What's the minimum equipment?

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baw...@gmail.com

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May 18, 2021, 10:38:47 AM5/18/21
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Hello,

With all the hundreds of Tb of exciting music on the hub, what is the minimum that I need in order to actually listen to it? Computer-wise, I have an iMac and a pretty good (stereo) sound system, as well as a TV in a different part of the house with a 5.1 home theatre set up.

Thanks!

Bruce Greenberg

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May 18, 2021, 1:41:36 PM5/18/21
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The minimum you'll need is software to convert the files into DVDs or DTS-CDs to play on your home theater system. I'm not a Mac guy, so I couldn't tell you which software. For any stereo files, you just need a good music player that supports formats like FLAC or can read ISOs. I'm not sure if iTunes can handle all of that. That's the minimum. 


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Gary Minato

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May 18, 2021, 1:41:39 PM5/18/21
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Hi ya

An Apple TV connected to your 5.1 system will enable you to listen to multi-channel music (VLC for Apple TV plays most stuff). 

I store all my content (music and video) on my iMac, and use Plex Server running on it to organise the content and make it available on the home network. Install Plex client on the Apple TV to watch content on the 5.1 system.

You can connect your iMac to the stereo system via cable (minijack to stereo or optical cable) to listen to stereo music. Elmedia player, Vox and VLC are apps to use on the iMac, most music files on the hub aren’t iTunes/Music-friendly.

Adding an Apple TV enables you to stream to it via Ethernet or wireless and the Airplay feature opens a myriad of connection options to you as well.

Cheerio
Gary 


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On 19 May 2021, at 12:38 am, baw...@gmail.com <baw...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,

With all the hundreds of Tb of exciting music on the hub, what is the minimum that I need in order to actually listen to it? Computer-wise, I have an iMac and a pretty good (stereo) sound system, as well as a TV in a different part of the house with a 5.1 home theatre set up.

Thanks!

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Bruce Greenberg

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May 18, 2021, 1:50:29 PM5/18/21
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When was the last time you played your multi channel music in the ATV Plex app? It hasn't worked in 2 years. 

Bruce Greenberg

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May 18, 2021, 1:51:17 PM5/18/21
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Gary Minato

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May 18, 2021, 6:42:26 PM5/18/21
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Hi Bruce 

Interesting thread, I acknowledge the existence of issues with Plex and multi-channel audio files, but in my experience some files will play correctly and others will not. That’s why I mentioned VLC, because it plays *most* multi-channel files.

I don’t have a 5.1 system at the moment so I can’t give an example of a multi-channel file that works on Plex. Hopefully the issue is resolved before I move to permanent location and have a 5.1 setup again, but I won’t hold my breath!

Now back to that thread …

Good wishes 
Gary

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Bruce Greenberg

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May 18, 2021, 7:09:18 PM5/18/21
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Gary,

I started the thread on the Plex forum 2 years ago next week about this. A Plex employee told us it is on the list, but he has been saying that for the last year. They have to rebuild the audio player from the ground up and they have their priorities. I occasionally use VLC. Luckily I over wired when we moved in and I have a long HDMI over Ethernet cable running from my Plex Server to my receiver. I use JRiver to push out the music directly to the receiver/TV. It's not the simplest solution, but it sounds great. 

Back to the original thread... There are plenty of different ways to do this, but making CD/DVDs is probably the easiest first step, unless you're a techie. 

Bruce


baw...@gmail.com

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May 19, 2021, 4:19:28 AM5/19/21
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Thank you Bruce and Gary. Regarding making DVDs/BDs then ripping them into Plex, yes I was going to ask, is that a good way to proceed? I haven't found a way to make, say, a multichannel FLAC or DSF file into something that can be burned to a disc. I used to have Toast, but won't work since I moved onto Catalina; perhaps a Mac user could say what they use?

baw...@gmail.com

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May 19, 2021, 4:26:16 AM5/19/21
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I have just found an app on the App Store, called FLAC MP3 Converter which converts in the way you'd expect from the name. Luckily, it converts far more formats than just MP3!

Looks interesting, I will investigate...

Bruce Greenberg

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May 19, 2021, 8:39:44 AM5/19/21
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Did you get an invite to Telegram? Most of the conversations have moved there and this email group is not being monitored anymore. 

baw...@gmail.com

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May 19, 2021, 4:03:03 PM5/19/21
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Yes, thanks Bruce I did. I will download it and login there.

Steven Sullivan

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Nov 19, 2021, 1:06:49 PM11/19/21
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Please send me an invite to the Telegram group.


On 2021-05-19 08:39, Bruce Greenberg wrote:

Did you get an invite to Telegram? Most of the conversations have moved there and this email group is not being monitored anymore. 

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 1:26 AM baw...@gmail.com <baw...@gmail.com> wrote:
I have just found an app on the App Store, called FLAC MP3 Converter which converts in the way you'd expect from the name. Luckily, it converts far more formats than just MP3!
 
Looks interesting, I will investigate...

On Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 09:19:28 UTC+1 baw...@gmail.com wrote:
Thank you Bruce and Gary. Regarding making DVDs/BDs then ripping them into Plex, yes I was going to ask, is that a good way to proceed? I haven't found a way to make, say, a multichannel FLAC or DSF file into something that can be burned to a disc. I used to have Toast, but won't work since I moved onto Catalina; perhaps a Mac user could say what they use?

On Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 00:09:18 UTC+1 bruce.g...@gmail.com wrote:
Gary,
 
I started the thread on the Plex forum 2 years ago next week about this. A Plex employee told us it is on the list, but he has been saying that for the last year. They have to rebuild the audio player from the ground up and they have their priorities. I occasionally use VLC. Luckily I over wired when we moved in and I have a long HDMI over Ethernet cable running from my Plex Server to my receiver. I use JRiver to push out the music directly to the receiver/TV. It's not the simplest solution, but it sounds great. 
 
Back to the original thread... There are plenty of different ways to do this, but making CD/DVDs is probably the easiest first step, unless you're a techie. 
 
Bruce
 

 
On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 3:42 PM Gary Minato <gary....@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Bruce 
 
Interesting thread, I acknowledge the existence of issues with Plex and multi-channel audio files, but in my experience some files will play correctly and others will not. That's why I mentioned VLC, because it plays *most* multi-channel files.
 
I don't have a 5.1 system at the moment so I can't give an example of a multi-channel file that works on Plex. Hopefully the issue is resolved before I move to permanent location and have a 5.1 setup again, but I won't hold my breath!
 
Now back to that thread ...

Paul Garfunkel

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Nov 19, 2021, 4:10:59 PM11/19/21
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I have not been on the hub in forever. Is it still running?

Martin Baird

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John Kleitz

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Nov 20, 2021, 7:48:05 PM11/20/21
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To convert stereo files use DBpoweramp Music Converter. Converts everything (stereo).


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