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Buy your USB Audio ServerBuy Your USB Audio Server with Linux/MPD

So that you can finally give your DAC a proper feeding, we now have on offer a complete Linux/MPD configured USB Audio Music Server.

Various tests with the most diverse hard- and software has quickly shown that the combination Linux/MPD (for more details click here) on Intel-Atom-based systems brings the best-sounding results - this in addition to low power consumption, no fan, (thus practically no noise) and all of this resulting in excellent stability!

Our favorite on the hardware side is clearly Intel's Atom based motherboards, combined with Scorpio Blue hard drives from Western Digital or SSDs. Together with nice Mini-ITX-Cases, which have a good voltage converter and fanless power supplies, they provide the ideal starting point for a Linux-based USB Audio Server.

Operation is completely without monitor and keyboard.

Setting up the USB Audio Music Server is very easy:

  • Connect it to your LAN (no WLAN!)
  • Connect your DAC (Plug & Play)
  • Fill it up via LAN with music (WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC as well as MP3 and OGG-Vorbis)
  • Controll it through a tablet or smartphone

All orders come with a new installation of Linux/MPD (with real-time kernel), the BIOS is pre-configured for trouble-free sound reproduction, HD-LED, Reset-Switch and other non used features are disabled. The components, except for the cases, are used (test units) but in good-as-new condition. Nearly all servers will be delivered with international powersupplies (110-240 V, 50/60Hz) and European powerchords which can be easily replaced with your powerchord (plug-in connection).

When ordering, you can specify your computer name (this will then be displayed in your smartphone/remote app) or your preferred keyboard layout (US/DE) if you want to make changes later on in your system.

You can order directly per e-mail. The price does not include shipping. You can view the shipping charges here (weight less than 2 kg). The items are shipped as soon as payment is received.

You can download the instruction manual here.

New: USB Realtime Audio Server 8 with 1 TB Harddrive

Realtime Audio Server with Debian Linux and mpd
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Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless

Memory (RAM)
3 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
1 TB SATA Harddrive (nearly noiseless)

Case
Highquality Metal Case with fanless external power-supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
510 USD - Order now


New: USB Realtime Audio Server 7 with 640 GB Harddrive

Realtime Audio Server with Debian Linux and mpd
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Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless

Memory (RAM)
3 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
640 GB SATA Harddrive (nearly noiseless)

Case
Highquality Metal Case with fanless external power-supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
455 USD - Order now


New: DIY USB Realtime Audio Server Kit with 2 TB Harddrive and graphical interface

DIY USB Audio Server Kit with 2 TB Harddrive and graphical interface

Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
2 TB SATA Harddrive (3,5", incl. insulating material and cable)

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD), with Desktop and GMPC Client

Case
This DIY-Audio-Server-Kit consits of the Motherboard (RAM already installed on board) and the 2 TB Harddrive and SATA-cable - Realtime-Linux with MPD, Desktop and GMPC client is already installed!
You only need a case (Mini-ITX / HTPC with slot for 3,5" harddrive) and a power-supply

Price
370 USD - Order now


USB Audio Music Server 6 - Sold

Realtime Audio PC Extremely compact Realtime USB Audio PC with fantastic sound.

Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless design

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
Brandnew Western Digital 1 TB SATA Harddrive

Case
Small and nice MINI-ITX Case with fanless external power supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
345 USD - Sold


USB Audio Music Server 5 - Sold

USB Audio Music Server 5 - Linux Realtime Kernel This Machine is an absolutely Must Have - with a beautiful black metal case, it integrates seamlessly into the high-end audio system.

Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless design

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM / Hynix

Harddrive
Western Digital Purple 6 TB SATA Harddrive

Case
Specialized Rackmount Server-Case with internal, fanless and stabilized server power supply (240 V only!!!)

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
930 USD - Sold


USB Audio Music Server 4 - Sold

Silver Server - Linux Realtime Kernel All Time Favorit: Intels Atom Mainboard D525MW with noiseless HD and Realtime Linux Debian 7.8 with MPD.

Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless design

Memory (RAM)
2 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
SATA HD with 320 GB

Case
Fanless Mini-ITX with external power supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
170 USD - Sold


Buyer Feedback:
In my opinion the sound is genuinely bit-accurate and precise without additional “audiophile” programming, which you read about as a marketing device and price justification for other devices.


USB Audio Music Server 3 - Sold

USB Audio Server 3
Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless design

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue, 320 GB

Case
Inter-Tech E-i5 (Mini ITX), external power supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
210 USD Sold

Buyer Feedback:
Overall, I discovered definite perceptible improvements . On all three levels (high/mid/bass), I experienced more power and punch For comparison I’ll use an example from the past: Years ago, I exchanged a string of Christmas tree lights for ones that ran on batteries. The new candles glowed more strongly and consequently revealed a clearer view into the deeper branchings of the tree.
And that’s what happened with this server as well. Somehow, one has the feeling that nuances of sound that previously were distinguishable but also subtly remained in the background now appeared stronger in the foreground, as if the sounds were competing to push their way to center stage. Bell tones or guitar strings sound somewhat clearer in the treble, almost cutting but not drifting into brittleness (at least for me). The mids give the voices a hint of a sharper resolution – Vibrations and breathing are now a lot more fun.
The bass hits with a dry punch – and how!
Overall, I have to say that in comparison the notebook seems rather a lame duck, or put another way, a lot less confident than the server. I can only recommend this server.


USB Audio Music Server 2 - Sold

USB Audio Server 2
Motherboard & CPU
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless design

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
OCZ SSD, 240 GB

Case
MS-Tech CI-57 (Mini-ITX), external power supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
350 USD Sold

Buyer Feedback:
Everything worked out great. The music server is running smoothly, and the same goes for controlling it with the tablet. Great! I’m still keeping the server, because I’m using it as a server for the Auralic. And that in turn sounds better than a NAS with many other services running concurrently. .. Wow! I can only say that you have got to hear this for yourself! It’s like listening to a live performance.


USB Audio Music Server 1 - Sold

USB Audio Player 1
Mainboard
Intel D525MW, Intel ATOM CPU, fanless

Memory (RAM)
4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM

Harddrive
Western Digital Scorpio Blue, 320 GB

Case
Morex T3310 (Mini-ITX), external power supply

Operating System
Debian Linux 7.8 "Wheezy", Realtime Kernel, Music Player Daemon (MPD)

Price
230 USD Sold

Buyer Feedback:
The computer arrived with everything intact. I connected it and it runs without a problem. I’m again using the MPoD for control and everything works like a charm. The previously stored collection of music files play back faultlessly and in the highest quality. I am impressed by how much the bit-accurate playback with this system on the DAC improves the perceived audio quality. Playback is fast and dynamic and at the same time in the important midrange free and detached and very authentic. I own large horn speakers ( made by Hornfabrik Eder). Their qualities now finally come into their own! Great fun!

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