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MrBoat

Audioholic Ninja
I have looked at streamers quite a bit in the last few weeks. The more I looked, outside of having just another toy to play with, it ends up being redundant, at least for music. The feature sets I tend to look for, keeps bringing me around to PC. When I considered getting one for my bedroom, a used and minimal, Linux based mini PC kept coming out on top over any of the dedicated streamers, along with the ability to choose from a number of external DACs while spending less.

I'm not falling for the Wiim amp. It's just another underpowered class D amp for desktop use or a closet sized room at best.

The only place a streamer for me really fits would be at work and I don't need whatever minute audible differences some so-called "superior" DAC chip would make there. As it is, an older (gen 2) echo dot with my active JBL LSR305 speakers is almost too good for a work environment, and without having to touch a phone or look for a remote when the boss or a customer needs to chat. I can just tell Alexa to pause. While I've had my go-rounds with Alexa, choosing a station based on a particular artist is like the best FM radio experience without the ads, or constraints of the usual overplayed top 40 playlists that otherwise had handicapped it in the past.

I thought since these streamers were specific task devices, there must be some clear advantage to them and for the life of me, I really don't know why. I'm too invested in PC as a way of life for more than 30 years by now, with the cell phone ending up as the next logical step for portable use beyond that. Especially since it ends up being involved with the process anyway, with associated apps and whatnot.

I don't watch TV at all. Desktop PC for reading/surfing while I do music from the same desktop is too good/convenient as it is. While I have had friends that remark how much time I spend doing that, it's nothing like their use of, or attachment to their cell phones or TVs. From the time I leave for work, until after dinner that evening, I have no direct contact with the internet or the phone other than contact with my boss or immediate family.
 
Eppie

Eppie

Audioholic Ninja
Network streamers from high-end brands like Cambridge, Rose, or Naim target audiophiles seeking superior sound quality over budget options like AVRs/Roku/Sonos. While they offer similar streaming app access, they boast better DACs, dedicated circuitry, and audiophile-grade components for potentially noticeable sonic improvements, justifying their premium price tag. If sound quality isn't paramount, budget options likely suffice, but for discerning listeners, these pricier streamers potentially elevate their digital music experience.
Straight out of Chat GTP! :D
 
MR.MAGOO

MR.MAGOO

Audioholic Field Marshall
With a streamer can you choose songs, or is it a playlist loop from the streaming service?
 
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Trebdp83

Audioholic Ninja
With a streamer can you choose songs, or is it a playlist loop from the streaming service?
Streaming service apps have search functions for artists, albums, songs and of course, playlists. You can add selections to your library in their respective categories. If you subscribe to Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz or Tidal, they are all available in the MusicCast app when using it with your Yamaha receiver as is Spotify Connect.
 
davidscott

davidscott

Audioholic Ninja
Streaming service apps have search functions for artists, albums, songs and of course, playlists. You can add selections to your library in their respective categories. If you subscribe to Amazon Music, Deezer, Qobuz or Tidal, they are all available in the MusicCast app when using it with your Yamaha receiver as is Spotify Connect.
Exactly.
 
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Trebdp83

Audioholic Ninja
Say @davidscott , how is the WiiM app with streaming services? The DTS Play-Fi, HEOS and MusicCast apps aren't anything to brag about when browsing services but they function well enough.
 
davidscott

davidscott

Audioholic Ninja
Say @davidscott , how is the WiiM app with streaming services? The DTS Play-Fi, HEOS and MusicCast apps aren't anything to brag about when browsing services but they function well enough.
The WIIM app using Amazon Unlimited music is great. Easy to install and use and they even have an 8 band equalizer included. I am verry happy with it. Then again, it's my 1st streamer so i have nothing to compare it to. If you don't have a decent external DAC make sure to get the WII Pro Plus not the Pro. It has a much better DAC.
 

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