Most economical way to play streaming music?

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  1. jameswei

    jameswei Super Member

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    I have 4 separate systems and have 4 DACs as well, as of now I have two laptops and one Mac Mini for music playing. I am looking for another laptop or MacMini to fill the other one system. Can someone suggest another cheaper alternative?
     

     

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  2. bberkom

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    Why not get something like a chromecast Audio and stream wirelessly from one of your existing computers?
     
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  3. jameswei

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    I don't know if that is available in Taiwan?
     
  4. bberkom

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    Ah gotcha. Might be worth looking into at any rate. Chromecast Audio is inexpensive in the states and works well for me streaming from my phone or computer. Has usb out to hook up to external DAC too.
     
  5. botrytis

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    Chomcast is mediocre sounding at best.

    My suggestion is use the Mac mini as the server and use the other computers to connect to it. JRiver works well for that and can be used on multiple PCs.
     
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  6. hnash53

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    Chromecast Audio gets my vote, too.
     

     

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  7. 4-2-7

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    Audioengine D2, 24bit WiFi DAC.
    https://audioengineusa.com/shop/adapters/d2-24-bit-wireless-dac/

    You can use one transmiter and send the signal to three different receivers if you wish. It's a stand alone WiFi so you get no corruption from other things in the house. You can also not use the DAC in it and just use it for it's 24bit wifi if you want a different DAC

    Anyway with this you could have three of your systems playing the same throughout the house. If you had powered speakers that would be all one needed with a receiver to have music in a room
     
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  8. jameswei

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    These systems are all over the building, one is in the Yoga room located on the B1 of the building and one system is in the lobby of the building, so I was thinking about an Ipad or tablet type of thing. Does anyone have experience with the Kindle Fire? Can I play iTunes on it?
     

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