Any good media streamers coming out, or just released lately?

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But here is the crux of the decision. Why are you looking at expensive streamers when you can buy a cheap streamer and a great DAC? Or as Spike says above - use your UDP205 as a streamer.

That will give you far more flexibility in the future as you upgrade one without being dependent on the other.

Unless you're looking for streaming functionality that you don't currently have, there is little point upgrading that part of the system - it is just a pipe to get data to a DAC.
I run the Synology through the Oppo when listening to two channel and it is extremely good, no doubt. I will continue to use the Oppo for two channel, probably till it dies and/or can’t receive the support to fix it. It’s really that good. However, the majority of the listening we do is whole house audio or audio by the pool, controlled by iPads or iPhones. The Oppo udp-205 does not have Tidal or Pandora etc. compatibility. My Onkyo Pr-rz5100 processor does everything really, really well in the controller realm, but internet stability sucks. Onkyo fixed the HDMI bugs, but dropped the ball on streaming. Lol!
So, I would like a good, high quality streamer that we can control while listening in whole-house or by the pool, and can be easily switched between our NAS, Tidal, Pandora, etc..via iPad apps.
I know the easy fix would be to buy a new processor that has a good renderer. I’ve looked at the Marantz av8805 and the Mac Mx122, because i need zone 3 capabilities and that is getting really hard to come by these days. Trying to stay away from laying out $4k or $5k if I don’t have to.
So now, here I am..haha!
 

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I run the Synology through the Oppo when listening to two channel and it is extremely good, no doubt. I will continue to use the Oppo for two channel, probably till it dies and/or can’t receive the support to fix it. It’s really that good. However, the majority of the listening we do is whole house audio or audio by the pool, controlled by iPads or iPhones. The Oppo udp-205 does not have Tidal or Pandora etc. compatibility. My Onkyo Pr-rz5100 processor does everything really, really well in the controller realm, but internet stability sucks. Onkyo fixed the HDMI bugs, but dropped the ball on streaming. Lol!
These are exactly the sorts of issues one faces with an old streamer, and why I am loathed to drop big money into one.

Next year, Spotify will experience a shock collapse, and Tidal will go out of vogue, and there'll be this awesome new service that everybody wants [maybe]; and you'll be in exactly the same position as you are now, but with $3,000 down the gurgler on this "awesome streamer".

Solutions like the Mac Mini or the Raspberry Pi are eminently upgradable. Just install new software (in the case of the Mac Mini), or burn a new SD Card (in the case of the Raspberry Pi) and you've got yourself a brand new, bang-up-to-date streamer.

If you want something more plug'n'play, I wouldn't spend much more than something like the Yamaha MusicCast or the awesome Bluesound Node2.

You'll get as much or as little sound quality you desire by spending what your budget will allow on a modern DAC.
 

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My Onkyo Pr-rz5100 processor does everything really, really well in the controller realm, but internet stability sucks.
Internet stability sucks in what ways? Are you using it hard-wired or via WiFI. If the problem is with WiFi stability, couldn't you solve it by adding an WiFi extender?
 

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Internet stability sucks in what ways? Are you using it hard-wired or via WiFI. If the problem is with WiFi stability, couldn't you solve it by adding an WiFi extender?
I have to use an extender due to having my components in an in-wall rack. I have stable internet through all other components except the Onkyo RZ.... this model is known for this issue. However, it does everything else a controller needs to do very well.
 

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I am also looking to upgrade my DAC.
These are the 2 DACs I am looking at:

Denafrips Terminator
Price is in Singapore dollars....

HOLO Audio May DAC

These are Ladder DACs (uses ladder of resisters to create the waveform)

Both companies have a whole series of RtR DACs at various price points.
You owe it to yourself to research these, watch and read what others have to say about them.
 

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Anybody have any experience with iFi DAC's?

I've narrowed my DAC selection down to 3. One of these will be paired with a New Mac Mini.
  1. The Chord Qutest with SBooster BOTW P&P ECO MKII Power Supply
  2. iFi Pro iDSD DAC
  3. ExaSound’s e32 Mark II DAC with a Teddy Pardo Power Supply.
 

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At the level of these 3 DACs mentioned, and given the reputations of these companies, all are excellent choices. It will come down to which one is the best fit with your preference. Some might nit-pick about the underlying DAC (chip) technology, or the analogue circuitry, but in the end, it boils down to how they perform as a whole system. I strongly urge you to audition them in order to pick out the one best suited for your needs. Good Luck.
 

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