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  1. #1
    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    I'm Richard.

    Default Streamer/Music Transport suggestions

    Bit of advice required folks.
    I'm in the process of ripping my cd's to an external hard drive. When completed I feel I may benefit from a better music transport than my old Dell Inspiron 15 laptop!....true? If yes, could you kind techie's supply me with a few suggestions.

    Realistically I won't be using any services such as tidal any time soon & I don't have any high Res files as yet. It would mainly be used for the rips, so it seems a lot of the streamers out there have facilities that I'm not gonna use. Mind you, it wouldn't be a bad thing to be 'my-future' proofed, but not a priority.

    I currently use a Xiang sheng dac but would consider a streamer with built in Dac.
    I'll set a budget at around 500 (2nd hand) but this is not set in stone as if the right kit comes along...etc. In addition, if the unit has a dac I could sell mine.

    Fire Away!

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    Join Date: May 2010

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    Assuming the external hard drive is a network drive (NAS), for 500 second hand I think the Simaudio Moon Mind 180 is a great option. It will work with your current DAC, can be controlled from a tablet or phone, and does a great job of playing the music. There are a few on ebay at the moment: here, here, and here.

    Some reviews: here and here.

    Rob.
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    Consider a Volumio Primo Richard. Add your external hard disk and you will be good to go.

    Or if you are handy with tinkering consider a Pi or a NUC or similar. Save a load of money and continue using your existing DAC.

    Or spend a few more pounds and get something like a Cambridge CXN V2.

    All of the above will be better than your Dell laptop (mainly as the Dell will be electrically noisy) and will future proof you to an extent.
    Main: Tidal/Roon > MiniITX > Metrum Hex > LDR > either Radford STA25 V or Trilogy 968 > Tannoy (Eaton or Berkeley).
    2nd: Tidal/Roon > Roopio on Pi > Chevron Paradox > Firebottle Buffer > Sugden Masterclass IA-4 > Kudos Cardea


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    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Andy.

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    Raspberry PI, with DACHat and USB DVD/CD drive.
    Less then 100, depending on the DAC you choose - or more!
    Can RIP, play and enjoy
    Main system:

    Digital.
    Philips DCC 730
    Technics SL-PJ28A CD Player
    Analogue.
    Michell Orbe with arm decoupling kit & Pete's Pylons. AudioNote Arm 1 V2. Goldring Elite MC and Firebottle OTP MKII Phono Amp
    Lenco L75 in Birch ply plinth. Linn Basik Plus. A&R P77 cart (Paratrace by Expert) VSPC MM Phono Amp
    Network Player.
    Raspberry PI plus IQAudio DAC+ (also used as a CD player) plus Pi NAS Server
    Amp.
    Burson Bang V6 Classic (Pure Sound A30 going into storage soon)
    Speakers
    Reiver Jenna floor standers
    HeadPhones.
    Sennheiser HD545 Ref, HD600, HD477
    Headphone Amp
    Myryad Z40 (also used as a pre amp)
    Backup Speakers.
    Heybrook HB1, TDL RTL2, Some home made concoction...
    Backup Amps
    Audiolab 8000a, Armstrong something or other, Amstrad Quadraphonic something or other, home built EL34 power amps.....

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    I'm Oliver.

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    It agree, but I'd stick a PecanPi on it.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 MK6 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > SIMaudio Moon LP5.3RS
    Digital: Orchard Audio PecanPi with JRiver
    Preamplifier: Neurochrome Differential Preamp
    Amplification: Neurochrome Modulus 686
    Speakers: Mordaunt Short Performance 880
    Cables: SPOTFIRE Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables & SPOTFIRE Tonearm cable

    Price List For SPOTFIRE Cables here:https://bit.ly/2Uxiv3j

    Alternative reading: http://www.audioaddictsforum.com

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    Join Date: Apr 2016

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    Thanks so far guys.
    ReggieB - The hard drive is a Western digital Elements so I don't think this can connect to the Simaudio.
    gninnam - I'm no techie so all the Rasperry Pi stuff & gizmos seems a bit daunting. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    Edward - The Volumio looks interesting & ive read a couple of reviews. Someone else also suggested the Cambridge & is under consideration.
    I have to admit that a single, well built box (big or small) will probably grab my attention

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    Why are you ripping your CDs to files Richard?

    When I came round to your place (ages ago now) I seem to recall you had a state of art CD player. Can't recall what now. But a top loader of some sort.
    Main: Tidal/Roon > MiniITX > Metrum Hex > LDR > either Radford STA25 V or Trilogy 968 > Tannoy (Eaton or Berkeley).
    2nd: Tidal/Roon > Roopio on Pi > Chevron Paradox > Firebottle Buffer > Sugden Masterclass IA-4 > Kudos Cardea


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    This Moon thingy is quite an interesting piece of kit. I assume it's wifi enabled?.. is there such a thing as a NAS drive that could speak to it over wifi preferably with something like Raid 5 available on it so there would be no data loss if a drive goes down (as they all do in the end). I have no room at the broadband router to add a storage device, so any NAS would need to be wifi-cable rather than attached via cable.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST50 supertweeters; Amp - Silvercore 833C monoblocks; preamp TBA watch this space; Vinyl: Schopper'd Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, vintage Ortofon SPU GM and SPU Gold; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Miyajima/Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage Allnic H7000V used with Miyajima ETR-Mono and ETR-Stereo SUTs; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily enhanced AN DAC based on kit but aspiring to DAC5 spec.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Marantz PM-4; Digital: CDP Sony CDP-X3000ES & Arcam rBlink; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT 1503 MkI broadcast arm, Ortofon SPU Classic GM, Ortofon 2-15k SUT and Puresound Tenuto platter mat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward View Post
    Why are you ripping your CDs to files Richard?

    When I came round to your place (ages ago now) I seem to recall you had a state of art CD player. Can't recall what now. But a top loader of some sort.
    Well remembered Edward. It's a Helios Stargate & not going anywhere barring injury. I just want the convenience of file music in the living space. Still want good quality though. Hope you're well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny nocash View Post
    Well remembered Edward. It's a Helios Stargate & not going anywhere barring injury. I just want the convenience of file music in the living space. Still want good quality though. Hope you're well.
    Oh yeah the Stargate thing you did that time/space shaping thing.

    I'm well ta. Pop round sometime.
    Main: Tidal/Roon > MiniITX > Metrum Hex > LDR > either Radford STA25 V or Trilogy 968 > Tannoy (Eaton or Berkeley).
    2nd: Tidal/Roon > Roopio on Pi > Chevron Paradox > Firebottle Buffer > Sugden Masterclass IA-4 > Kudos Cardea


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