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I am on an 802.11b/g network, so I worry about whether it could handle streaming lossless without dropouts. It seems if I can get a longer interconnect and keep the USB cable to under 6 meters, then I could run the iTunes through the Music Streamer and then straight into the stereo. Point A to Point B, solid physical connection. Done.
Is there a preference in having either long interconnects or a longer USB? Or does it matter?
I'm not sure what the DAC is like in the HK receiver but you might consider whether it would be a better investment to buy a longer toslink cable and run it from the iMac to an external DAC that fed the HK receiver than to buy longer interconnects.
Then you can decide which DAC you want to get that has a Toslink optical input. Some DACs like the Audio by Van Alstine don't have an optical input and would require a coaxial to optical adapter, but most DACs in your budget price range will (except of course for the low-priced USB-only DACs like the Music Streamer).
If for some reason you later decide you want to use an Airport Express instead of the long optical cable, you are only out the $10 for the cable. In either case, I don't think you would be satisified with the internal DAC in the Airport Express for critical listening and would prefer the external DAC anyway. Steve
...this [the HRT Music Streamer USB DAC] is not a piece to be passed over based on the price and sole input
Quote from: chrisby on 3 Dec 2009, 08:26 pm...this [the HRT Music Streamer USB DAC] is not a piece to be passed over based on the price and sole inputIf it were passed over it wouldn't be for those reasons, but for the reason that Jason may want to add some high-res 24bit/96KHz files to his library, and the Music Streamer can only accept a 16bit/48KHz input. Steve
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