View Poll Results: How do you deliver Digital Content to your DAC?

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  • AES/EBU - PCM

    5 13.51%
  • Coaxial S/PDIF -PCM

    8 21.62%
  • Toslink S/PDIF - PCM

    3 8.11%
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Thread: How do you deliver digital content to your DAC?

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    Default How do you deliver digital content to your DAC?

    Recent conversations revolving around DAC's has me interested in how folks are delivering content to their systems. I used to be a dyed in the wool analog guy, but started to see some hope with the advent of SACD, and eventually started getting into utilizing my computer as a source for my digital content. As Hi-Rez files became more available I eventually found that the majority of my music listening was occurring through my computer and I spent a good amount of time finding a DAC that would allow me to take full advantage of the latest and best downloads I could find.

    As computer based audio becomes more commonplace I'm interested in knowing how folks here in our community are delivering their content.
     
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    Tim, do you think you will abandon analog anytime soon?

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    Amanero Async USB. You know it makes sense.

    It seems to be very easy to get shaky connections with laptops and DACs, especially using USB->SPDIF converters. Async USB has been the best method so far I have found - from laptop directly to the DAC with nowt inbetween. If your DAC has an Amanero card you're lucky - I reckon it is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    Tim, do you think you will abandon analog anytime soon?
    Good heavens no! Even though my turntable is in storage right now I don't have any intention of giving up my vinyl setup. My digital rig is all I have available right now, so that's where my focus has been of late. I have far too many albums that I love to just kiss them goodbye.
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    Try modded minis, they have their power etc taken out and replaced, internet cards taken out. People who use them claim they work better than very high end cd players, I will be demoing some by july along with aurender.

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    computer -> toslink spdif -> digital XO -> multiple coax spdif -> multiple DACs
    Never mind my system. Read this book instead:
    Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms by Floyd Toole

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    SPDIF from Squeezebox.
    Marantz 8300 SACD / Squeezebox Touch --> Audiolab M-DAC --> Copland CTA-305 --> Classé CA-101 --> MartinLogan Vista / Behringer DEQ2496 --> Whise Profunder sub

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    MacMini USB out>Async reclock>Digital AES/EBU>Trinnov (gains/delays/XOs/EQ/DACs x 8)
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    MacMini+JRiver>Trinnov Altitude 32>W4S MMC7>active tri-amped Emerald Physics EP4.7, various subwoofers

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    I use:
    Mac mini w/audirvana--bel canto reflink--DAC (audioaero capitol cd player mkii or oppo bdp-105d or audiolab mdac)

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    Mac Mini -> USB -> M2Tech Evo -> TOSLINK SPDIF -> Esoteric D05 -> XLR -> Krell KCT
    Sources: Esoteric P-05/D-05, Ayon CD-1 and Krell DVD Standard
    Pre: Krell KCT
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    Analog: Music Maker III, Sumiko GST-801, Oracle Delphi, Graham Slee Era Gold V

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    Buffalo NAS 3TB Hard Drive -> EtherNet -> Router -> EtherNet -> Yamaha NP-S2000 -> XLR -> A-S2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonzo View Post
    Try modded minis, they have their power etc taken out and replaced, internet cards taken out. People who use them claim they work better than very high end cd players, I will be demoing some by july along with aurender.
    Kedar, try to listen to the Mini with it sitting on the Atomic platform. Some may consider it snake oil, but Tim (MiTT) stated in another thread that he heard distinct improvements with it in place at the last RMAF.

    Comparison with Aurender will be interesting.

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    For ultimate accuracy, my renderer is in the same box as the DAC, fully clock synced. So all-in-one solution is the Denon AVP-A1HDci

    But for pure convenience, I typically use the Oppo 103 as my UI and and renderer to LPCM which is then fed via HDMI to the AVP.

    The other audio source is my HTPC, where I run Foobar2000 with several plug ins to help deal with interesting formats like Ambisonics (I have a Ambi decoder plug-in), it is also how I play back my DVD-A or BR-Audio rips. So HTPC ->HDMI -> AVP-A1

    I really wish this industry could rally around and standardize on a singe clock-synch scheme for HDMI. But alas, not yet ...
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    I am totally discless. I have properly needledropped all of my desired vinyl and ripped and stored all of my CD's and downloaded hi-res files.

    I employ multiple setups throughout the house. All controlled via tablets and/or smart phones.

    1) FLAC on USB HDD -> Acer Aspire One netbook (running Logitech Media Server) -> Wired Ethernet -> Squeezebox Transporter (setup as slave) -> Lessloss DAC 2004 mkII (setup as master)
    2) FLAC on USB HDD -> headless AMD Athlon PC (Vortexbox OS) -> Wired Ethernet -> Squeezebox Touch -> Sonic Frontiers UltraJitterbug -> Roksan DA1 DAC w/ DS4 PSU
    3) FLAC on USB Flash Drive -> Squeezebox Touch (Tiny SC) -> Audio gd Ref 5.3 DAC
    4) FLAC on USB Flash Drive -> Squeezebox Touch (Tiny SC) -> my custom made DAC
    5) Acer Aspire One netbook (running foobar) -> EMU 0404 USB DAC
    MAIN: Squeezebox Transporter (slaved) --> Lessloss 2004 mkII Preamp/DAC (master) --> Innersound ESL800 mono amps (panels) & Sanders Magtech stereo amp (woofers) --> Sanders 10c speakers

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    Interesting thread! Quite a mix of systems here.

    I do have a separate DAC (a Cambridge Audio DACMagic), but use it only for digital sources on my TV stand. (I have a Pioneer DV-578A, WD TV Live, and a digital out from the TV.) I use coax or Toslink depending on what the source has. The analog out goes over to my main audiophile rig (at least for now).

    For the main audio rig, though, I simply use an Oppo BDP-105 as a network music player. CDs, HDTracks, etc. are all ripped to a network drive (hosted on a 4TB drive on a Synology DS214play), as are all the video discs in the house (DVD, BD, ripped to MKV files). Works well enough for me, and the DAC section of the 105 is as good as I'll ever be able to afford. Far as I know, it can also function as a DAC--pretty sure it has an input or two on the back. I use it primarily for stereo music playback, but also run an HDMI to the telly in case I want to watch video and don't want to mess with the WD TV Live.

    I split about 60/40 digital/analog listening. Still an avid buyer of vinyl here.
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