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For those using Tidal, spotify etc. how are you getting your music to your speakers?

For those of you using Tidal, spottily , Prime music etc.
How are you guys getting your music to your speakers?
Are you going from a computer to a dac amp then speakers ?
Or are you streaming it to a streaming box?
Im wanting to get my AVR out of the way and get a ps Audio sprout, Cambridge Audio CXA61 or something like that maybe. And was wondering how "you" guys do it.

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For those using Tidal, spotify etc. how are you getting your music to your speakers?

I’m just streaming from an IPod touch or iPad to the Bluetooth receiver I designate and let the internal DAC in my Outlaw rr2160 or PM 7005 integrated do the rest.
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One of the advantages of streaming is the multiple ways to listen. I listen to Tidal through Sonos, through an app on my 2 channel receiver, on my Apple TV, through headphones on my computer or phone and via Airplay or bluetooth from my phone or tablet. Spotify has even more coverage on various platforms than Tidal does.
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I've got two set ups. My garage set up is Denon HEOS Link HS1, to Onkyo M-5010, to M&K S-1B and M&K V-1B subwoofer. This set up is only able to play 16/44.1. My living room set up is BlueSound PowerNode N150, to Chane A5rx-c, and Power Sound Audio PSA-XV15. I use Tidal for both. My living room set up is able to play MQA. I can hear a difference in sound from playing Spotify vs Tidal MQA. Comparing my garage set up to my living room set up, you can hear the difference due to room size and my garage is a bit noisy.

I can also use the Tidal Controller in my Win 7 PC, and play music via BlueSound PowerNode. I only pay $4.99 for Hulu and Spotify together, which is the only reason why I've got it. Otherwise, I would just keep Tidal or Qobuz for HiFi.
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I listen to Tidal through my Bluesound Node to my RME-ADI-2 DAC to my Luxman CL38U-SE tube preamp.
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Bluesound > Sprout > speakers, using the Sprout DAC
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Bluesound > Sprout > speakers, using the Sprout DAC


If i may ask how do you like or dislike the sprout?seen reviews say alot of good things about it but just as many not so good.


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If i may ask how do you like or dislike the sprout?seen reviews say alot of good things about it but just as many not so good.


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The Sprout is certainly worth the money, nothing great, nothing bad, it just works. We're building a new house and for the time being I didn't't have room for a "Big System" it fits my needs.
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For those of you using Tidal, spottily , Prime music etc.
How are you guys getting your music to your speakers?
Are you going from a computer to a dac amp then speakers ?
Or are you streaming it to a streaming box?
Im wanting to get my AVR out of the way and get a ps Audio sprout, Cambridge Audio CXA61 or something like that maybe. And was wondering how "you" guys do it.
I have an analog only NAD stereo receiver. I run optical out from my TV to a Schiit Modi dac and dac to receiver. I've been using my Xbox one for Amazon prime music and pandora.

I was about to spend a few hundred on a dedicated streamer but came across the Klipsch Gate DTS Play-Fi streamer on Amazon for $80. Just got it yesterday but it works great so far. Tons of streaming services and dlna too. It's wifi only. You use the play-fi app.
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If you're looking at keeping a small footprint, then just pick up a (discontinued) Chromecast Audio device off eBay. They are going for like $99 now, but still one of the better/cheaper options out there.

Otherwise, there are also other "smaller" 2-channel amps that do streaming. The Sprout is a lot of money for what you get (and don't get).
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I have an analog only NAD stereo receiver. I run optical out from my TV to a Schiit Modi dac and dac to receiver. I've been using my Xbox one for Amazon prime music and pandora.

I was about to spend a few hundred on a dedicated streamer but came across the Klipsch Gate DTS Play-Fi streamer on Amazon for $80. Just got it yesterday but it works great so far. Tons of streaming services and dlna too. It's wifi only. You use the play-fi app.
I have an analog only NAD 7250pe and simply run analog from the PC to the receiver.

Sounds fine.

As the DAC you are using is not that expensive maybe I'll ask someone to get it for me for my Birthday.

I'm assuming you tried the DAC vs the DAC from your computer and found the Schiit far better.

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I have an analog only NAD 7250pe and simply run analog from the PC to the receiver.

Sounds fine.

As the DAC you are using is not that expensive maybe I'll ask someone to get it for me for my Birthday.

I'm assuming you tried the DAC vs the DAC from your computer and found the Schiit far better.

I don't have my audio system connected to my pc. So I needed the DAC once I switched to the analog only NAD, to connect my digital sources (blu-ray, xbox). I was ok with using the streaming services that are on the xbox and/or blu-ray but just wanted to try another option that offered more services, hence I picked up the Klipsch Gate. The Schiit Modi does seem like a good dac though. Years ago I remember connecting my laptop by rca to a vintage receiver and it did not sound very good at all. I bet an external DAC will improve your sound.

