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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:35 am 
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I'm looking into a dedicated internet radio tuner that can output via toslink or coax to my digital pre-amp/dac.

So far I've seen products from NAD, Magnum Dynalab, Grace as well as Sonos and Bluesound.

Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:08 pm 
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are there features you like/dislike with the products you have already seen?
I've been a Sonos fan for internet radio for 6 years now. Great interface and for me being able to control it from my laptop as opposed to only phone/tablet app is primary to why I dismissed the other I have tried.
there are about 12k internet stations accessible through iTunes as well. A feature there is that you can set it to display the bit rate so it helps selecting the better formats.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:49 pm 
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I'm looking to be able to input the URL so that I can choose the highest bit-rates. Also looking for a relatively easy to navigate iPad ap.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:42 pm 
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both of those features are available through Sonos and iTunes. Perhaps others as well, just not familiar with them.
with an iPad you could use an earlier version Apple tv or Airport express can and Airplay to it. The iPad becomes the control and receiver so iTunes, tunein or any other app is available. Tivoli has a great station app, small number of selections but all that I have tried are great sounding, suggesting higher bit rates.


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I've had a Grace Digital internet tuner for a few years now and I've been very impressed considering its relatively low price. Functionally, I've never had a problem. Sonically, I listen to it via it's coaxial output into an external dac with great benefits, however it's analogue outputs provide a nice sound just not as detailed.


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The Cambridge audio streamers also have internet radio and are excellent. The np30 can be found for cheap and has over 20,000 radio stations and can be controlled from their app.


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I would suggest buying a ChromeCast Audio and using a tablet/phone as the source. I have this as well as a Squeezebox setup and both deliver good quality audio. As suggested by others, an Apple solution is a good alternative and will be easy to use.

Once you have tried a tablet as a remote, you won't go back to traditional audio components.

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