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Dustyzz

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  1. I've built a couple of Raspberry Pi network streamers (a 3b+ and a 4), using hifiberry DAC+ Pro HAT's and Volumio software via my home's ethernet network. To my ears the Pi setup sounds as good as another (way more expensive) network streaming DAC that I have. The hifiberry DAC+ Pro uses a burr-brown chip (24bit/192khz) and has two dedicated clocks... all in all, I setup my multiroom music system for a tiny fraction of the cost of just about any off the shelf system you can buy.
  2. I do this exact thing with my setup. With a Marantz SR7012, I send the front channel pre-out to a PrimaLuna Prologue Premium power amp that powers some Forte III’s. The Marantz is used to power an Academy center channel and R120 sub... It works very well for both home theater and streaming Tidal music from an Intel NUC running Audirvana.
  3. I have a bit of a hybrid setup that I use for both home theater and 2 channel listening that consists of a Marantz SR7012, a Primaluna Prologue Premium power amp (w/KT88's), Forte III's, R120SW sub, and an Academy center channel ... I setup an Intel NUC running Audirvana as my network streamer and I love the sound I get out of this system.
  4. I found a Klipsch Academy center speaker for $325.00 on Craigslist and it is a perfect match for my Forte's... the Klipsch Academy has long been out of production, but they can still be found on the secondary market.
  5. The Marantz SR7012 has HEOS connect built into it, and can stream directly from Tidal... The HEOS Connect interface is not as full featured as the Tidal app but it is a really easy way to stream Tidal or many other streaming services directly into your Marantz AVR. Streaming via a mobile device (phone or tablet) is another option by connecting via bluetooth or airplay to the SR7012.... and you can load the Tidal app on the mobile device to keep a consistent user interface. I built a network server using an Intel NUC mini pc and Audirvana for Windows to stream via ethernet to my SR7012 using uPnP. The sound quality of Audirvana (to my ears) is vastly superior than using Heos connect. Lots of option when it comes to music streaming and the SR7012... bluetooth, airplay, HEOS connect, and uPnP ethernet services can all get the job done.
  6. I have a Marantz SR7012 AVR and have the TV connected via the eARC monitor port. Whenever the TV is turned on or off the Marantz follows suit and either turns on or off accordingly.
  7. We have a very similar setup... my computer is an Intel NUC, the DAC is built into the Marantz receiver, but I am using 1gb ethernet instead of a Thunderbolt cable. The biggest difference between your setup and mine is that I don't want to maintain a big local music library so I stream the music from a provider using Audirvana+ and organize my music by playlists on Tidal and Qobuz... which I find to be both more convenient and portable.
  8. The Marantz does indeed have Heos connect modules built in for Tidal but not for Qobuz. The HEOS Tidal connect module limits the FLAC stream to 16bit/44.1khz (cd quality) but down samples anything else with higher data density... it might just be my ears but most down sampled Tidal FLAC's sound somewhat muddled or muddy to me. Since Marantz disabled the USB port from being able to connect to anything except a FAT32 device, the only native Marantz option for QoBuz is wireless via bluetooth or AirPlay which also will downsample anything over 16bit/44.1khz. Using Audirvana+ I am streaming up to 24bit/192khz audio over my home 1gb ethernet network directly to the built in ethernet connection on the Marantz that uses the built in DAC, this setup completely bypasses the somewhat limited HEOS connect modules. I am not really interested in the religious topics of high-res vs. non high-res, or lossy vs. lossless, or the benefits/detriments of upsampling as everyone seems to have a differing opinion on those topics... including me. I am successfully streaming high-res audio directly into the SR7012... I have been very pleased with the results I have had using my homebrew media streamer (Intel NUC (mini pc) and Audirvana+). I already had the Intel NUC laying around so my only cost was $74.00 for Audirvana+, compare that to the cost of an off the shelf streaming media server that can push up to 24bit/192khz audio... the bonus is that I am using the DAC built into the Marantz. My original question was if anyone has any experience and/or advice using something like Audirvana+ doing direct high-res audio network streaming and if so what were some of the tips or tricks in getting the most out of your system.
  9. Thanks for the responses guys, I am very familiar with Linux and was using Slackware (Minix) in the early 90's long before RedHat and the host of other variants were even thought about. What I am doing with Audirvana is network streaming high-res audio (>16bit/44.1khz) from Qobuz and Tidal (MQA) and using the built in DAC on a Marantz SR7012. The Marantz DAC isn't high end but it isn't low end either and seems to do a really good job up to 24bit/192khz. Bluetooth and Airplay both have issues with causing high-res audio to be down sampled, so the only option I could come up with is was to try and roll my own media renderer to stream across my LAN or to use something like Audirvana... Audirvana is pretty cheap and so far has done a stellar job streaming high-res FLAC and unfolding Tidal MQA. The net nut is that I can stream better than CD quality audio for a tiny fraction of what a dedicated network attached DAC would have cost.
  10. The only way I can think of to make powered speakers work with an amplifier is if you you connect the powered speakers to a pre-out rca jack off the amplifier.
  11. Like the topic says, who else is using Audirvana Plus for streaming? I am using it with a mini PC (windows 10) to stream Qobuz and Tidal to a Marantz AVR with a built in DAC (24/192khz). I am pretty new at this and just wondering what insights or tricks the old timers might have for getting the best out of Audirvana.
  12. Love my PrimaLuna Prologue Premium power amp... I have a hybrid-mixed setup in that I use a Marantz SR7012 as my home theater avr however the PrimaLuna power amp powers the front L/R mains. So the center channel (Academy) and the sub (R12SW) are powered by the Marantz but the front channel (Forte III's) is powered by the PrimaLuna. It works very well as a 3.1 theater system. For playing 2 channel music, the Marantz is my preamp and the the PrimaLuna powers the L/R stereo channels. I tend to stream either Tidal or Spotify through the Marantz with AirPlay and have found the EL34's in the PrimaLuna are magical with Jazz and classical music... the sparkle and expansive soundstage tubes impart to the music is amazing. I have a set of Gold Lion KT77's on the way and have already replaced the stock silver label 12au7's with some Mullards. Unfortunately buying a great tube amp like a PrimaLuna can make even the hardiest soul susceptible to the tube rolling disease.
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