In simple terms there are really only 3 requirements for a music streaming system in your home.
- Digitally Stored Music:
To allow for your music collection to be streamed to suitable devices it must first be stored digitally. You will need to archive your CD collection, this process is often refered to as "ripping a CD". Essentially what we want to do is extract the maximum amount of information from the CD with no loss, then store this information in a lossless format - We suggest that FLAC is the best choice for this.
Unfortunately programs such as iTunes and Windows media player do not automatically store the information as a lossless format so we advise against using these programs.
We want to ensure we get a very accurate copy of the CD so a "bit-perfect" copy is what we are looking for - Many computer programs are built for speed not accuracy so we suggest from the following:
For PC or Mac - DBpoweramp
If you do not wish to use your computer for "ripping" your CD's or you would like an separate system we can offer a couple of solutions. Click here to see our CD archivers.
This is the component that connects to your digitally stored music collection.
The Streamer will need to be connected to your router, although it is possible with many brands to connect using Wifi we will always recommend a hard wired connection to your router. This will offer a guaranteed connection and is not subject to drop outs.
The streamer, as it is connected to your router and therefore your internet will then give you access to internet radio. Some streamers will also support subscription streaming services such as Spotify, Napster or Tidal. Some of these services are compressed whilst others are at CD quality.
This device will allow for your music to be selected - The most common devices used for this will be a smart tablet or smart phone.
Most brands support both the Apple and Android platforms.