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  posted on 5/6/2018 at 04:04 PM
Wondering if I can pick up some ideas from some of you.

Do you have music on external hard drives connected to some device that you can play through your home audio system?

I have 2TB HD for ripped CD music and 2 TB HD for downloaded live shows. The one HD lists over 72,000 files. Some components with USB inputs will only accept 5,000-30,000 files and I've seen devices with USB inputs really bog down or freeze trying to sort through large folder/file structures.

I've connected smaller HDs to my router and Oppo DVD player which has worked, but would like to have the whole collection available at once and figure there are components made to do this.

So those with large digital music collections, how do you get it into your system and out through your speakers? (component brand and model used would be helpful too).


 
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  posted on 5/6/2018 at 09:50 PM
I have 225 GB of music downloaded. About 57,000 songs ripped from my albums and CD's and several thousand CD's I've gotten from the local library and ripped.

I use Media Monkey music manager to organize the collection. I love it .... It's very easy to use, efficient and flexible. Amazing how you can manipulate your collection in order to put on my phone and 160 GB I-Pod(s).

My computer guy is going to transfer to external hard drives this summer. I don't have the details yet on what in particular he wants to do.

I also do a auto backup every night to the cloud.

I hope some other people chime in that are more tech savvy than me.

If this thread develops I'll pass it on to my computer guy when he's back in 45 days. He's able to talk in depth on this issue.

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 06:45 AM
I have all of my music on a 1TB hard drive and it is getting full. Need to get a new one and use old as back up.

I am not the most tech savvy person , I usually just stumble my way through things to get what I want.

I use Music Bee some what for my audio player but mostly as a pod catcher, BUT I tend to rely on my trusty old Musicmatch Jukebox. I have tried many audio players and that one works the best for me. I don't need a lot of frills , it has basic functions. They stopped updating versions about 10 yrs ago and is defunct, but I am pretty sure you can still download the software. Use to use Zune, but that would get SO bogged down when running that much music. Got to be pretty painful and being proprietary I gave it the boot.

Right now when I want to run music I connect my hard drive through my Sony Blu ray player that runs through my stereo. It has an audio player on there but its real minimal as far as features.

I am kind looking at a couple of things below as options.

Connect your stereo system to your Windows 8 device using a Bluetooth receiver!
https://monkeyweekend.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/connect-your-stereo-system-t o-your-windows-8-device-using-a-bluetooth-receiver/


10 Ways to Connect Your Computer to a Stereo
https://www.kirkville.com/10-ways-to-connect-your-computer-to-a-stereo/

 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 08:36 AM
I moved all of my music to iTunes about a decade ago and that's served me well since I work from home on my computer most of the time. I have some decent desktop speakers, and I can plug my phone, which has a ton of music loaded on it as well, into my Sony stereo if I ever want to.

 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 09:03 AM
I use iTunes, youtube, and grab some cds when I go for a drive.

I met a man last year at the local blues/cajun festival. He was 75 and we got talking music collections. He said if he started playing everything 24/7 he owned now, he couldn't listen to it all before he reasonably died. He said very succinctly, "Play Your Music." Yep.

 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 11:55 AM
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I use iTunes, youtube, and grab some cds when I go for a drive.

Plus 1.

 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 01:04 PM
Still have the big stereo, gotta move the air.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 03:46 PM
For my downloads I use VLC because it can stream FLAC. I have a bluetooth audio adapter hooked up to the stereo and use those speakers. Other wise I'll play CD's and records.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 05:13 PM
I use an onkyo receiver that has a usb port. I am able to plug my 2tb hard drive into it and have access to all my music. It has all the connections for cds, turntables, or for tv. I bought it because I didn't want to be tied to the computer when going through my music and wanted to hear it through some nice speakers. Call me crazy,but I still enjoy just kicking back and listening to some good tunes and this setup as made it pretty easy.
 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 05:51 PM
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Still have the big stereo, gotta move the air.


 

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  posted on 5/7/2018 at 07:55 PM
Fiio X5 (i believe there is a newer model) with 256GB storage, plays FLAC files. Can plug into receiver with coax out. Sound quality is excellent.
 
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  posted on 5/8/2018 at 12:13 PM
Still have all my vinyl and cds. I don't put anything on hard drives. All my live shows are put onto cd. Don't use my ipod. Kinda old fashioned when it comes to playback, got a decent hi-fi set up at home which is hammered most days.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2018 at 01:24 PM
still have CDs and albums
much, but not all, of digital music in itunes
stream shows I d/l from HD using Cog which plays FLAC
If I want to take shows "with me" in the car, I'll transfer to aac at high bit rate, put into itunes and then on my phone. I'll keep the flac files for listening at home

 

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  posted on 5/8/2018 at 09:52 PM
just call me "Old and In the Way." I have about 4,000 CDs that get played in my car stereo when I drive, my boombox when I'm in the yard, or my old stereo when I'm in my man cave.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2018 at 03:51 PM
I don't understand a lot of the technological mumbo jumbo. At least it seems that way to me. Couldn't tell you the this that or the other thing about speakers, capacity, etc.

