Since 2005 I have been using my own music streaming server, using it with a dedicated player in my HiFi system giving me great audio while also saving a lot of space in my living room which the music collection would otherwise take up (physical media takes up space). It has been great only this week my trusted Soundbridge player died, so I figure now is a good time to perhaps swap for a new system (or find a replacement player on eBay).
Here is what I have:
Home build 100% silent PC running Windows 10 that acts as the server. Streaming software is Logitech Media Server(formerly called Slimserver) and there is about 2,000 albums in the music collection, files are Apple Lossless except a few that are FLAC or high bandwidth MP3.
And then there is the dead Roku Soundbridge which was flashed to act as a Squeezebox, which was then connected to a D/A converter which feed my amp, which then again feed my speakers. I controlled the player with either a remote or through a web browser on my PC or phone.
Back when I created the system there was nothing else like it, since then a lot has happened including Sonos, Spotify and more. So I wonder what the best choice would be for streaming my music collection for like the next decade or more?
With the old setup I liked that it was a discrete system which I could control using just a remote, while on the same time it having the flexibility of allowing the use as a web browser as controller - if using the PC then why get up to grab the remote :-)
I have been looking at Sonos, but unlike when they started out their remote doesn't have a display and I want a system where either the player or the remote does have a display (plus it must be a dedicated remote). Plus their solution does seem expensive for what one gets.
What are you guys using for music streaming you music collection? And what is great and not so great about it?
Note. Changing server software and also converting to a different lossless audio format is fine.
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