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 Post subject: Which Network Streamer ?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:50 pm 
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hello,

I need a network streamer for Spotify and planned to use my Oppo Udp-205 as the DAC.

My question is which streamer to get? The one I have in mind is Cambridge Audio Azur 851N. Since I am new to this area, I would like to ask if there is better option? Other than sound, another major factor for me is the iOS, smartphone, integration. And I don't need strong digital library/NAS support.

Budget: no more then $2500USD{edit} for used.

thanks ahead
Vic
p.s. I know Spotify is not the best sound, but I like it has more option for different countries.


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If you can find a 851N for anywhere near $250 USD let me know. I will take a few please.

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I recently got a Sonore microRendu used. It’s fantastic.


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the Sonos Connect is inside your budget.


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Forbes_2 wrote:
If you can find a 851N for anywhere near $250 USD let me know. I will take a few please.

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OOPs 2500....


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One that we sell and use a lot and have been very pleased with the sound , connectivity and App is the Auralic Aries and there is also the similar SOtM sMS-200. Both are in the $1500-$1900 range. -Jody

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I’m guessing you don’t have a computer hooked into your system. I have Spotify Connect on mine and control it with my iPad. Easy. A cheap laptop would work.


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for Spotify and outputting to a dac your budget far exceeds your needs.


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I use apple tv 4.....seems fine but have not really tried or heard any expensive streamers....oppo 103 as dac.


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First of all Spotify has gotten pretty good this past year, especially since they lowered the LuF's

https://ask.audio/articles/spotify-drop ... -producers

Also their Vorbis format sounds better than mp3.

You might want to try plugging your DAC directly into your ipad using the apple camera connector. I did this for a few months, running an Audioquest Dragonfly off the ipad which was then connected to an integrated. Combination sounded great for all-day Spotify background listening in my secondary system and could also play my Tidal selections with ease.

Other options would be the Auralic Aries line which have a great ios app.

Even cheaper would be to pick up the latest Raspberry Pi 3B+ and load up the free Volumio. I found this equally as good as the Microrendu with even better usability. You'll have Spotify, access to NAS files, and Airplay. This is my current secondary system. Total investment $50 or so. Bryston used the Pi as a basis for a small streamer they were selling last year.


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That much money for a streamer doesn't make any sense to me but but at ~$2,500 USD you might be able to find a PS Audio DirectStream Jr. which is a streamer and a dac (a dac a heck of a lot better than that Oppo that's for sure). I have one and love it, since I'm moving to Calgary next month we could connect and we could try it out in your space.

If you're willing to spend that much money on a streamer, get a Auralic Mini and a better dac - forget the dac in the Oppo.


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Why not spend $50CAD on a Chromecast Audio? Can go Optical out, tiny footprint, and functions seamlessly with phones, tablets, PCs, etc. If Spotify is your source and you have a DAC, I doubt there's much difference between it and a Cambridge 851N other than size...


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raindogtrombone wrote:
Why not spend $50CAD on a Chromecast Audio? Can go Optical out, tiny footprint, and functions seamlessly with phones, tablets, PCs, etc. If Spotify is your source and you have a DAC, I doubt there's much difference between it and a Cambridge 851N other than size...

+1 totally agree


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VegliaAudio wrote:
raindogtrombone wrote:
Why not spend $50CAD on a Chromecast Audio? Can go Optical out, tiny footprint, and functions seamlessly with phones, tablets, PCs, etc. If Spotify is your source and you have a DAC, I doubt there's much difference between it and a Cambridge 851N other than size...

+1 totally agree


Not a big fan of Google product. Don't like to being spy on.

Also, the Chromecast only has optic out, will it has enough bandwidth for the signal.

Not to mention, I am not sure if the digital signal will be the same from the Cambridge and Chromecase. Pretty much the do you need an expensive CD transport argument.


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I use the 851n with a Chord QBD76 Dac and find the sound from Spotify quite enjoyable. The iPad app for the 851n is very easy to use. If you go with the 851n don't cheap out on the digital interconnect . Also the 851N can now access Tidal streaming services.


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