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 



@grannyring :

The Pulsar is like a Zenith 3 plus Phoenix in sound quality or so I read. Not sure this is really true. I loved my Zenith 3 and will miss its ease if use with internal storage. The Zenith 3 also rips CDs and auto loads them. The Pulsar costs some $1100 more than the Zenith 3 with no CD ripping ability or storage.

I currently have the Zenith MK3. It will go nowhere until it breaks. When the Pulse series came out, I cannot say I did not consider purchasing the Pulsar. I decided against it for these very reasons you describe. Unless of course I had a second system to use, which I don’t. So Zennith remains. And I have owned and used the ZEN, the Phoenix USB, and the Statement in the past. Let’s just say I am back to Zenith and happy with it.


@grannyring, bummer. I just checked the Innuos website and understandably the prices have increased significantly since I bought my Zenith Mk3 back in 2019. If I had to replace it I am not sure what I would do. Like @thyname, I also owned the Phoenix USB but sold it. I only use 60% of the 1TB storage I have on my Zenith but honestly my streaming SQ is so good I rarely play local files. I'm fortunate to have a couple Innuos dealers nearby so if I had to replace it I would do an in-store comparison of the Pulse vs Pulsar and then put the winner up against the Zenith in a home demo. I already have my library backed up on SSD and buying media is mostly in the rear view for me so the server functionality of Zenith is less of a requirement. If Pulsar won the SQ home bakeoff I would connect the SSD to one of the machines on my home network and map it to Pulsar. I'm guessing there would be a SQ compromize compared to playing from a Zenith, but in my case it would only be used for music not found on streaming services or the rare case where my external network to my ISP is down.


My thoughts and experience match yours 100%. I stream most of the time as I find it sounds as good or often times better than ripped CDs. The Pulsar will sound better than the Pulse and Zenith 3. I good friend compared his Zenith 3 to a Pulsar in his system over a 2-3 week period and he much preferred the Pulsar. He said the Pulsar exceed the Zenith in every sonic parameter. He is very impressed with the Pulsar. I will share my thoughts after full burn in of some 200-300 hours.

Innuos told me a NAS should sound as good as the internal storage in the Zenith.


Funny, I owned the Phoenix reclocker and sold it after realizing it did not improve my systems sound quality with my then new MOJO Audio dac.