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    I'm Mike.

    Default New to streaming, please help.

    Currently play just vinyl and CD. Want to try streaming, that is downloading music from the internet! I have a laptop, but no idea how to go about all this. Do I need a streamer? My amp is naim 72, so pre digital, so guess I'll need a dac?! Was thinking about getting a Sony 700 or similar, do these have dacs? So with these 2 amps in mind, how do I go about this? Sorry for my complete ignorance........... Budget? Well, normally buy second hand, so I guess £100 - £300. Ta.

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    I take it you mean using some kind of subscription streaming service.
    Your laptop will get you started, along with an appropriate analogue output cable.

    Your laptop already has a DAC fronting up the line out/headphone output.
    We're down to £20.00 for hardware.
    Spotify premium is another £9.99 per month.
    Chris



    Once we've made sense of our world, we wanna go fuck up everybody else's because his or her truth doesn't match mine. But this is the problem. Truth is individual calculation. Which means because we all have different perspectives, there isn't one singular truth, is there?

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    Mike

    I started my digital listening to exactly how you are starting. And fully agree with Chris why not simply start with a lead from your headphone output of your laptop to a spare line input on your Naim. Just search on ebay or amazon etc for '3.5mm to 5 pin naim'. I just did a quick look and see many from around £6 upwards to £15. Maybe you already have such a cable.

    Then simply use one of your spare inputs on your Naim.

    Then stream from wherever you like to get a feel of the sound and controls. Try BBC Radio, Radio Paradise etc. Thousands of free streaming services out there. And suggest you start off with Spotify Free first off. Even though slightly less quality than the paid version the sound is still very good.

    A neat thing about Spotify is that you can use your smart phone to remotely control Spotify playing on your Laptop. Live the life of a couch potato.

    Later on you can buy a DAC which will lift the quality even further from what will anyway be quite good.

    I've done exactly the above for several friends and without exception they have been amazed at the world that has opened up for them.
    Source: Tidal/Roon
    DAC: Metrum HEX NOS

    Amp: Sugden Masterclass 2018 spec, Radford Revival STA25,
    Speakers: Tannoy Eaton


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    Default It a streamer

    More compact, less power hungry, silent and dedicated to streaming compared to a laptop would be something like this...

    https://volumio.org/product/volumio-mini86/



    add a DAC and you're done...

    or something like with an integrated Sabre DAC (the new ES9028)

    https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/netwo...c-p-12315.html


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    I have a Dragonfly usb dac/ headphone amp with rca leads to amp if interested for the price of 5 packets of L & B. Google dragonfly, pm if interested. Good way to start


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    I have just done what you are intending

    Bit of a ball ache at first but I now have it working

    Do you have Amazon prime ?

    If you do you have free music with the Prime ( Thats what I use )

    I have a used DAC 3 purchased from AOS for £60 , it works OK , I say OK as its in my opinion NOT as good as vinyl

    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audio Al View Post
    in my opinion NOT as good as vinyl
    You're playing lowish bitrate MP3s.
    What do expect?
    Polishing turds is not a particularly rewarding pastime
    Chris



    Once we've made sense of our world, we wanna go fuck up everybody else's because his or her truth doesn't match mine. But this is the problem. Truth is individual calculation. Which means because we all have different perspectives, there isn't one singular truth, is there?

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    yup, the free amazon "prime" service has a lower bitrate than the paid for service for a start. the unlimited is much better sound wise
    Regards,
    Grant ....

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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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    Whats a bitrate
    Music , fills the gaps between silence !

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