getting into streaming


So after many years of playing cd's, I'm considering getting into streaming music. I would prefer to use the DAC in my accuphase CD player; my question is I assume any streamer would require something additional to control it (smart phone, tablet etc) but I'm wondering if there is something out there that has its own controller to use to surf for songs, so I don't have to buy anything else to use it

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I am in the same boat as the OP. For me it is either a new Bluesound Node 130 or a used Lumin D2. From everything I have read and absorbed it is really hard to out do the Node at $600, and you can always add a higher quality DAC and better power supply later. I also think that the BlueOS is about as easy to use and intuitive as anything else out there. I believe the Lumin would be a better sound, but it i hard wired only and the interface is less user friendly.

yes, despite some time having passed since i went through most of the starter streamers, i think the leading contenders are still

bs node (latest version)

cambridge cxn v2

innuos zen mini (used, as innous has phased this out for more expensive models)

ifi makes several models, very affordable, some with dac, some without

there is also the wiim puck... very inexpensive

Just wanted to note that both Cambridge Audio and NAD came out recently with some great (at least on paper) entry level streamer/DACs...so you might want to take a look at one of those as perhaps a "step above the WiiM Mini" to feed your CD player's internal DAC.  Cambridge has the the AXN10 and MXN10 network audio players, while NAD has the CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer. 

Figure they were getting eaten alive by the lower cost models by other manufacturers for newbies wanting to get into streaming and see what all the fuss was about, so they decided to come out with these.  Competition is a good thing. 

Maybe these might be worth a look. 

here was my stream sequence:

 

I started with an Apple TV to a cheap peachtree dac.

Then dedicated Arcam Airplay dac streamer thing.

Then a Bluesound Node 2i.

Then Node to a Chord Qutest.

Then added a LPS to Chord.

Then brought in Pontus II.

Then moved Teddy Pardo LPS to a Bluesound 130.

NOW have Auralic Aries G1.1 and THAT, my friends, (for me and my listening architecture) is game, set, match.

The Aries has its own HD and I am ripping CDs to it. It’s perfect for me. 
I can’t use an Ethernet connection and Auralic has figured out wifi. I loved the BLUOS app and I think Auralic app sucks….sorry. 

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