Best music streamers 2019: upgrade to a wireless system

LeighHughes

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the prices of streamers are ridiculous. Logitech did it brilliantly at a fraction of the prices these are going for.
Seven grand for a mandatory power supply is simply taking your customers for a ride. It's a lump of iron, wrapped in copper winding, together with other not overly sophisticated componentry, in a plain box. Ridiculous indeed, Naim!
 

Mr HiFi

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What! No Linn Streamers. Have the What HiFi reviewers gone deaf or fallen out with Linn? Surely the Selekt, Akurate or Klimax deserves a place in this list. I have a Majik DSi Network Streamer. It is at least as good if not better than half the ones on this list and it has a superb power amplifier built in, for free!
 

theo23rd

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What! No Linn Streamers. Have the What HiFi reviewers gone deaf or fallen out with Linn? Surely the Selekt, Akurate or Klimax deserves a place in this list. I have a Majik DSi Network Streamer. It is at least as good if not better than half the ones on this list and it has a superb power amplifier built in, for free!
The list I see includes the Selekt.
 

danielbower

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Does anyone know (or is it possible to update the post) which of these streamers are compatible with Tidal Connect?

I am in the market for a streamer, but keen to keep using the Tidal app as the controller.

Cheers!
 
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The_Mack

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Streaming is a brilliantly convenient way of filling your home with high-quality digital music.

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Streaming is a brilliantly convenient way of filling your home with high-quality digital music.

What no dCS Network Bridge, for dCS relatively good value as it actually improved the performance of my audio unlike the Project Ultra Streambox 2 (with battery PSU) which decreased the quality and Auralic G2 that made no difference to Roon direct from my QNAP via USB.
 

chuck

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I am surprised by the lack of the Sonos Port on this list and would love to see it included in the future as a comparison point. I can see the argument that it is not in the same group and subset as some of the other brands listed....except that the Amazon products are included.
 

chichaz

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Does anyone know (or is it possible to update the post) which of these streamers are compatible with Tidal Connect?
Are you interested in Tidal for its MQA support? I'm fed up with that format as it seems to take manufacturer's focus away from DSD. Sadly, few of these support truly high-res audio.

I'd like to see Cocktail Audio on this list. They've got your MQA and my DSD!
 

James Robinson

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I would recommend a Raspberry pi + Volumio software for a much cheaper alternative.

If you already have a separate DAC with a USB port, you can add a streamer to your system by installing the (free) volumio software on a raspberry pi. Even with power supply, SD card, and a case, this will be around £50. You can then control the volumio software from a web browser or via the (free) volumio app on a smart phone/tablet.

There are cards you can add (which require slightly larger cases) that will do the digital to analogue conversion or provide coaxial/optical connections.

Next to no expertise is required for this. Instructions on how to set this up are on the volumio website and it will probably take you longer to order the raspberry pi, SD card, and find a case to your taste than to get this working.

(I am puzzled by the recommendation for the audiolab - my understanding is that, since it uses Play-Fi, it still has no gapless playback which makes many albums unlistenable.)
 

Robert Buzink

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I would like to read how the mentioned streamers compare to the Sonos Port, the (discontinued) Sonos Connect S2, the Heos Link and other (Denon/Marantz) Heos music streamers. Most people will take the multiroom ecosystem into consideration and choose between Sonos, Heos or Bluesound compatability.
 

bristollinnet

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The hardware streaming market for lossless and HiRes has been disrupted by Amazon and Apple and has yet to adjust. All these silly expensive streamers...
 

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