For streaming on something other than loudspeakers I currently use either
a laptop, a thumb DAC, MusicBee / Spotify
my phone, a thumb DAC, Bubble UPnP / Spotify
I find both a bit blimming awkward with batteries running down, or them going to sleep or whatever, and the physical DAC connection is prone to getting pulled out if I move.
So I was wondering about a small dedicated streamer.
To be honest I don’t want to spend a king’s ransom.
From a look around the internet I see iFi Zen Stream
which appears to be productised Volumio. Needs an offboard DAC.
Silent Angel Munich M1
which needs a hard-wired ethernet connection. I guess I could get some kind of dongle. Needs an offboard DAC too.
Or some variant on the Naim Uniti Atom, which appears to do most / all of what I’d like. From a 2018 non-HDMI regular one for about £1250 (already more than I’d like to spend) to ~£2500 for a new “headphone edition” .
Also, it’s Naim. I’ve had negative experiences in the past.
So, any other suggestions please? Must make a decent fist of UPnP and Spotify Connect. Very preferably wireless. Onboard PSU preferred to a wall-wart.
Silent Angel also does the Bremen B1 which does wireless and does both UPnP and Spotify. Wall wart is standard but Linear is available. At some stage before the heat death of the universe, the Chord Poly is supposed to get Spotify Connect as well and that would connect to Mojo2 for a chonky metal block.
What about getting one of the LG V40-60 phones, where they went to town on the sound quality? They have quad DACs, and are meant to sound great. They all have headphone outputs, obviously, and will be nice to operate.
Looks like you can pick up a brand new v60 on Ali Express for £200-odd plus tax etc.