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Analog in a streaming world

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.

https://www.sonos.com/en-au/home

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

https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/products/cx/cxn-v2

https://www.naimaudio.com/product/nd5-xs-2

https://nadelectronics.com/product/c-658-bluos-streaming-dac/

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

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Just Dont

Security- Scams

Unfortunately, after much exposure in press and education given to the public.

People are still losing personal belongings, money and even their identities to online scammers.

No amount of software, firewalls or password complexity can protect you from you.

The best advice for this is.

JUST DON’T

Don’t give your bank account details, your licence number, your passwords, or any other information to anyone.

Your bank or any other reputable organisation will never ask you for your passwords. In fact, they can’t be seen by operators, they generally can only reset the password via verification from you.

Unfortunately, the list of scams are long and way to many to cover here. So, before you do anything check here

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

If someone sends you an email or calls you wanting to change your password or update details. Don’t give it to them. If you’re in doubt. Go to the institution via your own methods in your own time and check it yourself.

NAB have reported that in 2017, Australians lost 340 million to email based scams. They also provide advice here

https://www.nab.com.au/about-us/security/cyber-safety-training-modules/spam-and-phishing

A lot of victims I have worked with seem to fall primarily into 2 camps.

The offer of a lifetime that seems too good to be true. Or I received a message/call that told me I would be banned/cancelled if I don’t address this immediately.

Like anything, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. If you are concerned something will be cancelled. Stop talking to the people who contacted you. Contact the entity they have listed and talk to them direct.

An interesting insight in how these operations work has been well documented at

The reality of the online world is people believe it because it got sent and looked legit. If I walked up to you in the street, a complete stranger and ask you for all of your details you would be very concerned and would at the least walk away and probably report me to the police.

So why do you think it is acceptable to give details to a complete stranger online.

JUST DONT