Hi @SKBubba , thanks for the message.
I don’t have a Roon and/core server on my network. What are the benefits of that?
The reason I haven’t switched to Tidal is my amp can’t connect via Tidal connect, so I have to use Airplay, which is quite close to what I’m getting through Spotify. I’m hoping Spotify HiFi comes to South Africa when it gets released.
Roon is software that catalogs your music, local or streaming from Tidal or Qobuz, and provides extensive multi-zone playback with DSP. You can read more about it here:
If the main thing you are looking for is Tidal Connect, something like a Bluesound Node would work. Bonus, it can be a roon ready endpoint if you ever decided to go that direction. The Node can attach to your Denon avr via toslink or coax for digital playback.
Almost always, for a question like this, the biggest bang for your buck would be room conditioning. But to do that, you’d need to have something to perform the DSP that usually requires, like a Roon Core (which requires a Roon subscription).
Highly recommend anything from Lumin. D2 is a great place to start or M1 if you just want to hook up a pair of speakers and go for it…simplicity at its best. if you have a DAC alreadyy then U1 Mini is a sweet setup too.
This web site may be be of interest for you to explore:- www.highresaudio.com/en. I have an equivalent price bracket Marantz receiver but do not this for music services, as I prefer my separate stereo set-up and Sonos Port streamer for this.