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Hi,
I just started with the hi res music. As I'm a beginner in this domain I m looking for the right knowledge of doing this. As you can see I have just joined AVS to discuss and get help from the pros here. I have had help choosing my "basic" gear for my audio setup reading threads from AVS.

My question is about playing Flac files from Plex media server. The equipment that I have is following;

Tannoy XT 6F Spearks
Yamaha RX-A870
Plex Media Server installed on Intel NUC (small pc)
Music saved in Apple Airport Extreme

I have set up Plex media server and then I use Yamaha's app to access the server and play my music. My Intel NUC PC is connect via LAN but my receiver is on Wifi (to access it via Airplay at times). I can connect it with Ethernet with same switch of my NUC if it improve quality. Plex access the music over WIFI from Airport Extreme and then Receiver access the music from Plex over WIFI too. These are all in close proximity so there is no issue with signal whatsoever. This setup is working well so far but my question is that would it be losing quality? Is there a better way of setting things up? I know there are some crazy expensive music servers out there but if this solution is not good enough then can anyone suggest a more cost effective solution?

I will appreciate all the help and suggestions. Thanks.
 

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If you are not having any Wi-Fi signal issue you are fine. However you don’t have to use Wi-Fi. Airplay works over Ethernet too. Are you using a built in dlna client on your Yamaha to play the music? Just need to make sure that plex is directly streaming the music to the Yamaha.


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Your speakers are fantastic, I'm jealous and congratulations on having them. If you are experiencing no problems, no dropouts, then the only way you are going to attain a "better" sound is to consider adding a subwoofer and/or room treatments. Even though your Tannoy's are certainly "full-range" they would still benefit from a subwoofer removing the load off both your receiver and speakers in the lower frequencies. How is your headroom? Do you feel as though the receiver is driving the speakers to satisfactory levels with no hint of strain? If not, you might add a dedicated two-channel amp to supply additional power to your speakers--doubtful that's a prpblem since your speakers have around 90db sensitivity. PLEX is great--I have it installed on my laptop and run it through clients on my tv and Roku and it's been bullet-proof--I have all my music stored on my laptop (along with all my other media) and it's always been smooth sailing.
 

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If you are not having any Wi-Fi signal issue you are fine. However you don’t have to use Wi-Fi. Airplay works over Ethernet too. Are you using a built in dlna client on your Yamaha to play the music? Just need to make sure that plex is directly streaming the music to the Yamaha.


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Thank you for your reply. I wasn't sure if the Airplay would work with Ethernet. I will try that today. I m an old school and i still trust Ethernet more than WIFI as for now at least. The reason I didn't do that at first place is because Airport extreme is not hooked up with the same Switch. I thought I might give a different IP to phones and tablets that's why I configured WIFI on my receiver. I'm using the Yamaha's app and the server option in that app which I assume use the dlna to communicate with Plex. Is that right?
 

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Your speakers are fantastic, I'm jealous and congratulations on having them. If you are experiencing no problems, no dropouts, then the only way you are going to attain a "better" sound is to consider adding a subwoofer and/or room treatments. Even though your Tannoy's are certainly "full-range" they would still benefit from a subwoofer removing the load off both your receiver and speakers in the lower frequencies. How is your headroom? Do you feel as though the receiver is driving the speakers to satisfactory levels with no hint of strain? If not, you might add a dedicated two-channel amp to supply additional power to your speakers--doubtful that's a prpblem since your speakers have around 90db sensitivity. PLEX is great--I have it installed on my laptop and run it through clients on my tv and Roku and it's been bullet-proof--I have all my music stored on my laptop (along with all my other media) and it's always been smooth sailing.
Thank you :) I m very satisfied with those speakers so far absolutely love them. I m still in the process of tinkering around and getting best out of them and still waiting for the break in to be done but so far so good.

As you mentioned about the the subwoofer, I forgot to mention that I bought SVS SB-1000. it's fantastic and it's quite powerful for my small room too. I was looking to buy REL t7i but couldn't get a good deal and it was bit out of my budget but have no regrets after getting SVS anyway. It's quite amazing and i find it quite intelligent when playing music. I think I will get better results after break in period is done, so let see. The next step is to buy a center speaker Revolution XTC to get better result for movies.

So far plex is working great for me. I was glad that worked with the setup and didn't have spend money on a DAC. I have question about the plex though, playing music is fine but somehow Yamaha App doesn't play the movies same way it plays music. It does identify the files as movies and I thought it should be able to decode MKV or MP4 files. did you ever face such issue with your setup?

I will probably by a two channel amp in future but for now it sounds quite alright. however I m planning to do a bi-wire connection to give bit more power to speakers. what do you think about that?

I appreciate your reply and suggestions.
 

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Thank you :) I m very satisfied with those speakers so far absolutely love them. I m still in the process of tinkering around and getting best out of them and still waiting for the break in to be done but so far so good.

As you mentioned about the the subwoofer, I forgot to mention that I bought SVS SB-1000. it's fantastic and it's quite powerful for my small room too. I was looking to buy REL t7i but couldn't get a good deal and it was bit out of my budget but have no regrets after getting SVS anyway. It's quite amazing and i find it quite intelligent when playing music. I think I will get better results after break in period is done, so let see. The next step is to buy a center speaker Revolution XTC to get better result for movies.

So far plex is working great for me. I was glad that worked with the setup and didn't have spend money on a DAC. I have question about the plex though, playing music is fine but somehow Yamaha App doesn't play the movies same way it plays music. It does identify the files as movies and I thought it should be able to decode MKV or MP4 files. did you ever face such issue with your setup?

I will probably by a two channel amp in future but for now it sounds quite alright. however I m planning to do a bi-wire connection to give bit more power to speakers. what do you think about that?

I appreciate your reply and suggestions.
Biwiring is snake oil you will not derive any benefit.

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Biwiring is snake oil you will not derive any benefit.

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Oh that's an information then. So the answer is dedicated amp? My speakers documentation say 75W to 300W where 75W can be continuous power. The receiver I have produce 100W per channel. The question is how much difference it will make to get a dedicated amp especially if I m not going to use all the channels?

I'm not planning to go with 7.1 for a foreseeable future. 5.1 is a possibility but maybe next year or so.
 
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