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Hi guys,

Considering adding a streamer with gapless playback,providing the dac is better than my avr...also an ipad app would help.

Anyways,as iv'e never owned a streamer,what is the best way to connect to the avr?

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Well, if you want to use the streamer's internal DAC, the best way is to connect using standard stereo analogue interconnects into a line-in on the Yamaha.

But which streamer to choose kinda depends on what you're going to be streaming from - computer, NAS device - or whether you just want to store music on a hard disc and then play that through your receiver.

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

One possible way is:

NAS -> Streamer (eg. Linn Sneaky shifty ) -> Amp via RCA lead.

This can be controlled by iThingy / PDA / Laptop, and should perform like a £2k CDP

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

I currently stream via my laptop to the avr,control using the ipad.I'm not interested in a NAS as yet,my music is fine on the laptop(and thanks again Andrew for talking me through the how's&wise of NAS drives!)

Anything named sneaky sounds fun so i'll read a few reviews...but analogue leads it is,as with my cdp.... beauty, eh

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

GSB wrote:

Anything named sneaky sounds fun so i'll read a few reviews...but analogue leads it is,as with my cdp.... beauty, eh

 

You might like to start with this one: http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Linn-Sneaky-Music-DS/

Available here at good value: http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-3935-linn-sneaky-ds-networked-media-player.aspx

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Just read it and it sounds great,but it doesnt mention an app for the ipad,so i'll have a typing away in a while.

I need the app you see,'cos controling music through the avr was the only reason i got the ipad2...she would castrate me if it was redundant Crying

 

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

GSB wrote:

Just read it and it sounds great,but it doesnt mention an app for the ipad,so i'll have a typing away in a while.

I need the app you see,'cos controling music through the avr was the only reason i got the ipad2...she would castrate me if it was redundant Crying

Here is more info regarding free and 3rd party ones (eg. Chorus DS): http://www.linn.co.uk/support/software

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Thanks cno,just read a 2yr old whfi thread on the the  sneaky and an ios(is that correct?)  app.

 

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Other than the Dynamik power supply, the Sneaky can take advantage of the constant upgrades...so the most up-to-date info is on their website.

Maybe if you want better tecnical input, either start a thread, or ask on my Linn DS thread:

http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/the-linn-ds-dsm-thread?page=15#comme...

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Just been reading your thread cno,very interesting and informative,pity i didn't see it before starting this...but in my defense i have no idea what i'm looking for or indeed talking about shifty

 

In your opinion,what would you do first?

1 upgrade front 3 speakers..kef R100/200C

2 add the sneaky

 

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

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In your opinion,what would you do first?

1 upgrade front 3 speakers..kef R100/200C

2 add the sneaky

IMO.

1. Upgrade speakers, as the Sneaky will be somewhat wasted otherwise...though it may somewhat depend on the priority you give 2 channel.

2. The Sneaky....remember, it has no inputs. If you want those, you are looking at the Sekrit:: http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/new-linn-sekrit-dsm

...or something else.

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Does the sneaky only play 2ch then?i suppose if my avr turns this into 5.1 i'll loose all benefit?

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

The Sneaky is a 2 channel source with a reasonable amp thrown in....but the amp can be switched out when used as a source.

If you want to properly combine 2 channel with AV, you can do so if your AV amp has pre-outs. This requires something like the Linn Sekrit that has analogue inputs, and it then for AV, deals withs the L&R channels(from the L&R pre-outs). For 2 channel, it works as normal, with the AV amp switched off.

The above is the ideal way to go, but is more expensive.

The first step is to hear what Linn sounds like with the R100s (which imo sounds quite good)

 

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

Ah well,its going to be a long road,but it's good to have an idea of what i require for future upgrades. beauty, eh

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

The main thing is to do lots of demos. You could, for example get a Sneaky and then something like a Musical Fidelity M3i, which has HT Bypass....making connection to an AV system much easier.....decisions, decisions and budgets!

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RE: what di i use to connect a streamer?

CnoEvil wrote:
You could, for example get a Sneaky and then something like a Musical Fidelity M3i, which has HT Bypass....making connection to an AV system much easier.....

Though by the time you're up to £2k for that network player and amplifier, you could also consider one of the Naim Uniti products, either new or ex-dem, all of which will do the job in one box, including the unity gain AV bypass.

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