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The Sprout is certainly worth the money, nothing great, nothing bad, it just works. We're building a new house and for the time being I didn't't have room for a "Big System" it fits my needs.
Yeah, $699 seems a lot. I ended up ordering a Marantz NA6006 for the HEOS. I also prefer a discrete amp/DAC so I can update them individually at a later point. I'm going with the Marantz + emotiva A300 amp.
Heos has its limitations though; I wish it streamed directly from the amazon music app and had access to all my previously created playlists
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Yeah, $699 seems a lot. I ended up ordering a Marantz NA6006 for the HEOS. I also prefer a discrete amp/DAC so I can update them individually at a later point. I'm going with the Marantz + emotiva A300 amp.

Heos has its limitations though; I wish it streamed directly from the amazon music app and had access to all my previously created playlists


I have streamed amazon hd several times to my marantz sr7012 via phone..Or am i misunderstanding you..


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I have streamed amazon hd several times to my marantz sr7012 via phone..Or am i misunderstanding you..


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I don't want to use bluetooth and the Amazon and Tidal interface on HEOS are somewhat limited, at least is what I saw when I tried a month or so ago. For example, I have a collection of 500 or so songs at amazon that I purchased, and several playlists. When I access amazon through HEOS it doesn't show any of my online playlists or my purchased library directly from amazon.
It works, it is that to me the user experience using both amazon and tidal via HEOS seemed lackluster.
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I don't want to use bluetooth and the Amazon and Tidal interface on HEOS are somewhat limited, at least is what I saw when I tried a month or so ago. For example, I have a collection of 500 or so songs at amazon that I purchased, and several playlists. When I access amazon through HEOS it doesn't show any of my online playlists or my purchased library directly from amazon.
It works, it is that to me the user experience using both amazon and tidal via HEOS seemed lackluster.
I purchased a Denon AVR-X4300H about 2 1/2 years ago and had terrible problems with HEOS. Despite several tech support sessions and several emails, it never did work well. Extremely glitchy. Had to return it. I bought a Yamaha RX-A2060 and started using Musicast for streaming. Musicast was a big improvement over HEOS, but was still lacking. The app was slow, it was a bit glitchy at times and lacking in some ways. So, after researching a great deal, I purchased the Bluesound Node 2i, which I have been very impressed and happy with. No looking back at all!
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I must be one of the lucky ones as ive never had a problem with HEOS. But im not comparing to bluesound .


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I don't want to use bluetooth and the Amazon and Tidal interface on HEOS are somewhat limited, at least is what I saw when I tried a month or so ago. For example, I have a collection of 500 or so songs at amazon that I purchased, and several playlists. When I access amazon through HEOS it doesn't show any of my online playlists or my purchased library directly from amazon.
It works, it is that to me the user experience using both amazon and tidal via HEOS seemed lackluster.
HEOS + Amazon Music Unlimited / HD = you cannot play your playlist.
BluOS + Amazon Music Unlimited / HD = server error. You can't play your playlist.

HEOS + Tidal = you can play your playlist. You cannot start shuffling your playlist until after you have press "PLAY ALL."
BluOS + Tidal = you can play your playlist. You cannot start shuffling your playlist until after you have press "PLAY ALL."

I've got both a Denon Link HEOS and a BlueSound PowerNode N150, and the BlueSound has a better App for both wireless devices and PC's. The only app that works well is Spotify. You can use Spotify directly to stream music to both HEOS and BlueOS devices.
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I have three systems in as many different rooms. Office is a 2.1 channel music-only system. Living room is a 5.1.2 AV system which actually gets used 95% of the time for 2.1 music, 4.8% for TV in surround mode, and 0.2% for movies-DVD concerts. Guest bedroom is a low-budget system of miscellaneous used gear in a 5.1 system.

The common theme among them all is Bluesound. In the office, I've usually got my PC running (as I do right now) while casually listening to music on KEF LS50's off the NAD M10. Bluesound app on the desktop for control. When I tire of looking at the PC monitor, I turn off the PC and roll the chair back a couple feet, pick up my tablet and crank it up. Heaven.

If I then feel like getting more comfy to read, I click and that music is now playing on the living room system. Or on both, or all three. The NAD T758v3 turns on and starts playing the KEF R500's as soon as I click.

Only those times that my wife is trying to take a nap or get some on-line surveys done do I need to send me and the music upstairs to the guest bedroom. It's not as good there because the speakers are old, but still enjoyable and I can really play it loud there. The Bluesound Vault 2 there stores my ripped CD collection and I can play that anywhere on the Ethernet or wireless network here.

Overall, it took a couple years to get it this way but I enjoy the extreme simplicity of it all, in terms of operability. Just a tablet or my phone to run it and precious little power drain on the mobile device. No collection of data and transfer of packets when I'm playing my own stored music. I like that.
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