Our approach has been that we do it based on the number of endpoints that we want to manage for the customer–endpoints being the devices in the house,” he said. “So we’ll have a conversation about ‘Here’s all the stuff in your house, maybe you have 200 endpoints. But really we don’t need to monitor everything, so let’s get this down to a chunk of stuff that makes the most sense for you.’ And then the next variable is how many times a month…a quarter…or a year do you want us to check these things? Basically, how needy are you? If it’s a summerhouse, maybe you’re only needy twice a year. But if you’re living there all the time, you’re going to be a little more needy, so we’re going to have that conversation. And it’s just basic math, and what’s nice about that is that it’s a very easy conversation with the customer in the sense that it’s not based on a percentage of the system [price] or some other arbitrary number; you’re actually calculating it with them [making it easy to adjust to any budget].”
HRA - High Resolution Audio
Important Reminder - Back Up Your Music Files!
No matter what your choice of computer, operating system, and music playing software, please remember one important fact—all hard drives will eventually develop problems and you may lose precious data. Be sure to back up your music files! You will likely end up with hundreds of hours and/or thousands of dollars invested in these files. Taking a few minutes to back them up can save a lot of heartache down the road.
USB Cable Requirements
Perhaps the one weakness of USB is that the maximum cable length is somewhat limited, typically 3 meters (~10') to 5 meters (~16'). We have found that one of the most common problems encountered when setting up a USB-based music system is the cable itself. Regardless of any claims from the cable manufacturer, we have found that performance can degrade when exceeding 3 meters.
Links to Other Useful Computer Audio Websites:
HD Tracks only offers full CD resolution and better online music downloads. They currently have thousands of full-length albums available, and hundreds of them are offered in high-resolution formats up to 192/24. All of them include full liner notes in PDF format and are free from DRM restrictions. (Due to territorial restrictions imposed by the record labels, only downloads to the USA are allowed.)
The Well Tempered Computer
The Well Tempered Computer is a treasure trove of information on computer audio. It bills itself as an "introduction", but is really a compendium of information taken from a variety of sources. It is well organized and covers almost every topic conceivable.
Computer Audiophile is a website dedicated to getting the most music from your computer. Setup tips, equipment reviews, a discussion forum and more. You'll find plenty of information here.
Stereophile's Coverage of Computer Audio
The most respected print magazine catering to audiophiles has a large and growing internet presence. The link above is to an overview of computer audio along with archived reviews of computer audio equipment. You can also find additional articles of interest by sifting through their Special Features section.
A dedicated website to computer audio launched by Stereophile. Similar to the above link, this site is dedicated to reviews to computer audio equipment along with other useful information.
Computer Audio Asylum
Lively discussions on all matters relating to computer audio. You can get answers to almost any question here, often within minutes -- but sometimes you may find conflicting opinions as well. Try to be polite, but don't expect everyone else to always do the same!
Wavelength Audio's USB Headquarters
Wavelength Audio manufactures a full line of USB D/A converters using vacuum-tube audio circuitry. If you are a tube buff, you will find products here to make your heart beat faster. There is also additional setup information and tips a-plenty.
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