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Looking to buy a streamer but what ?

Blacksabbath25

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Currently i own a Yamaha WXC-50 which i am happy with and owned it now for 2-3 years but will me changing it change anything in improving sound quality or would i be wasting my money ?
If i compare my Yamaha WXC-50 to theses models would it be a good upgrade
Cambridge V2 streamer the £799 one
Node 2 i £499 or keeping my Yamaha WXC-50 and buying a DAC like the cord qutest

£1100 or a
RME ADI-2 DAC FS
 
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abacus

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Unless it is faulty or it no longer does what you want, (It’s quite comprehensive) I would stick with it as the source will more likely to be the limiting factor rather than the unit itself.

Bill
 

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Currently i own a Yamaha WXC-50 which i am happy with and owned it now for 2-3 years but will me changing it change anything in improving sound quality or would i be wasting my money ?
If i compare my Yamaha WXC-50 to theses models would it be a good upgrade
Cambridge V2 streamer the £799 one
Node 2 i £499 or keeping my Yamaha WXC-50 and buying a DAC like the cord qutest

£1100 or a
RME ADI-2 DAC FS
I would use the oppo for streaming. You own a stunning amp. What exactly do you use the Yamaha for that the Oppo can't do?
 
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Blacksabbath25

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I would use the oppo for streaming. You own a stunning amp. What exactly do you use the Yamaha for that the Oppo can't do?
To be honest I do not use the OPPO much I felt it wasn’t so good at music as the Yamaha WXC-50 or my Yamaha CD player .
I do have a fantastic amplifier but found I started to stream more then actually listening to my CDs .
I do have all of my CDs ripped to a separate hard drive on my Pc and use Roon .
As much as I like the Yamaha WXC-50 can I get better steamer to run with my Yamaha amplifier or do I buy a good Dac and still use the Yamaha WXC-50 as it still does it’s job well
 

Al ears

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To be honest I do not use the OPPO much I felt it wasn’t so good at music as the Yamaha WXC-50 or my Yamaha CD player .
I do have a fantastic amplifier but found I started to stream more then actually listening to my CDs .
I do have all of my CDs ripped to a separate hard drive on my Pc and use Roon .
As much as I like the Yamaha WXC-50 can I get better steamer to run with my Yamaha amplifier or do I buy a good Dac and still use the Yamaha WXC-50 as it still does it’s job well
Decent streamers in the sub £1000 price bracket are hard to recommend it seems.
However some of that may be down to quality of the source material apparently.
 

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Completely happy with my Node 2i - punches well above its weight and has digital out if I want to use an external DAC. Best £500 I spent in ages. Currently use it for Tidal and Amazon Music HD. Seems to work best plugged directly into my internet using ethernet
 

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Hi black sabbath hope ok. Will try and behave myself on a forum. Hopefully. I reviewed all of those - original cxn. You will get an ok improvement with the node 2i but a sideways step. You can spend less and that’s the terrific Allo DigiOne signature. Wxc-50 is a bit edgy and grainey against node , allo, and cxn. but I don’t think much to make you go wow. A bigger change will obviously be the dac. And the RME is a Qutest killer , as I said, on all out features, equaliser and price. Plus inputs and headphone. I preferred it with some ATCs but liked the chord with a Hegel and neat iota Alpha. Overall the rme is mid centric and natural to the chords expansive thick set. I use the RME more. It’s better value. Only you know to which suits
 

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save your money, the prices manufactures are charging for streaming devices is beyond ridiculous. Neither will be a noticeable improvement over what you have
 

Simon 13th note

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save your money, the prices manufactures are charging for streaming devices is beyond ridiculous. Neither will be a noticeable improvement over what you have
they will be a change but there reaches a point between consumer Audio and audiophile Audio where paying lots more gets big big diminishing returns. And that point in streaming is quite a lowish price.
 

