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  1. I'm considering buying a Teufel Connector 2 to replace my Chromecast Audio because my CCA stutters at hi sample rates, like 96kHz and 192kHz. Does anybody have experience streaming Qobuz hi-res with the Connector 2? Stutters? Skips?
  2. I suspect that the reason you're seeing the Tidal Masters at the 44.1 kHz on the DAC is because the DAC can't process the MQA stream; Tidal probably steps the stream down to 44.1 kHz. For stereo components, only those that are explicitly MQA-compliant can decode MQA. When you stream it via Bluetooth, your phone's Tidal app is decoding the MQA and sending the resulting signal via Bluetooth to the DAC. The Bluetooth LDAC protocol maxes out at 96 kHz, so your phone is downsampling the MQA stream to 96 before sending it on to the DAC. So, you're hearing a better stream v
  3. Which battery pack do you use? Do you leave the battery pack plugged in to the wall power socket, or do you charge it up from time to time? I'm happy with the CCA and Topping D50s combo so far. The only slight niggle is that the CCA maxes out at 96KHz and so can't stream 192KHz, but I don't know if could hear the difference between 96 and 192 anyway.
  4. I received a quick response from Primephonic's excellent tech support: as of Feb 25, 2021, Primephonic limits their Chromecast streams to 16-bit, 48KHz sample rate due to their current server architecture. Primephonic is considering revising their architecture to allow hi-res support for Chromecasting. You can currently stream Primephonic up to 24-bit 192Khz sample rate via phones that support this quality or USB direct to your DAC. My iPhone 12 successfully stream at 192KHz. My Android Moto G7 streamed at 48Khz due to the downsampling to 48Khz that occurs on most Android phones.
  5. I received a quick response from Primephonic's excellent tech support: as of Feb 25, 2021, Primephonic limits their Chromecast streams to 16-bit, 48KHz sample rate due to their current server architecture. Primephonic is considering revising their architecture to allow hi-res support for Chromecasting. You can currently stream Primephonic up to 24-bit 192Khz sample rate via phones that support this quality or USB direct to your DAC. My iPhone 12 successfully stream at 192KHz. My Android Moto G7 streamed at 48Khz due to the downsampling to 48Khz that occurs on most Android phones.
  6. I'm a new subscriber to Primephonic's top tier (hi-res). It's search functions are phenomenal for classical music. I find myself sitting down to listen to music while reading a book at night, and before I know it, I've listened to way more music than I had expected and hardly read my book. The liner notes are a treat. And BTW, you CAN search by conductor, soloist, composer, etc. Perhaps this feature was added after the poster earlier in the thread suggested that you cannot. One question regarding Primephonic v Qobuz: how can the hi-res recordings sound different between the two s
  7. @Cebolla: Excellent point. I knew intellectually how Chromecast works, but I didn't quite internalize it. You're right: the phone itself should not affect the quality of the stream. And thank you for clarifying the terminology. I do indeed mean sample rate. I found a good explanation here: Definitions. I'd love it if somebody else could check their sample rate when casting hi-res Primephonic to a Chromecast Audio connected to a DAC via Toslink.
  8. When I cast Primephonic's hi-res stream to a Chromecast Audio, my DAC (via Toslink) only receives a stream at bitrate of 44.1 or 48KHz. Anybody have experience or suggestions for solving this? Details: When I cast Primephonic hi-res tracks (say, 24bit / 96KHz), my DAC's display only shows 44.1KHz or 48KHz, depending on the track, mostly 44.1 KHz. Listening with headphones, I can hear that the track is not fully hi-res. The sound quality is good, but not awe-inspiring. When I cast the identical hi-res track using Qobuz, my DAC's display shows the 96KHz bitr
  9. Excellent explanation. Your replies have been very helpful. I decided to go with a CCA and a Topping D50s. Both arrive today. Once I find time to hook them up, I'll report back.
  10. Can the NAD C338 display the stream quality, like 24/192? I read a PDF if its manual, but didn't find anything about displaying the stream quality. Is there an NAD app that does this? Or do you just have to accept on faith that the device is playing the quality that your phone's app (like Qobuz or Primephonic) says that it is streaming? Thanks
  11. If I use a Chromecast Audio connected to a Topping D50s via the 3.5mm-to-Toslink jack, will the sound effectively be DACed twice -- once by the CCA and again by the D50s? Or can the CCA pass an unadulterated digital stream to the D50s for analog conversion?
  12. Is it possible to stream bit-perfect audio to a Bluetooth-capable DAC like the Topping D50s? In other words, I don't want Android to change/convert/adulterate the stream from Qobuz or Primephonic while transmitting via Bluetooth. I want bit-perfect streams to reach the DAC. Does that bit-perfect stream happen automatically, or does one need to configure the phone? I know that Android typically downsamples hi-res audio to 16/44 when playing the audio through headphone or USB-C jacks. Will Android leave the Bluetooth audio stream at, say, 24/192 when sending the stream
  13. I think the solution is to save up for the Cambridge CXN V2. It has everything I want in a single package.
  14. Thanks for the suggestions. Sadly, those Android apps that bypass the OS's limitations don't support Primephonic, my streaming service of choice. The search for classical music on Primephonic is so much better than Tidal (which is supported by UAPP).
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