Best player for Spotify


Hello to all. Forgive me if this is not the right topic for this discussion. I stream music quite a bit, and am using Spotify which my daughters gave me as part of a family plan. Right now , I am using my phone or iPad  for Spotify. I would like to use a dedicated "device." I would like to know some pros or cons to the following devices I am considering:  Sonos or Paradigm PW or Blusound Node 2.  If there are any other ideas you have that would be great. I am using a seperate amplifier and pre amp which are older and so does not have Spotify connect built in. Thankx,
Arthur

arthurd
I use an Ayre Codex DAC with my Bluesound Node (first version).
The Bluesound DAC isn't bad, but it isn't great. Using the Ayre Codex gives me the best of both worlds.
Are you playing through speakers or headphones?
Bob
Through speakers, a set of Genesis APM -1. I will read about the Ayre. Thank you.

Bob,
What output do you use between Node and Codex? The only way on Node 2 to a Codex Optical. Thanks.
Tim
I have a Cambridge Audio 851N streamer and before that a Cambridge CXN. Readily available new and used starting about $600. They are designed to stream Spotify and are controlled via IPAD or tablet. They extract the best sound from the Spotify stream. They have excellent reviews, are very well built. I have had mine for more than a year and love it.
@mr_m 
Yup, I use an optical cable from the Node to the Ayre, Balanced to the amp (AX-7e).
@OP
I was using a Schiit Gungnir (non-multibit). The Schiit was good, the Ayre was better. I may opt to upgrade the Gungy in the future.
BTW, Arthurd, I feel that DAC's and streamers have a long way to go, so I buy the best sounding units, from companies that offer future upgrades. In my opinion, I consider the fact that technology will be render many of these products obsolete after a year or two. So, spending more than $2-3K on such devices is not the way to go. (Actually, I buy used, so I save a bit more).
Bob
I'm not one to spend great sums on digital either. It changes way to fast. Would like to try an Ayre Codex with optical to my Node 2. Although I would lose the MQA. If that is important or not....
Tim
gdnrbob- you have a killer combo there. The BS Node and the Ayer Codex must sound fantastic. For the OP, yeah that would work great for Spotify but Tidal or any other streaming service that allows for hi-res music will sound stunning out of gdnrbob's pairing of components. Currently, I just happen to like some select MQA masters albums on Tidal.

Sonos has great user interface. Spotify sound quality is poor so not worth spending more.  If you were to use Tidal that would change things
I don’t claim this is the best but I use a Raspberry Pi to stream Spotify. Mine has a Allo Boss DAC HAT. Check out this review:
http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/08/allos-digione-pulls-five-star-sound-quality-from-the-raspb...

I use Volumio software with spotify connect and is very easy to install and use with my android phone as remote.
The Node 2 would be an excellent low cost starting point for you. It has a very good high speed processor and a decent built-in DAC. If you're willing to spend more, the Cambridge Audio 851N would be a good upgrade. I currently have one in my main system and am enjoying it. It's internal DAC is a definite upgrade from the Node 2 and it can double as a very good digital pre-amp which may be an upgrade over your current preamp, as long as you don't need any analog inputs for CD, tuner or turntable.
Chromecast Audio is a great and very affordable starting point at $35. Analogue output is pretty good at Spotify resolutions. If you like it you can always later use its optical digital output and invest in an external DAC (the DAC is where the sound quality variable resides). See here for a serious test: http://archimago.blogspot.nl/2016/02/measurements-google-chromecast-audio_27.html
Enjoy.