I finally reached a point in my life where I have some income to dedicate to upgrading my audio setup.
I know some of these items/apps are sacrilege to some of you, but right now, I have:
- 2015 Macbook pro (SSD 1TB)
- About 2000 CD’s (in process of being ripped as flacs)
- About 2 TB worth of digital music (320 MP3 and flac mostly stored on various external HD’s)
- Spotify account (apologies)
- Mid 90’s Harmon Kardon receiver
- Only using Bluetooth to stream atm (gross, I know)
- B&W Speakers
So the only positive there is the B&W’s! But, besides needing to upgrade everything and consolidate the collection w/ NAS, I want to immediately be able to stream music over WiFi (from Roon and whatever application is playing on my mac), and ditch this bluetooth nonsense. To be clear, that’s only the local files stored on the Macbook and the Spotify web app. I want to do this w/o relying on some Wifi streamer that will introduce yet another app into my ecosystem. The consensus seems to be that Airplay/Airplay Express model is the most seamless but as you know, they are no longer in production, and I would be forced to buy refurb’s and overall this just feels odd… it seems there has to be something newer that meets the need.
Can anyone make any recommendations? I found this box which appears to be Roon ready and I believe supports Airplay 2. Any thoughts on this or another solution are greatly appreciated.
Apologies for the rudimentary questions and my lame system… but I am ready to upgrade!