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Kaleidescape / Itunes

Bcguy

Member
I'm at a standstill for importing music into K and not sure what road to take.

It's unfortunate that K can't update metadata like itunes on single unknown tracks etc. I love the idea of having multiple zones and the ease of importing but not it's feasible with a large collection of music to enter in all the information. I do have a large collection of purchased music on Itunes as well.

Is there an alternative for multiple zones with different music?
 

RAV

Well-known member
I use Sonos for multiple room music and it integrates flawlessly with iTunes (I keep my entire music collections in iTunes in Apple Lossless format).

I have Sonos setup for about a dozen rooms. It is easy to group rooms and the iPad app is excellent. I also access four different streaming services through Sonos and build playlists that combine any of the sources.

One note - although it is a wireless system I use hardwired Ethernet connections for best connectivity and stability.
 

Mark H

Well-known member
⭐️⭐️PATRON⭐️⭐️
If you are into the 'real hifi' experience have a look at the Linn DS range as the room players and the ipad as the control point using itunes or your own library on a NAS.
Different players at different price points but all work together.

https://www.linn.co.uk/music-systems
 

Bcguy

Member
Thanks Rav & Mark. I like sonos and use it in a few work places. The Linn speakers are beautiful. The interface is great on both. I don't like that although you can hard wire the speakers in sonos there is no way to turn the wifi off. I'm trying to have everything in the house wired except for one source of wifi. I don't think they have ceiling speakers. We are not audiophiles at all and ideally discrete (celing or in wall type) music in most rooms and outside is the plan. If I find such a setup I'll post it. :).
 

RAV

Well-known member
Thanks Rav & Mark. I like sonos and use it in a few work places. The Linn speakers are beautiful. The interface is great on both. I don't like that although you can hard wire the speakers in sonos there is no way to turn the wifi off. I'm trying to have everything in the house wired except for one source of wifi. I don't think they have ceiling speakers. We are not audiophiles at all and ideally discrete (celing or in wall type) music in most rooms and outside is the plan. If I find such a setup I'll post it. :).

I'll check my notes - but I am pretty sure I have WiFi turned off on my Sonos units.
 

Mark H

Well-known member
⭐️⭐️PATRON⭐️⭐️
I am more a wired fan than wireless when it comes to networking as it is less likely to drop out.

Being more an audiophile for my main listening space I put hifi sound well above the cinema sound hence the choice of Linn and a Linn DS player fed from a NAS.


For general listening there are 10 music zones delivered from the central rack so the set-up is a reasonable size with some complexity and is based upon a mix of ceiling and free standing speakers but I prefer B&W to Linn speakers. That said both are very good musically but for outside in the garden and by the pool I have wired B&W speakers.

For the general music source I use my K servers and am a big user of K4000 music players and I then distribute sound around the house by using a Linn Intersekt (very old technology) but rock solid and available on e-bay for <$200 where as when they were new they were over $10K for the large Itersekts and use the Linn Roomamp2 to drive the speakers again rock solid and $200 on e-bay or >$1500 new but they are discontinued.

Sonos is good and much newer but to integrate K music and put around the house I think you need a different solution
 

Bcguy

Member
If the wifi could be turned off and it was wired that would be great. I've been having a look at the Denon Halo system and Bang Olufsen. Not sure how compatible BO is with itunes. Seamless ipad control would be nice.
 

Bcguy

Member
I'd really like to use K for all my music Mark. If it could update track names like Itunes does I would.
 
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