Home Music set up, where to start

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  1. Mcbee

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    Hi, I hope this is the right forum, it seems the closest!
    We have a pretty good 'Hi Fi System' which is in our lounge and gives great sound. However we have a large selection of CDs and although the 5 cd player is good, I know it is all very outdated. Not sure where to start. We do not have Ipods,just a couple of basic MP3 players. we have small Cd units around the house. I Have a large PC where I have a lot of downloaded music, this machine is my work horse as I am a Photographer. I have a lap top and a Tablet. I have researched a bit and found this - 'Cocktail Audiox10 500gb network CD Recorder and music player' on Amazon which seems to do what I want? Can anyone advise me on what my options are.
    Thanks in advance
     
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    You probably want a Sonos CONNECT for the hi-fi and PLAY:3 units to replace the CD units, Sonos control app for the tablet and use your PC to rip CDs. I assume you already back this up as it has your photos.

    You can start with just the CONNECT and add units over time.
     
  3. Mcbee

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    Thanks. SO the SOnos Connect is better than a 'Cocktail Audiox10 500gb network CD Recorder and music player'. Presumably I would need to leave all systems on for the Sonos, PC, hub etc.
     
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    The cocktail audio is a complete unit whereas the SONOS are streamers (and amps on some models) so you would need a NAS for storage and PC to rip your CDs. Depends how simple you want the whole setup to be. You could start with the CA X10 as your ripper and NAS (and also player) and add Sonos kit later as they can connect to the music database in the CA x10. Or more X10s without a hard disk and connect those to the main base. The X10 does automate the function of ripping more than trying to do it manually on a PC.

    I would separate you music files from your main PC as you would seem to use that quite heavily.
     
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    Have I got this right -
    If I buy the Sonos with NAS for storage, how does this interact with my Hi Fi?
    The CAx10 sounds simpler but I am not one to give in if I don't understand :confused:.
    Is there any reading material that I can try to get to grips with my options and decide what will be the best value and long term solution?
    Thanks
     
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    Sonos kit to stream into another room is around the same price as an X10. Once you have an X10 you can use a whole range of devices as streaming devices. S/Hand Touch, android phones and tablets, media players like WD Live, ithings, compact systems/amps/radios with DLNA support etc.
     
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    still trying to get my head round all this (as you can tell).
    If I buy the cocktail x10 with HDD and set up with my current Hi Fi - Amp and Speakers and use the Dongle to connect online.
    Could I then set up a Sonos Play3 in my kitchen to replace my mini Hi Fi?
    Would this connect to the X10?
     
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    The X10 is both a shared file store and a player. The shared files can be streamed by Sonos players. The player part of the X10 also reads the disk, but adds it's own player control features. (And an amp, but you won't use that as connected to your hi-fi by line outs).

    That said, I'd not start of with an X10 with a view to adding Sonos units Why, because you lose the ability to multi-zone/sync players which is one of the benefits of an all Sonos set-up. Plus you'll have two sets of playlists to maintain, two different control apps on the tablet to learn etc.

    It if was my money, I'd go with a Sonos on the hi-fi (2nd hand ZP80 or a CONNECT) and S3 units. If you don't have a 2Gb NAS, now would be a good time, also as a back-up for the photos on your main PC.

    IMHO, obviously!
     
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    You've said in the OP that a certain piece seems to do what you want, but you haven't told us what you want to do, nor what your requirements are....
     
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    Watson???
     

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