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Old 8th February 2016, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default old newbe to digital files

folks can any of you steer me in the right direction?

recent thread start in tubes section for design advise had a member post something that since has me interested.
when i had mentioned a old pc as mp3, flac & dsd playback but have a 36db noise floor due to the fan in the pc.
he stated to ditch the pc and use a tablet or smart phone.

after a few days thinking now i'm wondering
how do i go about this?
not being very computer savy i'm not current on digital playback
but watching youtube where people press play on a tablet and it plays through there stereo setup.
i want to do that
i have a andorid tablet now
any thoughts on this would be great
thanks
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Old 8th February 2016, 10:50 PM   #2
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There are android apps that will allow you to connect a DAC to the tablet via the USB port on the tablet. I have a friend doing this with a Samsung S3 and it works fine.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...layerpro&hl=en

The above will work with most high res dacs and flac, dsd, mp3 file formats.

Note that versions of Android later than 4.1 do provide some support for USB dacs but the results may vary and I believe high res files and bit rates are not supported.

I may eventually experiment with this on my Samsung S2
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Old 8th February 2016, 10:53 PM   #3
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Might want to use an external powered hub, which for portability can be powered by a battery pack. (Provides power to the DAC and the tablet)
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Old 8th February 2016, 11:16 PM   #4
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ok i guess i should have mentioned this

that app is on the tablet as i had the tablet in my car as a player but files are loaded on the tablet.
i have 369gig of music on a external hard drive.
this is what i use on the pc now
not knowing how to or where to start has me confused.
i guess what i'm really asking is what do i use so ext hard drive be still used with some other device that may exist.

see i thought a tablet was just a remote control of sorts and was the monitor to see files like foobar as player .
i have no idea
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Old 8th February 2016, 11:19 PM   #5
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I just use a cheap MP3 player for my digital files.
You can pick one up cheap for around £10 or £30-£40 for a touch screen 32GB model.

I also like my USB DAC but that needs PC or similar.
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Old 8th February 2016, 11:43 PM   #6
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thanks
i have a usb dac i used in the car as well but not sure how to word this request
ever watch kendrick sound youtube speaker demos?
he uses a tablet wireless to play somehow.
so must be some unit that tablet is wifi connected to .
what are these digital music servers i see listed?
they look like computers in a stereo unit's chassis.
if they are why ditch a pc ?
this is a real stumbling block for me to understand
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Old 8th February 2016, 11:56 PM   #7
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I just recently completed a project to replace the noisy PC with an "Orange Pi Plus" diyAudio server HTTPS page

It's an inexpensive ARM-based computer ($35) that runs either Android or any of several Linux distributions. I use it as a music server, though you can add a monitor, keyboard and mouse and use local applications. It has 4 USB 2.0 ports, gigabyte network, wifi, etc. No moving parts, so it's totally silent. Needs 5 volts at 2 amps, so a small wall-wart is plenty of power.
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I just recently completed a project to replace the noisy PC with an "Orange Pi Plus" diyAudio server HTTPS page

It's an inexpensive ARM-based computer ($35) that runs either Android or any of several Linux distributions. I use it as a music server, though you can add a monitor, keyboard and mouse and use local applications. It has 4 USB 2.0 ports, gigabyte network, wifi, etc. No moving parts, so it's totally silent. Needs 5 volts at 2 amps, so a small wall-wart is plenty of power.
this sounds interesting
but click on your like and will not open says page not found
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ok i guess i should have mentioned this

that app is on the tablet as i had the tablet in my car as a player but files are loaded on the tablet.
i have 369gig of music on a external hard drive.
this is what i use on the pc now
not knowing how to or where to start has me confused.
i guess what i'm really asking is what do i use so ext hard drive be still used with some other device that may exist.

see i thought a tablet was just a remote control of sorts and was the monitor to see files like foobar as player .
i have no idea
I don't think the single USB port has sufficient bandwidth to handle an external drive and a DAC. I could be mistaken, but a better plan would be to select the 128GB of music you like most and put that on a micro sd card that should plug right into a memory slot on your tablet. Possibly the tablet will take a larger card, but probably not.
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Old 9th February 2016, 12:40 AM   #10
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Sorry....

Orange Pi - Orange Pi Plus

I keep 300 gigs of music on a drive in another system, far enough away, so you can't hear it. 1 tb drives are now about $60
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