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#276128 - 2018-05-17 15:01 Source for Meridian 861
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Filipe Offline
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Hi,

I would appreciate thought and opinions on deciding on a source for my system.
I have the 861v4+HD621 connected to power amps and discrete Sonus Faber speakers.

80% of what I view/hear is movies or concerts in 5.1, from a dedicated Kodi machine (PC with Libreelec).
The PC is connected to the HD621 via HDMI only.

Occasionaly I like to hear stereo but lack a CD player so I use Spotify in the KODI machine.

Does the quality of the frontend source really matter, giving that the HD621 is receiving an HDMI signal and all is in digital domain?

Would it be a drastically better sound if say I had a dedicated Bluray Player like an Oppo? This would serve only as a transport so I am guesssing NO.

In the same line of thought, what would be a good choice to use a NEW dedicated transport to say play local DSD files?

I don't have the ID40 in my 861 and I can't add it. So this source would have to connect either to the HDMI input on the HD621, or to a digital input on the 861.

What say you?


861v4, HD621, power amps, Sonus Faber speakers, Kodi PC (with Libreelec).
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#276146 - 2018-05-17 19:24 Re: Source for Meridian 861 [Re: Filipe]
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Chris G Offline
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I haven't used a disc spinner since the mid 00s - even if there was a smidge to be gained from using a quality transport, the convenience and versatility of streaming from my NAS would massively outweigh it.


Chris
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#276147 - 2018-05-17 19:32 Re: Source for Meridian 861 [Re: Filipe]
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Originally Posted By Filipe
I don't have the ID40 in my 861 and I can't add it.
Hi,

What version of 861 do you have? If it’s a v4 or higher it it possible to fit an ID40 card.

I’m thinking Roon and your music files on your PC feeding the ID40.

Alternatively, get a Roon Endpoint with SPDIF output connected to the 861.

Regards,
Carl


861v6+ID40, HD621, 8000.2, 7200HC, 7200, SKYQ Silver, PS3, PDP-LX6090, QNAP TS870-Pro (8*6TB), Roon, iPadAir2.
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#276206 - 2018-05-19 20:32 Re: Source for Meridian 861 [Re: Carl]
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This +1000. If you’re coming from Spotify on Kodi you’re in for a treat...

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#276211 - 2018-05-20 08:56 Re: Source for Meridian 861 [Re: DonRon]
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YES, the source matters…!

ID40 is one of the the best sources you can add to an 861, failing that a 218 is a superb start!

818v3 of course if you have space and opportunity. smile

If you have an Intel based QNAP you can have that streaming to it with free software from Meridian or get a paid sub from ROON and put the software on what platform(s) you have available.

You are in for a treat if you go further! smile


Future 861 MQA/24-192 system upgrade owner!
DSP8000SE, DSP7200SEHC, DSP5200SE sides, DSP7200SE rears, 861v8/ID41, MC200, Sim2 HT380 T2 1080P, Stewart Cinecurve 2.35:1, XEIT CM-5E Anamorphic lens, Apple-TV 4K with nFuse 5, HDI Dune BD Prime 3.0 with Wireworld Platinum HDMI -> UHD722 -> Audioquest Diamond RJ45. Shunyata Sigma Digital@861v8.
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