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  • #16
    Originally posted by kevintomb View Post

    OOh yeah DSL will probably cause issues with the audio stream.
    Where do you live, if I can ask?
    Melbourne, Australia.

    Our ADSL is only 5.5-6.5 mbps, too low for streaming video such as Netflix , for example. We supposedly have a "National Broadband Network" but it doesn't work properly!


    Geoff

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    • #17
      I stream Spotify music and You Tube music concerts from a Windows 10 core i5 computer . The stream comes over the internet to the computer. Then I take the HDMI port output from the computer to my Denon AVR-X3600H receiver. Hence, I let the digital conversion magic happen inside the receiver.

      You Tube provides both sound and video via the HDMI port if you add your TV into the mix. Hence, music concerts are in your room. Otherwise you can use a USB DAC to create an analog output for your amplifier for just sound.

      I like Spotify because you can select the exact music that you want by artist and album. Thus you avoid hearing a bunch of other artists that you might hear over a radio station. You're in control unlike streaming Pandora and such.

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      • #18
        I just use usb from the laptop to the dac.
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        • #19
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          I like Spotify because you can select the exact music that you want by artist and album. Thus you avoid hearing a bunch of other artists that you might hear over a radio station. You're in control unlike streaming Pandora and such.[/QUOTE]

          Has the Spotify PC user interface recently changed? I found it maddening that I couldn't pick an artist, then song and listen to it....rather the whole album was added to a queue that seemed to be impossible to delete and simultaneously assaulted by AI selections shoved at me. Originally it was great but it seemed they improved it to a level that was unusable.

          Pretty happy with Amazon music. All FLAC I beleive.

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          • #20
            As far as free Spotify for the home computer, I've always been able to select the artist and song. The iphone Spotify app is another story.
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            • stephenmarklay
              stephenmarklay commented
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              I am not sure if this is what you are speaking about but on the iPhone you can search for artist and song. I just tried to double check. For instance I typed in Bryan Adams Summer of 69 and that went to the top of the search. You can also “View Album” and play all of the songs on the Album reckless (The first instance) or various other albums that Bryan rerecorded it.

          • #21
            I have ATT DSL slow-speed internet, but fast enough for video streaming and so Spotify. Depending on the music, how I'm feeling physically and what speakers I'm using, Spotify seems usually better sounding than Pandora, Amazon Music (slow net doesn't help here I know) and YouTube. I have a Sirius home radio tuner and I let it and the subscription in the truck lapse because of the programming, but Spotify kills Sirius on SQ. Spotify does have an amazing selection of artists and titles available, with as good of quality sound as the original sources allow. I don't think there's any bigger "library" of music than YouTube, but the uploads are all over the place in quality. I don't know if it's my connection speed, but at times YouTube sounds somewhat compressed,at least as much as most FM radio stations.

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            • #22
              I'm with you on the music you hear over YouTube being variable in their sound quality. I favor the professionally recorded music and video offerings versus those clearly taken with a cell phone at a concert.

              Inside my home I have the choice of using wi-fi or via ethernet reception. For streaming I count on ethernet to yield the best and most stable results.

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              • #23
                It may worth mentioning here that those seeking for a nice network audio streamer/server, moOde audio player is a really good candidate for, yet support for Spotify, Tidal and a lot more services/streaming options, just trow it onto an Rpi3/B+ or better and good to go.


                P.S. I'm using it on purpose with an external USB/DAC, an Emotiva PT-100 to be more specific, and I'm more than pleased to stream my *.flac files from my server at 24/96khz which is the maximum resolution of my DAC over USB.

                Regards

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                • #24
                  +1 for Moode.. and it's Spotify support! Am a Spotify Premium user, so I can select the 320K streaming level. That sounds pretty good. I think the free is 160 tops and 96K min? Don't remember. Don't remember the encoding method, AAC vs MP3? Something better than MP3. Check in settings whether you have a higher resolution to go to or not. There was a "get Hulu and get Spotify for free" deal once, wonder if that's still going on?

                  I'm almost always using the Android app, sometimes the PC app. Pretty straightforward and seamless to stream either to the Moode player, and the main system....

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                  • #25
                    It is a pretty good music source I reckon. You get to listen to various kinds of audio content there which you wouldn't get on radio or elsewhere and the audio quality is definitely better than mp3. I used the free version for quite a time and then shifted to premium.

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                    • #26
                      I'm curious, why no love for Amazon HD and HD Ultra music? I've been streaming using various Squeezeboxes for over 15 years using dedicated servers and the last few years using free Pandora as an option for varied background music while entertaining. Its not bad but I am not a fan of MP3's of any resolution and want to make CD and high rez quality an option with out going through my music server.

                      Anyone have any experience with Amazon HD Ultra?

                      Jim

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                      • rickcraig
                        rickcraig commented
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                        Jim- hope you're doing well amidst all of this craziness! I tried Amazon HD Ultra for a few months. Since I'm on my laptop quite a bit I mostly use a desktop app. The interface is pretty bad compared to Tidal and there were bugs in the performance.

                    • #27
                      Hi Rick,

                      Thanks for the feedback. I can try it for free for a month so nothing to lose other than my time which Corona-19 has created a lot of as I self quarantine, I am getting a lot of things done around the house though.

                      I hope you're doing well too!

                      Jim

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                      • #28
                        Hey Jim, still enjoying those Statements, was thanking my lucky stars for having them during these times. I'm a fan of Amazon Ultra and HD though I don't have the ear to critique compared to others. Streaming using a Raspberry Pi,with an IQ Audio dac mounted on it. I'm running Moode which I have found to be absolutely rock solid and very capable. Have found the equalizer on Moode to be quite useful on those strolls down down memory lane for some hair band tunes. I'm reasonably happy with the PC interface of Amzn music, disliked Spotify.

                        While both Amazon and Spotify promote the depth of their catalogs, there is a heavy emphasis on pop.

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                        • #29
                          Hi Zephyr! I'm really glad to hear you're continuing to enjoy the Statements. Great sound just doesn't get old.

                          Thanks for the Amazon HD & Ultra feedback. I have an Echo Link being delivered today which should allow be to tie into my main system and network to access Amazon. My DAC handles 192K so I'm looking forward to seeing how it sounds in comparison to the Squeezebox Touch I'm using. I should know soon!

                          Stay safe and enjoy the music!

                          Jim

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                          • #30
                            Hi Jim,
                            I used Amazon Music HD free trial. It worked fine for me except that some harpsichord music distorted terribly! Imagine, pay extra for hi rez, and get distortion! I opted to end the service at the end of the free trial. I use Spotify premium.

                            Incidentally, the Squeezebos duet I've used for some years needed a new battery. I ordered a new one from Amazon--much cheaper now than some years ago, and then the Squeezebox receiver died!%*)!! Now I have a controller in good condition but no use for it. My Denon receiver works well with the squeeze server software, so I don't really need the squeezebox hardware anymore.

                            Marv

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