Stream­ing sys­tem: what you need

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NAS drive

All your mu­sic goes in here. It’s an in­tel­li­gent hard drive that can be ac­cessed by other com­po­nents within your net­work.

Mu­sic streamer

Deals with the mu­sic stored in the NAS and turns it into an elec­tronic sig­nal your am­pli­fier can work with.

Eth­er­net switch

Not an es­sen­tial part of the stream­ing sys­tem equa­tion, but a good way of iso­lat­ing your net­work from out­side in­ter­fer­ence.

Wire­less set-up

The con­trol cen­tre of your net­work. This man­ages the com­mu­ni­ca­tion flow. You can con­nect to it via wired eth­er­net or wi-fi.

Tablet/smart­phone

The best way to nav­i­gate around your mu­sic col­lec­tion is with a ded­i­cated app. A phone will do the job but a tablet is bet­ter.

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