I encounter the same problems as many others: PC in the first floor, decent hifi on the groundfloor. Recently installed a Squeezebox Duet and a NAS. Does Waveinput still work in that case? (Or should Waveinput then be installed on the NAS? In that case, I'm still left in the desert since messing with the NAS is beyond my competenties and ambitions...)
Further to my above comment on the £40 Maplin wireless DAC and sound on the G Player using it not being of CD quality I have since made my first online CD music purchase in WMA lossless format (Chandos's Classical Shop). This sound is of CD quality so the little box is doing its job very well. A simple, effective and inexpensive solution; recommended, thanks for the suggestion Mr Everard!
In the hope that Andrew might read this, is there any update on appropriate network music players? The Cambridge audio player is still vapourware at this point, the otherwise promising Marantz that AE has reviewed turned out not to have wifi, thus ruling itself out of contention. Anything else around or imminent?
Now hear that the Cambridge Audio is delayed until March at least - it really is vapourware! So, Andrew, what else for under £1k?
Denon's CEOL system looks promising, and has Wi-Fi, but I am awaiting a review sample.
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Thanks, Andrew, but isn't this an all-in-one? I'm looking for a Network Music Player to integrate into an existing system.
The Denon CEOL RCDN7 Network Music System...
... isn't this an all-in-one? I'm looking for a Network Music Player to integrate into an existing system.
It's both - well, it is if you're happy to use either Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10 for the network streaming part.
See pages 20 and 43 of the user manual.
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- Richard Strauss to the orchestra, at a rehearsal.
I don't really want to be paying for a CD player and amplifier I don't need. I'd rather pay for a dedicated NMP (if that's what we call these components). There was a Cyrus NMP rumoured a while ago but the trail seems to have gone cold on that.
Actually, the Musical Fidelity M1 CLiC which gets a mention in the Feb Gramophone also looks interesting. It's a bit more expensive than my £1k limit, but it does include what I suspect will be a decent preamp as well, and mine is getting a bit long in the tooth. Looks like there's lots coming soon, nothing much here yet.
One option that doesn't seem to have been mentioned is Bluetooth. The range might not work for longer distances but bluetooth 'dongles' for PCs are cheap and the QED uPlay receiver (around £60) will plug in to the hifi. I play from my laptop and Nokia phone that way. I'm not a hifi buff but sound quality is ok for me.
I'm not sure how easy it is to send PC cound to the bluetooth dongle, though.
The Cyrus is due to be launched at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show at the end of February, I gather. There's a review upcoming of the Yamaha NP-S2000 in the April issue, and I have requested the Musical Fidelity as soon as it's available.
It look interesting, but it seems a shame it doesn't have wi-fi connectivity (especially given the price).