I am looking to build a system based around a Network streamer and have pretty much settled on a Stream Magic 6. Mind you this is only based upon extensive reading as when I visited Richer Sounds last week to demo one they showed woeful ignorance and started to make stuff up. A lot of the appeal is the universal praise of the sound quality and the fact that it comes with an app which works on both Android and IOS.
So my criteria are
Need to be able to stream files from my Synology NAS (approx, 75GB of music)
Need to service two sets of speakers (one of which will be outdoors)
May include a CD player
Total budget of max. £2k (including interconnects etc.)
My current thoughts were
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 streamer
Marantz PM6004 Amp
Marantz CD6004 CD Player
Q Acoustic 2050i Floorstanding speakers
Yamaha NSAW592 outdoor speakers.
Anyone any thoughts on the above combination? if I ditched the CD player do I really need an Amp or would I find active speakers equal in quality to the Q Acoustics?
Also a couple of questions about the stream magic 6 if anyone can answer them:
1. Does the application have to reindex all the music every time you launch it?
2. Is there a headphone socket?
3. I read somewhere that the Cambridge Audio literature says there is a degradation of files if streamed wirelessly as opposed to a wired connection. Does anyone know if this will work at best quality using homeplugs?
Thanks in advance for responses.