Hey all, first post.
I sold my Squeezebox Touch a while ago after they announced it was being discontinued. I have since been looking for a replacement but everything I can see is either far too expensive or doesn't have the features and ease of use that the Squeezebox had. Just for clarification, this is what I want:
Wireless streaming from computer
Ability to play FLAC in 24/96 over wireless
iPhone app to select music etc
Digital and RCA outs
Does a reasonably priced product like this exist? Willing to spend up to $1000 but obviously the less the better.
Anyway, I'd recommend the Pioneer N-50 network audio player in the up to $1000 range. Unfortunately, wireless requires an extra adapter and you'll probably be better off using a pair of powerline network adapters as a compromise (most likely cheaper too). You really need to make sure you have a decent wireless network setup in order to be able to stream hi-res FLAC files, 24/96 resolution and above.
For mainstream UPnP/DLNA supporting devices, ease of use when network streaming will actually come down to the (third party) UPnP/DLNA server (which supplies the music library) and the UPnP/DLNA controller software you choose to use, rather than the streamer itself. The supplied app is normally mostly used for the streamer's other possible features, such as selecting internet radio, the USB input, etc.
Incidentally, many thanks for the Well-Tempered Computer site, Roseval.
It's been an invaluable source of computer audio info for the last few years. Even originally found out about the Pioneer N-50 there!
Thanks for the links. The Bluesound Node looks interesting.. It needs an external DAC though right?