Okay, might sound weird, but this is what I’m hearing.
I tend to listen mostly to RP AAC 320kbp/s via my Naim streamer (ND5XS2/Chord Hugo) with great results.
However, when I switch to UPnP and play my ripped CD collection stored on a QNAP NAS, there isn’t as much enjoyment to the sound … and it ought to sound far better than compressed iRadio!
Even music on YouTube from the LG TV, via optical cable into the Naim streamer sounds mighty fine!
The set up;
2TB QNAP TS-212 (all CD material ripped FLAC at highest uncompressed level via dBPoweramp and stored Raid 1). The NAS is 9 years old.
The QNAP NAS in on a different floor level and connected via CAT6A to the Router etc.
Naim streamer CAT5e ethernet to Router etc and rest of system active ATC (SCA2 pre and ATC 40A’s).
I’ve tried using a Netgear switch and not noticed an improvement and also moving the NAS into the same room as the system.
It was the same experience in my previous home with my original ND5XS/Chord Hugo.
Always MimimServer/Streamer and transcoding the FLAC files on the fly to WAV for the Naim streamer.
Am I missing something or is Radio Paradise doing something ‘magic’???
I suspected the QNAP NAS might be the issue but no idea.