There is nothing more enjoyable than putting a record on a turntable and taking the time to listen to a whole album while inspecting the cover for artwork and band stories.
I am showing my age and preference. But it’s also important to understand I opened a small bar based around this concept.
But you don’t always have time to just sit and enjoy, you may want it across multiple rooms or the simple convenience of pushing a button to enjoy your playlist.
So how do we incorporate our existing hifi into a home streaming service?
When streaming digital I use a squeezebox. I also used this in the bar for those who wanted to use our digital library. The downside to this is finding suitable HW. It was discontinued a long time ago and is pretty much used by enthusiasts. If you can find equipment it is usually very expensive.
Sonos is also part of my digital setup. They have some great products and consistently update their range and software.
Both of these are excellent solutions for your digital library, but what if you want to stream your vinyl collection or your old cds or even tape, (not sure many have tape anymore)
The bluesound node 2i gives you the ability to connect to an existing system.
It has an array of analog and digital input/output options, giving you the option of streaming your favourites anywhere in your home.
It also adds all the features we would expect in todays world including Spotify, amazon music TIDAL. Access to your iTunes library or NAS stored music is also possible.
Audiolabs also have a great solution that will give you all the features bluesound provide at a lower price
If you want to go to the next level, there are many fantastic options. It seems all of the big-name audio manufacturers now have an audiophile streaming solution. Try some of these
For my personal home setup, I took on the challenge of a home theatre setup to a projector with 7 channel sound, and a 2-channel system with pre and power amps that would satisfy my audio. It all had to be integrated together and controlled from one tablet (short of putting the needle on the record). Yes, it can be done, easier than what you think and can bring great joy to all who use it.
I am not sponsored in anyway by the above companies, nor have I used all of the products. But after years of using some of their offerings and striving to fuse all of my music into something I enjoy, I can tell you that they all make great products and have been doing so for many years