In the UK, Technics has launched it´s download service called Technics Tracks where you can browse and purchase from a huge selection of lossless high-resolution audio files in CD (16-bit) and studio master quality (24-bit) across all musical genres - both new releases and back-catalogue titles re-mastered from the original master-tapes.
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The simplest way to start building a library is with FLAC copies of your current CDs: you can use a ripping program such as Exact Audio Copy or dBpower amp (for Windows) or Max, MacFLAC and X Lossless Decoder – or XLD – on Mac computers.
If you’re going to store your music on a NAS device – basically a mini-computer with large hard drives, which is connected to your network and accessible by all connected computers and network players – you’re now set to play your music using one of the new Technics systems. The NAS solution also has the advantage that your music collection is always available: you don’t need to have your computer switched on in order to play music.
You can also store your HRA library on a USB memory device and connect it directly to one of the Technics network players, but this can get a bit cumbersome as your library grows – you may find yourself constantly changing devices to find the music you want. A network attached storage system has much greater capacity, and the advantage of being expandable as your library grows.
However, if you want to connect your computer directly to the SU-R1 or ST-C700 via asynchronous USB – meaning you don’t need a NAS – you’ll need a software player on that computer to handle High-Resolution Audio files.
Along with the launch of its first HRA audio systems, Technics is launching dedicated software for Windows and Macintosh OSX operating systems: the Technics Audio Player has high-resolution data-processing capabilities, and is designed to offer a simple interface between your computer and the USB-DAC inputs on the Technics SU-R1 and ST-CT700.
In addition to simple playback of a wide range of files from low-resolution MP3 all the way up to the highest DSD and PCM resolutions currently available, the Technics Audio Player will also allow playlist creation, editing and sharing, and a range of play, shuffle and repeat modes. No additional software is needed to enable the Technics Audio Player to work with the SU-R1 and ST-CT700 when used on Mac OS X computers; a dedicated Technics Audio USB Driver for Windows is required, and is available for free download.
The Technics Audio Player is a music player application for Windows and Macintosh with high-resolution audio data processing capabilities. Combining Technics USB-DAC units such as SU-R1 and ST-C700 *1, will allow to playback high-resolution audio files with simple and easy operation.
*1 To use on Windows PC, installation of dedicated USB Driver is required to connect and use Technics products.