Stereo Amplifier for Streaming

Cabunag

Active Member
I use Amazon Music for source looking for a good Stereo Amplifier with Wi Fi and Bluetooth here are some i have been looking at.

Cambridge Audio CXA61. Great amplifier

No bass or treble control

Cambridge Audio CXA81

749 from Richard Sounds

Cambridge Audio CXA61

Audiolab 6000A Amplifier. 600

Audiolab 6000A play. 800

MARANTZ PM7000N great but 895 pounds

Denon PMA-600NE uses is it any good i think its 4.2 version

Im an Old Codger what ever happened to Bass and Treble controls, my last Turntable was a Garrad 401, been away from Hi Fi for a while.
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ShanePJ

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You could look at something from LEAK 130 which has both treble and bass control. The only part its missing is wifi, but it has a built in USB DAC, aptX Bluetooth which will deliver you a better sounding Bluetooth quality if the device is compatible. This means you could stream directly from your phone

If you want to stream Amazon, you could add the BlueSound Node 2i which supports all these streaming services, but as you can see, you will be open to many more streaming services using this option
 

madfiddler

Active Member
until recently I was running an av reciever as preamp into an early nineties technics integrated driving only my front speakers for stereo. Both amps had bass/treble and found a lot of the time I was rolling off treble and boosting the bass considerably.

on my upgrade path I looked at speakers first. These have definitely made the most difference for me and made my average components sound considerably better, at that point I reset all the bass and treble to zero. it really wasn’t necessary to have them I found and so when I then replaced both amps for a single stereo integrated, neither did i really need the the bass/treble. spending money on a much bettter amp was a big step up again for me, but it didn’t matter it didn’t have bass/treble

so first I’d ask about your speakers and consider whether they would be worth an upgrade (Assuming you have some already). But it would be good to know anyway in paring with an amp.

if you have trouble with the sound in your room, reflections or boomy bass or what have you then some form of room correction (physical or software in an amp) would be what I would consider, but that may be out of budget?

so do you need speakers as well as amp and what is the total budget? Would you consider separate amp and streamer?

possibky I’d add Yamaha R-N803D to the list
 

Cabunag

Active Member
You could look at something from LEAK 130 which has both treble and bass control. The only part its missing is wifi, but it has a built in USB DAC, aptX Bluetooth which will deliver you a better sounding Bluetooth quality if the device is compatible. This means you could stream directly from your phone

If you want to stream Amazon, you could add the BlueSound Node 2i which supports all these streaming services, but as you can see, you will be open to many more streaming services using this option
Many thanks for you reply i wll look around to get a good deal i prefer an all in one setup.
 

dannnielll

Well-known Member
Its been said before, but the Chromecast Audio makes an excellent candidate for any amplifier with an optical input.
 

Cabunag

Active Member
until recently I was running an av reciever as preamp into an early nineties technics integrated driving only my front speakers for stereo. Both amps had bass/treble and found a lot of the time I was rolling off treble and boosting the bass considerably.

on my upgrade path I looked at speakers first. These have definitely made the most difference for me and made my average components sound considerably better, at that point I reset all the bass and treble to zero. it really wasn’t necessary to have them I found and so when I then replaced both amps for a single stereo integrated, neither did i really need the the bass/treble. spending money on a much bettter amp was a big step up again for me, but it didn’t matter it didn’t have bass/treble

so first I’d ask about your speakers and consider whether they would be worth an upgrade (Assuming you have some already). But it would be good to know anyway in paring with an amp.

if you have trouble with the sound in your room, reflections or boomy bass or what have you then some form of room correction (physical or software in an amp) would be what I would consider, but that may be out of budget?

so do you need speakers as well as amp and what is the total budget? Would you consider separate amp and streamer?

possibky I’d add Yamaha R-N803D to the list
What i have just now is the Denon 2500 Reciever
 

[email protected]

Active Member
Not sure if it has all the functionality you want, but Bluesound Node 2i (streaming preamp) and Powernode 2i (streaming integrated amp) both have treble and bass. And of course there are things like NAD M10 that have Dirac, which allows much more control.
 

ashenfie

Well-known Member
The audiolab 6000a play is all in one with streaming built in

you struggle to find bass and tone controls as it’s considered very low fi. These days. You really should not need these controls with decent speakers
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
I use Amazon Music for source looking for a good Stereo Amplifier with Wi Fi and Bluetooth here are some i have been looking at.

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MARANTZ PM7000N great but 895 pounds

Denon PMA-600NE uses is it any good i think its 4.2 version

Im an Old Codger what ever happened to Bass and Treble controls, my last Turntable was a Garrad 401, been away from Hi Fi for a while.
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To the best of my knowledge, only the Marantz and the Denon have Network Streaming.

