Click between tracks using Musical Fidelity MX DAC [Artifacts] [Solved]

Pleased to hear you are click free Steve.

A NAS is probably in my future (currently using an SSD on board the BRIX). Would you mind sharing the names and models of your old and new NAS ?

Happy to Andybob!

My old NAS (actually had several) were Iomega 2 TB Home Media Network Hard Drive Cloud Editions In the interest of not being too disparaging, I’ll just say that I’m very, very happy to be retiring them and leave it at that.

To replace them I got a QNAP TS-451, with 4 GM RAM, and no disks. For disks I got three (3) Western Digital Red 3TB NAS Hard Drives , 3.5-inch SATA 6 Gb/s, IntelliPower, 64MB Cache, model WD30EFRX. I’ve got them arrayed as Raid 5 for just at 6 GB storage. And in the empty fourth bay of the QNAP NAS I put a Kingston Digital 240GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 Solid State Drive, model SV300S37A/240G. It’s used a a cache for the NAS, and the speed is AMAZING. If you are browsing with some kind of file explorer, and click a folder, the results are INSTANT. You almost have to see it to believe it.

And finally - and the NAS purists will give me a hard time about this - I got a Seagate Expansion USB 3.0 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive, model STBV5000100. I’ve got that plugged into the NAS, and configured some backup jobs that - over the course of a week - backup the entire contents of the NAS to the external disk.

I cannot say enough good things about this awesome little QNAP NAS. My ONLY caveat would be that while it’s not a part of QNAP’s “Pro” series, anyone that is not somewhat technical could easily find themselves in over their heads. It’s about as sophisticated as any NAS I could imagine that’s being sold as a NAS for home use.

This particular NAS has FAR more features/abilities than I need. However, it’s also very highly rated for reliability. So I put up with having more features than I need. It’s wicked fast, stable, and flexible. And for me, that’s perfect. :slight_smile:

Final point… just based on my brief, very satisfied experience with this NAS, I’d highly recommend QNAP products. They sell some 2-bay mirrored NAS’s that I’d give a hard look at if I needed something less expensive.

Hope that helps.

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