Wav/Flac audio player w/bluetooth, remote and display - on a tight budget

VRavichandar

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Background: I have a decent stereo amp - 30 year old Sony LBT905 (made in Japan) and the speakers that came with it. The amp is very dear to me as the sound quality still amazes me after 3 decades of (ab)use!
The amp's input selector switch is faulty - have got it hardwired for one pair of RCAinput only. Volume control is manual now - the original remote control was routed through other components that are long gone.
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The amp is currently connected to my dedicated 'media player' laptop. Selecting songs, inc/decreasing volumes etc is a pain as it is located far from my work desk. Can't see the laptop display from my desk and can't keep my TV on for this purpose.

So I'm checking with you all here to see if there is an audio player that will
1.Play wav,flac files off a USB drive - with decent audio quality and a small display that can be viewed from say 10ft
2. Have a remote that can play/pause, prev/next and volume control
3. Bluetooth receiver (5.0) for music streaming
4. Have an aux OR L/R inputs for connecting a laptop sound
& all of the above in a tight budget - <10k.
I have searched over flipkart and amazon - only car stereos seem to have all of the above!
I hope experts here can give me better options and help me enjoy the music!
Thanks in advance
 

raghupb

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Explore products from Allo
Boss DAC player, for example
May not have BT though.

Or a Chromecast Audio if you can find one.

Both are headless and can be controlled via a smartphone or laptop.

Cheers,
Raghu
 
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Thanks for the input. Will check it out.
For Indian/local pricing, checkout a local reseller in your city. It will be cheaper.
In Bangalore there's fabtolab.com and waretohouse.com
They deliver all over the country/world, but you may have a local reseller too.

Cheers,
Raghu
 
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VRavichandar

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Explore products from Allo
Boss DAC player, for example
May not have BT though.

Or a Chromecast Audio if you can find one.

Both are headless and can be controlled via a smartphone or laptop.

Cheers,
Raghu
Checked out Boss 1.2 and 2.0 versions. 2.0 comes with a OLED display and remote as well. But the number of moving parts / pieces seems very complex to me. My experience with "cast to device" / media server/streaming on windows had always been problematic with my AVR. I do not want a repetition. I feel bluetooth streaming would be easier. Request simpler solutions - if they exist!
 
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VRavichandar

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Found a working, simple and zero cost solution for one part of the problem! :) :)
Installed Chrome remote desktop on my media laptop. Signed into my google account and set it up.
Accessed this from my work laptop thro just a browser tab - no plugin/extension installation required.
Installed the chrome remote desktop app on my android. Can control the laptop from there also!
As easy as 1-2-3.

Don't know how I missed this simple solution! I have been aware of this for quite a few years! Probably my loyalty and liking for firefox prevented me from going for chrome browser on which this extension works. Edge is now chrome based and accepts this chrome browser extension.

Chrome remote desktop app is also installed on my android phone - additional source to control! So simple!

Two pending things to do:
Find a good USB DAC to interface between my laptop and sony amp
Determine if I really need bluetooth!
 
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