Post by widespreadpanic on Aug 21, 2019 21:00:45 GMT -5
I am now interested in listening to content through streaming. Access to millions of tracks. How could I not want that? What do I do people? Pay for a streaming service and buy a streaming device. Which ones do I get? If the streaming provider doesn’t offer the highest quality audio available I do not want to consider it. If you know, please share your knowledge. Thank you for your consideration.
2 CHANNEL Magnepan 3.7i Emotiva XSP-1 Pre 2 Emotiva DR1 Amps Emotiva ERC-3 CD Player/Transport Magnum Dynalab DT-5 Tuner Bluesound Vault 2i Streamer/CD Ripper Morrow Audio SP6 Cables Audio Art IC-3 Interconnects HOME THEATER LG OLED65C8 Television Emotiva XMC-1 Processor OPPO UDP-203 4K Player ROKU ULTRA Streamer 7 Emotiva Airmotiv 6s Powered Monitors 2 Power Sound Audio V1510DF 15” Subs Stage Right Pro XLR
Most of us here anyhow seem to use Tidal, I've been subscribed to Tidal for about three years now, I use it through, the following devices, smartphone and/or tablet to my Anthem PWAMP through Play-Fi app, on my PC to my headphone setup(Schiit Modi 2 & Magni 3) and also either my Mac Mini or NVIDIA Shield TV to my XMC-1, if you have a PC or Mac kicking around you just download the desktop app and connect the Mac or PC USB to the rear USB port of the XMC-1.
Emotiva has these nice USB cables for a wicked price, I use three of them
Post by tropicallutefisk on Aug 22, 2019 6:50:24 GMT -5
There are probably a million different setups you could choose for streaming music. Currently I stream Tidal through a Cambridge CXN Streamer. It was a very easy way for me to get started. It allows me to stream as well as pull music from my library that I store on a NAS. Its nothing fancy, but is also pretty much a plug and play solution. Also, I can browse and select music from Tidal and my library with the Cambridge app on my phone.
My next venture will be a stand alone DAC connected to a PC. The dual Wolfsons in the Cambridge are good DACs, but I'm always looking for a new toy and this is where I am likely to find my next step up for my system.
Emotiva XPA-DR1 X 3 Emotiva XPA-2 Gen3 Oppo UDP-203 Cambridge CXN Streamer JL Audio F110 Subwoofer Schiit Freya+ Marantz 8802a Magnepan 3.7i Magnepan CC3 Magnepan MGMC1 Roku ULTRA Sony Bravia65X930D
If you want to go the "No-Brainer" route - do what I did:
Pick-up a BlueSound Node 2i (around $500).
Patch its Line-Level Outputs into a spare input on your Pre / Receiver
I plugged mine into my Hard-Wired Network (this was even SIMPLER than WiFi setup - My iPad Mini found it when the App was started)
Download the App
Power it up
Setup took less than 30 minutes to get started (I have only scratched the surface of what can be done with it - but I like the simplicity.)
BlueSound is affiliated with NAD - another audio company with a similar design / pricing approach to Emotiva
App is VERY intuitive / easy to use Their Customer Support (lifetime included with device) is supposed to be OUTSTANDING (but I have not needed to use it [yet]) Device is VERY compact - easy to "tuck-in" to my A/V Equipment shelf Supposedly can work with Roon if you want the features that it offers (but their standard App is awfully nice) Several Digital Outputs if you want to use an upgraded DAC (but the built-in one is pretty darned good as it is...) Allow you to access your Digitized collection on Home Network if you have one Access to Tidal Access to Free on-line Radio Stations Allows high-qualify HD Bluetooth streaming from wireless devices (friends bring their music on iPhone, etc.) Provides a portal that can run remote BlueSound Speakers in other rooms, if desired Can be controlled via Alexa and/or Siri Voice NO need to run a PC or Mac and deal with all of the O.S.-B.S.
If you're also due for a Pre-Amp or Receiver Upgrade - NAD has several models that Include the BlueOS Module, or where it can be added. (The "Module" adds the same functionality and direct integration to the unit that it is plugged-into / without requiring a stand-alone unit.)