I've been upgrading my system over the last year and one area I want to improve on is my music experience.
My equipment is in my signature. This post refers to System 1.
I just use a Chromecast HDMI to the AVR with my Android phone, just like I would for YouTube. I currently source my music from my NAS using the BubbleUPNP app and some from Google Play Music. My issues with this are:
- The Chromecast skips the first 1-2 seconds of a newly selected audio track (never an issue with video)
- No gapless playback
I would enjoy my system more if I could solve these problems.
My new AVR has HEOS, so I gave that a try. It can connect to Pandora, TuneIn, Deezer, iHeartRADIO, Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon Music, Napster, SiriusXM, Tidal, and local music on my network. I don't have any of these services so I just tried my NAS. It solves problem 1 as tracks start smoothly. I haven't tested gapless. However it creates another problem in that if using HEOS to play tracks from a NAS, you can not use forward/rewind. You can only pause, skip to the beginning, or the next track. Very frustrating. So let's call that problem 3.
What should I be looking at to eliminate all of these issues? Any of these internet services would bypass the Chromecast so that should solve issues 1 and 2. But then there's the iffy compatibility with my local tracks. I suppose I would be ok with going all-online if
they had my tracks. That means they need to have my movie and video game scores and I'm not confident that they do.