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Loads of Off Topic threads on various genres of music, but I see none on Hi-Fi kit. 

I've been loyal to Cambridge Audio separates since the early 2000's and same goes for Wharfedale speakers. I'm thinking of adding a network streamer so I can play from Spotify in the highest quality possible - thing is, this equipment costs a fortune! Cambridge Audio's network streamers range from £800 (CXN V2) - £1300 (AZUR 851N). Anyone got any experience with Network Streamers? Are they worth the money?

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1 hour ago, MPDTT said:

Loads of Off Topic threads on various genres of music, but I see none on Hi-Fi kit. 

I've been loyal to Cambridge Audio separates since the early 2000's and same goes for Wharfedale speakers. I'm thinking of adding a network streamer so I can play from Spotify in the highest quality possible - thing is, this equipment costs a fortune! Cambridge Audio's network streamers range from £800 (CXN V2) - £1300 (AZUR 851N). Anyone got any experience with Network Streamers? Are they worth the money?

Don’t piss about, just get yourself a nice Beats by Dre Bluetooth speaker  https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/speakers/beats-pill-plus

What else could you need?

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57 minutes ago, King Coconut said:

I use a Chromecast Audio which cost me 30 quid and has optical output. 

eBay only job now as far as I know, but a great shout if you can get them second hand.  New in box seem to attract a bit of a premium as they're no longer made.

8 hours ago, MPDTT said:

Anyone got any experience with Network Streamers? Are they worth the money?

Do you want it to fit in with the look of the rest of your system or would you be happy with a dongle of some description connected up to your existing amp?

Generic dongle has tons of options and tops out at £500.  Matching separates standalone costs a bit more as it's the same colour, same label, and integrates a bit nicer (e.g. the remotes probably cross-pollinate automatically).

If a well supported streamer works with the protocols and apps you want and has an appropriate output then the rest of the money is going on aesthetics and labels.  If you're going to use a streaming service that supports HD audio make sure the streamer supports HD audio and HD audio with that service (iirc it's only tidal and Amazon at the moment).

Grab a second hand Chromecast Audio off eBay and dip your toe in.  At least then you'll know if you'd use it or if you only have eyes for vinyl.

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Recently switched my seperates to go more vintage with a new amp. Technics SU3500

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Manufactured in the late 70s, works well and has a lovely warm sound.

Usually listen to vinyl, my turntable is a 1981 Luxman PD-277. Refurbished in Poland with a wider plinth. Then I added a Shure M75ED cartridge to complete the original sound.

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I have a set of Mission floor speakers which my mate gave me. They don't sound much different to a set of book shelf ones I was also given. That's the next thing I would like to upgrade.

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Anyone know much about active speakers? At some point I'd like to update my monitors which are just old HiFi speakers atm. I'd like some that are reasonably neutral for mixing when recording, but also with a bit of warmth for listening. Maybe a question for @Loki although as a hobbyist I don't need to go nuts with it...

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40 minutes ago, Chest Rockwell said:

Anyone know much about active speakers? At some point I'd like to update my monitors which are just old HiFi speakers atm. I'd like some that are reasonably neutral for mixing when recording, but also with a bit of warmth for listening. Maybe a question for @Loki although as a hobbyist I don't need to go nuts with it...

Yamaha HS7 are are a good pair of fairly cheap monitors. 

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2 hours ago, Rossman said:

Recently switched my seperates to go more vintage with a new amp. Technics SU3500

 

Manufactured in the late 70s, works well and has a lovely warm sound.

Usually listen to vinyl, my turntable is a 1981 Luxman PD-277. Refurbished in Poland with a wider plinth. Then I added a Shure M75ED cartridge to complete the original sound.

 

I have a set of Mission floor speakers which my mate gave me. They don't sound much different to a set of book shelf ones I was also given. That's the next thing I would like to upgrade.

@Rossman that looks amazing. My Hi-Fi is a reasonably modern one and I don't have an interest in Vinyl, so no record player. Made up of various Cambridge Audio Azur models + Monitor Audio BR2s. The whole system must be at least 10 years old by now, but it still looks and sounds great. Annoyingly however, the DAB tuner doesn't support DAB+.   

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20 hours ago, MPDTT said:

@Rossman that looks amazing. My Hi-Fi is a reasonably modern one and I don't have an interest in Vinyl, so no record player. Made up of various Cambridge Audio Azur models + Monitor Audio BR2s. The whole system must be at least 10 years old by now, but it still looks and sounds great. Annoyingly however, the DAB tuner doesn't support DAB+.   

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What music do you listen to? 

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