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Which media server?
« on: 01:55:16 | 28 June, 2017 »
I have been given an Asus E200HA Win10 notebook and I am trying to find a use for it (there are already plenty of Apple Macs here in my house so I don't need another computer). I have a 2TB USB hard drive which contains my entire music collection (ripped CDs and purchased audio files). So why not use this Asus as a dedicated media server. The question is which media server to install? The main requirement is that my Reciva radios can play any music on the server with minimum hassle, but I suppose any DLNA server should be okay.
Any suggestions?

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Re: Which media server?
« Reply #1 on: 04:22:52 | 28 June, 2017 »
I was pretty happy with Twonky when I was using it, but now I'm using the media server built into my Qnap NAS.  If I were using a computer as a server instead of a NAS, I might look into JRiver Media Center although I have no idea how well it works with using Reciva radios as media renderers.
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Re: Which media server?
« Reply #2 on: 04:49:21 | 28 June, 2017 »
You might want to start with Windows 10's built-in media server which can be activated in the Control Panel.

MediaMonkey is a free and powerful audio and video management software with a built-in media server that works very well.

TwonkyServer is a commercial media server which works very well.

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Re: Which media server?
« Reply #3 on: 07:12:13 | 04 July, 2017 »
The question is which media server to install? The main requirement is that my Reciva radios can play any music on the server with minimum hassle

1. One can simultaneously run multiple media servers on the same PC and the radio will let you select from them -- that may be useful while trying to figure out which one you want to use.  I had several running simultaneously my PC at one time.

2. I personally settled on foobar2000 to play mp3s after trying out a number of media servers because it was free and seemed to work with the least fiddling of the ones I tried but that was a few years ago and the what is available may be different now.

3. I also use the setup I described in the following post to use the radio as a remote speaker in a different room listening to whatever is playing on the PC.  This is controlled from the PC end rather than the radio end.
http://iradioforum.net/forum/index.php?topic=1945.msg19081#msg19081


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Re: Which media server?
« Reply #4 on: 08:14:30 | 04 July, 2017 »
Thanks for all responses. So far I've tried the free Plex and MediaMonkey servers which worked to some extent, but in the end I settled with TVMOBiLi which was the only one that was able to stream 16-bit FLAC audio to my Reciva radios and to the Sony SRS-X88 speaker. It was also the easiest server to set up. Fortunately the licence that I had bought years ago for the Mac version of TVMOBiLi also worked on the Win 10 notebook.