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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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