First I'd like to say that thank you for such a great site. I found it a few weeks back, having been looking for something similar for a long time and have spent the last few weeks addicted to the many pages of information and discussion.
As a result, in the last few days I have upgraded to an 3G iPhone, bought an Airport Express and realised my dream of having two remote controlled systems, one in my lounge and one in the bedroom.
Last night was a long one, setting up the Airport Express with windows was a tough challenge (and I now know a little more about wireless security!), but at 3am this morning the green light came on and it all started working.
I have a couple of questions regarding the set up of my systems. If you'll bear with me its probably worth going though them.
PC with XP
itunes (music ripped to apple lossless)
500Gb External Hard Drive
belkin wireless network
Airport Express (analogue audio out)
2 x LK100s
Linn Keidigh (active)
Laptop Soundcard analogue output :-(
Dynaudio Acoustics BM15A (active monitors)
Obviously there are some short comings here, not least using the laptop soundcard in the Lounge. I'm looking at an external DAC with a volume control or the devilsound DAC. My previous attempt to improve this section used an m-audio audiophile usb external soundcard but the usb support on my laptop is poor and it regularly refused to work.
1. What settings are best for using iTunes/Airport Express? the connection seems to be quite tempremental.
2. Should the m-audio audiophile express usb work from the USB output of the Airport Express?
3. Has any tried using a Linn Numeric DAC with the Airport Express (i'd quite like to keep an all Linn system)
4. Can you recommend a DAC to use in the lounge system between the computer and the BM15As, I probably have a budget of 500$ (although I'm UK based). Options I'm considering are another AE, the DevilSoud DAC, my m-audio audiophile usb (if it will work) or another recommended DAC possibly with level control.
Thanks again for the really useful information on your site.
Any general information on improvements to my system would be much appreciated
PS I've just noticed on the itunes v8 there is an option in 'Advanced' to 'Create Apple Lossless Version'. Presumably if i convert a 128kbps mp3 to apple lossless it will remain at 128kbps quality? or have i missed something?