Streamer Recommendations

I currently have an Auralic Aries Mini and it’s a great piece of gear. I would like to buy another for a second system but they are no longer available and I haven’t seen any on the used market in awhile. The Bluesound Node gets good reviews at $500 but what else should I look for in $500 - $1000 range. The unit would need to include a DAC. I’m also not opposed to used.

Thanks
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  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 173
    The Bluesound Node 2i is the main one I read about, but if you include the used market at $1000 there is probably a better buy. I haven't heard the Cambridge CXN V2, but that's another one that caught my eye in this price point. Other previous generation Auralic Aries streamers come up in this price range on the used market as well.

    Do you have any functional needs? Roon, Tidal, MQA, wifi vs wireless etc?
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,320
    I auditioned the node vs my Cambridge Audio CXN v2 and it wasn’t even a comparison. Of course the CA is $900 so you would expect that, but there are a few things I love.
    Integrated screen to see what’s playing
    DAC onboard is a very good one. As good as my PS Audio stellar
    The interface through a smartphone is slick but not without some slight gripes.
    Plethora or connections on the back.
    Tidal integration
    Chromcast
    Overall good looking unit with even better sound
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS/AURORA PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • BlueBirdMusicBlueBirdMusic Registered User Posts: 414
    Joe, I am interested in the Cambridge Audio CXN v2.

    What are your main gripes with the interface through a smartphone?

    I am asking this question thinking about my friend who uses her iPhone and jRiver (jRemote) to play ripped CDs from her laptop. She has Paradigm Studio 60's, center, and surround speakers. Connection problems seem to cause her the most problems.
  • hochpt21hochpt21 Posts: 5,111
    I have been looking at the Node, but need to do more research. I simply need it to stream Spotify, as I am currently using a chromebook stuffed down in my equipment rack, and I have to always log into the Spotify web player and it can be glitchy.

    I am assuming I can use my iPhone to control Spotify through the node into my main system?

    The other thing that looked interesting, is it seems you can input a turntable into the node and then stream to other node locations. I would like to be able to play records in the living room and then hear them out on the deck on another pair of speakers, so this could potentially be a good option. Not sure if it goes from turntable, to phono pre, to node, to preamp or how that works so I need to do more research.

    Sorry to threadjack, but I am looking down the same path you are, and the node seems to have great potential.
    __________________________________________________
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    Turntable - VPI Scout 1.1/Ortofon 2M Blue
    Integrated Amplifier - Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II
    Speakers - GoldenEar Triton 2
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    Turntable - 1) Pro-Ject 2.9 Wood/Grado Gold; 2) Sony PS LX410/Grado Green
    Phono Stage - PS Audio GCPH, Parks Audio Budgie; CD - Marantz DV4001
    Preamp - Dared SL2000a, Luminous Audio Axiom II; Amplifier - Parasound HCA-1500A
    Speakers - SDA 2A (x-overs etc...); Epos Epic 2; Polk Audio Monitor 70 (my first)
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  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 368
    edited January 22
    The Bluesound Node 2i is the main one I read about, but if you include the used market at $1000 there is probably a better buy. I haven't heard the Cambridge CXN V2, but that's another one that caught my eye in this price point. Other previous generation Auralic Aries streamers come up in this price range on the used market as well.

    Do you have any functional needs? Roon, Tidal, MQA, wifi vs wireless etc?

    There is no option for Ethernet so it would have to be connected to my WiFi network. Primarily streaming source is Tidal.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

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    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,320
    Harry, I don't want to thread hijack with only CXN info so I will PM you pix of what the interface looks like, but my main gripes are this (and all in all they are minor and do not outweigh by any means the benefits)
    The app is a little delayed sometimes with adding tacks to the playlist, this is not a network issue as we have a very fast connection and router. and when you go from the control app to another app (say answer the phone or whatever) and you come back to the app, sometimes it has to go through the initial cycle to get back to the home screen and back into the source (ie tidal or network drive)
    It does not always do this, about half the time, but it should cache where you left the app and leave it there for reopening every time IMO

