- Mar 23, 2009
I have done a little update, fixed some broken links, pointed out where the links are broken and I cannot find the original and added and taken away some bits and pieces. There is nothing I can find now that overturns the conclusions I reached back when I started the meta study.
That is why my head-fi set up is the same now as it was four years ago, the only change is a new laptop from which I still stream Spotify (Premium to get the better bit rate) to my various headphones.
I am essentially in the same boat, but with Google Music instead of Spotify. I've toyed around with the idea of using Tidal with the military discount and purchasing Roon to make the interface better. This would have meant getting a more powerful laptop, too. Though, I'm sure I can't hear any difference and the point of getting Roon would be to make Tidal more like Google Music's interface. It would be a total waste of money for me, as I only pay $7.99 each month for Google, which gets me access to YouTube Red as well.
The best thing I did was to get powered speakers. I very rarely listen to music at home with headphones anymore. Powered speakers and a nice, reasonably priced USB DAC is my end game unless my financial situation drastically changes to the point where tens of thousands of dollars would simply be disposable hobby money. For now, I just get a cheap laptop every 4-5 years to keep the operating system up to date. I don't use it for anything other than a music streaming device.
Hoping that this will be a viable method to listen to music for years to come. This is bliss for me.