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In Reply to: RE: I would think that posted by tketcham on November 08, 2023 at 16:17:15
well supported and essentially plug and play. A transport only version with linear power supply would be nice and presumably at a lower price.
It's extremely difficult, however, IMHO to compete with Raspberry PI based transports near this price point. Some DIY involved but provides only what you need for a small piece of change. I have one just as backup to the main streamer.
I could go the DIY route but my stereo system/music budget allows me (within reasonable limits) to splurge on plug-and-play options. A transport/streamer built with quality components and a reliable OS and streaming app can be worth the additional cost.
I noticed that you use a Sonore ultraRendu, which I haven't considered until recently because I've been a BluOS user, with five Bluesound devices scattered around the house. But BluOS can be irritating to use at times so I'm seriously considering moving to the Roon platform for my main stereo system. That opens up a range of transport/streamer options, the ultraRendu being one of them. But I'm also considering the Roon Nucleus, which seems like a component I can afford, is very much plug-and-play using Roon, and will provide many years of relatively maintenance-free enjoyment.
You PAY FOR Roon but great products are often not FREE. On the other hand LMS / piCorePlayer are very popular and won't cost you a dime.
If you go the Roon route I highly recommend NOT buying a Nucleus. You can save a ton of money by just installing Roon on a decent PC/Mac.... preferably a small quiet one like a Mac Mini or Intel NUC.
The installation and setup are very user friendly as are software updates. Roon default settings just work but you do have a lot of flexibility to change things if you choose to dig deeper.
I hadn't considered using a PC or laptop but I do have a Win10 Pro laptop that I'm replacing with a Win11 laptop. The older laptop could be cleaned up to run with bare bones software and Roon. I'm assuming that I could park the Roon laptop just about anywhere there's an Ethernet connection and use my Android phone as the controller in the stereo room.
You can use a phone or larger screen tablet to navigate and control Roon. I use my iPad or the big screen TV in the basement. While my iPhone will work I prefer having more screen real estate.
On a related note Audirvana used to be my favorite and was quite good. They keep improving it and I just read they have a nice remote control feature now for iOS or Android devices.
which is free and has been essentially trouble-free for over ten years. It supports a wide range of streamers from iPhones/pads, Android devices, RPI, Sonore products, Win, MacOS, etc.
They can be used simultaneously with different content or synchronized. Just doesn't deliver the rich metadata found with Room.
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