I just wanted to share that I recently bought the WD TV Live Hub 1TB for the purpose of storing and playing my music
collection of 600+ CDs in my living room through my stereo system (NAD C370, NHT 2.5). It’s working great so far, so
I’m quite pleased.
I decided to encode my CD library into FLAC format because it’s lossless and supports meta tags (song title, artist, album art, etc.) So far I have encoded 700+ songs using Exact Audio Copy. The process is a bit time consuming, but I am enjoying rediscovering my music collection.
The WD has performed flawlessly with playback. I did experience one single mysterious reboot when I was changing song filtering options, but it was apparently an isolated incident that I’m willing to forgive.
My original expectation was that the analog stereo outputs of the WD would not be anything special and that an
external DAC would be required to achieve sound quality comparable to my CD player (Cambridge Audio 540C). However, I am impressed by the quality of the stock D-A conversion of the WD. My plan is still to purchase a Cambridge Audio DacMagic ($400) and drive it from the WD’s S/PDIF optical output for uncompromising conversion. For the additional cost, I’m hoping/expecting I’ll be able to honestly hear the sonic difference. I’ll post on that once I’ve done it.
Opportunities for Improvement:
1 - when viewing album thumbnails, the “artist” (or “album artist”) tag does not show up
2 - when viewing songs within an album, the artist does not show up against each track (a problem for albums of various artists)
3 - when viewing songs within an album, the tracks are listed in alphabetical order rather than by tagged track number (a problem as many albums are intended to be listened to in a specific order)
4 - queue works but once started does not seem to recognize new queued songs added unless play is stopped and
Any comments on ways to solve the above would be appreciated… or should I submit a firmware/feature request to WD?
[WD TV Live Hub 1TB, Firmware: 2.05.08 (4/2011)]