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Hi all,

 

I have tinkered and played over the years and admit to have not even switched on my system for 6 months. I have an old Sonos system for the office and have a full Roon Core setup to MicroRendu streamer (into Mutec re clock and Mytek DAC).. All good.. But honestly, I have no local NAS music, have no interest to store any locally. I subscribe to Tidal and Spotify and Amazon Music.. I like to be able to switch on and surf for something to listen to (or have playlist suggestions). 

 

The Roon based setup always seems to take 20 mins of arsing around with passwords and updates when it has not been on for a while.. I would like a recommendation of a streamer that has it's own App and eco-system.. Sonos is one.. (not Hifi enough).. I did consider going Auralic before lock-down..  I have only Apple devices.. I would love to hear your advice..

 

Best

Simon

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2 minutes ago, m5sime said:

Hi all,

 

I have tinkered and played over the years and admit to have not even switched on my system for 6 months. I have an old Sonos system for the office and have a full Roon Core setup to MicroRendu streamer (into Mutec re clock and Mytek DAC).. All good.. But honestly, I have no local NAS music, have no interest to store any locally. I subscribe to Tidal and Spotify and Amazon Music.. I like to be able to switch on and surf for something to listen to (or have playlist suggestions). 

 

The Roon based setup always seems to take 20 mins of arsing around with passwords and updates when it has not been on for a while.. I would like a recommendation of a streamer that has it's own App and eco-system.. Sonos is one.. (not Hifi enough).. I did consider going Auralic before lock-down..  I have only Apple devices.. I would love to hear your advice..

 

Best

Simon

Hi Simon, you were on the right track with Auralic. Also look at Lumin and Aurender. 

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A Bluesound Node 2i connected to your Mytek DAC via coax or toslink would be worth looking at. The onboard DAC isn't great so using it as a transport to the Mytek will give you excellent results. It supports Amazon Music HD, Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify (as well as others) with the BluOS app. It also supports Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect and Qobuz Connect which means that you can use the native mobile app on your ipad and play to the Node.

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Just now, Daren F said:

A Bluesound Node 2i connected to your Mytek DAC via coax or toslink would be worth looking at. The onboard DAC isn't great so using it as a transport to the Mytek will give you excellent results. It supports Amazon Music HD, Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify (as well as others) with the BluOS app. It also supports Tidal Connect, Spotify Connect and Qobuz Connect which means that you can use the native mobile app on your ipad and play to the Node.

Great suggestion. I have a Node 2i sitting next to me right now. Extremely versatile. 

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17 hours ago, m5sime said:

I subscribe to Tidal and Spotify and Amazon Music..

 

Easy - Bluesound Node 2i supports:

 

Tidal Connect - use the Tidal app directly, without having to go through the 3rd party interface which is OK but not as good.

 

Spotify Connect - use the Spotify app directly

 

Airplay 2 - cast Amazon Music or any other app, directly to the Node 2i

 

The only other thing that comes comes to this versatility is the Cambridge Audio CXN V2 which also adds Chromecast Built-in - but it's double the price where I am.

 

 

 

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Thanks all! Big votes for the blue sound. I had considered it but not seriously. I was thinking something more pro that might also allow me to keep my Mutec re clocker investment (usb to AES). 
 

A big part of this is the software experience and so I do need to get some on loan and see how I get on with it. 

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