A lot of my listening is done via streaming. Before the vinyl purists start I know I am evil incarnate but living in an already cluttered one bedroom flat I really do not have the space for a vast record collection so needs must. At the moment I am streaming flac and hi-bitrate music files to my Marantz amp via an Audioengine B1 Bluetooth receiver in Aptx through a toslink connection. When the music arrives through my Dali floorstanders it sounds pretty acceptable but I am wondering if when I can eventually afford it should I invest in something like the Bluesound Node 2I streamer which I could hardwire via Ethernet to my router and so eliminate the need for Bluetooth. Would this improve the sound enough to warrant my saving up the cash to invest in it? Anyone got any idea? No rush as it’s entirely dependent upon my making some sales or getting some commissioned work in which is as always in the lap of the gods. I’m all ears. For the sake of clarity this is entirely a question about streaming sound quality. I have no downloaded music I wish to stream and in a one bedroom » Continue Reading.
Hi-de-ho! I have a new Android phone, and I’m looking at player apps, preferably compatible with flac files. MusicBee, BlackPlayer, Media Monkey….lots of ’em out there, many free – any personal recommendations?
Might also be an opportunity to upgrade the desk player from WinAmp (no longer supported, I believe) to something better/more seamless. At the moment, all the mp3s are in iTunes and the flac files (all cd and lp rips at the moment) just sit in a folder – nice to have something which consolidates and lets me play both.
All suggestion gratefully received….many thanks in advance.