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As far as streaming choices, I use Tidal lossless streaming to a Chromecast Audio to my DAC via optical.
I have not written in our esteemed AudioCircle forums for quite some time. I had to give up writing in the Open Baffle Forum. It seems that low-watt high-efficiency speaker open-baffle designs are not as welcome there, as they used to be. Indeed, low watt amplifiers have been relegated to the rarest of niches as strange ornaments of times past by the audio community generally. There are exceptions of course, like Nelson Pass's highly praised First Watt, low watt offerings, and excruciatingly expensive Japanese low watt tube designs.My interest in low watt amplifiers, like my Yamamoto A-O8S 45 Single Ended Triode, began I think, out of a perverse curiosity to find out why, when I was avidly reading about audio several years ago, so many older audio enthusiasts were so vocal that low watt amplifiers can potentially deliver magic to recorded music. The idea being that a simple circuit has less chance of messing things up. In the case of a Single Ended Triode design, letting the output tubes and transformers create their magic without unnecessary interference.hard
It's puzzling to me that in almost 2018, there is so few choices in solid, low-cost streamers that offer coax spdif output. Like most audiophiles, I already own high end DAC's and would like a good streamer that has good coax spdif out. If no coax, would take regular toslink preferably over mini toslink, and analogue outputs are not needed. Looking around, I might just have to pick up Chromecast Audio unless there are better options..
Hi Charles ~I cannot think of a more sophisticated design than the Rethm Saadhana, or a more sophisticated hi-end audio designer than Jacob George in India. He is a US trained architect and his design studio in Kerala is quite superb looking! He started with Lowther drivers but his work-around issues trying to tame the British driver to fit his cabinet design led him to start fresh with his own completely redesigned drivers. Now that is a true high-end uncompromised design approach. I would love to hear your system. Nice!With Warmest Friendship ~ Richard
An older Apple TV has optical out. I use one for Pandora but I am considering moving to Tidal. Does Tidal have a good collection of Classical and Jazz?
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