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Budget Streamer- a step up from ChromeCast Audio

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Posted on December 30, 2016 at 13:19:09
kbuzz
Audiophile

Posts: 627
Joined: November 11, 2000
Hello All- Yes I have done a search...

Looking for NON DIY suggestions on a budget streamer without a doc that can do TIDAL. Ive tried the Chromecast audio with a few dacs and frankly and without getting into a debate it sounds like #$%%$#

So whats the next step up without a dac? -

Aries Mini- looks solid but seems your paying for a doc as well
Bluesound?

thanks in advance

 

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Cnet Reviews, posted on December 30, 2016 at 16:17:51
RadioWonder
Audiophile

Posts: 1074
Location: Arizona
Joined: March 16, 2003
Cnet options...

148 different streaming units...
https://www.cnet.com/topics/media-streamers/

Tidal Streamers...Two pages...
https://support.tidal.com/hc/en-us/sections/200680222-Home-Audio-Players

 

RE: Budget Streamer- a step up from ChromeCast Audio, posted on December 30, 2016 at 18:44:58
welly
Audiophile

Posts: 1497
Location: Brisbane
Joined: January 22, 2001
Bluesound Node 2? I use one of the original Nodes... been pretty good, but I use an external DAC usually...
Cheers

Welly

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Cobblestone?, posted on January 1, 2017 at 12:05:50
RJeff
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Posts: 1277
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Joined: June 27, 2001
Haven't heard one but it got a good review.

Jeff
"Decaf is for cowards."
Jack Kevorkian

 

Squeezebox, posted on January 1, 2017 at 16:22:48
Ross
Audiophile

Posts: 1333
Joined: January 24, 2000
A lot of them available on Ebay for less than $100. Yes they contain DACS, but you can also output streams to another DAC. SQ will be better than a Chromecast. Not quite as plug and play as a Chromecast, but not DIY either. There is a large installed base, and a large support community.

 

RE: Budget Streamer- a step up from ChromeCast Audio, posted on January 1, 2017 at 20:20:28
kh6idf
Audiophile

Posts: 1045
Location: Texas
Joined: May 2, 2001
I keep recommending the Denon HEOS link, it sounds good and plays many different streaming services, including TIDAL. You can use one of the digital outputs to drive an outboard DAC, but the built-in DAC is pretty good.

 

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