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Any Audiophile grade Streamers in the market which outputs beyond 24/96 via Digital please?


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I am currently using Apple TV to the BAD DAC, but restricted to down-conversion by Apple to 16/44.1. Even the Logitech Transportor, which is suppose to be quite good, is also restricted to 24/96. Then how could we fully realized the benefit of hi-res without using the CAS route?

 

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The 2 lower end Linn DS models (Sneaky and Magik) both output 24/192 via SPDIF.

 

Of course, you could consider a headless MacMini with a INT202 as being just as convinient as a Linn DS streamer.

 

Eloise

 

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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One thing I don't like about the Linn models is that, I am paying for the internal DAC as well, and that it doesn't have AES output to external DACs. Comparably, I think both the ATV and Transporter are easier to use than the Linn DS.

 

What is INT202 please?

 

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The INT202 is a new Weiss interface that converts FireWire to AES and SPDIF.

 

The DAC on the Sneaky and Magik DS players are not overly high end - probably not much better than the one in a Transporter and cost is similar (at least in UK). I've never actually compared usability in anger of the 3 systems - though the ATV is certainly simple.

 

If you have some computer skills, you could also consider looking at using Linux with MPd and possibly the ESI [email protected] card.

 

Eloise

 

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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That's exactly what I mean. I don't wanna be paying premium for those internal DACs that are not top quality. I rather stick with my external BAD DAC instead. What I am waiting for is a simple streamer (like that of ATV or Transporter), which has audiophile grade instruments but are able to output 24/192 on the digital output. I wonder if this year's CES would have something that matches my needs (and many others from my chat to them)

 

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Sorry if I'm missing your point ... but you keep mentioning the Transporter which has a high quality DAC built in, but not a patch on your BADA ... how is this different (except AES vs SPDIF with may or maynot be benefit) when used with external DAC compared with using a Linn Sneaky DS?

 

Eloise

 

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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The point is simple my friend.

 

I am looking for a streamer which performs a transport role only. Quality components inside, and easy to use without the need to setup a CAS layout. The digital output can go out to 24/192 or beyond. Is there such a product on the market at the moment please?

 

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I don't think there is such an item available, I have an ATV, and yes it's not exactly in the realm of Audiophile Nirvana, but I think all other options (unless I'm mistaken) are either a Transport-DAC combo (Linn DS style) feeding from a NAS, or personal computer (with operating system of choice) either networked to a NAS, or files stored internally.

Btw - I wouldn't say the Linn DS is of lower quality, however I have been told by my Linn dealer that Ayre or Wavelength are doing amazing things right now.

 

 

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I think that's the point I'm trying to make here. Until that product comes into market, there's a reluctance for me to spend 10 x the money of the ATV on a transporter. I might still dive into the TP route if that "product" doesn't emerge soon enough though.

 

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ATV has made the experience very easy, I am looking into the Linn DS line myself, but even though quite savvy with computers, networks etc... am not looking forward to have to fight my front end a little to get the sound I need. Linns' DS line isn't very user friendly, Have you looked into NAIM Uniti? I have heard the DAC is really impressive.

May I ask what "TP" is?

 

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The Auraliti Player (not released yet) or a networked-media-tank (NMT) might serve your needs.

 

The NMT is quite a geeky device, and certainly not dedicated for audio playback, but it does output up to 24 bits / 192kHz via S/PDIF (co-axial and optical). Interface is clunky. The NMT has an internal disk and all the music is stored on it. While the NMT is designed to be connected to the internet, I am using it at the moment without any network connection.

 

Auraliti does look very promising, it is currently under development, I think very close to being released. A network connection will be needed to control the device.

 

I am of course not affiliated with the manufacturers of either of the above. Just pointing out some possibilities.

 

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Paul MacGowan and PS Audio will be showing their Perfect Wave DAC and Bridge at CES. The PWD has gotten rave reviews used in conjunction with the PW Transoport and the Bridge adds network streaming capability. Not sure what the S/PDIF output capabilities of the PWD might be, but I'm almost certain that the PWD/Bridge combo will be making some great sounds at CES. The controller is an iPhone app.

 

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