I used to have my digital downloads on an Apple mini, but Apple updated iTunes and nothing ever worked again. But ELAC has made the product for me: absolutely easy to setup and use (even for someone who tires instantly of the tedium of computer software, sign-ins, on and on...) AND it adds the means to stream hi-def music (by subscribing to Tidal). The Roon Essentials database included with this Elac is amazing: all the world of music at your fingertips (via an iPad in my case), sortable and searchable in more ways than I have ever been able to even imagine. I'm not sure yet of the sound quality (I'm connected through the DAC in my Marantz SACD), mainly due to lack of experience. The last ELAC listening session ended with me playing a red-label CD whose bass just blew away the Tidal music--might have been the recording, I'm hoping. But even if the sound is not as good as CD (it's supposed to be), ELAC has made digital so much easier I am forever in their debt.
Pros: easy easy easy great fit for those impatient with computer tedium
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I've been using this Elac Discovery for about a moth now and its been great. My main reason for the purchase was to stop using my laptop as a source. I connected a 128gb usb flash thumb drive with perfect results. I will say that using JRiver/laptop combo produce very good music but having the discovery server makes it so convenient. The Roon essentials interface is awesome and I highly recommend it. Music wise the discovery is on par with the JRiver sound. I don't have the fancy words to describe the discovery, but all I can say the discovery is transparent with warm detail music. To give a better understanding I connected the discovery using a SPDIF coaxial to my Marantz SA 8005 cd player (used as a DAC) and from the SA8005 to my Marantz SR 7012 receiver through RCA connectors in pure direct mode and out to Monitor Audio Gold GX 200 towers. I couldn't be happier.
Pros: Easy setup, convenient compare to laptop, good sound, front light can be turned off, Roon interface.
Cons: Maybe the price for some.
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The ELAC Discovery Music Server was extremely easy to setup and to get fully operational. It took about 30 minutes for setup and within an additional 90 minutes I had almost 1500 albums (19,000 tracks) imported from my QNAP NAS. I could listen to music from the Discovery server while it was building the index of albums/tracks. The system does an Audio Analysis of all music after the indexing of music is complete but that's all done in the background and has no impact on performance or ability to play music. The time to complete that will depend on how much music a user has but in my case it ran for about 4 days to do 19,000 tracks. The RoonEssentials control app that comes with the Discovery is the best I've seen with any music server, a real pleasure to use. I have a Sony HAP-Z1ES music server and the ELAC is much nicer to use and the sound is superior to the Sony but I wouldn't say it's far superior. The real plus is the Roon interface and of course at almost half the price, but, you do need your own storage device. In my case, I already had all my music stored on the NAS for backup purposes so I didn't have to invest anything additional for storage. Highly recommend trying the ELAC Discovery!
Pros: Easy setup. The best control app (Roon) on the market. Excellent sound. Very affordable.
Cons: None. But I've only had it for about 2 weeks.
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