Where you looking?
I have a dac.
Looking for a streamer with USB connection to my dac.
Would also like direct Ethernet connection along with wi-fi.
And decent app for my Android phone.
Did I mention I have a dac? Budget would be under $1000.
(This should not be a great ask but I am having a tough time with my requirements.
@carlsbad the Node 2i doesn't have usb out. The new node does now I think.
If the iFi Zen Stream has worked out it's bugs then it's the best one I've heard for under $1k. I had two and they both had issues but I've heard they've worked out a lot of the bugs.
Yep, I bought an iFi Zen Stream and really like it. I know some had connection issues, but not me, it’s worked flawlessly. The app is pretty basic, but does what it does well, in a utilitarian way.
For me, who has a DAC, and uses external drives as my ‘server’, all I needed was a streamer only that sounded good, and the iFi does.
And yes, it has a USB out option to my DAC, which I use.
@thegm How is the streamer working out for you so far? I will be looking for one soon and trying to get a handle on a variety of streamers. The one you have is up there in price so I would expect it to be competitive with the likes of Aurender.
The euphony summus endpoint has some impressive specs, but is twice the price of the silent angel streamer.
@thegm, what's your experience with the Musica apristina A Cappella III been like?
Entirely satisfying. Now understand I went through multiple streamers prior to the A Capella III, including the Zen Stream.
Having Intel NUC i5 as Roon Core and Roon OS running (ethernet connected), with external SSD digital music storage as NAS. Auralic Aries Mini (ethernet connected) as Roon endpoint. Playing music from Roon software (desktop/iOS/iPadOS/Android) via external SSD and streaming services like Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz , etc.
The Bryston BDP Pi has 4 bidirectional USB ports, A web interface (albeit spartan) but no wifi. Wifi issue can be solved with a walwart extender or a mesh network setup. The Pi sounds good but is limited to local file streaming ,Tidal and Qobuz. Also works well as a roon endpoint. But you can also hook up a DVD player via usb and play CDs or rip them to local storage. Can be found for ~$600 used. Does not do DSD.
Bryston retired the Pi from production but its still supported with updates.