NAS holds all the music. A few hundred GB worth in FLAC and MP3 mostly.
HTPC - well powered laptop that serves up videos / music to my Roku 3
Roku 3 - connected to living room TV. Primarily used for Plex and Netflix apps.
Chromecast - connected to living room TV. Not really used so much.
Outdoor speakers - not currently connected (but they're really eager to be connected to something!)
I saw something on Kickstarter for Rocki which does almost exactly what I'm looking to do at a great price point. The downside is that doesn't really have the ability to browse and stream files from a home network (rather than the device itself). Rather they have various app / service support that's slowly rolling out like Spotify, Pandora, etc. While that's nice, I want to browse and stream my own catalog of music stored on my NAS.
I'm happy to buy another Roku or FireTV or something, but don't want to spend $300+ for technology I feel has been out there for a long time. In addition, I'm ideally looking for something with a relatively open platform like Plex where I'm not locked into a specific ecosystem (although I'm willing to if I need to). Am I missing something here?
Thanks in advance for your help!,
The Plex app allows you to connect to a Roku and push music to it over WiFi. The Plex server of course can feed from your home network / NAS. I could buy another Roku to be used just for outdoors and hook the speakers up to that and control over any mobile device. The only thing I haven't figured out yet is how to remotely control the volume of the speakers. This fits the overall price point and functionality perfectly. Any ideas on the volume issue?
What kind of outdoor speakers are you using? Do they provide their own power (i.e. power cord connected to electrical outlet or batteries) or are they connected to an amp w/ speaker wire? If they provide their own power then they should have their own volume control. If they are connected to an amp then the amp would control the volume.
- Logitech Squeezebox and Roku SoundBridge are both discontinued with no replacement that I could discern.
- Sonos Connect is often mentioned, but it's rebranded device from 2008 that doesn't even have Wi-Fi capability. Expensive too.
- Rocki and Beep are both upcoming crowd-sourced devices. Judging by the app ratings and official forums, Rocki is having a rough start. Beep won't even be shipping till the fall.
The Apple ecosystem goes unchallenged. Makes me very sad.
Other services available:
Pandora - built-in app
Rhapsody - built-in app
SiriusXM - requires a streaming subscription (around $5 a month)
Net Radio - thousands of free internet radio stations
Spotify - Just added to the new models
USB - full folder navigation
All these services can be controlled and monitored on your phone. I have found that the iOS app works a little more reliably than Andriod but both are great.
The RX-Vxx series have all the same network capabilities with a little less power and start under $500.
Nonetheless, this is the Dedicated Music Transport forum, which is what we are both looking for, and an AV receiver is not.
If it satisfies all the criteria, then what difference does it make?
Hmmmm, I wonder what he could connect those to?