Hi I would like some advice on ripping CDs and playback. Currently I have a Nova and 250DR and use both Tidal streaming and CD playback via an older Meridian Transport. I have good wifi in the house and rely on this rather than ethernet for Tidal as it would take some effort to install the latter in my house. I have started to rip CDs to lossless level 5 (default) Flac using dBpoweramp on my iMac. The files go automatically into the Music Folder on the iMac and have the correct titles in alphabetical order. I have not worked out how to set up a Nas drive and probably don’t want to go down this route because of the added complexity of ethernet cable choices, switches etc so I am proposing to load the ripped files on to a USB drive and plug it into the Nova.
My questions are:
1 Is the choice of flash drive important or do they all perform the same?
2 Would a portable hard drive be better than one or more flash drives?
3 Is USB 2.0 ok or should I go for USB 3.0?
4 Would music from a USB drive sound noticeably worse than from a Nap drive, switch and ethernet cable?
5 If I join Roon and install the core software on my iMac will it automatically find and include the music files which I have ripped to the iMac?
Finally, do dedicated rippers such as those from Melco and Innous deliver a higher quality music file to the streamer (Nova) or is it more about convenience? Long term I hope to move up to an NDX2 or ND5XS2 and I assume they play a big part in maximising the sound extracted from music files
Thanks for looking and hopefully giving advice as I have been unable to fully find out the answers