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  1. Great suggestions everyone, thanks! Seems that most people are advocating the RPi -> DAC route, but I wonder if that's actually the most cost effective solution, since it necessitates buying a DAC. It seems like the most straightforward route is, as @bubbamike points out, going with the bluesound node2i with the integrated amp. Does anyone think this is a bad idea? Since the node2i is $500, it's not like I'm putting thousands on the line for something that might not stay relevant, as I would be with the Aurender [ @bluesman articulated this very nicely ]. In the future, I can always get a streamer -> DAC and ditch the node2i, and it's an out-of-the-box solution. Thanks again for all the input!
  2. Hi all, I'm in the midst of upgrading my system, and needed some insight on how everyone thinks I should move forward. I have all my music locally, and on my old system I ran a 3.5mm - to - RCA cable straight from my laptop into my old Kenwood integrated and all was right with the world (I know this isn't ideal). Also worth noting that I run a plex server on my laptop that I use to access my library on the go. I'm upgrading everything in my system, and trying to decide what the best move is both practically and financially. The things I know are: [1] I'm getting Magnepan 1.7's. I listened to these in a shop near me and fell in love. [2] I'm probably getting a Rogue Cronus Magnum II. This was also part of the set up I listened to and loved. Now the question is how do I get my music to the Rogue?! The ideas I've noodled are the following: [1] Get an off-board DAC like a Chord 2Qute or something like it and run a USB from my laptop into there and then RCA into the Rogue. [2] Get a cheap bluetooth streamer and have my laptop send audio there, then RCA into the Rogue. [3] Get something like an Aurender A100, which would allow me to get the Rogue Atlas Magnum (since the Aurender has a preamp), and stream from my Plex server. The issue with #2 is that nearly all my music is 24-bit FLAC, and it would be shame to let whatever bluetooth protocol prevails at the time to chop that lossless signal up prior to transmitting it. For that reason, I favor #3, but I'm hesitant to spend that much money on a streamer whose software will likely be obsolete within a few years. Finally #1 is a solid choice, but then I need my laptop sitting in my listening area all the time which isn't really ideal. Anyone have any thoughts on this, or any experience streaming/sending a hi-fi library to a stereo system on-network? I'd appreciate any advice at all! Thanks!
  3. Hello! I wanted to get people's opinions on equipment, specifically cabling, given my somewhat unique set-up. My rig at the moment is a pair of Boston Accoustic A-120s' (all original and near-perfect condition, save for some foam lining I replaced last year); powered by a Kenwood KA-8006 (also all original). I love this setup, but for years I've been using cheap speaker wires and mini-rca cables (for connecting via 3.5mm jack), and I've begun to wonder whether I'm really missing out on something by not upgrading to more serious cabling. Therefore, my question is the following: IF it's the case that high-quality cabling is "worth it"... does anyone have suggestions for a 3.5mini-rca cable, and set of speaker wires to complement my current set up, all prefereably in the $50-$100 range? I know the question itself is a bit vague, but it's a hard one to do real research on, as you run into so many useless arguments of people talking about whether or not it's worth it to spend a lot on this sort of thing, rather than assuming that it is and having a serious discussion about what you can/should get for about $100. Thanks!
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