The extent of my savvy is downloading CDs to my laptop and then to itunes. I suppose I could get better speakers though.

My stereos that play vinyl actually sound better than my computer. Problem with that is that I have a LOT more CDs than vinyl.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 09:14 AM
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just call me "Old and In the Way." I have about 4,000 CDs that get played in my car stereo when I drive, my boombox when I'm in the yard, or my old stereo when I'm in my man cave.




Here's another great way to enjoy music particularly stuff you're not familiar with. Enjoy!

http://allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&fi le=viewthread&tid=130721

 

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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 09:46 AM
Lots of different media players and ideas listed here.

Wondering a couple things:

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I use an onkyo receiver that has a usb port. I am able to plug my 2tb hard drive into it and have access to all my music. It has all the connections for cds, turntables, or for tv. I bought it because I didn't want to be tied to the computer when going through my music and wanted to hear it through some nice speakers. Call me crazy,but I still enjoy just kicking back and listening to some good tunes and this setup as made it pretty easy.


How many files does your 2 TB HD have and does the Onkyo sort through the folders/files quickly? You use a TV screen or the receiver display screen to see the HD data?

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Fiio X5 (i believe there is a newer model) with 256GB storage, plays FLAC files. Can plug into receiver with coax out. Sound quality is excellent.


These fiio units are expandable with microSD cards it appears. Do you have microSDs in your unit and if so how does the fiio handle files saved on it's internal HD and the files on the SD card, does it index them all together correctly or can you change back and forth between the two?

I still play alot of CDs and still burn CDs too. I would like to get a little more organized and up-to-date with things though since I have ripped a majority of my CDs with EAC over the past several years.

Using a computer and connecting it to the receiver is pretty easy with various choices as jszfunk's link says, and I guess I could probably have my friend build a dedicated desktop style computer exclusively for music storage and playback connected to my stereo, I don't think it would be too expensive.

Lots of people use itunes, but I'm talking 4TB of music and it is all in flac. Too large to upload to a cloud I think (atleast a free one) and too time consuming to convert the format of it all. I don't use my iphone for any music playback so probably not going to get into apple's music format at this point.

I chatted with a crutchfield rep and if he is knowledgeable on how all the receivers work, he said something like 70,000 files is just too much for the receivers with USB to sort through.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 10:02 AM
"How are people listening to large music collections these days?"

I used to have chests full of them, but...... then....

I had to buy a large antique Chinese noodle cabinet over 6 ft tall, and I can add one more shelf in it for +250 more vinyls, when that is full, then I have a problem......

I don't think that is what you were asking

 

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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 12:23 PM
"if he started playing everything 24/7 he owned now, he couldn't listen to it all before he reasonably died." I have told plenty of people that--I passed that point long ago and yet I'm still out there looking for stuff I haven't got, although not near as much as I used to. I would say I see live music whenever I can, that's the real way to enjoy it.
 
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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 10:30 PM
Regarding your FIIO question, the honest answer is I don't know. So far, I have only used one MicroSD card. There is no internal HD. I am also not sure if you can switch between the two microSD cards. Its fairly intuitive to use and believe it or not, their customer service is quite good answering technical questions. I used to rely on Cowon players. The SQ on the FIIO is better.
 
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  posted on 5/11/2018 at 10:34 PM
Hey nebish
I have about 1.5tb of the 2tb hard drive full. Initially it takes about 15 to 20 secs to load, afterwards it's pretty quick.
I wasn't sure at first of it was going to work because it said it could read up to 1,000 files, but I think the way my hard drive is set up it can read a lot more. I have folders set up (music,movies,photos etc) in the hard drive, these will show up on a digital display on the receiver. I then click on music and then I scroll through the alphabet (A,B,C etc). When I click on say "A", all the band's that start with A show up. I then scroll down to the Allman Brothers and click then all there albums show up. From there I click on the album and press play or go to the song I want. I think as long as I don't have more than 1,000 files in a folder it reads everything.
It sounds like a lot but I can get to any group fairly quickly then it's just a matter of picking the album. Some cons about this receiver are it won't randomly play from the collection and there are no ways to make a playlist. It did get some negative reviews from Amazon, but it's been solid for me. If you like listening to albums it's great. I enjoy the old hifi setup with the ease of having your whole collection ready to go. I hope this was helpful.

 
 


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