Replacement for Logitech Squeezebox

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Replacement for Logitech Squeezebox

About 9 years ago, following advice from this Forum, I bought  Logitech Squeezebox equipment and ripped all my CDs to a Synology NAS. This system has served me well, but the Logitch equipment is now obsolete and starting to give trouble, and no new ones are available.  What equipment should I now buy to replace this system, which would connect the music files on my NAS to my (Onkyo) amplifier and give me a remote control  over what I choose to play?

Mark HH

alternatives for Logitech Squeezebox

One way would be to get a Raspberry Pi: http://archimago.blogspot.nl/search?q=raspberry

An even cheaper and simpler solution would be a Chromecast Audio, connected to your NAS via Bubble UPnP: http://archimago.blogspot.nl/2016/02/measurements-google-chromecast-audi...

Willem

BubbleUpn takes some serious

BubbleUpn takes some serious fiddling and faffing to work. Not at all user friendly. I nearly took a hammer to my laptop when I was confuguring it.........

For techies only?

Thank you for this.  I have been through much of the material on your links. But it looks to me as though you need to be a "techie" to put it all together.  I am 83 and while I am capable of following manufactuer's instructions or other user-friendly help, I don't think I could put together the Raspberry Pi system you show, without detailed instructions.

Are there any "ready-made" systems to do this job?

Mark HH

streaming

What you need is dnla compatibility. This is a protocol for amplifiers or receivers to communicate with network sources like a NAS. Can your Onkyo do this, or is it too old? I cannot quickly think of a DAC with that functionality, but there are quite a few modern receivers that do this. Just one example: https://europe.yamaha.com/en/products/audio_visual/hifi_components/r-n80... There are also cheaper options, but all these replace your existing amplifier/receiver which is a bit of a pity of you are happy with what you have.

Willem

dlna

Sorry, it is dlna. I had a quick look but the Sonos Connect will not be a straightforward solution iether. There seem to be quite a few compatibility issues, so again for techies only.

You may be able to do this with the Apple Airplay protocol and an Airplay compatible device like some modern receivers or an Apple Airport Express. See here: https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/features/2262-stream-music-from-synology-... I am sure you will need someone else to set this up for you.

I have no personal experience with using a NAS and downloaded music because I ony use streaming services like TuneIn, Spotify or Qobuz.

Willem

For techies? cont'd

Thanks Willem.  I think my Onkyo amplifier will be too old.  Its instruction book makes no reference to  downloading from an NAS.  Also, I have created my own filing system on the NAS, comparable to the system Gramophone uses for its reviews, and I suspect most streaming systems use the "tags" which I don't really want, though i do use the cover pictures.  I suspect that what you are saying is that I need to get an up-to-date amplifier with capability to connect directly with the NAS.  And I suppose such a modern amplifier would need to be controlled by an app on a phone.   Are there really no modern equivalents of the Squeezebox, with a stand-alone remote control?

Mark HH

Yamaha wxc 50

I found the Yamaha wxc 50 that seems to tick all the boxes for some 300 pounds. It has dlna, one optical input if you want to add a Chromecast Audio, connect a disc player, or the digital ouput of a tv (for much better tv sound). Only one optical input is not much, however. The Yamaha networked receivers have more, or even far more.

And it serves as a pre amplifier. You should be able to use it with your existing amplifier.

The thing to investigate is if it will handle your NAS files easily (that is not a subject I know about)

Willem

Thanks

Thank you very much Willem.  I will follow that up.

Mark HH

Yamaha WXC50

Many thanks, Willem.  I now have a WXC50 and am gradually learning how to use it effectively.  But I am happy to report that it found my music files on the NAS and plays them via my existing amplifier.  To date I am using my  smartphone to control it, but am thinking of getting a cheap tablet or phone to act as a dedicated controller.

Mark HH

good news

That is good news indeed. A tablet is great as a remote because it gives you a larger screen to navigate.

Willem

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