    You will get a chance to have a go with it when you come in March as it's harder to explain with text and 1000% easier to show.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS/AURORA PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 173
    hochpt21 wrote: »
    The other thing that looked interesting, is it seems you can input a turntable into the node and then stream to other node locations. I would like to be able to play records in the living room and then hear them out on the deck on another pair of speakers, so this could potentially be a good option. Not sure if it goes from turntable, to phono pre, to node, to preamp or how that works so I need to do more research.
    Based on the inputs you would run an RCA to the Node's 3.5mm analog in. Personally, I do not see the value in doing this, but it does certainly seem possible.
    bls-node2-blk_7_.jpg

    @joecoulson have you by chance also used the Auralic app/steamers? I'd be curious to hear how that app experience stacks up with the Cambridge and Bluesound options too.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,320
    I have not. I messed around with the Bluesound and Cambridge at my dealer for sound comps but we were using his server to stream music through the internal DAC’s to make sure the source was the same (for an accurate A/B) and it really blew away the node.
    I have read the Bluesound app is somewhat user friendly.
    For me, the screen on the front was a must. Don’t want to be tied to the phone always and you can scoot through the menus with the remote to find anything , files, Tidal playlists/files, radio stations etc all while verification is happening with the screen.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS/AURORA PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 173
    Got it. The screen never really seemed like a huge deal to me. I figured if I ended up deciding the phone was a hassle I could invest in a lower cost table and treat that like a dedicated remote. So given that thought process gives me more focus on the app. But I guess with the screen I wouldn’t really need to worry about it.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,570
    edited January 22
    Ray,, I’ll hopefully be picking up Cambridge and their streaming options are a big reason why. I refuse to invest in Blue Sound because it’s apparent that they just don’t stack up sound wise.

    I still have a Mini I’m reluctant to get rid of due to its incredible value. I think people are stockpiling them now.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,320
    That's right - I told Skip how good it was and he right then and there decided to pursue them....
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS/AURORA PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,105
    edited January 22
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office Bluesound Node | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | 2 Parasound A23's | Marantz 2252B
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 368
    DSkip wrote: »
    Ray,, I’ll hopefully be picking up Cambridge and their streaming options are a big reason why. I refuse to invest in Blue Sound because it’s apparent that they just don’t stack up sound wise.

    I still have a Mini I’m reluctant to get rid of due to its incredible value. I think people are stockpiling them now.

    Hey Skip, I am not in a hurry just seeing what my options are. Keep me posted on you CA partnership.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • rburgess714rburgess714 Posts: 368

    Wow..$5200 streamer. At that price point I’m not even on the launch pad.
    Living Room
    Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Parasound P5, Parasound A23, Yamaha BD-S681, Auralic Aries Mini, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    B&K Ref 50, B&K 200.2, Chromecast, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,105
    Streamer DAC and PreAmp
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office Bluesound Node | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | 2 Parasound A23's | Marantz 2252B
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 2,320
    CA has a digital preamp but I wouldn’t use that.
    SPEAKERS - ELAC ADANTE AF-61, TOTEM RAINMAKER, SONUS FABER SOLO, DEFINITIVE TECH SM350, MIRAGE OASIS, SONOS PLAY 5 & 1'S, SVS SB16 ULTRA

    POWER - PS AUDIO M700, LINN LK240, MARANTZ SR5013

    PRE/DACS - PS AUDIO STELLAR GAIN, CAMBRIDGE AUDIO CXN V2

    SOURCE - DENON 2910, SONY CDX355, JVC XM448, REGA P2 (MODDED) ANIA CART, REGA FONO MC, XBOX 1 S, TIVO BOLT

    POWER/WIRES - AQ NIAGARA 5000, AQ HURRICANE HC 2M, , AQ COLORADO XLR AND RCAs, AQ VICTORIA, ACOUSTIC ZEN SATORI, ATLAS EOS PC, WW STRATUS/AURORA PC, AQ CARBON HDMIs

    MISC- OKKI NOKKI, HARMONY ELITE, SONY XBR900E
  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 1,127
    I am interested skip on what you base your opinion on. I’ve seen you state this opinion all over various forums and read cannot understand it. I love my node and haven’t heard pretty much anything negative about it other than from you.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 15,570
    That’s interesting because I’ve seen similar postings all over and heard from many previous owners who jumped ship for these issues. Some products have a noise floor to them that can be hidden on some systems. On others that noise floor can become very evident.

