just that I don't see the need to spend a fortune on such a simple device. So I came up with my […] Read More

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, MusicServerTips.com will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in […] Read More

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, MusicServerTips.com will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in […] Read More

Today I’d like to bring up a sensitive topic which deserves all our attention. It’s about our priorities in this hobby. Are we into audio gear or do we value the actual music more? With so many enthusiasts quitting their hobbies and selling off their hifi-possessions at massive losses, this seems to be a valid […] Read More

Although audiophiles often prefer to use a number of different programs for copying CDs to their music server library, I like to keep it simple and just use iTunes for that purpose. After all, the whole point is to extract bit-perfect copies to our hard drives, right? For me there's a lot to like about […] Read More

Today I want to shed some light on the major three ways of archiving your music collection and the best ways of having access to it via Ethernet or WIFI. Large storage space is great for music aficionados. A question I get asked frequently is what the best storage options for a music server are? […] Read More

A music server typically consists of a data back-end which is where you store your actual music files. This can be simple external USB hard drive connected to a computer running some sort of server software (filesharing protocol etc.). If you want a more sophisticated solution, you could put your music on a NAS (Network […] Read More

A standard audio CD requires approximately 650 MB in uncompressed WAV files which comes down to about 10 MB per minute. I assume you are encoding 16 bit 2-channel audio with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz. If you are compressing the files with a lossless compression algorithm such as FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) […] Read More

Benefits of using a laptop as a music server A laptop makes a great all-in-one audiophile music server. That is if you prefer the flexibility of computers and don’t mind setting one up in your listening room. Laptops are incredibly quiet, lightweight, power efficient, they usually have 500GB or more storage and come with a […] Read More

Originally invented by Sean Adams of Slim Devices, the Squeezebox quickly built a fan-base among audiophiles for its excellent sound quality and versatility. You could play back virtually any audio file format up to 24 bits / 96kHz. It also made the server software Open Source so basically anyone could contribute. A decent remote is […] Read More