I have had the W4Sound Music Server 1 for about six months. It outputs to a Wyred4Sound DAC via coax. Other components include a Pass Labs XA 30.5 amplifier, Wyred4Sound STP-SE preamplifier and Dynaudio Confidence 2 mk II speakers. DAC is connected to preamp using balanced connection. The server was easy to set up and operate. The manual is excellent and Wyred's support has been excellent. I use IPaD and IPhone to access and play my music using MPaD and MPoD apps (the latter is free and other is only $2.95). I ripped all my CDs to FLAC. I backed up all of the files on server to a separate portable hard drive. I can only compare to prior system, which had a CD player outputting to the same DAC and the server sounds much better to me. The server has been very reliable. Only a couple of minor inconveniences: Occasionally, after you rip a CD, the cover art does not automatically load and you have to search for it on the web, copy it, and paste it in the file (this has to be done on a computer connected to the network). I find this usually happens with less commercial music (I listen to a lot of jazz). Once you have done it once, this is very easy and takes about five minutes. Second, very occasionally when I hit play on my IPAD, there will be a faint/short popping sound before the music plays. Third, it takes a couple of minutes for network to recognize the server when you initially turn it on (it is supposed to be in standby when not in use). Sometimes when I turn server on there will be a couple second drop out on the first song (this only occurs right after I turn it on). I don't consider any of these big issues, but some might. Overall I have been very pleased with my server. I find myself listening to music a lot more. Having everything at your fingertips on the IPaD is great. You end up listening to stuff you forgot you had.
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