Synology or QNAP for music and videos under 500

Synology or QNAP? Which would be good should I want to use as media server (music primarily but possibly also video)

Thanks for the help!

$200 – $500


Best NAS for music

For music only you can get cheapest NAS possible like:

Synology DiskStation NAS DS115J 1-Bay

Qnap Desktop NAS TS-128 1-Bay

Qnap Desktop NAS TS-128A 1-Bay

Synology DiskStation NAS DS216se 2-Bay

Best for music and some videos

Synology DiskStation NAS DS216J or DS218J

Synology DiskStation NAS DS116 or DS118 1-Bay

Qnap Desktop NAS TS-131P 1-Bay

Qnap Desktop NAS TS-231P2-1G 2-Bay

Best for music and all video formats

Synology DiskStation NAS DS216+ or DS218+ 2-Bay

Qnap Desktop NAS TS-253A-4G


My recommendation for audio/video NAS

I would recommend getting TS-253A because it is best value for money NAS. It has quite powerful CPU to not just stream but also trans-code audio and video files. That could be handy when you want to access it over slow network or internet. It also has HDMI ports for connecting it directly to a TV or monitor. Beside that it also has audio in/out ports for direct playback to your amplifier or Alexa smart speaker ().


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