microRendu use case help

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RoadTripper

microRendu use case help
« on: 10 Apr 2019, 03:44 pm »
This topic is probably in one of these threads somewhere but maybe not. I want to know if my setup could benefit from a microRendu. From what I can read about it the device sounds like it's a specially made standalone sound card meant to replace the pedestrian sound cards that are embedded in laptops. But maybe not. I've never seen it described that way. If I'm right then it sounds like a move in the right direction for those of us who want to make a dramatic improvement in SQ.

My use case is to run Qobuz on my laptop and employ the microRendu to work around the limitations of my laptop's sound card. I don't care about NAS or network files. Qobuz has everything I want.  Is this a possible use case of microRendu?

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Re: microRendu use case help
« Reply #1 on: 10 Apr 2019, 10:26 pm »
That's not really how it works. It's not a sound card nor a DAC. It is an endpoint or renderer. You connect it to your router via Ethernet. Then connect it to your DAC via USB. You can control it from any computer connected to your router (directly or via WiFi). I control mine from my smart phone. It isn't like Bluetooth. My phone isn't streaming the signal to it. The network is handling that via the Ethernet connection. Think of it as a small computer optimized for audio, but without the noise and other junk that computers litter your audio with. I use mine to listen to Spotify in the background while I work every day. It is compatible with Qobuz and Tidal too, but I haven't tried those services yet. I need to.

RoadTripper

Re: microRendu use case help
« Reply #2 on: 10 Apr 2019, 11:44 pm »
Thanks. So in my case somehow the Qobuz app which I have installed and running on my laptop would still be the interface to the Qobuz servers running wherever they are?

How does my laptop know what's hanging off my router? Or better yet, how does the Qobuz app know to serve up the bytes to the microRendu rather than to my soundcard?

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