Need advice on what to purchase to hold 1TB of music and connect to my new Innuos Pulsar.

I just need 1TB of file space and won’t ever need more.  I am most interested in sound quality and staying under $500. The less money the better - if possible.    It will be hooked up to an Innuos Pulsar that has no internal storage.  The Pulsar is streamer only. My music, only 1100 CDs, is already stored on a Raid and I will only use this Raid for backup. 

No idea what I need. Don’t think I need a NAS, but may. Do I just buy a 1TB SSD drive? Which one? Connectivity? This is not an area I am well versed on as in the past I have always owned servers which had on board storage ( Innuos Zenith 3).  

I am a little lost here fellow Agoners. Thanks for your help.  Bill 



i learned the hard way not to cheap out on a hard drive when i lost almost 2tb of hi-quality files stored on a generic ssd. my tech guy said to use only samsung and that even the better known wd and sandisk drives are prone to failure.

I have a Samsung T7, T5, and T3. The T7 is the latest and greatest and comes with both USB-C to C and USB-C to A short cables. 

Get a NAS

I use my Pulsar with a QNAP NAS and the Sense App is amazing. Also love my NAS to stream music videos to my TV using Plex

I use a 2 bay Synology NAS disc station (you want to run a pair of drives in RAID configuration) and a couple of WD  NAS drives.

In my experience 1TB just isn't enough.  A 2TB thumb drive using the USB 2.0 port will work just fine.  It doesn't require an additional power supply and use the money you save to purchase more music.