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After months of deliberating I've finally jumped in and invested a good chunk of my savings on my first ever pair of 'proper' speakers, a new (but allegedly 'slightly cosmetic damaged' - not that I can find any -) pair of Neat Motive SX1s. Seriously discounted on their normal price too. I have to say that even though I'm powering them, thanks to the good advice of many of you, just with my old NAD C320BEE, with a cheapo Chromecast audio playing Spotify (in its uncompressed, or less compressed maybe..) mode, it sounds just fantastic. After just a couple of weeks of listening I'm smitten with the sound, hearing details in tracks (including those I recorded!) I'd never heard before to this degree of clarity, and a very tight, present and 'believable' (if you know what I mean) bottom end. Very happy!
Now to start the saving for the amp(s) and streamer...
Barrabas – Musica Caliente
Nice compilation of tracks from 1970's Spanish Funk Rock outfit Barrabas. On the excellent Spanish label, 'Vampi Soul' who always take good care with their mastering and packaging. Vinyl copies can be picked up quite cheaply on Discogs at the moment. Will appeal to fans of 70's Santana and also Latin Rock in general.
2 options for the CC
1. mini jack to phono cable, straight into your pre-amp (make sure to turn on hi-res or HDR or whatever they call it to get full volume and resolution)
2. mini toslink - full toslink into optical audio in of your DAC (automatically selects HDR or whatever it's called)
No way or need to connect it to your SBT.
Download the Google home app to your iPad, Connect the CC to the mains and DAC, wait for the iPAD to see the CC, feed it your wifi password, start spotify, select the CC as your 'device' in spotify and away you go.