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  1. I am new to this site (although I've been reading it on and off for quite a while), so please excuse this somewhat basic set of questions. I am a long-time music listener and have enjoyed a variety of equipment for the past 50 years. My current system is very streamlined but sounds good: Coda CSiB integrated Sony HAPz1-ES player Audience aR2-TS conditioner Dynaudio Focus 380 speakers I am looking to do two likely separate (but possibly related?) things for which I need advice/explanation: 1) Purchase a DAC/Streamer to replace the Sony. I have gravitated towards streaming music (Tidal and Qobuz), and have a relatively small amount (~200GB) of downloaded HD music which would not be replicated by what’s available on the streaming services. This piece of equipment would be for my primary listening room. I have been reading and am very interested in both Lumin and Auralic brands. 2) Figure out some way to get music into two other rooms separate from my primary listening room. I wish to keep the “systems” in these two other rooms as simple as possible, and they need only be of moderate sonic quality (but capable of playing hi-def streamed music); these rooms would have music playing for parties or for casual listening. Ideally, I would be able to play the same music in all 3 rooms simultaneously (main listening room plus the two others). I would like to keep the systems in these two other rooms wireless. a. I am aware that I would need some wireless active speakers. I have listened to Sonos and am fairly underwhelmed. Are there other speaker brands that I should be checking out? b. I know I need a “source” for music to be played by these speakers. I am aware that both Lumin and Auralic (as examples) allow for multi-room streaming so long as you have one of their units in each room (from Lumin website: “any Lumin unit can be a ‘Receiver’; Lumin X1/T2/D2/etc can all be ‘Senders’. This seems like a very significant expense that will likely be above what I am willing to spend. Are there any other ways of setting up a system that will allow me to accomplish both questions 1 & 2? 3) I have been told that setting up a “server” would solve both questions, but I am unclear how/why that would work, given that I mostly wish to listen to music from streaming services. 4) My budget is up to $5k for the DAC/Streamer, and a total of another $5k (max!) for settling question #2. Any advice/explanation you can offer me would be most appreciated.
  2. Hello, This is a question for advice from a noob to the experienced people out there. I have a Marantz PM6005 amplifier, B&W DM305 speakers, and listen to music from files on a computer (soon to be replaced by a network drive) or from music servers such as Spotify. So far, I have been using a computer (MacBook Pro) connected through a jack-RCA cable, but found the sound quality not satisfactory. I suspect that the bottleneck is the computer DAC and the audio jack cable. To test this, I am about to get toslink cable to connect the computer to the amp. First question: will this help? Next, I would like to have a multi-room system, so I was thinking of Sonos Connect or Bluesound Node 2, or something similar, in a similar price range, to connect to the amplifier. My second question is whether this will further improve the sound quality, and which one would deliver better sound quality (I do not believe in hi-res), and how big are the differences in the quality. The third question is whether I'm missing something important? Like a dedicated DAC, a preamp, or anything? I would like to avoid buying any unnecessary things. Excuse any possible confusion in the above questions. Thanks in advance for your opinions.
  3. Dear all, I'm lurking around for quite some time and been trying to read tons of literature but I still find all of this quite confusing. Therefore, I became a member of this forum to ask for your help. The setup I was thinking of is as follows: In the living room I would like to install a HiFi stereo system. At the moment I really like the Cambridge Audio CX system (CXN and CXA80) to drive a set of Nubert speakers. Aural Aries sounds fine as well. In the dining room and in the kitchen, possibly also in the bathroom or on the terrace I'm looking for a multiform system. In the home office I use a Macbook Pro with JRiver Mediacenter 20. All my music (FLAC, ripped with dbPoweramp) is stored on a Synology NAS. What I don't understand: Is there a chance that I can combine all of this? Specifically: 1. Can I control all of this via one app? 2. Can all parts of the setup access the same data (do I have to copy the music data to different locations for HiFi and multiroom?). 3. How can I connect the hifi system (e.g. Cambridge CNX) with the multiroom system? 4. Would be hifi system and multi-room system be synchronous (living room and dining room are connected)? 5. Are the CXN or Aries capable of this setup? And what multi-room system would you prefer? (Blue sound? Heco?) 6. I like the JRiver software. So do I need an ID box or CAPS to run a JRiver server (since it doesn't run on the Synology NAS)? Sorry - a lot of questions but since I am willing to spend a couple of bucks I just would like to make it right and I'm afraid nearby there is no store that could answer all of this sufficiently Thank you very much in advance. Best, Martin
  4. I currently use a dedicated pc with multiple sound cards. These sound cards connect into a multi channel amp which feeds my speakers in four different zones. I'm about to replace the PC with a NAS and so will lose my soundcards. What I'm looking for is a device that can stream audio files stored on my NAS over the network and output to 4 stereo channels in my existing amp. I don't want an integrated amp as I'm trying to keep costs down and I've got a perfectly good amp already! I would want to be abel to stream different music on each channel or link zones and would like to control via iOS. I don't need video, purely audio. I've trawled the internet but, to my surpirse, I can't find anything that fits the description. Any suggestions?
  5. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and have been reading a lot of your posts. I'm considering redoing my hifi setup and would love a bit of advice. The general project is this: - I mainly listen to music on Spotify, some mp3's, a few LPs - I'd like to have a very simple setup that the whole family can use - I'd like to be able to control it wirelessly - I'd like to have a hifi setup in the living-room, and have some music in the bathroom What I own: a pair of Jamo Cornet 40 speakers (that I enjoy), an old Technics SU-300 2x30W amp (that I would not regret too much), a Spotify premium account, a macbook air and iPad. I also have a turntable and vinyls but use them rarely. What I'm considering: - Full Sonos setup with Connect:Amp and existing speakers in the living room + Play:3 in the bathroom. It sounds simple, the main drawback I see is lack of versatility for other sources, and also I really like the desktop Spotify app (apps, radio etc) and the Sonos Spotify doesn't seem as good - Airplay solution based around an Airport Express in the Living, and possibly an Airplay speaker in the bathroom. My main concern here is that I'm afraid of dropouts in sound. I've been testing a bit the system and have experienced dropouts, which are a deal beaker to me - More traditionnal solution with ceiling speakers in the bathroom, but it might be too much of a hassle. What are your recommandations for a full setup? What should I use, Sonos or Airplay? Thanks a lot. Vincentim.
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