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Choosing the Right Product(s) Based on Your Specific Needs

Question: I have a stack of CDs and I want to go digital.  How?

Recommended Solution: (sonicTransporter AP & microRendu).  The sonicTransporter AP runs RoonServer, Squeezebox Server, and MinimServer (DLNA server). Rip your CDs or load existing music to its huge internal hard drive and your music will be available to virtually any network player.

sonicTransporter AP & microRendu

How it works:

  • The sonicTransporter AP stores your music on an 8 TB internal drive (180 GB SSD cache).
  • The sonicTransporter AP is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable.
  • Your music is served up to virtually any network player.
  • We recommend the microRendu (2016 Computer Audiophile Product of the Year) as your music player to connect to your DAC.
  • The microRendu is connected to your Router via an Ethernet cable.
  • The microRendu connects to your DAC via a USB cable. A USB to SPDIF converter is also available.
  • Your music is controlled by a controller app (Roon, Sonos, iPeng, Orange Squeeze, and more…) that is loaded onto your smartphone, tablet or computer

 

Question: I have all my music stored on my computer.  I want to play my music on my USB/SPDIF DAC.  How?

Basic Solution: (microRendu).  The microRendu is your bridge between the music stored on your computer and your DAC. 

Your Computer & microRendu

How it works?

  • Your computer is your music server and storage location for your music.
  • Your computer is connected to your Router. We recommend an Ethernet connection if possible as wireless connections have the potential to decrease your sound quality.
  • The microRendu connects to your router via an Ethernet cable.
  • The microRendu connects to your DAC via USB or SPDIF (USB to SPDIF adapter sold separately).
  • Music is controlled by an app on your computer. (ex: Roon, iTunes, Google Play etc…)

NOTE: While your computer is able to serve up your music, it was never specifically designed as a music server.  As a result, noise from your power supply and internal components can compromise your audio experience.  Additionally, other processes running concurrently on your computer will degrade your audio experience

Recommendation:  We recommend moving your music off your computer and on to a dedicated music server that is designed specifically for audio.  The sonicTransporter series is an excellent music server option.       

 

Question: My music is stored on a USB storage or NAS device.  I want to play my music on my USB/SPDIF DAC.   How?

Solution: (sonicTransporter & microRendu).   The sonicTransporter (dedicated music server) runs RoonServer, Squeezebox Server, and MinimServer (DLNA server). Attach a USB drive full of music or a NAS and your music will be available to virtually any network player.  The microRendu brings your USB or SPDIF to life by connecting your stored music to your DAC.

 sonicTransporter with USB Storage and/or NAS and microRendu

 How it works?

  • Your USB Drive is connected to the sonicTransporter via a USB cable.
  • Your NAS is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable.
  • You can use a USB attached drive, a NAS or both if you want.
  • VortexBox users are able to upgrade to a sonicTransporter / microRendu solution and still use their VortexBox as a NAS
  • The sonicTransporter is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable.
  • The microRendu is connected to your router via an Ethernet cable
  • The microRendu connects to your DAC via USB or SPDIF (USB to SPDIF adapter sold separately).
  • Your music is controlled by a controller app (Roon, Sonos, iPeng, Orange Squeeze, and more…) that is loaded onto your smartphone, tablet or computer

NOTES: The sonicTransporter is available in three options.  See the below chart to understand which sonicTransporter is right for you. 

 

Options

Device

sonicTransporter

sonicTransporter i5

sonicTransporter AP

microJukebox

Server / Player

Music Server

Music Server

Music Server

Music Server/Player

Connect to external USB storage or NAS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internal Storage (store your music on the device)

Optional.  Up to 2TB internal storage available

Optional.  Up to 4TB internal storage available

8 TB spinning HD with  180 GB SSD cache. 

1TB - 2TB spinning drive or 1TB - 4TB SSD.

Number of Tracks

Up to 15K (including Tidal)

Up to 450K

Up to 750K

Up to 100K

CD Ripping Drive

No

No

Yes

Yes

Roon

Yes

Yes

Yes

No