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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-z View Post
    Another vote for the Macmini, Iíve been using one as my digital music source for over 10 years now, in fact Iím on my second one now, my first I couldnít update past OS Snow Leopard so I bought a 2015 series one used off ebay about 3 years ago for £300. All my music collection is stored in itunes or as itís now called in the new OS Catalina, ďMusicĒ.
    I also stream Spotify and Amazon Music with it. A recent upgrade to a Solid State Drive (SSD) has also made it a very slick machine speed wise even with a relatively slow processor and only 4GB of RAM. Note the very latest Macs no longer have optical outputs so digital has to be via USB.


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    Another vote for the Mac mini.. with Audirvana.
    Mine uses the NAS as itís library (and lately Tidal) and then plays to a number of raspberry pi set ups by UPNP.

    It was a massive relief when Audirvava introduced the upnp playback.
    I leave the Mac mini running all the time and can control the outputs to the piís using the audirvava remote app.

    A bit of a learning curve, but easy enough to sort.

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    I just wanted to add - what seems complicated is indeed simple to start with, but then, over the years, you tweak things, and that's what makes it appear complicated. Here's what I did:

    Starting from an analog system with just an old-fashioned cd player added: (I already had a nas, but was not using it for music)

    step 1: I added a squeezebox touch. - audio out from its internal dac to my pre-amp. Nothing else, and this was an eye-opener - Now I could play my CDs (once copied to the nas, running LMS) controlled by the touch screen on the squeezebox. The convenience was great, and I convinced myself it sounded better than the CD player. And now had access to internet streaming/internet radio.

    step 2: installed a squeezebox app on to my phone and tablet - now I didn't even have to get up to change the music.

    step 3: added an external dac between squeezebox and pre-amp. (a beresford dac) - sound greatly improved

    step 4: replaced squeezebox touch by raspberry pi/hifiberry digi+ - improved sound, and now on supported hardware (logitech by this time had dropped squeezebox support, but squeezebox software is open source, so no worries there)

    step 5.... more tweaks

    If I were starting from zero, I might do it differently (maybe an rpi+dac+attached usb disk running picoreplayer with LMS - single box straight into pre-amp). But my point is: Each step was simple. It only sounds complicated if you dont know how and why the system got to be they way it is today.
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    Another point with a rpi is you can add a cd ripper for little money and play cds on it too.
    RPI software is a lot easier now, although it does help if someone can walk u through it
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    Been using a Raspberry Pi for the last few years and been rock solid, the people who tend to report issues with them tend to be those that try and tweak either the software or the device itself.

    My Pi has been far more stable and useable than the £480 SoTM Streamer I owned at the same time.

    However if the op isn't up to setting up a Pi ( which takes 10 minutes ) then the Bluesound Node 2i is his best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeyb View Post
    Been using a Raspberry Pi for the last few years and been rock solid, the people who tend to report issues with them tend to be those that try and tweak either the software or the device itself.

    My Pi has been far more stable and useable than the £480 SoTM Streamer I owned at the same time.

    However if the op isn't up to setting up a Pi ( which takes 10 minutes ) then the Bluesound Node 2i is his best bet.
    Got to say, the Pi has been revalotory. Very stable and so easy to use, once you know how.
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