What streamers, that read ALAC, are available that do not have a inbuilt DAC?
Source 1) "Inspired" Manticore Mantra turntable c/w Rega RB 301 arm, Goldring 1042 MM Cartridge, Graham Slee Reflex M phono stage, Graham Slee CuSat 50 interconnect
Source 2) Cyrus CD8 SE CD player
Source 3) iTunes (ALAC), iMac, Devolo Homeplugs, Apple TV3, Toslink, Arcam rDAC
Source 4) Technics SL-7 linear tracking turntable.
Roksan Kandy L3 amp, Spendor A5 speakers.
Other rooms: more Airport Expresses and Homeplugs with Denon AV system and Denon Mini system.
Interesting question since you already have 2 streamer, the apple tv and airport express. May I ask why you would want another streamer but now without a dac...
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a streamer without dac is a NAS that sends over ethernet cable. (if it sent over optical or any other digital cable it would have gone through a dac, me thinks.
* B&O playmaker streamer * Beolab 9 speakers
* Panasonic 210 blu-ray * Samsung 40d6500
My own preference would be for a NAS drive (with suitable server/client software) piping into a DAC via USB, but that wasn't what you asked ...
If you're after a music server (without DAC) from a hi-fi manufacturer, you might consider the Simaudio Moon MiND 180D. I know a couple of people on the 'Wam who use them and are very happy. I think the price is about the same as the Cyrus. I don't know how the functions compare.
What classical music are you listening to?
Yes, I can and do stream from the iMac in the study through the ATV in the sitting room to my current DAC. But can I get better quality than this with a dedicated device reading the ALAC files stored on the iMac, or NAS, if I were to get one?
thanks Matt. I'll have a look at it. I don't really understand why these things should be so expensive without DAC an analogue stage.
Save yourself a lot of money and get a Sonos Connect ( I know it has a DAC) just use the digital out. Much more reliable than Cyrus and easy to set up and excellent control interface.
Sonos Connect, Cyrus DAC XP Signature with PSX-R
Cyrus Mono X 300 Signature, Wilmslow Phoenix with Bass Extenders.
Correct, hi res is not supported. Personally I can't hear the difference. How much hi res do you have?
Currently, only one album.
Yes, from what I've heard the Cyrus streamer is good, but its a lot of money for something (as far as I can tell) is no more than a Cyrus dac plus a streamer function. I think the main difference you will hear is the difference in sound signature and detail between the Cyrus and the Rdac.
That's what I heard comparing arcam Rdac and Cyrus X dac when streaming from a mac mini. The Cyrus streamer I heard on a seperate occasion. So it not 100% certainty, which you could only get by comparing with a Cyrus streamer and a Cyrus dac in your system...
EDIT: I'm assuming here you stream through the Rdac as the Cyrus cd 8 has no digital in according to specs. Furthermore: I found the Cyrus remote with the streamer not so user friendly.
Just to clarify:
Stream X is a pure streamer no DAC
Stream XP is a streamer, DAC and preamp.
Yes, its just the streamer function I'm interested in, not the Cyrus DAC.
it's shame the dealers are so few and far between. I'd love to try this one out. It's so neat and small too.
It might be worth giving this chap a call. I'm told that, aside from making isolation platforms, he supplies Moon kit, and he may have a demo model he could mail to you. (I'm assuming you're in the UK.)
See signature. I think that the Sonos into my Cyrus 8 DAC is just about right. As all the Sonos outputs are on all of the time I have ABC the optical, coaxial and analogue outs into the Cyrus 8 and the 8 gives a fine account of itself. I guess that you will find the same with your kit. Unless you're going for overall upgrading the Sonos will easily suffice. I have posted elsewhere on here about my thoughts on HD, and I still can't hear a difference on my home set up.
Sonos ~ 2*Play 5, 2*Play 3, 1*Play 1, 2*Connect (ZP90), 2 * Sonos Controllers,1* Bridge, Cyrus 8 DAC to KEF speakers, Linn Classik to Mission speakers, NAD 533 for vinyl, Pure Evoke 2s for portable listening.
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