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Online music streaming with Denon HEOS Link Wireless Pre-Amplifier For Multi-Room Audio - Series 2?

Is anyone using one of these, Denon HEOS Link Wireless Pre-Amplifier For Multi-Room Audio - Series 2, for streaming and if so, what are your thoughts? I'm still searching for a streaming device I can integrate into my system and doesn't cost more than $350.

Jim

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  • Do you need all that I/O that's on the Denon unit, or just want a network connected audio device? Certainly a raspberry Pi can do the trick with some DIY effort, with a DAC hat or whatever you need.
    I'm not deaf, I'm just not listening.
  • All possibilities are helpful. I do think the software and and hardware features of the Denon better fit my needs today and perhaps in the future .

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Jim

  • What are you planning to stream with it?
    A RPI with a DAC can be very flexible.
    Are you streaming with something at the moment?
  • dcibel said:
    Do you need all that I/O that's on the Denon unit, or just want a network connected audio device? Certainly a raspberry Pi can do the trick with some DIY effort, with a DAC hat or whatever you need.

    What I'm really after is a networking device pass through to my DAC that allows me to interface with Amazon HD Ultra streaming, play 192/24 files and as a bonus, also play music I have on my music server. I've been using various Squeezeboxes since 2004 and I'm happy with the Touch for my music server access but it doesn't play streaming services.

    I'm really not interested in DIY for this piece of the system so at face value, the Denon Heos looks good hardware wise.

    Jim
  • What are you planning to stream with it?
    A RPI with a DAC can be very flexible.
    Are you streaming with something at the moment?
    I have multiple Squeezebox Touch streaming from my music server as transports to my DAC. I'm happy with that. My goal is to be able to access Amazon HD Ultra as a pass through device to my Emotiva pre/DAC in the living room. I'm accessing Pandora with a Roku connected to the pre/DAC and I want to step it up in sound quality for those times I want more than background music.

    I broke down today and ordered the Denon unit. I'll see how it works and if I like it. 60 day return policy if I don't.

    Thanks for the great suggestions!

    Jim



  • What DAC will you be using with this? 
  • What DAC will you be using with this? 
    This is actually headed to my 2nd system which is an Emotiva XDA-2 pre/DAC driving a LPA-1 Emotiva amp. The speakers are Anthology's. I also have a Squeezebox Touch connected but don't play music from the server on this system too much. I have a large playlist I've created and the wife complains she's tired of the music I've selected so I usually listen to Pandora through a Roku that I also stream YouTube TV with. It's fine but I'd like to spend some time with Amazon HD Ultra and see how 24/192 high rez sounds on this system.

    I may also try it on my main system which is based on the Bordeaux, driven by a Squeezebox Touch, Channel Islands passive pre, JDS Labs EL Dac and an Emotiva XPA-5 amp. This is my serious listening system and streaming from something other than my server would have to be a really good source. I may try it and see just for fun.

    I'm sure thats more than you wanted to know. :-)  BTW, IMHO the JDS Lab El Dac is a great value with awesome sound quality. It uses an AKM 4490 DAC which I'm extremely pleased with.

    Jim
  • I fully expected not to like it when I bought it but measured well and there was good feedback but not a lot of reviews to compare. Anyway, it far exceeded my expectations for sound quality so it stayed in my system.

    The current model seems to be the El Dac II which costs $50 more. I'm not sure what changed but I do recommend the company. They're pretty non BS and stand behind the products.

    Jim

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