I was wondering can i connect an external HD to my Muso QB. I was thinking 2TB. I have a 1TB seagate drive with around 500gb of music on it but it doesn’t see that. i don’t really want to stream it would like to just connect a USB HD to it.
Is there a set of instructions i am missing and could anyone recommend a drive?
In my experience with my Qb, it will usually see a USB stick plugged into the USB socket but usually won’t see a USB HD, unlike the generation 2 Qb.
This isn’t the best way to browse music anyway because all you get is a list and no artwork. Much better to put the music on a NAS, run upnp server software on the NAS and use the upnp input on the Qb.
Certainly no apologies for tech ineptness are needed! Everyone starts from the point of knowing nothing at all!
There are multiple NAS options. Those made by QNAP and Synology get the greatest support here on the forum. A NAS is basically a computer with a hard disc attached. You put it on your network and you talk to it using software on a PC or Mac. A upnp server is just a programme that you run on the NAS and the music is controlled via the Naim app. If you search in the forum you will see many suggestions for NAS server software, but Asset gets a lot of love.
There are lots of people here who know more about this than me, so I should let one of them pick up the guidance.
The note from David is probably the way to go. But i do not like computers and to avoid the hassle i bought a Naim Uniti Core cd ripper/server to go with my Muso, simple to use, sounded great…but admittedly expensive and overkill.
Thanks Guys. I am trying to use a computer CD ripper, I also have a Naim Unitilite. That has a CD player that just didnt work from day one. I sent it back. it worked for a year or so and now doesnt again. Its going to cost a fortune to fix for who knows how long? so i have gone back to vinyl, will rip my existing CD collection to a drive and then just stream from spotify i guess. So i planned to get an apple cd drive to connect to my IMAC then use Jriver to rip the CD’s and store on a HD or now a NAS. Thats the basic plan?
If you put the ripped files on a Nas, you’ll be able to connect to the network and play everything on both your QB and the Uniti. Many use dbpoweramp to rip, and Asset as the upnp server. It’s what I have and it works really well.
If you don’t want to run a NAS it’s fine to run a UPnP server on your Mac and use that to access music stored on its internal drive, a USB drive, or another drive on your network. The tried and tested options are Asset and Minimserver, the former being easier to set up and use.
I use Serviio on a Windows laptop (it also runs on Mac).
You can connect your hard drive of music to the laptop.
This music will then be available under UPnP with indexing/artwork etc. on the Qb and Naim App.
(an old laptop or PC will do the job as it needs very little resources.)