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HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« on: February 26, 2021, 08:29:48 AM »
The latest HAL Music Server the MS-6 design is complete and running Windows 10 Home 64bit OS.  This system is for folks that do not need a built in DVD drive for ripping CD collections.  An external USB DVD is always possible as provided by the customer for use with programs Exact Audio Copy.

The system is an Intel Atom quad core processor with 4GB or ram and 64GB of SSD.  The unit is very small as shown in the pictures.

The system has been tested with both Foobar2000 and JRiver Media Center 27 for music replay via USB2 Audio with Windows 10 drivers for an external DAC.  This also lets the user run room correction programs like Math Audio Room EQ.

It has also been tested with Room EQ Wizard for room measurements as needed with a user supplied USB calibrated mic.   It will also work with a user supplies Dayton Audio IMM-6 calibrated mic via the internal sound card for REW measurements.  Calibration data is via Dayton Audio website with the serial number. A standard Apple 4 pin TRRS style extension cable can be used the mic remotely on a stand.

The capabilities are as follows:

For I/O there are 3xUSB2 ports, 1xUSB3 port, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiFi and a simple sound card.  A possible expansion to add a I2S Bus interface is in work.  There is a full size HDMI port for video use and the user supplied keyboard and mouse or trackpad.  I use a Bluetooth keyboard with trackpad as an example.  It will also come with a 45 watt USBC style GaN based SMPS for power.

The system can be run headless, but for setup the users display, keyboard and mouse are needed.

The system will come with Foobar2000 as a player and Room EQ Wizard for measurements installed.  Math Audio Room EQ will be setup in Foobar2000 for use.

Any streaming service that has a Windows 10 style program will run on the system, so that is up to the user choice to install.

The basic system price as described above is $450.00 + shipping.  Please contact me for other details.

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2021, 07:28:17 AM »
The HAL MS-6 chassis are finally arriving and have built the first production unit.  For the first 4 customers of the system will come with a Dayton Audio iMM-6 calibrated measurement mic.  REW and MathAudio are installed and the microphone cal data file is installed for the mic measurements. 

Here is a simple test of the mic and the MS-6 internal sound card for REW measurements.  The iMM-6 is connected to the MS-6 TRRS connector.  The other connector for the mic is if you want to use only the MS-6 to measure, a TRS stereo 3.5mm jack is available for line output to the external system and speakers.  If the system has a USB DAC, then that can also be the signal source.


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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer now available
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 05:20:58 AM »
The production HAL MS-6 Music Servers systems are now available to purchase for $450.00+shipping.

It will be loaded with Foobar2000 for music replay along with MathAudio RoomEQ for room measurements and correction.  Also Room EQ Wizard will be installed for room measurements.

The first 4 systems sold will come with the Dayton Audio iMM-6 calibrated measurement mic.  You will need to supply an extension TRRS cable like for an iPhone and mic clip to remote the mic for measurements.

Please contact me via a message to purchase.

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2021, 04:57:23 AM »
The first batch of various HAL MS-6 shipped out on Thursday to customers and friends.

Two are for Music Servers and one is for a home studio recording system.

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 07:03:52 PM »
Shipping out another HAL MS-6 on Monday to CO.   :thumb:

Looking forward to listener feedback once all three systems arrive for demos.


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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 10:44:19 PM »
 
Shipping out another HAL MS-6 on Monday to CO.   

Looking forward to listener feedback once all three systems arrive for demos.
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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2021, 04:28:48 AM »
Dave,
There will be one if you have time. 

Busy is good!  :thumb:

Best,
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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2021, 09:31:09 AM »
Dave,
There will be one if you have time. 

Busy is good!  :thumb:

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2021, 12:03:31 PM »
  Great price Hal.

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2021, 04:57:05 PM »
Charles,
Thanks!  Everyone that has seen it so far just says it looks Tiny, until they hear it!   :D

Hopefully this will help some move to great sounding digital replay that is easily upgradable.

Rich

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2021, 05:13:06 PM »
Charles,
Thanks!  Everyone that has seen it so far just says it looks Tiny, until they hear it!   :D

Hopefully this will help some move to great sounding digital replay that is easily upgradable.

Rich

Small box, big sound. That sounds like a good formula, Rich  :thumb:
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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2021, 06:14:07 PM »
Nick,
Thanks!  That is the idea!  :thumb:

Since it is fanless, you can put it just about anywhere with some ventilation.  Very low power requirements, so running it 24/7 does not burn up a lot of power. 

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2021, 06:06:54 PM »
The person demoing the latest MS-6 shipped out compared it to his MAC Mini both running Audirvana.

His words about the HAL MS-6 in his system:

"Certainly much quieter than the mac mini it replaces. You can really tell when listening just how low the noise floor is.  It really sounds beautiful!"

Made my day! 🙂

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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2021, 10:14:21 PM »
The person demoing the latest MS-6 shipped out compared it to his MAC Mini both running Audirvana.

His words about the HAL MS-6 in his system:

"Certainly much quieter than the mac mini it replaces. You can really tell when listening just how low the noise floor is.  It really sounds beautiful!"

Made my day! 🙂

Thatís great news, Rich  :thumb: Congratulations and hopefully many more great comments will soon follow
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Re: HAL MS-6 Music Server/Steamer
« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2021, 05:57:05 AM »
Nick,
Thanks! 

Happy that people are enjoying music replay with the MS-6!   :D