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To get computer audio from my MacBook iTunes to my hifi system I've been using an Airport Express into the DAC on a preamp, which also had a USB input if I wanted a better sound.

 

 

I now have a Cary Audio SACD 306 pro which apparently has a pretty good built in DAC.

 

 

Problem for me is that it only has toslink, coaxial or AES/EBU input jacks. Don't think I can go from the Airport Express to these inputs, not sure the quality is that great anyway with Airport, jitter?

 

 

Is there a simple solution that would allow me to stream over my wifi or connect a USB cable from my MacBook Pro to the Cary DAC?

 

 

It doesn't seem wise to add yet another DAC in the chain if connecting to the Cary SACD and I don't have budget to purchase a new DAC that would be comparable to the Cary's and handle streaming (would like to keep under $1k).

 

 

Hoping for a simple solution that provides good audio quality.

 

 

Thanks for the help.

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You can go Airport Express into a TOSLink input. You just need a cable similar to...

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Alternatively, how close is your MacBook to the Cary? Could you use a USB to SPDIF converter and wired connection?

 

Finally you could consider something like using a Raspberry Pi (as described here -- Computer Audiophile - Geek Speak: Raspberry Pi HiFi Is Here ) or just inside your $1k budget you could get the Auralic Aries LE.

Eloise

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Great, thanks. That's just what I was looking for.

 

A follow up question on the toslink: I think the Airport Express requires a "mini" toslink? Is there a difference between a toslink designated as "mini" and one that is not? Not sure if it's just the cable length.....

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If you're referring to the Aries's support of AirPlay, not much is officially known. It apparently doesn't support AirPlay's sync mechanism. So, for example, control from iTunes may be a bit sluggish and videos played on an iDevice won't be lip-synced. See:

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-networking-networked-audio-and-streaming/alternatives-aries-23864/index4.html#post411414

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