2) I'd like it to use it to listen to movies too trough my TV
Can't you get almost all you need using existing Spotify clients for PC/Android/iOS? Well, maybe not this:Quote2) I'd like it to use it to listen to movies too trough my TVBut I'm not sure what you mean by that. If you mean that you want your investment to also provide home theater audio, then Onkyo (and probably others) offer AV receivers with Spotify built-in:http://www.eu.onkyo.com/en/spotify-and-onkyo-50268.htmlBTW, there's no "not great sound quality" issue with Sonos.
I never heard a Sonos playing, but my guess is that any speaker as small as a play 3 won't be able to produce anything near good a bass (50/150Hz).
...but my guess is that any speaker as small as a play 3 won't be able to produce anything near good a bass (50/150Hz).
I never heard a Sonos playing, but my guess is that any speaker as small as a play 3 won't be able to produce anything near good a bass (50/150Hz). Plus, it has not input connection so i won't be able to use it with my tv
Granted, I haven't done a lot of research recently, but to me it looks like good dedicated media players are lacking, especially when it comes to audio, since they often don't have simple features like gapless playback.
I suggest you go to an audio/video store and listen to a variety of speakers. And I'd suggest listening to both stereo and surround set-ups. You'll probably see (and hear) lots of speakers that are above your price range, and you may not end-up buying from that store, but it will be educational.
A bit over your budget, but this might suffice if your TV has digital audio out:http://www.sonos.com/introducing/playbar
After a bit of research, I'm tempted to go for this kind of setup:1) Wireless RaspberryPi with xbmc or raspify[snip]4) Hifimediy Sabre USB DAC 2
1) Wireless RaspberryPi with xbmc or raspify
Has your research included checking whether your chosen DAC will work with the Pi? It is well known that the Pi's USB implementation has issues and whether it works with any given USB DAC seems a bit hit-and-miss. Playback at high sample rates can make things worse. It could be that you'll have no problems with the Sabre, but it's equally possible it won't work.
@yay101: you're correct. that's the kind of setup I have in mind. My issue is with xmbc, which seem a bit of a stretch for my needs: lots of unrequited features and a bit of fiddling around to make it work (Plugins, configs,etc). Also what would i need to attach an analogue device to this kind of setup? (think turntable)
You can also get Raspbmc
-Supports almost all DACs-Bit perfect playback (up to 32bit 192 khrtz)-Only few process are active, less is more in audio reproduction
good points, which seem to be addressed with the Raspifi distro, as they write in their project page (http://www.raspyfi.com/project/).