Well it is here with a BANG. Playing music will never be the same again. Add to this the opening floodgate of music over the Internet in the form of internet radio or mind-blowing services such as Last.FM and there is one thing for absolutely sure - Music is alive and kicking and it just got even better.
To the left of this page there is a list of manufacturers who have embraced this technology and have produced incredible products including Linn DS and Naim Uniti and HDX.
SO HOW DOES IT WORK AND WHY IS IT BETTER
1) Record (RIP) your CDs to your computer or a network storage device. To do this properly use a quality ripper such as DBPoweramp. We like to Rip to WAV files but FLAC or AIFF are good alternatives. DO NOT USE LOSSY COMPRESSION (mp3 FOR EXAMPLE). We have Ripping NAS drives to make this a little easier.
2) Connect a Linn or Naim Streamer physically to your network
3) Make sure you have a upnp media server (sotware that will run on your network storage or your computer - THE LIBRARIAN IN THE SYSTEM)
4) Use an APP on an iPad/iTouch/iPhone. Android Tablet or your PC/MAC to select and play your music. Cyrus supply a remote control for this and music can be selected from the front screen on a Naim streamer.
And this is better? you bet. By pre-reading the music during the Ripping process and effectively removing any moving parts from the player music sounds exquisitely natural and dare I say vinyl like.