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  1. Stop reading now. It becomes derivative and troll filled. I'm sure you have something better to do with your time.
  2. It was a great time. There were very knowledgeable people there. I got lucky and sat with several designers who were willing to talk about what they were working on. Many people with strong opinions; not a surprise. My only suggestion would be to have 1 or 2 people in the room speak about some aspect of CA that they have mastered. 10 minute max each speaker with 10-15 minutes of questions. In time, people will sign up to talk, I believe. my vote is Berkeley is a good central location for the Bay area.
  3. Thank you, Chris. I learned a good bit by sitting quietly and listening. Lots of knowledgeable people.
  4. This has been a learning experience. I had no idea the ATV was rendering the signal. I get it to have A+ do that and let the ATV pass it along. Then, what I've been calling a pre-amp (many years of habit) is actually an HT processor, so the Dac in that is the 'dac'. So, in using an outboard DAC I'd use the 'ht bypass' I'd imagine. I'm now thinking of getting a better HT pre-processor with better internal DAC than using an outboard dac...but then upgrading is harder. Under any circumstances I appreciate everyone's input
  5. Thank you. I'm so used to audio equipment pre-amps, I didn't realize there was an dac in the pre-amp for the audio only. Like I said when I started this, I was missing something basic.
  6. OK then I'm not getting it or not explaining myself well enough. Right now I'm listening to the upstairs system: Retina MBP>iTunes/A+>Air Play-Apple TV hdmi>preamp. This system must rely on the dac in the MBP. My question is?: When I go MBP>iTunes/A+>Air Play-Apple TV>hmdi or optical>DAC>preamp...What is the DAC processing? The analog from the MBP's dac?
  7. That's what I was missing. Thank you. I didn't know there was a DAC in the Apple TV Gordon
  8. First, thank you for responding. So, if I'm sending information to Airplay that is digitalized by the DAC in my PowerBook, then the wifi DAC that Airplay is sending the information to is re-converting what the dac in the laptop sent? Like I said, I'm probably missing something easy or ??? I'm not sure. What I'm trying to do is to increase the quality of the sound in my upstairs system which 1) now uses Mac to Audirvana to Airplay to pre-amp by 2) going to Mac to Audirvana to Airplay to a wifi DAC to pre-amp. So, likely in some mistaken way it seems that if 1) uses the Mac's DAC, so will 2) and the information will be processed twice.
  9. When I Airplay to the Apple TV, what leaves the computer must be analog. If I Airplay to a wifi dac, aren't I still sending analog?
  10. Several years ago, I walked into our weekly staff meeting and stated, "We're going to raise everyone's salary by $200.00 per month." Unfortunately, that started an argument about why everyone was getting the same amount, etc. Why does it remind me of that story? Because I learned that too many people seem to see the world from their personal myopic and self centered view and are likely to find fault with most things that are not completed in the way that they believe is the 'right' way...typically their way, even with gifts. Now, this article is way over my head. But, after reading it twice I could see that Chris is trying to share his passion related to most things CA. And, I figured that what I didn't get now, I'd get later through the discussions that occur. As always Chris, thank you for your efforts. Eloise, I don't know who you are or what you do for a living. But, you believe you are knowledgeable. So, maybe I can learn something technical from you: Write your own blog..let's see how long it lasts.
  11. OK, if I understand this, I use the Mac app. But, then, I'm not using Audirvana or other similar software. Does the Tidal Mac app, bypassing iTunes and the Mac dac, not need an application such as Audirvana to 'make it sound better'?
  12. OK, if I understand this, I use the Mac app. But, then, I'm not using Audirvana or other similar software. Does the Tidal Mac app, bypassing iTunes and the Mac dac, not need an application such as Audirvana to 'make it sound better'?
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