Thanks for the quick reply!
IC. Very interesting.
So whats needed is a bufferer / streamer to feed the DAC, external mostly to be inert against all the other chatter a regular computer does all the time? Which is why i won't want to run this off a window's pc.
You certainly can use a small computer (e.g. Macbook Air laptop) and feed the USB output directly to the LIO Dac. I've been doing this for a while using Audirvana Plus software and it works and sounds great and is very simple! I can't think of an easier way to do it. Load music onto Macbook (rip from CD, download online, and even stream via Tidal), play it and enjoy with Audirvana, JRiver, etc. Small laptop with a big enough SSD can store plenty of music, can run from its internal battery, and takes up little space.
But since you mentioned that you wanted your music to reside on your phone/tablet, streaming it out to your wifi network and then to a streamer like the Sonore products (or others... e.g Auralic) is probably the way to do it. I'm not sure what App to use, as I don't
have experience storing and playing back the music from the tablet/phone. I just use those devices as a remote...
Besides here on audiocircle, another forum that has a wealth of information regarding all things computer audio is www.computeraudiophile.comNOTE:
I am currently using a pre-production version of the Sonore microRendu now. So now my signal chain looks like this:
Macbook Air running Roon software >> Belkin wireless bridge >> microRendu (powered by LIO) >> Vinnie Rossi LIO (LIO DSD/PCM dac).
It adds some more complexity (vs. just connecting the macbook air to the LIO via a USB cable), but the benefits are:
1) The microRendu is a dedicated board that has audiophile clocks and linear regulators for the processor, and cuts out all the
non-audio related circuitry for an improved signal out of its USB jack to the LIO dac
2) The microRendu runs on 6V - 9V, so it can be ran from LIO's isolated power supply. See:http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=140850.msg1515058#msg1515058
So in this case, the added device (microRendu) results in a noticeable boost in sound quality
vs. the Macbook Air's USB out.
I did a quick post about it here as well: http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f26-sonore-sponsored/sonore-microrendu-ethernet-universal-serial-bus-industry-standard-cables-connectors-and-communications-protocols-between-computers-and-electronic-devices-output-27389/index41.html#post528513
The other advantage is that one can connect their computer to their network and locate it outside of their audio room, and connect/control it from their tablet/phone. Only the ~ 3" x 2" microRendu is connected to the LIO's dac in this case.
Different strokes for different folks - but both ways (as well as many others) work well and can deliver excellent results!