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How to choose the right SSD

By April 1, 2018 No Comments

Getting a new source is an exciting time, especially when it’s a server and done the way we do it… you are welcome to buy now and talk to us later, but we really urge you to get in touch with us first – to talk us through your system and let us help you determine the best way to build and configure the system.  Even a five minute discussion can help us to get a feel for your personality and your style, your preferences and tastes to build a Wolf that fits you and improves your listening experience in a big way.  We do this a LOT, and no two systems are ever exactly the same.

Having the right amount of storage is key to getting the most out of your Wolf. Despite what you might think, it is easy to add a hard drive to a system yourself, but some of you aren’t mechanically inclined, and many of you won’t want to send your system back in for an upgrade (although we make the process really, really easy).

These are averages taken of three different samplings from our own collection of audio. It is safe to say that these numbers are  accurate to  -/+5%

Disc Size Uncompressed CD (Discs) CD Rip FLAC (discs) Hi-Res 24/96 (Tracks) Hi-Res 24/192 (Tracks) DSD 64 (Tracks) DSD128 (tracks) DSD256 (Tracks)
1TB 1350 3500 12,800 (40 Days) 6,400 (20 Days) 5000 2500 1250
2TB 2700 7000 25,600 (80 Days) 12,800 (40 Days) 10000 5000 2500
4TB 5400 14000 51,200 25,600 20000 10,000 5000
6TB 8100 21000 76,200 51,200 30000 15,000 7500
8TB 10800 28000 102,400 76,200 40000 20,000 10000
10TB 13500 35000 128,000 102,400 50,000 25,000 12500
12TB 16200 42000 153,600 128,000 60,000 30,000 15000

As you can see, you can fit quite a lot of CDs on 1TB of storage, but when you start playing around with Hi-Res, that space gets eaten quickly. Our music collection is ~10TB, including our 16 Bit CD Rips, 24 Bit Audio, SACD rips, our DVD-A, BluRay Audio, etc. Our main system runs 6TB so we have to prioritize what resides inside the machine, and what is put on an external drive or NAS.  Typically, our daily drivers are stored internally while blue moon music – stuff we might listen to every other month or so is kept external.  One of the downsides of external music is time to access. When we queue up one of the track on an external, we expect a second or two of lag before the music starts. It is tough for speedsters like us to deal with, but may or may not make a difference to you.

 

Below is the average size of 5 minutes of audio in most formats. Sizes of FLAC files can vary depending on music dynamics, conversion tool used, format the file was converted from and level of compression (or uncompressed) used.   

Format Sampling frequency Quantification Size
DSF 5.6  MHz

2.8  MHz

1 bits

1 bits

403 MB

201 MB

DSDIFF 5.6  MHz

2.8  MHz

1 bits

1 bits

403 MB

201 MB

WAV 192 kHz

96 kHz

88.2 kHz

48 kHz

44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

16 bits

329 MB

164 MB

151 MB

82.4 MB

75.7 MB

50.4 MB

FLAC

note: Sizes of FLAC files can vary greatly depending on music dynamics, conversion tool used, what format the file was converted from and Level of compression used.  The information here is general and currently being revised for more accuracy.

192 kHz

176.4 kHz

96 kHz

88.2 kHz

48 kHz

44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

24 bits

16 bits

195 MB

170 MB

61.3 MB

56.3 MB

30.8 MB

27.9 MB

6.69 MB

MP3 44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

44.1 kHz

320 kbps

256 kbps

192 kbps

128 kbps

92 kbps

11.4 MB

9.15 MB

6.86 MB

4.57 MB

3.43 MB

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