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#314979 - 14/10/2008 14:01 Thought on RipNAS and RipServer?
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Registered: 15/07/2003
Posts: 15

It's been a while since I've been to the forums. I'm a several empeg/riocar, two karma, one pearl and single Rio Central owner who hasn't really used these products much in the last few years.

But I have stayed current in one esoteric semi-related I've been writing drivers for cd/dvd duplication robots in my spare time, including writing drivers for dbpoweramp's batch ripper software (on a volunteer basis).

I was wondering what other Rio Central users (anyone here? hello? smile thought about the new generation of CD-ripping NAS units, such as dbpoweramp's RipNAS ( ) on sale next week or Ripfactory's Ripserver ( ) which has been out for 6-12 months?

I know they would only be 1/2 of a replacement of a Rio Central, and you'd still need Sonos or Slim Devices type equipment to complete the loop.



#314980 - 14/10/2008 14:02 Re: Thought on RipNAS and RipServer? [Re: brendan]

Registered: 09/06/2003
Posts: 297
Whoops, logged in using the wrong account (brendan instead of brendanhoar).

#314986 - 14/10/2008 15:24 Re: Thought on RipNAS and RipServer? [Re: brendan]
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Registered: 10/06/1999
Posts: 5652
Loc: Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
I've seen a few customers of RipFactory complaining about problems with the software. If RipNAS is as well implemented as dBPowerAmp then it should be excellent.
Remind me to change my signature to something more interesting someday

#314988 - 14/10/2008 15:58 Re: Thought on RipNAS and RipServer? [Re: brendan]
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Registered: 13/07/2000
Posts: 4138
Loc: Cambridge, England
Originally Posted By: brendan

"High partner acceptance factor"? smile I don't think the Rio Central could really boast that!

It doesn't seem to do some of the neato stuff that Rio Central could -- all the things like playing the CD while ripping it, even allowing fast-forward and rewind. But actually I bet not one Central owner in 100 even knows it can do that (and that's assuming there are 100 owners). But for the task the RipNAS sets itself -- completely headless music serving, with no pretence that it can be used in a computer-less household -- it does seem to tick all the boxes: fanless, dual encode (FLAC+MP3), freedb+AMG, UPnP+DAAP. Unlike the Central (but like the Central would if we were doing it now) it fulfils for CDs my new mantra for home entertainment gear: terminate incoming signals to Ethernet at the boundary and let UPnP sort it all out. (Next they need to invent the FreeviewNAS.)

And naturally it strokes my Empeg pride just a little bit that they need a 1.6GHz Intel Atom and Windows Home Server to do in 2008 a fraction of what we did in 2002 on a 200MHz StrongARM and Linux.


#314998 - 14/10/2008 18:02 Re: Thought on RipNAS and RipServer? [Re: peter]

Registered: 09/06/2003
Posts: 297
Oh, and while I am over here, I figure I might as well explain what I meant about the robots with* a video of my "alpha" level robotic drivers running with an alpha release of the batch ripper ("filmed" last october):

Off-topic apologies. smile


* read that as: "...might as well show off with..."

#317294 - 14/12/2008 02:58 Re: Thought on RipNAS and RipServer? [Re: peter]
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Registered: 19/05/1999
Posts: 3449
Loc: Palo Alto, CA
...with no DMA, all programmed I/O. And a bandwidth sucking LCD smile