Answered 'Not too expensive' music streamer

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  1. jmartinmonge

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    Hi,
    I'm currently ripping my CD collection into a NAS server in flac format, and looking for a music streamer to add to my hi-fi system.
    My amplifier is an Onkyo A-9010, and the speakers are a pair of Whaferdale Diamond, so it's not a high-end thing, although I tried to get the best with my limited budget...
    The features I'm looking for are (in order of importance):
    1. Gapless playback (my collection is being ripped into separate tracks, and the gaps between tracks is something I just can't stand).
    2. Easy navigation into my music collection (I own over 2000 CDs).
    3. A good internet radio manager would be welcome.
    3. I'm not using Spotify, Tidal or other streaming services, so this point is something not essential to me.
    I've been reading reviews and looking for options, and most of the devices are beyond my budget. For the moment I've found only 3 candidates on my 'less than 400 bucks' limit:
    - Marantz NA6005
    - Pioneer N-30AE
    - Yamaha NPS303
    ¿Can you please give me some advice with any of these, or recommend me any other option by less than 400?
    Many thanks in advance,
    Julian
     
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    The Teufel looks good or, if you fancy a bit of self-assembly, a Raspberry Pi running something like Volumio, Moode or Rune. That would require you to set it up yourself (it's not difficult), and you'd have the option of several different DACs or digital output modules (I'd recommend one from HiFiBerry).
    I don't believe you'd be sacrificing sound quality at all with either of those options.
     
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    Teufel seems a good option at a good price (130 euros right now), and I have an 8 weeks trial period, so I think I'm gonna give it a try.
    Many thanks!
     
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    I've been tempted myself but I suspect I'll just end up using it as an expensive Chromecast audio and I already have loads of those
     
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    Hello

    I can’t confess to have a big knowledge of the subject, but I have been looking at streamers for a bit. I purchased a Yamaha wxad10 streamer, but I was also looking at arcam rplay. Both suited me to be controlled through my iPad, but streamed via WiFi not Bluetooth.

    Don’t know if the above helps, but I hope you find what you need.

    Happy listening.
     
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    I've just bought a Teufel Connector, but can't get it to work with my Audiolab M-DAC - it struggles to decode the optical feed at all, even if I turn the sample rate down on the Teufel.
     
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    Teufel>M-DAC>Amp via COAX?
     
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    Unfortunately, the Teufel Connector doesn't have a coax digital out, only optical.
     
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    Have you tried the RCA analogue output to test if the Teufel is working correctly? There is an option in the Teufel app to set a fixed clock rate if you are suffering stuttering on the optical output. Next step would be to look at changing out the optical cable.
     
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    Yes, working with a direct RCA connection to the amp.
    I tried optical out into the amp this morning and that works.
    Then I tried again with the M-DAC and it's working?! Really odd, as nothing is different - but I'm happy it's working!
     
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    I recently purchased a Mitchell & Johnson Network Streamer from Peter Tyson.

    I think it's now less than £200, and a bit of a bargain in my opinion!

    I'm running a Lubuntu based server with nfs installed as a service, and sound quality seems to be great for the money running through a CA Azur 640A v1 into Celestion DL6's :thumbsup:
     
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    I should know that because I have one :facepalm: mind you I haven't looked at the back of mine since I bought it.
     
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    I've just figured out that the configuration settings set in the app (sample rate etc) only get applied when you turn the unit off and back on again!! With the clock fixed, the stream to the M-DAC works perfectly.

    I was looking at that too, the only reason I went with Teufel is the M&J steamer doesn't do gapless.
     
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    How does it sound paired with the m-dac? Any real world difference?
     

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