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TEAC NP-H750 or other network hi-fi player ? + speakers

Hello stereophiles,

I would like buy an integrated hi-fi system for streaming audio from my PC, network attached storage and smartphone.
There are several devices on the market (Marantz, Cambridge Audio, Pioneer or Denon), however these are above my budget of approximately $600-700 including speakers.
I wouldn't describe myself as an audiophile, however I can distinguish and appreciate characteristics of different speakers and amplifiers. I play bass guitar and listen mostly to rock and 70's fusion jazz.

The TEAC NP-H750 which dropped recently to $399 seems ideal for my purpose - it is network attached, DNLA certified and it has a decent DAC chip. However, there are no reviews on the internet. Do you have any experience with this amp?

Please, is there any alternative in this price range you would recommend?

Also what bookshelf speakers would you recommend with it? I am considering following options:
Cambridge Audio SX-50
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
Boston Acoustics A 25
DALI Zensor 1
Wharfedale 10.1

Thanks!

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Marantz has a newer unit out

I have not heard the Teac player. The feature set is great including AirPlay. What is the retailers return policy? Lots of places offer 30 day return policies even when an item is on "clearance." Nothing like an in-home demo.

I like the Wharfedale Diamonds and the Pioneers. I think the Wharfedale's offer a bit more detail compared to the Pioneers but both sound great.

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Network Player
Pavel wrote:

Hello stereophiles,

I would like buy an integrated hi-fi system for streaming audio from my PC, network attached storage and smartphone.
There are several devices on the market (Marantz, Cambridge Audio, Pioneer or Denon), however these are above my budget of approximately $600-700 including speakers.
I wouldn't describe myself as an audiophile, however I can distinguish and appreciate characteristics of different speakers and amplifiers. I play bass guitar and listen mostly to rock and 70's fusion jazz.

The TEAC NP-H750 which dropped recently to $399 seems ideal for my purpose - it is network attached, DNLA certified and it has a decent DAC chip. However, there are no reviews on the internet. Do you have any experience with this amp?

Please, is there any alternative in this price range you would recommend?

Also what bookshelf speakers would you recommend with it? I am considering following options:
Cambridge Audio SX-50
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
Boston Acoustics A 25
DALI Zensor 1
Wharfedale 10.1
Thanks!

I also had been thinking for a long time about a network player for internet radio, since I am in a location where FM stations don't come in worth a hoot.

The Cambridge player was my first choice, but I didn't want to spend $600.

I decided to try the Grace Digital Solo, which I got from Amazon for around $90, and I am certainly glad I did. It is a wonderful unit, and very compact also. It has 20,000 preloaded stations, and a very nice display, and 10 presets.

The audio quality varies with the station, of course, as some have a low bit-rate, but there are tons with high quality. One of my favorites is WCBH Boston, which has great classical programming.

This is only a tuner, of course, so you need an amplifier and speakers to go with it.

All of the speakers you list would be good choices, except for the Boston Speakers; they are not so good IMO. The Pioneer speakers are outstanding, as are the Wharfedales. Amazon has had a very good price recently on the Pioneer speakers; $130 for the pair. That is a real steal for some good speakers.

For an amplifier, I suggest the NAD C316BEE, which is under $400. It can be connected to all of your sources. It has a front-panel 3.5mm stereo jack for connecting portable devices

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Would Look at Computer Dac Combo

So i cant comment to heavily on the above products but will say that you should consider the interfaces on these devises. TBH many of them are horrible. While this has nothing to do with sound quality, there is nothing more frustrating that taking 10 min to find the song you want to play.

Personally i find a computer bases system running Jrivers or comparable software has a much better interface and with a mobile app is very easy to use.

Sound quality wise, that really depends on your dac and other equipment.

Big thing here to keep in mind is software is easily upgraded to be current where some of the devises above will likely require hardware updates (i know there are firmwire updates but some companies stop updating older products after a year or two.

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TEAC NP-H750 + Pioneer SP-BS22-LR

(warning: a review from a newbie :c)

So I decided for the combination of TEAC NP-H750 + Pioneer SP-BS22-LR which easily fitted my budget and I am very satisfied so far.

The TEAC is very versatile and quick. It doesn't take more than 30sec to start-up, load and connect to my network attached storage (it even wakes up the NAS when it is in hibernation). I can play various music files from the storage, stream it from my smart-phone and from my PC (works the same as an external DAC). It even works on Ubuntu (no drivers necessary).

The display is not as small as I expected so I can browse the storage directly on the player or using my smart-phone through application Bubble UPnP. It works really well (although the application is slower than the direct selection on the player, TEAC unfortunately doesn't provide an android application).

Concerning audio quality, I am not a stereophile, but it sounds great with the Pioneers. It is well balanced and articulated, I can hear details I've never heard before. Hi-hats and other cymbals at particularly fun. The Pioneers are not bass heavy which is just fine, I don't like overboosted bass (despite being a bass player). The internal DAC sounds great already through headphones.

I originally intended to have the Pioneers on my computer desk, but they are not really made as near-field speakers. I moved them in my Ikea Expedit shelf where both TEAC and Pioneers fit perfectly. It feels more appropriate to listen from 10ft than from my desk.

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