Can you give us a working budget?

The Yamaha RN803 Network Receiver (£590) is probably best value, though I don't know if it support Amazon Music Streaming -



As to Amps with Tone Controls, consider Yamaha Amps -

Yamaha A-S501 Amp with 85w/ch and DAC - £350 -



Also the Yamaha A-S701 with 100w/ch and a 24b/192k DAC or the Yamaha A-S801 with 100w/ch and a 32b/384k DAC. The A-S801 also have USB-PC for a direct connect to a computer. Though if you don't need that, the Yamaha A-S701 is more than enough for most.



Unfortunately do to COVID, the A-S701 and A-S801 are hard to come by right now, though you might be able to search them out somewhere.

Here is an example that will give you the general price, but being listed in no guarantee of availability.


I suspect later in the year, availability is going to improve on the full Yamaha line.

As for the Network Streaming aspect, the Yamaha WXC-50 Network Streamer/Pre-Amp (£270) is pretty good, though you would have to verify that it supports Amazon Music Streaming -



For more money, but definitely a good streamer, and according to info posted by others, it does support Amazon Music Streaming -

Bluesound Node-2i Network Streamer - £499 -


From a link provided by another poster, the Bluesound Node-2i does support Amazon Music Streaming, but I would still verify that.

The Yamaha RN803 Network Receiver does have a lot of extra feature, besides 100w/ch, it has DAB/DAB+ Radio, Room-EQ, and Full Bass Management, and of course, Wired and Wireless Network Streaming. But again, you need to verify that it supports Amazon Music Streaming.

So, your options are an Amp with Streaming built in, and there are 3 or 4 to choose from, or to get separate Amp and Streaming devices.

How married are you to Amazon Music Streaming, because most device certainly support Spotify and a few others.

From Yamaha -

The R-N803D is compatible with a large variety of popular streaming services, including the widespread Spotify, the up-and-coming Tidal and Deezer services, as well as Napster®, Qobuz, Juke and others — letting you enjoy all your favourite artists, discover new ones, and get music content from all over the world.

* Music service availability varies by region and may change or be discontinued without notice.


It seems the surest choice is the Bluesound Node-2i, which is highly regarded, with the amp of your choice. If Tone Controls is a deal breaker, that is, you definitely want them, then that narrows down the field of available amps.

With Tone Controls, I would say - Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Rotel, and perhaps a few others that escape me at the moment. Of those, I consider Yamaha Best Value.

At a higher price point than the Yamaha, the Rotel are worthy considerations -

Rotel A12, 60w/ch, DAC, Tone, Phono, etc... - £699 -


Rotel A14, 80w/ch, DAC, Tone, Phono, etc... - £899 -


You haven't made your budget clear, so that would be helpful. But you have some sense of the possibilities now.

I would definitely consider the Denon PMA-800NE (£450) over the 600. But even on the higher model, the power is only 50w/ch. That's still workable though.


The Marantz PM7000N is certainly a consideration (60w/ch, £895) -


Assuming you can confirm that it supports Amazon Music Streaming.

To maximize what you get for your money, and assuming you can find the amp -

£440 = Yamaha A-S701, 100w/ch, DAC
£499 = Bluesound Node-2i Network Streamer
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£939 = Total


Just a few thoughts.

Steve/bluewizard
 
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wrighty1

Active Member
Have a look at the SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase @ £550. Does network streaming, Amazon music plus all the other online music providers.
 

BlueWizard

Distinguished Member
What i have just now is the Denon 2500 Reciever
WAIT! You have a Denon 2500 Receiver? Is that an AV Receiver or an Amp?


Or is it an older version of this -


Again, a clear statement of working budget would be helpful.

Steve/bluewizard
 

[email protected]

Active Member
It seems the surest choice is the Bluesound Node-2i, which is highly regarded, with the amp of your choice. If Tone Controls is a deal breaker, that is, you definitely want them, then that narrows down the field of available amps.
Or the Powernode 2i, which is a Node 2i plus a Hypex amp. That seems the simplest, and among the least expensive ways to get an amp with the Node. The Hypex amps are pretty good.
 

BlueWizard

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Or the Powernode 2i, which is a Node 2i plus a Hypex amp. That seems the simplest, and among the least expensive ways to get an amp with the Node. The Hypex amps are pretty good.
For a simple no frills minimalist option, the Bluesound Powernode 2i (£799)is a consideration -


I would prefer a more versatile system, but for someone looking for minimum complications and for simplicity, the Powernode is a consideration.

Steve/bluewizard
 

Hianholland

Active Member
This may meet your streaming requirements. Not sure if the Playfi app has an equaliser you could use for bass/treble:
 

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