Beginner in need of a little help with hard drive based music


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Aug 10, 2019
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Hello everyone!

Long time reader, first time poster.

I need a little help with how to listen to my music. I have recently moved abroad and had to leave most of my hi-fi stuff at home. I would usually listen to CD's with a headphone amp and my Grado's. But now all I have is a boat load of FLAC files, Grado RS-2's and a longing for better sound.

What I would like the most would be an integrated unit which I could use as a NAS (so that I could easily copy my music from my PC), had a build in HDD and a really good headphone output. Something like the no longer made Olive Symphony

Do you guys know what would be best for me?

Ideally I would like to have the music in my room without a noisy PC. I know a sqeezebox duet might be good, but I would just like to see what other options there are.

Sorry if my post does not make much sense, even I am a little confused!



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Mar 8, 2009
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The Cocktail Audio X10 has a headphone output and can have a multi-Gb hard disk for your music. I doubt the headphone amp is 'really good', but you could connect the RCA line outs into a headphone amp.