This may be an unusual end case, but in the absence of any guidance from Naim, I wonder if anyone else has had similar issues?
my 4-year-old ND5 XS refused to play a 2.3 GB AIFF file, displaying “Cant Play” in large letters on its green fluorescent screen.
The problem persisted when I switched from an external (UPnP) server to using a USB stick, plugged into the front of the device.
The AIFF played fine on my Mac.
Transcoding into FLAC “fixed” the problem - presumably the smaller file size is now acceptable.
So what’s the problem?
I was told by experts at Naim to use uncompressed formats - WAFF or AIFF - in preference to FLAC, as they “sound better”. But clearly this doesn’t always work!
This is supposed to be a “streamer”, so why can’t it stream large files?
Nowhere can I find any documentation of a 2 GB file size limit.
Why such a large track ? It was a 24-bit 192 kHz recording of the first movement (all 33 minutes) of Mahler’s 3rd symphony - the sonically-astounding recording from Channel Classics. Yes, I could mess around splitting it up into shorter chunks, but that’s not really the point.
For the record, I’m using a Synology 212j NAS running MinimServer (or the default UPnP software - doesn’t make any difference) connected to the ND5XS via Ethernet (or directly, vis a 138 GB USB stick). I’ve long given up on Naim’s DACs and currently feed the digital output into a Chord Hugo 2, which also serves as my headphone amp.
In summary: has anyone else had problems with large files not playable on Naim streamers? Is this a RAM limit, or perhaps some hardwired software limit?
Thanks for any feedback!