You could use a NAS drive into your broadband router and then use a SONOS Connect into your amp. There is a separate forum for comp based music which could give you more detailed info but welcome to this one in the meantime
I use a NAS plugged into my router then my SBT the Cyrus StreamX and my Sony Blu-ray can all stream from the NAS.
I also have my music on a 1tb hard drive plugged into the back of the blu-ray for when the internet goes down.
Id also add that setting up a NAS is far from easy.
When the internet goes down i can play my music from the hd thats plugged into the usb on my Sony blu-ray or could plug ithe hd or memstick into the usb on the SBTor into the Cyrus StreamX.
If the internet goes down you should still be able to access all the devices attached to your router, surely?
Main system: Mac Mini 2011 > HRT II+ DAC • Cyrus 2 & PSX • Cyrus tuner • MS 10i speakers [on loan]
Also cluttering-up the place: Thorens TD160 (no cart) • Marantz CD 63 mkII KI & PM66 KI • Technics SL-P777 • Nakamichi DR-1
Yes its just the outside connection you lose and everything inside like my network to the nas ect should still be ok.
Sorry, this is an appeal for info rather than a reply, as I'm totally new to Hi-Fi (no kit at all yet). I have a fair amount of music in (legal) MP3 format, stored on my laptop. Although I could plug my laptop into an amp as an aux input, I don't really want to have to do this because I'd need my laptop turned on and connected to the amp to listen, which is restrictive.
What I think I might need is a large hard drive to which I can transfer my MP3s, which can also function as a viable source to be connected to the amp (via a DAC if desirable/necessary/possible). It would need a user interface of some kind to allow me to search and select which MP3s to play.
Does this exist? If not, are you aware of other solutions for people in my situation (of which there must be many)?
Thanks for any tips.
What you need is a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and fed into a media player.
Synology NAS's seem to be universally well regarded. The media player could be an Apple Airport Express, Sonos Connect or even a Blu-Ray player for example. Remote control apps are available for Android or IOS portable devices.
Mac mini > AVI ADM9Ts
Streamers are just teeny weeny embedded computers optimised for a purpose, there's nothing to say you couldn't tack a good DAC onto a PC and ultimately achieve exactly the same thing. I'm using an rPAC with my Windows PC right now and I'm quite happy with it.
Control is the killer though. I was really keen on SONOS until I read it couldn't handle WAV metadata well since WAV isn't technically specced for it. Now I'm thinking of keeping pretty much the same setup as I have now and just using iTunes remote for iOS since it's far better than any of the control apps I've seen for the streamers which I've found to be little rough around the edges. Or I could just stand up to change tracks every time I suppose :/
Tannoy Revolution DC6T | Arcam A19 | Arcam irDAC | Sonos Connect | Airport Express
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