Streamer with decent app

Hey all:

I like to control everything from my phone while chilling in bed. Mostly Spotify and Tidal. I have a Yamaha WXA-50 that works pretty well but ready for an upgrade.

I tried a Sonos amp because it offered more music services but didn’t feel that the sound was as good.

Looking for an all in one solution (amp, streamer) that has a nice app that works well with the music services.

Budget: <$3k




@panzrwagn That Rose RS250 is intriguing. For that price the app better be dang good. :-)

I love Marantz products but why does their streamer have to be so dang big? And I’m not sure about that HEOS app.

I’m really surprised how poor some of the apps are for some of these units. To me, that’s the most important thing (other than SQ).

Edit:  Almost pulled the trigger on the Marantz streamer (because I really like the sound of Marantz)  but haven't seen anything good about HEOS compared to BluOS.  

To me, the DAC makes the biggest difference and I’m using a Bluesound Node N100 with an LPS and a good USB cable going to my Denifrips Pontus ll. As time with the Node passes, I’m thinking of getting a better DAC, not a better streaming device.

All the best.

I've been using some KEF LS50 Wireless II's for the TV. Super convenient. No remote needed. From the app, they auto-power up when they sense a source. Volume adjustments can be made from your music app or, for video content, from the TV remote. I feel like they're a good measure of convenience and quality at a good price point. 

The Dynaudio Focus XD series powered speakers will appear on your network. You could use your phone and the Tidal/Spotify native apps and take advantage of the high resolutions streams available on Tidal. No boxes at all in your bedroom. Just speakers.


Used pair over on TMR for little over $2K