Do you need to distribute to different Zones and systems around your LAN. If yes then there will be a benefit. Sound quality will not benefit if you have good gear currently.
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No, no separate zones. Just my living/listening room. The Tidal app
is ok, obviously the Roon app is better. Adding a Streamer brings
more apps. I`m getting app'ed out. Decisions...
iMac(Tidal/Roon)/Local hard drive files as a source. Also Oppo BDP-93
as another source feeding an Essence HDACC external DAC--->
Parasound Halo P5 Preamp-->Krell KAV2250 Amp-->Def Tech
BP7002 Dipole Supertowers
I have a Sonore UltraRendu that I'm using with a Linn Kazoo app. I'm streaming Qobuz. I'm not a big fan of Kazoo but won't bore you with the details. I really don't have a music library to speak of. My question is whether it is realistic to expect a difference in sound quality? I can justify the $499 expenditure for that reason alone. Getting rid of Linn Kazoo would be an added benefit.
I started with a Bluesound node2, great piece of kit. Recently went down the Raspberry pi rabbit hole.
I was using the Node with a Schiit Bifrost multibit, and was happy, until...
The Bluesound node did everything I needed, streamed my music on a NAS, Tidal integration, excellent web radio stations, and more web music services than I thought existed.
However, after experimenting with the pi, and Roon, I’m happier with my new setup. Roon is more than a simple music player, it gives you info on the album, musicians, producers, etc. It helps you explore musicians that you might not have heard of and looks(to me) nicer. The Bluesound app doesn’t do that, it relies on Tidals’ suggestions for you to find new music.
If that is worth $12 a month to you, is up to you, it is to me.
If you have a dac already, the pi route is the least expensive option, but requires a bit of work on your part. It sounds better to me (Allo Digione sig -> ADI-2 dac)