I have the A Cappella server with an internal 1 TB ssd. I have all of my music on the ssd. I use the HDMI I2S output to my dac. This is reputed to be the best way to send music to the dac as there is no conversion needed as in usb. The A Cappella is a superb unit and Kevin is very responsive to any questions. I do not stream because I am not interested in it. I have had the unit for a few years and do not plan to ever replace it.
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I did not compare with any other units. Comparing servers is somewhat difficult especially in your own system with your own music. At the time of my purchase several years ago, there were not the number of servers available that there are today. But I have l no regrets and plan on the A Cappella being a permanent source of my music. The sound is sublime.
Great news if true - do you have a Wavedream or Wavelight ?
You have the older Musical Pristina unit though correct ?
I have a Wavedream. Kev from MP said supposedly the latest rockna firmware is supposed to allow me to choose between Rockna/PS audio pin configs but I don’t seem to have that option on version 4.7.
Tbh - between the Intona USB implementation and the OXCO - it is still very tempting unit, i2s or not !
@rdoc, thanks for the kind words, and for answering questions.
Jesus from Sonore maintains a list of I2S compatibility between brands. You can find it here: i2s - Google Sheets
From what I was told, Rockna rolled out a firmware portal. From there you can gain you access to the latest firmware. The one dated NOV 3 *should* provide you with the ability to convert your I2S HDMI input to accept the Musica Pristina (PS Audio / HDMI Spec) output.
1 = Rockna, 2 = PS Audio (the one we use).
@pscar, we're compatible with PS Audio gear.