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upgrading from sonos to hi-rez

Discussion in 'audio' started by cooky, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. cooky

    cooky Member

    currently using sonos & netgear readynas,controlled by iphone & ipad into a naim 122x amp.
    I was thinking a small windows laptop into a dac into naim 122x. i would still like to control the nas & internet radio from iphone/ipad.
    how's the best way to do this.
    adamdea likes this.
  2. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Foobar 2000 has a remote control option that works as you describe. Laptop(with Foobar) into DAC. Control from sofa with Ipad.

    It is a little techy or geeky to set up (ducks for cover) compared to Sonos. But once done you can relax.
  3. shevans

    shevans pfm Member

    Having moved from Sonos (almost) and wanted acess to better I am moving to Bluesound. For you it would be just a box swap, Sonos out Bluesound Node in.
  4. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    Yep, bluesound has to be worth a good look. Similar in use to Sonos, but will do hi-res, Tidal, MQA etc. The node2 integrates into an existing hifi system in n a similar way to the sonos connect.
    It’s controlled by an app, again, similar to sonos.
  5. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    J River Media Center is an excellent player which you run on your laptop, and the associated iPad remote control app, JRemote, is absolutely superb. I've tried foobar, Audirvana, LMS/iPeng .. JRiver got my money. Really powerful and versatile. You can get a months free trial, and although you have to pay for JRemote, apple will refund your money (within 14 days I think). So you can try all the contenders!
  6. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    The Bluesound Node 2 would be a very straightforward drop in upgrade from Sonos. Another good option is the Auralic Aries Mini.
  7. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Oh, defo BlueSound.
  8. adamdea

    adamdea pfm Member

    You could always install LMS and local player plugin on the laptop for princely capital expenditure of £0. Controllable from ipad or iphone, able to use BBCiplayer, Youtube and the streaming service of your choice.
  9. cooky

    cooky Member

    Thanks for your reply's, I like the simple idea of the bluesound node2 straight swap. Will have to demo this. Would the dac in the node be of better quality than the sonos.
  10. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Yes. Definitely.
  11. Spenagio

    Spenagio Active Member

    Anyone else moved from Sonos to bluesound or Aries mini and consider it a decent upgrade, sorry to hijack just thinking the same
  12. manicatel

    manicatel pfm Member

    The step up from Sonos to Bluesound is pretty easy to hear. The Node2 is a good way to go.

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