Happiness is… sitting back in your favourite armchair browsing your entire digital music collection, searching by album, artist, track and even genre, and listening in the finest sound quality!

At the most straightforward of levels – connect your Mac, PC or Laptop to one of the many DACs on the market and using iTunes, Pure Music, Windows Music Player or one of the other music management programs to manage the storage and replay of your music.

Many companies are also now releasing products which no longer require you to have a computer in your listening room, these music streamers act like any other source component and can be plugged directly into an existing amplifier. These are then usually controlled from a handheld device such as an iPhone, iTouch, iPad or Android device.

Via the use of Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives which utilise multiple hard disc drives, huge amounts of music can be stored easily and safely on a device no bigger than a shoe box, located outside main listening areas and accessed by any music player attached to your home computer network wirelessly or wired.

Subscription based music library services such as Qobuz, TIDAL and Spotify are also available, offering real time access to over 40 million tracks. And increasingly, access to ‘high defintion’ music files – the ‘studio masters’ before they are compressed for CD.

Many labels are now releasing albums and tracks in high resolution format (24/96 or even 24/192 as opposed to CD’s 16/44) for download, representing dramatic improvements over standard CD and covering a huge variety of genres.

Until recently, digital downloads usually meant a compromise in musical terms, however with music stored in a lossless format (FLAC, ALAC or WMA) many of these computer based systems now outperform their disc spinning counterparts.

MOON 280D MiND

A high performance fully asynchronous DSD256 / 32-bit DAC with versatility, including Bluetooth aptX and MOON's DSD MiND streaming module!

From £2600

Linn Akurate DSM

One of Linn’s stunning range of network music players with a built in pre-amp and a range of digital and analogue inputs to connect external audio sources such as a sky box, turntable or games console. Also features Tidal streaming and Linn’s Space Optimisation technology providing performance that’s optimised for your speakers, their placement and your unique listening environment.

From £6350

Naim NDX 2

With its performance, versatility and connectivity, NDX 2 embodies the current state of the art. New in Oct 2018, features include: high-res UPnP streaming, AirPlay, Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth (aptX HD), Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Roon compatibility, vTuner internet radio and multiroom streaming as well as digital and USB inputs provide all the connectivity you could wish for.

From £4999

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