Streaming to integrated amp

Jackyaga

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Hi all

I have a poor Sherwood amp running nice Mordant Short702i avanti bookshelves. They have been dug out of the attic.

Basically want to spend £350 and only listen to music via Spotify Premium these days.

I want to control music from wirelessly from my phone.

Am I best getting a new amp like Marantz PM6006 UK or getting a better 2nd hand analogue amp (Arcam or Cyrus) and getting a separate network DAC like Yamaha wxad10 or Chromecast Audio. I listen to indie, rock and dance music mainly, with occasional classical. As you can tell, I am a little confused.

https://www.richersounds.com/yamaha-wxad10-darkgrey.html

Really appreciate your help.
 

SteveH72

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Hi all

I have a poor Sherwood amp running nice Mordant Short702i avanti bookshelves. They have been dug out of the attic.

Basically want to spend £350 and only listen to music via Spotify Premium these days.

I want to control music from wirelessly from my phone.

Am I best getting a new amp like Marantz PM6006 UK or getting a better 2nd hand analogue amp (Arcam or Cyrus) and getting a separate network DAC like Yamaha wxad10 or Chromecast Audio. I listen to indie, rock and dance music mainly, with occasional classical. As you can tell, I am a little confused.

https://www.richersounds.com/yamaha-wxad10-darkgrey.html

Really appreciate your help.
Hi there
The PM6006 is a brilliant amp but doesn’t have Bluetooth or a USB input. I would recommend looking at one of these. All you need for streaming plus plenty of power and good build quality
 

DCarmi

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I have both a pm6006 and dm41dab. Both have Chromecast audio into optical and both are excellent. The Marantz is quite a big beastie whereas the Denon is much more compact.

I also use the Denon as my radio alarm.
 

Jackyaga

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The PM6006 is a brilliant amp but doesn’t have Bluetooth or a USB input. I would recommend looking at one of these. All you need for streaming plus plenty of power and good build quality
the UK ver
I have both a pm6006 and dm41dab. Both have Chromecast audio into optical and both are excellent. The Marantz is quite a big beastie whereas the Denon is much more compact.

I also use the Denon as my radio alarm.
Thanks so much. Seeing as I already have the speakers, which one sounds better? I don’t need a tuner or CD player. Would chromecast with Marantz be the best for sound?
 

SteveH72

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the UK ver


Thanks so much. Seeing as I already have the speakers, which one sounds better? I don’t need a tuner or CD player. Would chromecast with Marantz be the best for sound?
Hello, I was referring to the UKSE model as not having Bluetooth or a USB. The Denon is a very good micro system but, unless space is an issue, the larger Marantz will sound better.
 
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jjbomber

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Any amp with Spotify connect built in should be better than chromecast.

 
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Mike Hunt

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Any amp with Spotify connect built in should be better than chromecast.

I feel I may not fully understand Chromecast... but unless I'm greatly mistaken, it's all but useless?
I bought a 4K version, plugged it in, scratched my head for a day and wondered... Does it even serve a purpose? Before sending it back for a refund. It certainly doesn't seem to serve a purpose that any smart TV or Android box/stick can't do better.
 

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I have both a pm6006 and dm41dab. Both have Chromecast audio into optical and both are excellent. The Marantz is quite a big beastie whereas the Denon is much more compact.

I also use the Denon as my radio alarm.
WHY the Denon RCDM41DAB has bluetooth built in

For a Denon RCDM41DAB i won't recommend less than 88db speaker unless it's only for back ground music in a small room
 
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gasolin

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Yes a little

Bot have around 50 watt in 8 ohm, not on paper but measured

Both don't have enough power to make 84-85db speakers play really loud, 86 db 4 ohm speakers might be okay

The nad doesn't have the same power as the normal sized nad amps MY nad D3020 got a litte varm, only 2 small long ventilation holes on each side of the amp, i don't like the firmness of the volumecontrol on the nad v1 and v2

The Marantz amp get's less hot, no matter what you use and play it never really get's hot
 

DCarmi

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WHY the Denon RCDM41DAB has bluetooth built in

For a Denon RCDM41DAB i won't recommend less than 88db speaker unless it's only for back ground music in a small room
I bought the Chromecast Audio when it was under £20 for my old mini system in the bedroom.
Also, I often stream from my PC and Chromecast is a lot less hassle and I did not have bluetooth on my PC at the time (do now).
Finally, I can use multi-room streaming. I don't do it often but it is nice to have. I can wander down to the kitchen and still be listening to my audio.

I just prefer Chromecast but you are right, bluetooth is a decent option.
 

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