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Vortexbox and IPeng

I have a Vortexbox which I use to rip music and then play through an Squeezebox Touch. The Vortexbox is fanless and silent unless ripping. I use IPeng and my IPhone to control the squeezebox. I've noticed that IPeng can control the Vortexbox directly and so I have the facility to play directly from the Vortexbox outputting via USB to a DAC. The IPeng app lets me listen to internet radio, including IPlayer and listen again services.

Currently I don't have a DAC and so have not tested this facility but my question is - what is the Squeezebox adding? I hardly ever use the Squeezebox touchscreen. Given current second hand values of Squeezebox Touch I could sell the Squeezebox and have more left over for a DAC - I intend to buy one anyway but could now afford a better one. If I was to invest in some wireless DACs I could quickly and easily set up a multiroom system.

Are there other benefits that I will only appreciate once they are gone?

Given the quality of IPeng and Vortexbox why would I ever buy a streamer as opposed to investing in better DACs. I'm sure I must be missing something here particularly in relation to how the information is pulled / requested / pushed am I. Are these issues compensated by the error correction possible via USB as opposed to through an optical or coax digital connection?

Thanks for any advice in advance.

John