On Saturday, April 29, we checked out four very nice streamers for you: the Yamaha WXC-50, Audiolab 7000N Play, FIIO R7 and the Volumio Primo. And as a bonus, we threw in a power supply upgrade. We write up the test for you here as well as show you some measurements on the streamers.
A poll on our Patreon page quickly showed the need for a multi test of streamers in the class up to 1000 Euro. And that is not surprising: around that price you can get some serious quality. However, we find the choice of streamers with dac very limited in that price range. We have therefore created a bit of a “staircase” test: an affordable Yamaha WXC-50, the new Audiolab 7000N Play and FIIO R7 and the now famous Volumio Primo. On the Primo we are going to do another power supply upgrade.
The test setup
- TAD Evolution 2 loudspeakers
- Pass Labs XP-12 and X150.8
- Pura Audio Dodo PSU (5V) for the JCat cards
- YETI Nextgen interlink
- Isotek filters(Titan / Aquarius)
- YETI Power cables
- Van den Hul Nova speaker cable
Very nice comparison, and I know you can’t compare all streamers in this price category. However I must admit I was a little disappointed to first see my streamer in the list to be tested (cambridge CXN v2) and then noticed it wasn’t present anymore when I sat down to listen to the shootout. Still curious how it would have compared, just like the Innuos ZENmini MK3 which I also have (or the more recent model the Innuos Pulsemini). Maybe in a future test after all you like doing mega tests :-). Like the recent excellent bookshelf speaker test. In any case succes in future shootouts!
Cambridge never send us the unit. Innuos doesnt have samples at the moment. But we get the Zen pretty soon!
You know you can switch languages with the language-flag in the menu? :-).
The Node n130 is somewhere in the middle, I think. The Volumio wins, we know for a fact. I don’t know the Node X yet. Maybe I will get a sample.
aaah ok i see the flag now.. thank you for the respons. I get the X in a few days and will compare it with the N130.
Would have like 2 see the bluesound node n130 between these streamers. Curious how it would compare.
I ordered the new node X, hopefully 🤞 it has the same powerboard, so I could change it and hook up the sBooster. Pretty interesting product, new DAC an pretty 🤩