Blacksabbath25

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Hi black sabbath hope ok. Will try and behave myself on a forum. Hopefully. I reviewed all of those - original cxn. You will get an ok improvement with the node 2i but a sideways step. You can spend less and that’s the terrific Allo DigiOne signature. Wxc-50 is a bit edgy and grainey against node , allo, and cxn. but I don’t think much to make you go wow. A bigger change will obviously be the dac. And the RME is a Qutest killer , as I said, on all out features, equaliser and price. Plus inputs and headphone. I preferred it with some ATCs but liked the chord with a Hegel and neat iota Alpha. Overall the rme is mid centric and natural to the chords expansive thick set. I use the RME more. It’s better value. Only you know to which suits
A node 2i not interested maybe a Cxn 851 N but an old model now but the one streamer i look of with a ESS Dac inside is a Auralic G2 which ticks all of my boxes and you can now connect a separate CD drive and rip straight to the Auralic which is a plus and its Roon ready .
I did watch your Youtube video on the RME which is tempting as a Dac but been told all DACs sound the same its just the filters that change things . ?
But still looking for a well built Streamer that does everything and is worth the money as i am finding out they are all pretty expensive and the choice is not great considering streaming is the way to go even through i still have a CD player .
 

Stuart.W.D

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If i compare my Yamaha WXC-50 to theses models would it be a good upgrade
Cambridge V2 streamer the £799 one
Node 2 i £499 or keeping my Yamaha WXC-50 and buying a DAC like the cord qutest




I had two Yamaha streamers on loan the WXC-50 and NP-S303 . I returned the WXC-50 unit first. I thought WXC-50 was a tad edgy, the NP-S303 was the more refined unit, might have something to do with the Burr Brown chip on the NP-S303. Anyway I got a good deal on ebay for the CXN V2 to compare against the NP-S303. The StreamMagic app will give you Chromecast over the MusicCast app. I like the art work on the V2 screen, something neither Yamaha unit could offer. The Cambridge has more control on bass and treble the performance just seemed tighter.
 

Blacksabbath25

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I brought my Yamaha WXC-50 when it was first released and used it for sometime but when you compare this with the OPPO the OPPO sounds better as its more detailed which i like .
So this then made me think if the OPPO can bring a little more detail out which is down to the Dac on the OPPO what could a good streamer do with a good Dac inside or buy a good Dac on its own .
As i did buy the Yamaha WXC-50 as a first step into streaming and since then i brought a lifetime membership of Roon software which i really like .
So any streamer i am thinking of buying has to be Roon ready and have a really good Dac like the OPPO or better so the models i have looked at that interest me are Cambridge 851n streamer , Auralc Vega G2 , Pioneer N70 but its not Roon Ready but this unit is built very well .
Or just buy Dac like the Cord Qutest , RME Dac .
But still looking really for a dedicated streamer thats Roon ready has a good Dac inside in one box and if it has a screen on the front that is a bonus
 

michael hoy

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I brought my Yamaha WXC-50 when it was first released and used it for sometime but when you compare this with the OPPO the OPPO sounds better as its more detailed which i like .
So this then made me think if the OPPO can bring a little more detail out which is down to the Dac on the OPPO what could a good streamer do with a good Dac inside or buy a good Dac on its own .
As i did buy the Yamaha WXC-50 as a first step into streaming and since then i brought a lifetime membership of Roon software which i really like .
So any streamer i am thinking of buying has to be Roon ready and have a really good Dac like the OPPO or better so the models i have looked at that interest me are Cambridge 851n streamer , Auralc Vega G2 , Pioneer N70 but its not Roon Ready but this unit is built very well .
Or just buy Dac like the Cord Qutest , RME Dac .
But still looking really for a dedicated streamer thats Roon ready has a good Dac inside in one box and if it has a screen on the front that is a bonus
Did you check out the new Arcam
 

Al ears

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when is this out to buy ?
Several websites have it up for sale now, see this one:-
Whether they actually have stock is a different matter.....
 

Blacksabbath25

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Several websites have it up for sale now, see this one:-
Whether they actually have stock is a different matter.....
Did look and see richer sounds stock them
 
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