IMO it's always been that good Martin, I've been enjoying good sound from Spotify on my music server for a long time. I reckon you've now got a super little setup with your Pi to actually appreciate it's worth as a music resource
I'm sure it has, Tim. My previous experiences slowly ramped up from 'facsimile performance but ok' to 'really very acceptable' to now where I think it's a perfectly good primary source. My SACD player still reigns supreme, but it's very much closer now between vinyl, silver disc and Spotify.
I can go back to being platform agnostic but with the added benefit of having a vast collection at my disposal!
Having just upgraded my Raspberry Pi with a HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro, I find myself re-evaluating Spotify yet again. Listening last night, I kept thinking "how can this be a 320k stream over the internet?" Even accepting that Ogg-Vorbis is a better codec than mp3, it still amazes me that it approaches CD quality so closely that on some albums it's damned nearly the same.
A while ago I proclaimed that Spotify would only ever be an evaluation system for me to decide which CDs to buy. It's still that, but it's also becoming a primary source for the vast wealth of music out there that I shall never buy. It really is that good, now.
jandl100 I really see where you are coming from, now