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Hi folks 👋

 

I've had the Chromecast Audio for some time and am looking for another higher quality solution (won't be upgrading my integrated amplifier to get that functionality). 

I would like something that will allow me to stream music using my Deezer subscription and FLAC files from my Synology NAS. 

 

Are there similar boxes you're using? If so, which ones, and what are the pros and cons? Would love to hear your extended thoughts :)

 

Thanks,

Dan.

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Just for clarification, did you want to stream from your NAS to an existing amp and speakers, or are you after an integrated solution?

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Do a search for "Raspberry Pi" in the search box.

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Yeah, I swapped from a CC Audio to a RPi running PiCorePlayer as a single box solution (LMS and Squeezelite on the single box). Mainly because of the crappy support for casting in the Tidal app. The combination of the RPi and iPeng as a phone interface app is much more stable and reliable. Downside is that the user interface of iPeng is sliiightly more clunky than the Tidal app. However, I'm also enjoying the extra flexibility of being able to try USB DAC's, or other DAC hats. Plus now being able to play from FLAC on a usb stick or via a network mount.

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What is budget?  And why not continue with Chromecast ? For the money, it is hard to beat.

 

And are you considering a separate DAC?

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Hi.  If you are successfully using Deezer with Chromecast Audio I would really like to know your settings.

 

I have a NAD D3045 hybrid dac+amp and connect Chromecast Audio to it with optical cable.

 

Because of all the dropout problems Deezer seems to have using Chromecast Audio and their failure to provide solutions (see here) I have been using a headless Intel NUC pc running the windows version of Deezer.  It's quite small and I use USB to connect it to the D3045. It lets you play flac if you have a Deezer HiFi subscription and also download tracks if that's of interest.  Playing from NAS from the NUC I use JRiver, although that works fine to Chromecast anyway so I don't really need to.

 

Comparison to Chromecast Audio with Deezer

 

Cons:

more expensive (cost me about $300)

no multi room zones if that's something you are doing with multiple CCA's

you need an audio quality USB cable

 

Pros:

it works!! I can once again have an enjoyable listening experience

can download first if you have network considerations that make it advantageous

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