Originally Posted by Gyula Weeber
Can you share a photo of your setup? especially about the cabling at the back...
I searching for streamer for my TIDAL use - any recommendation? Currently, I leaning towards Bluesound Node2... But OPPO 103 seems to have the online streaming function as well? Any experience?
Most of my streaming is from the U.S. via AppleTV and Amazon via VPN and a computer or Slingbox. I also have a Roku. These are all used mostly for video.
For audio my preferred alternative is the really old big black CD's about a foot in diameter. I also have CD's I've ripped ALAC to my computer that I stream over my local network. I do have a couple of bluetooth speakers I stream Amazon Music, iTunes, and a few other things, but that does not bring the best quality and is more casual, like cooking in the kitchen or getting ready in the morning. If you are looking for quality I've given up on streaming. Tidal is worth a shot but I am unwilling to pay that kind of coin for it so have no experience with it.
Have you checked out Syntrend downtown? They have lots of music and audio to play with. If you are in Taipei I know a few others....我會給你介紹一下。
As far as cabling, it's ugly back there and I'd give someone a heart attack. I have: Xbox, Wii, 2 turntables, 5 amps, AVR, phono pre amps, a TV, 2 pairs of front mains, a center channel, surrounds, Apple TV, Roku, laptop, DAC, Ethernet switch, Vonage adapter, phone, and a dedicated Audio-only pre-amp. It's absolute spaghetti back there and not recommended for small children or pets. I had a friend bring his dog over once and the dog wandered behind the rack and was never seen again. Amazingly I have no ground loops so far, and yes, it's far from ideal but, space, you know?
As far as wiring, for me it goes Roku>AVR>amp>speaker or Computer>DAC>Pre-amp>amp>speaker or something similar. It depends on the signal and how much I expect from it.