OK I need a network player

kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
Mainly for listening to streaming free HD radio and a subscription to a high Rez music service. I will probably never get into downloading music to a PC or laptop. Will this fit the bill?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA71N3FN5454&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-Home+Audio-_-9SIA71N3FN5454&gclid=CIyP3rnt_MwCFUc2gQodzcMOaw&gclsrc=aw.ds

Comments

  • msgmsg Posts: 4,986
    which high resolution service are you interested in?
    Natively, I don't think this player supported Spotify, if that's on your list, but it appears that Cambridge has released a firmware update that should allow for this now?

    Probably need to do a bit more research to see whether Tidal is supported.

    https://techsupport.cambridgeaudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/203671531-New-changes-to-network-music-players
    I disabled signatures.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
    The more I think about it....I cannot commit to another monthly bill such as Tidal. Soooo, I would need a player for free Spotify and HD radio - particularly WRAS streamed live from the concrete campus of Georgia State. Someone suggested a Squeezebox Duet....any others?
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,986
    edited May 2016
    Squeezebox is a good recommendation, and that's what I use. There are a few neat add-ons you can get for it, and I use the Orange Squeeze app to control it; very nice; $5

    You can also build a piCorePlayer based streamer using a Raspberry Pi with a HiFiBerry DAC, if you're the DIY type. You'd run it off the free Logitech Media Server software running on a PC, and use a smartphone or tablet for remote/control. Pretty easy setup, overall, and I think you can be in for under $200. Depends on how serious you are. I'm experimenting with one of these right now. As a standalone, it would work nicely, though I'm having some sync issues in running it with other Squeezebox players on my network; sometimes it seems to either lag or advance slightly. You can add a touchscreen and stand for another $100 or so.

    Actually, Kev - there's this SB3 that @halo is selling - can't really beat this package/price to get you started; modded Squeezebox 3 with upgraded power supply
    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/172977/slim-devices-sb3-bolder-cable-mod-ci-audio-sb3-power-supply
    I disabled signatures.
  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,909
    If you can run an ethernet cable to the player and have a USB dac, I'd suggest giving the Sonore microRendu (iFi power supply) a try. You can read up here at Computer Audiophile. VERY flexible as far as player applications/modes go, outstanding sound quality, easy to set up, excellent value IMO ($690).

    HQ Player users seem to love what that provides through the uRendu. But if you'll be limited to 320 streaming, there are plenty of cheaper options like Squeezebox.
    Den: Rega RP6 * AT33PTGII * Budgie SUT * Jolida jd9 * Roon (Sonic Transporter) * PS Audio DirectStream Jr. * Joule-Electra LA-100 mkIII * Sunfire Signature II * PSAudio Power Plant 3 * MIT S3 * Polk SRS 1.2
    Office: Roon * Sonore UltraRendu (LPS-1, WW Plat7, Iso Regen, Lush) * ProJect Pre Box S2 * Pass ACA * PSA Dectet * DH Labs Q10 * Brines Folded ML-TQWT RS 40-1354
    Beach: Music Hall MMF5.1se * Speed Box II * DL103r * Lounge Copla/LCRIII * W4S Sonos * Schiit Yggdrasil * Belles 20a Pre * First Watt F5 Clone * PSA Dectet * MIT S3 * Polk SRS 2.3tl
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,439
    kevhed72 wrote: »
    The more I think about it....I cannot commit to another monthly bill such as Tidal. Soooo, I would need a player for free Spotify and HD radio - particularly WRAS streamed live from the concrete campus of Georgia State. Someone suggested a Squeezebox Duet....any others?


    Can't overlook Sonos if that's all your going to stream. About as easy and close to plug n play as you'll get.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1430
    Tad 803 speakers
  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 942
    To get the best from Spotify, you'll have to pay for the premium service. It will get you HD streaming, and I found that I couldn't use my Onkyo remote smartphone app without the premium service. YMMV

    I have a Squeezebox Touch on the way...very anxious to try it.
    "Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to." - Cicero, in Gladiator

    Regarding collectibles: "It's not who gets it. It's who gets stuck with it." - Jimmy Fallon
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
    I have a line on a deal for a DACMagic Plus by Cambridge audio.....wondering if this is a better route for both CD Transport use and for a network player to stream HD radio for free. I was also looking at the Arcam irDAC but that's a jump in price....will either of these fit the need for a DAC to stream music?
  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,826
    The DacMagic plus is a DAC only. You will need to connect it to a CD player/computer/etc to "stream" through it
    "....not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." William Bruce Cameron, Informal Sociology: A Casual Introduction to Sociological Thinking (1963)
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    I like bluesound node or node2. If someday you can stream Tidal you will be ready.
    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 | SVS SB2000 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 |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
    The DacMagic plus is a DAC only. You will need to connect it to a CD player/computer/etc to "stream" through it

    Right....my idea is upgrade the DAC for the CD player and eventually purchase a network player or something to stream music to the DAC...the bad thing about swim meets is you literally have hours of sitting to think about spending more money.
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
    Think of it as a dual purpose DAC....
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,714
    I like bluesound node or node2. If someday you can stream Tidal you will be ready.
    Let me run this one by you and ask:
    http://www.musicdirect.com/p-514539-bluesound-vault-2-digital-music-playerripperstorage-drive-2tb-white-demo.aspx
    Would I be able to stream free HD radio, save it, and playback at anytime??? That would be the bomb for what I need....
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 6,586
    I have no experience with the Vault2 which is a Node2 with storage so not sure if you can store internet radio on the HD and playback. But with the $500 more than the Node 2 you can get 25 months of Tidal which will give you the ability to have access to all of their content and the ability to build playlists of music that you want accessible to all of your devices controlled by a mobile app in CD quality. Any content that you can get for free will be low quality and have commercials.
    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 | SVS SB2000 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 |Cocktail Audio X14 | KEF LS50 | Peactree Nova 125SE |

    Bedroom | Focal 905's | Chromecast Audio |

    Garage | Polk Monitor 5B's

    Closet Yamaha M80 | 2 Polk MP3K subs| Yaqin MC100B with Shuguang Treasures KT 88's & CV181Z's | Tesla E83CC's | Marantz 2252B | Marantz 2385 | Bluesound Node |Polk SDA SRS 2.3 |
  • msgmsg Posts: 4,986
    Audials lets you record internet radio - captures to files - which you could play back any time you like, but you'll need a PC for it, and then you'd have to have the files stored somewhere depending on how your player would access them. Records anything going across your soundcard and lookup services break it up into files for you.
    I disabled signatures.
  • RamZetRamZet Posts: 776
    edited June 2016
    Oppo-103 comes with 3 months free Tidal HiFi.
    With the extra 100 bucks you save you can pay for Tidal.
    They also do Student discounts (50%).
    B&W
    B&K
Sign In or Register to comment.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!