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Hi everyone,

I'm hoping somebody here can assist, I'd like to add digital streaming to a 16 room audio system which is currently running some very old Majik, Intersekt and Pekin units.

Having just had an eye-opening conversation with a kind specialist who explained the cabling differences between vintage Linn and current models and that there was no direct upgrade route short of ripping out and starting again as products like Sneaky DS wouldn't be interoperable...

My question in a very roundabout kinda way is whether anyone has found a workaround, given there is a 100 disc CD device that connects into the amplifier I presume there may be a device that would plug into the Majik as an additional 'source' - if so have anyone found a workable solution?

Many thanks in advance for any advice given!

Dean

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Have a look at the Chromecast Audio it might offer a very inexpensive option depending on what you intend streaming content from you would use a 3.5 jack to 2xrca for input to connect it up to one of the spare inputs on the back or your amplifier.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Google-Chromecast-Audio-Media-music-WIFI-Wireless-Streamer-IOS-Android-New-Uk/372515750552?epid=242693997&hash=item56bbab4298:g:IRwAAOSwTEZb~Vh~

Plenty of videos on youtube on setting up

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Just buy a Chromecast Audio and plug it into a spare Input in the amplifier ( assuming Linn have e g an aux input).

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1 hour ago, VerySmartHome said:

no direct upgrade route short of ripping out and starting again as products like Sneaky DS wouldn't be interoperable...

Well, that's misleading. You could use a Sneaky as a digital streaming source into your Majik no problem at all. It's actually called a Sekrit these days if you're looking new.All you'd need is to connect it to your network and bob's your uncle.

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5 minutes ago, timster said:

Well, that's misleading. You could use a Sneaky as a digital streaming source into your Majik no problem at all. It's actually called a Sekrit these days if you're looking new.All you'd need is to connect it to your network and bob's your uncle.

+1 what he said...

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If you don't have a spare Aux input I am pretty sure using a tape input would be fine.

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2 hours ago, brucer2 said:

You'll also need a 3.5 mm to RCA adaptor cable.

Yes, for the Chromecast Audio.  Worth adding that it works wirelessly in terms of internet connection, and is discontinued. But plenty still for sale, especially on eBay. 

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Do the Chromecast audio sound good? Especially using 3.5 to RCA?

Dunno how geeky you are but the next step up might be a Raspberry Pi with a Hifiberry or Allo DAC HAT?

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9 hours ago, Jail4CEOs2 said:

  So the Chromecast audio sound good? Especially using 3.5 to RCA?

Its fine for general listening the 3.5 to RCA is not uncommon, Bluesound for instance use a Combo - TOSLINK / 3.5mm on their current Node and Powernode dedicated streamers  which is the same type of connection as found on the CCA.

As mentioned above the 3.5mm trs socket  is duel use so can also be used for analogue via rca or digital Optical output so you can stream digital to pretty much anything with a digital optical input which is pretty much most modern dacs,  AV receivers, dvd Bluray player etc.

For a cost of under £30 you get essentially a very simple to set up device that works with a number of platforms can be remotely controlled via an app on pc or phone. The CCA also works as a Roon endpoint which is very handy if your a Roon user. 

Essentially it boils down to finding out what the options are that work with what ever platform your own music is stored on or the on demand based platforms you wish to access Spotify, Amazon, Tidal etc and making sure what ever option your considering is compatible.

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As above, a DS of any type would do as a line level source and keep you that Linn sound. You don’t have to use the internal power amplifier of a Sneaky MDS, or even its pre-amplifier. You can just set up the line level/pre-amp/power amp output as required in the settings page of the network setup.

My bedroom Sneaky MDS has its power amp disabled and feeds a ‘vintage’ LK85 as my power amp with no issues acting only as a streamer and pre-amp.

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10 hours ago, Jail4CEOs2 said:

So the Chromecast audio sound good? Especially using 3.5 to RCA?

Dunno how geeky you are but the next step up might be a Raspberry Pi with a Hifiberry or Allo DAC HAT?

I think in this context ‘adequate’ would be more accurate!  You can bypass the internal DAC, and there’s a lengthy thread in the main 2-channel thread covering that.  

I’d second the advice to get a used Sneaky and turn off the amplifier. 

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2 hours ago, CJ1045 said:

The tricky thing here is reprogramming the Knekt system. Not for the faint hearted.

CJ

The Sneaky/Sekrit has RS232 and RC5 Accessory ports.

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