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#271701 23-May-2020 07:09
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I’m looking to upgrade to a home hifi music streaming/network setup. Keen to broaden my music experience through using Spotify but also keep playing my existing digital music collection (currently on an iPod connected to my amplifier).


I’m assuming this requires a form of Internet-enabled hard disk component... grateful for any thoughts on what I should look for!

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  #2489899 23-May-2020 07:43
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A bit more detail may help, as the options available are fairly wide, and the costs even wider! Does it need to be multi room? Do you have a NAS or a computer that could act as one? Do you want a one-box solution that includes hard drive storage for your current music?


At the relatively basic end is adding ‘smarts’ to your existing setup, which is what I’ve elected to do. We have Chromecast Audios attached to six stereos in different rooms. This enables any music to be sent to any combination of these, controlled by any phone, tablet, laptop or Google Home device. Music source can be pretty much anything that can be cast, but of course apps like a Spotify have Chromecasting built in. I use an app on my phone called Hifi Cast to play ripped audio sitting on a NAS, but equally that could be from a computer fulfilling the same role, or just stored and streamed from a phone. 


There are lots of advantages to this sort of approach, including it’s easily scalable (we just added Chromecasts over time), it’s cheap, doesn’t require replacing existing equipment, it’s easy to use, you can elect to let guests use it via their own phone, it can easily be voice controlled...

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  #2489920 23-May-2020 07:58
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Do whatever you want to do man.



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  #2489935 23-May-2020 08:58
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I also have a portable hard drive plugged directly in to my amp. I can add music to the drive over wifi. If i buy anything new.

I tend to just stream music now tho. Spotify.

Having HEOS based equipment means I can also choose where to play the music, bedroom, lounge, patio etc.

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  #2489941 23-May-2020 09:18
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Hi, so to add another name, I use Musicast which is a Yamaha product. On my main HiFi setup (well HiFi for my ears) I have a Musicast WXAD10 adaptor which provides full musicast features to my older/analog HiFi amplifier, but from the link you can see you can get Musicast built into a wide range of products. I also have a couple of Musicast20WX speakers for taking outdoors.


As with Sonos, HEOS or other similar products you can operate each Musicast device on its own with different music or music sources played at each site, or you can link them to give you full house sound from a single source, linking and unlinking is a single button action. Musicast is controlled by a Muscast app on iOS or Android, when you use a service like Spotify it actually uses the Spotify app on your phone and cast in a identical manner to Chromecasting.


To feed the Musicast system I have a DLNA server running on a Ubuntu server in the basement, however unless you are particularly Linux savey you might instead elect to go with a Synology NAS to provide that service. I recently Rip'd over 300 CD's that I have collected over the years using FLAC to my server, in addition I can steam from Spotify or Tidal, or for me most often I stream the BBC Radio3 HD feed, which is an AAC 384kb/s service and the sound quality is impressive for a radio service.


Edit: just a point, I have used EasternHiFi simply as its website indicates NZ pricing, I have no affiliation with them, and as for the Synology, you would need to add a couple of WD Reds or Seagate IronWolfs in Raid 1.



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