    Keep in mind this is the type of noise that causes imaging to suffer and an overall muddiness to the soundstage. This is not an audible noise like a hiss. It has also been reported to me that the noise deteriorates the sound even when hooking up a separate dac.

    I don’t think the node is a bad product or that blue sound is a bad company. I do know that with my product lines this noise would be apparent and for the $500 investment I can’t get on board. Had the Aries Mini not hit the market at the same price my tune might be different.

    For what it’s worth I’ve had trouble finding a streaming transport I could really stand behind for under $2000. There simply aren’t a lot of strong options which is disappointing.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 173
    DSkip wrote: »
    For what it’s worth I’ve had trouble finding a streaming transport I could really stand behind for under $2000. There simply aren’t a lot of strong options which is disappointing.
    This has been part of my many hesitations getting into streaming. The Node does seem like a viable, functional option, but hearing these positive notes about the CXN are encouraging too. I have always kind of figured if I did get a Node it would be to dip my toes in, but I'd end up diving in deeper later. I think on my current system it would work well, but I also like to take brakes from the upgrade cycles. I've only started to think about it more now because I do think/hope the technology is getting to a point to push the prices down progressively.
    Analog: MoFi MasterTracker > MoFi UltraDeck > Sutherland 20/20
    Digital: Sony CDP-CE375 / Streaming > Cambridge CXN v2
    MastersounD Dueventi > JBL Studio 580 or Arcam rHead > Hifiman HE4XX
    Discogs
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,105
    For $500 bucks you order one from Amazon and if you don't like it you return it.
    My New Year's resolution is 3840 × 2160

    HT:Polk LSiM 706 LSiM 705's VR3 LSiM 703's LSiM 702's| Marantz AV7704 | Sunfire TGA-7401 | Oppo UDP 203 | Sony PS4 Pro| Directv Genie HD DVR | Samsung 75" Q8 QLED | SVS PB13 Ultra | MIT EXP 2's (Fronts & Center)

    ManCave: Parasound Halo A21 | Parsound Halo A52+ | Marantz AV7002 AV PrePro | Usher Dancer Mini-x DMD's | Usher BE-616 Center | SVS Ultra Surrounds | SVS SB4000 Sub |Oppo UDP 203 | MIT Shotgun S3's | PSAudio Stellar GCD | Music Hall MMF 5.3se TT w/ Soundsmith Carmen | Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ | Lumin U1 Mini | HP Elite Slice PC | ROON'd for life | Samsung 50" SUHD TV | Sony PS4

    Patio Polk Atrium 8's | Yamaha R-N303BL |

    Office Bluesound Node | Polk SDA SRS 2.3 | Marantz 2385 |

    Bedroom Peactree Nova 125SE | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio | SVS SB2000 Sub

    Garage Yamaha R-N303BL | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | 2 Parasound A23's | Marantz 2252B
  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,401
    DSkip wrote: »
    I still have a Mini I’m reluctant to get rid of due to its incredible value. I think people are stockpiling them now.
    Man, I had an Audio Advisor catalog turned to the Mini page on my bedside table for some months years ago. It seemed like a perfect piece to build a system around for us budget audiophiles but timing was never right. Since, I've been looking at other options in the same/similar price range like the Node, Denon, Marantz, Pro-Ject, etc. And even cheaper options like Sonos, the Yamaha WXC-50, and Raspberry Pi / HiFiBerry options. The HiFiBerry option looks interesting as I'm a DIY'er and some have had great results with them. Some say the sound is better then other units they have used.
    FAMILY ROOM
    HDTV - Sharp AQUOS LC-70LE600U 70" | AVR/Streamer - Onkyo TX-NR3008 | Amp - Parasound HCA-1203A
    Blu-Ray/Media/Gaming - Sony PS3-320GB / Microsoft Xbox One | Broadcast - Xfinity X1 Platform
    Front Spkrs - Coming...DIY Statement II | Center Spkrs - Coming...DIY Statement II | Rear Spkrs - Artison Portrait LRS
    Sub - DIY Stereo Integrity HT 15 | Sub Amp - Dayton Audio SA1000
    Wire - Audioquest Type 4, BJC Belden 5000 | HDMI - BJC Belden | Power Cables - Pangea | Surge - Monster
  • To get significantly better sound, you don’t need to replace the Bluesound if you like it. It is not optimum to use the server as a DAC as well IME. Just get a good DAC and connect to the Bluesound with a good S/PDIF coax cable like this one:

    www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=154425.0

    If that does not deliver what you are looking for, then add a Synchro-Mesh reclocker for $599 to reduce jitter from the Bluesound to 20psec:

    www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=154918.0

    As for DAC’s, I don’t know what your budget is, but the Border Patrol is very popular, particularly if you don’t care about DSD or 192 PCM.

