Which network audio player?
I have just signed up to this, what looks like, wonderful forum. The main reason I signed up right now is that I could use some advice from the audio experts out there before I spent some of my hard earned £££ on a network audio player.
The reason I want a network music player is because I want to move away from CDs and start utilising my NAS box as more of a media server. My budget is about £400 tops. Currently, I have a Technics hifi seperates system, which includes a SU-A600 amplifier, SH-GE70 graphic equalizer, SL-PG490 CD player and ST-G70L. A decent bit of kit in it's day and still sounds fantastic. The amplifier drives a pair of Mission floor standing speakers. I also have a QNAP TS-109 Pro NAS box running a TwonkyMedia server.
I am currently ripping my 350+ collection of CD albums to MP3 file format using 320Kbps. The majority of my collection is rock, hard rock and heavy metal. Although, my wife does like a bit of dance music.
So, that's my setup. I am looking for a network music player to sit between my NAS box and to my Technics amp (which has no digital inputs, it would appear).
I have already spent numerous hours reading reviews of various network players and two that look the best are the Marantz NA7004 and the Pioneer N-50 (or even possibly the N-30). But, there may be others I should be considering (like Denon, Cambridge Audio etc). I would most likely be using a wired Ethernet connection so the lack of a wireless option on the Marantz is not a deal breaker. The Marantz has DAB whereas the Pioneer does not but I am not sure that really matters as some Googling on the subject on internet radio vs DAB seems to suggest internet radio is better quality anyway (and I have checked that you can get Planet Rock on internet radio )
I think the key is which one would be better quality and ultimately I would be most happy with.
So, can anyone help me choose what would be the best option for me to go for ...?
Thank you in advance.