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Being I’m a Primare fan maybe consider one of their one box solutions?

https://www.primare.net/products/cd15-prisma-cd-and-network-player/

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Recently I pulled the trigger on an Innuos Zen. It has a 1Tb hard drive on board, together with a CD slot. Ripping CDs'could not be easier. The unit is also a streamer, which puts Tidal, Spotify and Qobuz at my fingertips. I am using Tidal and am very pleased with the catalogue and sound quality.

I have just about ripped half my CD collection and can really recommend the Zen. Really easy to use, which is really important as tech is not my strong point and customer support is first class.

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6 hours ago, H20gna said:

How about MusicCast CD-NT670D, CD player, streamer, DAC, Bluetooth 

Gary

I use the little Yamaha CD-NT670D mainly for streaming and it is an all round great performer. I liked it so much that I sold my Naim CD5 XS as I think the Yamaha sounds 'nearly' as good. I also use the USB input a lot having put a lot of digital downloads on a memory stick. Good luck in your search.

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6 hours ago, p2an said:

i have 250 CDs, so at 700MB per CD that is 178GB. Can I just put them all on a USB stick and use a streamer/dac that has a USB input?

You may need 2 sticks. My 64gb one holds about 80 cds, so a 128gb holds about 160 cds. But do you need to rip them all?

ionly rip ones that are not on the streaming service, also you can get Hires on streamers which maybe better than your cd.

yes of the streamer has usb input, it should work but check it out first before  buying one. 

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Novafidelity make a nice range of well regarded all in one units. CD player, ripper, storage, DAC, wifi streamer, radio, phono input and amplifier. Also has a nice display and reasonable app.

https://www.harrowaudiohifi.co.uk/en/novafidelity-x35?gclid=eaiaiqobchmio6ajku3w7aiv1uvtch059qjseaqybsabegiayfd_bwe

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32 minutes ago, beermaniac said:

Novafidelity make a nice range of well regarded all in one units. CD player, ripper, storage, DAC, wifi streamer, radio, phono input and amplifier. Also has a nice display and reasonable app.

https://www.harrowaudiohifi.co.uk/en/novafidelity-x35?gclid=eaiaiqobchmio6ajku3w7aiv1uvtch059qjseaqybsabegiayfd_bwe

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Looks similar to Cocktail Audio. It’s got almost everything that’s needed. 

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1 hour ago, tIANcI said:

Looks similar to Cocktail Audio. It’s got almost everything that’s needed. 

It is Cocktail 

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I've gone the NAS route - all CDs are ripped to my PC, converted into a couple of formats, then everything is copied from PC to the NAS drive with the music folders acting as the source for streaming. Its a bit more effort but more flexible. You can then use the streamer & DAC of your choice, either a 2 in 1 or separate DAC and streamer, and of course with everything ripped to a NAS centrally you can have more than one streaming device. Have used a Squeezebox Touch and an M&J unit for streaming, the user interface is the important bit, then the Wadia for DAC and pre-amp duties.

Quite a few here have the Bluesound Node 2i streamer/DAC, worth looking at and there's currently £100 off in most places. 

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phew, thanks for all the input. I must admit there are so many options it reminds me why i have put this off for so long :)

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So I havent gone totally cold on this, like always I put it on the back burner as I focus on my TT. I came across this Innuos ZENmini MK3. Never heard of them before.

Ripper, NAS, DAC in one. Has anyone used one or heard anything about them? No reviews by the usual suspects makes me wonder. 

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On 28/10/2020 at 08:55, tIANcI said:

Looks similar to Cocktail Audio. It’s got almost everything that’s needed. 

On 28/10/2020 at 08:22, beermaniac said:

Novafidelity make a nice range of well regarded all in one units. CD player, ripper, storage, DAC, wifi streamer, radio, phono input and amplifier. Also has a nice display and reasonable app.

https://www.harrowaudiohifi.co.uk/en/novafidelity-x35?gclid=eaiaiqobchmio6ajku3w7aiv1uvtch059qjseaqybsabegiayfd_bwe

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Are we returning to the 1970’s music centres 

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1 hour ago, p2an said:

So I havent gone totally cold on this, like always I put it on the back burner as I focus on my TT. I came across this Innuos ZENmini MK3. Never heard of them before.

Ripper, NAS, DAC in one. Has anyone used one or heard anything about them? No reviews by the usual suspects makes me wonder. 

You must have a very limited reading circle! This is a very popular device, very often recommended on here and most elsewhere, with good product support and is reasonably OK to use. The HDD drive does make a slight noise though; I couldn't live with it but YMMV. SSD tend to perform optimally, but you have to go up the range with Innuos before SSD becomes an option. If your 'usual suspects' are HiFi magazines, then I seriously suggest you desist reading them; the forums are, by far, a more reliable, better informed, source of information.

Using an internally situated SSD always sounds worse than an externally located SSD, in my experience.

If you can stretch to an Auralic Altair G1 you could install an internal SSD, but using an external NAS/ripper will produce a better sound, IMO&E.

With the Auralic you could also attach an external CD drive and use it as a CD player when the urge/need arises. Quite a bit 'better' than a Zen Mini, but it is more expensive.

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On 27/10/2020 at 17:01, newlash09 said:

No sir :(

sadly that is not recommended for streamers . Most of us usually host our libraries on a NAS. I use a WD my cloud drive . 

If using a usb drive, every time we switch on the streamer. It will spend quite sometime indexing the usb stick, but it won't be a problem if you can leave your streamer on all the time.

But the above said, there are  quite a few all in one CD player, cum streamer cum dac's.  There is a newer arcam I can't remebr the model name at the moment 

This is no quite correct but is true for some stand alone units. I use a stand alone server running Logitech Media Server with a 2 TB USB HD unit attached which has all of my music on . This needs to be ripped when you first mount and connect the USB HD to the server . This if you have a very large collection can take quite a while but once it is completed the Media Server only needs to do a scan when new music is added . After this your music  information and location is stored and if you have to turn the unit off (I leave mine on 24/7) it will just reboot and find the music file again not rescan . Using a NAS is quite wasteful unless you have other regular it jobs that you need it for .

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On ‎29‎/‎10‎/‎2020 at 14:34, p2an said:

phew, thanks for all the input. I must admit there are so many options it reminds me why i have put this off for so long :)

Just FYI, I have the M&J Streamer for sale in the classifieds, has a DAC (analogue out as well as digital) and also DAB and FM tuners. Oh, and a Spotify app to connect to that.

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