    Other options from Ressonessence and Chord are good choices that support higher sample-rates.

    Steve N.
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,719
    WLDock wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    I still have a Mini I’m reluctant to get rid of due to its incredible value. I think people are stockpiling them now.
    Man, I had an Audio Advisor catalog turned to the Mini page on my bedside table for some months years ago. It seemed like a perfect piece to build a system around for us budget audiophiles but timing was never right. Since, I've been looking at other options in the same/similar price range like the Node, Denon, Marantz, Pro-Ject, etc. And even cheaper options like Sonos, the Yamaha WXC-50, and Raspberry Pi / HiFiBerry options. The HiFiBerry option looks interesting as I'm a DIY'er and some have had great results with them. Some say the sound is better then other units they have used.

    I kind of felt the same way about the Mini until I found put you had to have an Apple product to control it. I went do fast as to buy an iPad mini to use as the interface, but, talked myself out of going back down the Apple drain.

    Still waiting for PS Audio to release their streamer and take another step towards an all PSA system.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,488
    @mrbiron has the parts for a HiFiBerry for sale on this forum, unless I missed them being sold....

    Those same parts have been tempting me to build another RetroPi, or a network ad blocker myself...
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,401
    edited March 20
    kharp1 wrote: »
    WLDock wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    I still have a Mini I’m reluctant to get rid of due to its incredible value. I think people are stockpiling them now.
    Man, I had an Audio Advisor catalog turned to the Mini page on my bedside table for some months years ago. It seemed like a perfect piece to build a system around for us budget audiophiles but timing was never right. Since, I've been looking at other options in the same/similar price range like the Node, Denon, Marantz, Pro-Ject, etc. And even cheaper options like Sonos, the Yamaha WXC-50, and Raspberry Pi / HiFiBerry options. The HiFiBerry option looks interesting as I'm a DIY'er and some have had great results with them. Some say the sound is better then other units they have used.

    I kind of felt the same way about the Mini until I found put you had to have an Apple product to control it. I went do fast as to buy an iPad mini to use as the interface, but, talked myself out of going back down the Apple drain.

    Still waiting for PS Audio to release their streamer and take another step towards an all PSA system.
    Man, that sound awesome!, an all PS Audio setup (And maybe speakers when they come out) of their newer affordable products would suite me as well. I like what they are doing and hope to listen to their stuff at AXPONA this year. I'm just not there yet to jump.

    My latest quest is to get the NAD T 758 V3 receiver with the built-in BluOS streamer as well as DIRAC Live room correction for my TV family room!!! Those are two very cool feature that makes this $1299 new / $975 refurb a/v reciever a good buy.

    https://nadelectronics.com/bluos/
    http://bluos.net/
    https://nadelectronics.com/product/t-758-v3-av-surround-sound-receiver/4

    Then, when I can afford the KEF LS50 wireless & sub for my living room music system I will be all set for streaming using the app to control things in any room. I see this more later in 2019 then sooner...
    FAMILY ROOM
    HDTV - Sharp AQUOS LC-70LE600U 70" | AVR/Streamer - Onkyo TX-NR3008 | Amp - Parasound HCA-1203A
    Blu-Ray/Media/Gaming - Sony PS3-320GB / Microsoft Xbox One | Broadcast - Xfinity X1 Platform
    Front Spkrs - Coming...DIY Statement II | Center Spkrs - Coming...DIY Statement II | Rear Spkrs - Artison Portrait LRS
    Sub - DIY Stereo Integrity HT 15 | Sub Amp - Dayton Audio SA1000
    Wire - Audioquest Type 4, BJC Belden 5000 | HDMI - BJC Belden | Power Cables - Pangea | Surge - Monster
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