Zaram Media Server

 

Overview


The new Zaram ripping server has been optimized for audio / video ripping and storage and is ready to serve network playback devices such as the Linn DS and many other network audio players - video can be streamed in various formats to various video rendering devices, including DLNA TVs etc. All data is duplicated in the Zaram-X9 to ensure data integrity.

The newly designed Zaram is created from a single piece of aerospace grade aluminium.  Precision engineered in our own factory to exacting standards.

 
The Zaram will fit perfectly with any high end audio / visual system.

Key Features


  • Near silent operation (<9dBA)
  • 2x internal HDDs pre-installed
  • Very low power consumption (approx 22W)
  • Low profile - 385(W) x 224(D) x 55(H)mm
  • Extremely high quality seamless chassis
  • Very simple to use - just insert CD/DVD/BluRay
  • Lifetime subscription to premium meta data
  • Designed, made and supported from UK!!

How it Works


The Zaram processor unit incorporates a very powerful Intel CPU to ensure that video files can be rapidly trans-coded from native DVD or BluRay formats to formats that can be enjoyed on many of today's DNLA TVs etc.  Players that are capable to render the original uncompressed formats are also supported.

The Zaram-X9 is a mass storage unit which is located below or to the side of the Zaram.  The internal storage is protected against disk failure and has a capacity of approx 9000GB (9TB).  A single data cable connects the Zaram to the Zaram-X9. 
Up to five Zaram-X9s can be connected to the Zaram processor.

The Zaram is simple to setup just plug in the power and network cables and once the Zaram is ready you can begin ripping.

AUDIO
  • Insert your chosen music CD* into the Zaram slot loader and all the track information / album art you could wish for is quickly retrieved from our premium metadata providers
  • The digital uncompressed music files are copied in their highest quality format (FLAC)
  • The music files are then optionally copied and down converted to a high quality MP3 format ready for portable playback devices (original FLAC files are still stored).
VIDEO
  • Simply insert your DVD* or BluRay* disc, and the Zaram will extract the data to it's storage unit, along with cover art, and film meta data, ie actors / director etc.
  • Then the video files are available for playback (ISO), or can optionally be trans-coded to suitable file formats to suit your playback device - ie MP4, for enjoyment on DLNA TVs, Apple TV etc.

The copy process takes approximately 5 minutes depending on the CD and once completed the disks automatically ejects.  DVD and BluRay discs vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours to archive.

Connecting to the server

If you want to optimize the server’s settings for example what formats it stores the music in and where then simply install the supplied software on a Windows PC or Mac and using the supplied user name and password you can connect to the server and optimize it for your needs.

To connect the server to playback devices vary from product to product but all follow the same guidelines, they will discover the server and you need to point the playback device to the appropriate folder where the music / video files are that are in a playable format for the particular player you are using.

Getting technical

All though the Zaram server is designed to be simple there is lots of technology behind its simply to use interface, below is some of this information. The system provides media services to the following devices:

  • DLNA devices (100's already in the market - ie PS3, Linn, Philips, and many more)
  • Sonos
  • Roku
  • Logitech (ie Duet)
  • Media Connect (PC Media Player)
  • DLNA TV
  • Network Video players

You can store approximately 1650 CD’s per 1TB. With the 9x 1TB model this means that you could store over 30,000 CD albums in 'Protected mode'.  Video file storage greatly varies, we recommend you speak to AVA Media for additional information.

* Please note that the archiving of discs may not be legal in your region, and the decision to use the RIP-N-PLAY, Zara or Zaram to archive audio and video files is the responsibility of the user.  Please refer to Format Shifting for further information.