My ancient receiver (Armstrong 1970's vintage) is on the point of dying, and I need a replacement. But what sort of kit to go for? I still play CDs and LPs, and listen when time permits to FM radio. But there are now digital feeds, which I find a bit perplexing.
OK, there are a load of sites which can be directly picked up by an internet-connected device such as the Arcam Solo Neo.
But there are also streaming sites which can only (as far as I can see) be accessed via a web browser (e.g. Gramophone player) or special software (Spotify, BBC iPlayer). How does one get these into the amplifier? I can string an audio cable from my PC to the amp, but this isn't ideal. A better solution would be to use my existing wireless network.
I asked my local "hi-fi" dealer and his comment was "I dunno. I use a Mac and it just works." And Googling doesn't produce much either. I found some software called Jamcast which claims to stream the audio output from the PC onto the wireless network but couldn't get it to work with a trial Arcam box, and neither manufacturer was able to help.
It seems to me that there's a gap here. Digital feed comes into the PC, but the only way to get it to an amplifier is to use the soundcard, even though the amp has a DAC which is miles better than the PC's. Or am I missing something?