Finally taking the plunge to Hi-Rez downloads

After close to 50 years listening to 2 channel and 5.1 home theater I finally decided to try and download Hi-Rez through my computer to my audio system. I have not paid any attention to what files to use, what software I will need or what hardware I will need. So the question is-where do I start? I currently have a Oppo 95, Emotiva XMC-1, and a Parasound A 31. I don't know a FLAC file from a corn flake and I am completely in the dark. It seems that the further is Hi-Rez downloads. So guys, I need your help.

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  • D'privedD'prived Posts: 191
    edited August 2016
    This would be a good place to start.

    http://www.hdtracks.com/

    It may also help if you ask questions specific to what it is you're trying to accomplish.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,745
    Don't do it, Sarge! These kids will assault you with the 4.45 million ways to stream audio. And your head will pop off your shoulders.
    CDs.......just stay with CDs........and vinyl......
  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    Alright guys. lets get serious. Point me in the right direction. If the kids get out of hand I still have my handcuffs for them.
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    if you had some hirez files on your computer - you would hook your PC to a DAC using a USB cable which would take a driver (file) that lets the DAC recognize the files on the PC. and you need the correct driver from the manufacturer of your DAC (like Marantz - peachtree -ifi etc..)

    I use some music software from JRiver media to play the music. or load up a flashdrive and or external HD and connect this to your OPPO.
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  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    I'm presently looking at jriver, the Sony uda1 as a DAC. Am I on the right Path?
  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    edited August 2016
    yes, the sony even has its on software player I saw on its web page

    on this page you would download the driver for your pc win10 64 bit or win 7 etc..
    and the software player. you could try their free player software 1st befor paying for JRiver and/or at least try JRiver Media free trial for 30 days

    https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=UDA1&template_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab

    Do you already own the Sony?

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  • 11tsteve11tsteve Posts: 1,173
    it doesn't have to be usb. TOSLINK and digital interconnect are also options, if the hookups exist.
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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,761
    It doesn't need to be complicated. A simple method is to go to HDtracks, download their free sampler to your computer, copy the downloaded files to a USB thumb drive, insert the thumb drive into the front USB port on the BDP-95, and navigate to those files from the player's menu. The Oppo will play back FLAC files in the full high resolution format on files that are downloaded and the Oppo is a good audio player. No special software is need to do this and no new components or cables. Just a thumb drive. That is a good place to start to see if the higher resolution audio is worth the extra cost to you.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,234
    edited August 2016
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Don't do it, Sarge! These kids will assault you with the 4.45 million ways to stream audio. And your head will pop off your shoulders.
    CDs.......just stay with CDs........and vinyl......

    It's really quite simple. :smiley: And I'm no kid....lol

    SystemFour.png
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,745
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Don't do it, Sarge! These kids will assault you with the 4.45 million ways to stream audio. And your head will pop off your shoulders.
    CDs.......just stay with CDs........and vinyl......

    It's really quite simple. :smiley: And I'm no kid....lol

    SystemFour.png

    You are an anomaly, Rich. Doesn't count.
    Plus you probably know every word to every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. :*
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,234
    edited August 2016
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Plus you probably know every word to every episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. :*

    Anomaly, gotta go look that up...see if thems fighin' words....lol I was just funnin, that pic way too much for me. I'm 6TB music server>DAC & network>10" tablet wifi control.

    Maybe every episode of House, The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, but not Next Gen Star Trek... ;)
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  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    You guys are the best.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 9,422
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,745
    DSkip wrote: »
    lightman1 wrote: »
    Don't do it, Sarge! These kids will assault you with the 4.45 million ways to stream audio. And your head will pop off your shoulders.
    CDs.......just stay with CDs........and vinyl......

    Who let Gramps out of the home again?

    Get off my lawn!


    Hey look! Sarge wants to do Hi-Rez!
    Back to you in the studio, Mick.
  • msgmsg Posts: 6,150
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Maybe every episode of House, The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, but not Next Gen Star Trek... ;)
    Russ knows every episode of Full House

    Sarge you just hit 100 posts - you probably just got a... nevermind... I was gonna say badge.
    I disabled signatures.
  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    100 posts eh. Only took 6 years. I must be a man of few words?
  • msgmsg Posts: 6,150
    alright alright, that's enough, chatterbox.
    I disabled signatures.
  • dkfreebirddkfreebird Posts: 1,130
    Man,every time I log in it costs me money.I to have not ventured into any flac or hi rez files and just downloaded the sampler from hdtracks and I can see the money flowing out of my pocket now. DAM MIT.
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  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    it's 10 o'clock and the wife says get of the computer and go to bed. Retirement is great?
  • msgmsg Posts: 6,150
    shout back, "Pipe down! You're not the boss of me!"
    I'm pretty sure she'll leave you alone after that.
    I disabled signatures.
  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,745
    Dang Scott! He may be the Sarge, but he also knows who the Four Star is.... :o
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 7,234
    edited August 2016
    Man who argue with wife all day get no peace at night.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • sgtmick63sgtmick63 Posts: 156
    Can't argue with the above statement.
  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,617
    Me thinks a far bigger issue, is finding stuff with good masterings.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,506
    K_M wrote: »
    Me thinks a far bigger issue, is finding stuff with good masterings.

    Isn't that the same issue every other format has too. ?
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  • ^^^ Yes. (and why the other formats a still viable)
  • You know you can stream Hi-Rez files over your home network from your computer to your Oppo without buying ANYTHING but the music files riiiiiiiight? :(
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,493
    OR....OR...
    You could buy an oppo and a hard drive, and start listening to *.flac files.
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