I find long playlists on Tidal, set them on repeat, and stream 24/7 as background music (my office is right next, and kind of open, to my listening room). My system is solid-state, so I never turn it off anyways. Anyone else stream 24/7?
@nrenterMy system is solid-state, so I never turn it off anyways.
Other than increasing your electric bill, heating your room and shortening the life of your equipment, why would you leave the system powered up 24/7? Does the manufacturer of your amp(s) specifically call for always on? Just wondering the reason. Cheers.
I used to have the radio on 24/7. As I grow older, I tend to have less and less on, even with having whole house audio, and focus on quality listening session, typically on the weekends, starting with a vinyl and moving to streaming after an album or two.
We listen to Internet Radio in the home as our background music, and then for ‘Serious listening’ it’s either Physical Media or my CDs burned to a HD. I use streaming services mainly for auditioning new recordings or while on the go
Other than increasing your electric bill, heating your room and shortening the life of your equipment, why would you leave the system powered up 24/7?
Electric bill - insignificant
Heat - insignificant
Shortening the life of equipment - From both a theoretical perspective (I have a EE degree) and a practical perspective (I’ve had components powered on continually for 17+ years) your presumption is a myth. Now there are some caveats - properly designed heat dissipation and proper ventilation. Shove a Class A amp under a mattress and, yes, bad things will happen. But solid state components do need time to stabilize to sound their best, and I don’t have the time or patience to wait.
@nrenter My big SS mono blocks and preamp are Hegel. I have posed this question to Hegel. They're take is the equipment has soft start circuitry, that SS equipment requires only few minutes to warm up and constant power just shortens the lifespan. I can't see any reason they are giving me bad advice. In the end, whatever makes us happy. Cheers.
I'm an old guy. I grew up on vinyl, CD, cassette tape, reel to reel and 8 track tape. I have a very expensive, high resolution audio system. But, at this juncture, all I do is stream from Tidal, Qobuz and downloads. Why? The combination of convenience and the fantastic sound quality of streamed music ultimately won me over. I just made sure I used very high quality devices to stream my music, which produce outstanding and very compelling sound quality through my system. High end audio is one, big, expensive toy store. And you get to decide which toys you like playing with. Whatever turns you on. Happy listening.
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