Relatively Inexpensive Streamer

For mainly internet radio stations such as Tune In, etc. Will be run through a Marantz PM 5004 integrated, so needs RCA outputs. thanks....

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  • maxwardmaxward Posts: 553
    edited May 16
    I have a MUZO Cobblestone that I just retired from my little kitchen system. Replaced the old Proton Radio with a Marantz PM7000N that has built-in streaming. We used it for Spotify only. I found a 2016 The Absolute Sound review: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/linkplay-muzo-cobblestone-internet-music-player/ and it reported that it works with Tune In and iHeart Radio.
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  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,644
    Two options:
    1) Roku M500. This does internet radio just fine, and has wired or wifi with a 2 line display with RCA analog or SPDIF outs.
    2) Raspberry Pi with a Hifiberry DAC. This runs squeezeplayer, and is controlled via an app like squeezer on your phone. It has no display. Has RCA analog outs from the DAC and a case. Needs some knowledge of computing to setup the wifi, unless you give me your settings and I can preset before shipping.
    PM me if interested in either.
  • msgmsg Posts: 5,560
    I was going to recommend building a Raspberry Pi based piCorePlayer just as @anonymouse has. I run two of these integrated with other Squeezebox Touch units and running off of Logitech Media Server on a home computer. A separate computer is not required for LMS anymore because it can run on the RPi itself.

    These things are great. I run one with some Audioengine HD3 desktop monitors and it's one of my favorite systems. The audio over the RPi piCorePlayer with the HiFiBerry DAC is noticeably better than using USB directly from the a Macbook Pro to the Audioengine speakers' DAC, which is a form of their D1.

    I think anonymouse may have the RPi set up as a Logitech Media Server itself as well as the player, is this correct?

    That would be my recommendation.
    That Cobblestone is neat, too.
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  • anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 2,644
    msg wrote: »
    I was going to recommend building a Raspberry Pi based piCorePlayer just as @anonymouse has. I run two of these integrated with other Squeezebox Touch units and running off of Logitech Media Server on a home computer. A separate computer is not required for LMS anymore because it can run on the RPi itself.

    These things are great. I run one with some Audioengine HD3 desktop monitors and it's one of my favorite systems. The audio over the RPi piCorePlayer with the HiFiBerry DAC is noticeably better than using USB directly from the a Macbook Pro to the Audioengine speakers' DAC, which is a form of their D1.

    I think anonymouse may have the RPi set up as a Logitech Media Server itself as well as the player, is this correct?

    That would be my recommendation.
    That Cobblestone is neat, too.

    It is running piCorePlayer right now... can load whatever is needed on it. I run LMS on a windows PC, just because thats where I do my CD rips and like the server to have some horsepower to serve the multiple streamers I have. You are right in that the sound quality is pretty awesome. I swapped this unit out for a SB touch I recently bought here on the forum.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,125
    So I originally posted this after having a hissy fit one morning because my Auralic mini had to be reset again...and again...the Aries mini sits four feet from a brand new router and the functionality between my phone, router, and Aries mini is extremely irritating at times. The pluses of the mini are the the thousands of internet stations you can access via their app and overall sound quality. First world problems for sure! I will check out some of these options for sure.
  • mantismantis Posts: 15,903
    Would you be interested in a used Sonos Connect? Pm me if your still looking for an affordable streamer.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,434
    Just about any internet based streamer will give you radio stations from around the globe, if that's what your after.

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  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,125
    Good to know Tony, as I have a bunch of go to stations I listen to
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 4,125
    mantis wrote: »
    Would you be interested in a used Sonos Connect? Pm me if your still looking for an affordable streamer.

    PM sent
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 2,156
    For my barn system I use an old phone with a I-Heart Radio app and Tidal app linked to a cheapy DAC with bluetooth. Make sure it's a phone that's no one's going to call otherwise it will ring through your speakers LOUDLY. Don't ask me how I know...
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