Marja & Henk
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Sources: PS Audio PWT; Dr. Feickert Blackbird MKII/DFA 1o5/Zu DL-103; Phasure XX-PC
DAC: Phasure NOS1 DAC; T+A DAC8 [loaner]; Mytek Brooklyn [in for review]
Streaming sources: XXHighEnd; iTunes; Devialet AIR; La Rosita Beta; Qobuz Desktop, Tidal Desktop; Sound Galleries SGM 2015 [loaner]; Audiodata Musikserver MS II [in for review]
Preamp/integrated/power: Audio Note Meishu with WE 300B (or AVVT, JJ, KR Audio 300B output tubes); dual Devialet D-Premier; PTP Audio Blok 20; Hypex Ncore 1200 based monoblocks; Trafomatic Kaivalya; Trafomatic Reference One; Trafomatic Reference Phono One; Music First Passive Magnetic
Speakers: Avantgarde Acoustic Duo Omega; Arcadian Audio Pnoe; Podium Sound One; WLM Sub 12; Sounddeco Alpha F3; dual Zu Submisson MKI; Soltanus Virtuoso ESL
Cables: complete loom of ASI LiveLine cables; full loom of Crystal Cable cables; full loom of Nanotec Golden Strada; Audiomica Pearl Consequence interconnect; Audiomica Pebble Consequence
Power line conditioning: PS Audio Powerplant Premier; PS Audio Humbuster III; IsoTek Evo 3 Syncro; AudioMica Allbit Consequence
Equipment racks: Solid Tech and ASI amplifier and TT shelf
Indispensable accessories: Furutech DeMag; ClearAudio Double Matrix; Franc Audio Ceramic Disc Classic; Shakti Stones; Kemp polarity checker; Akiko Audio Corelli
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Room treatment: Acoustic System International resonators, sugar cubes, diffusers
Room size: ca. 14.50 x 7.50m with a ceiling height of 3.50m, brick walls, wooden flooring upstairs, ca 7 x 5m with a ceiling height of 3.50m, brick walls and concrete floor downstairs
Review component retail: starting at € 2'230

Preamble. The item under review targets German-speaking members of the audio lover's society. At the time of writing, the software, website and owner's manual were in German exclusively. If this is no problem for the reader, follow us on our journey with managed server services. [Being an English publication, such a narrow focus would usually preclude a review. In this instance, the assignment had already been committed to before, upon delivery, the German-only aspect revealed itself. – Ed].

Our journey with the Audiodata MusikServer MS II started by visiting the website of the company headquartered in Aachen, Germany. Here came the Konfigurator, an extended menu listing from which to personalize your MusikServer. Every configuration starts with the Basis package. This gets you the MusikServer MS II clad in black with a black or silver aluminium fascia and power button adorned with a white, red, blue or green LED. Inside the Basis comes a small Mitac motherboard with a quad core Intel Celeron CPU running at 2GHz and with 4GB of DRR SDRAM memory. The CPU uses passive liquid cooling. For storage there is a 120GB solid state disk meant for the Windows OS and a 2TB spinning disk for your music files. DC power is by way of an external switching power supply. Win 7 Pro is the preinstalled operating system of choice configured for the German language and country. Also preinstalled are Mp3Tag and TeamViewer for remote access. An Ethernet cable completes the Basis package.