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RE: CD Player vs NAS + DAC

I think you can connect 2 inputs on your dac so why not plug in the NAS and computer seperately? You will need internet connection for youtube. Yes computer can cause some interference.

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Ok makes sense guys. Maybe I can use a USB Spdif from PC to Dac for Youtube, and can connect NAS directly to DAC.

 

Also heard that Liv Zen Vortex box has an interface that lets me play music from the PC, but then switch over to youtube on that interface so that youtube still flows through the NAS - usb - Dac connection

 

I will be demoing Dacs vs CD this weekend, and then will be comparing Rega, Naim and Arcam Dacs as well. Will hear Bel Canto Dac separately in another environment. Will keep you posted

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RE: CD Player vs NAS + DAC

Can't you use toslink from your computer or NAS?

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RE: CD Player vs NAS + DAC

My NAS is connected via ethernet to my Wireless router so I see the NAS on my network

Then NAS is connected via USB to S/PDIF converter which plugs inrto the COAXIAL on my DAC

But it can also connect via USB into the USB on my DAC

All my music all is controlled by my iOS app, which needs to see the NAS on the network

Simples!!

 

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Can't you use toslink from your computer or NAS?

most PCS/NAS's do not have optical or coaxial outputs - just USB

That is why MacMini's connected to a DAC directly via optical are good at being muisc servers - Superb transport imho

 

 

 

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BigH wrote:

Can't you use toslink from your computer or NAS?

most PCS/NAS's do not have optical or coaxial outputs - just USB

That is why MacMini's connected to a DAC directly via optical are good at being muisc servers - Superb transport imho

 

OK, my PC has both, thought many did have that now. 

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Guess it depends on the quality of the soundcard, NAS's usually don't - grrrr its a bit annoying sometimes but there is ways round it if you want have hi-res music as hi res isnt support through USB on the cheaper DACS

It's a bloody minefield if you ask me! Now Vinyl is my main source another SBT would of done the job very well instead of the Rega DAC

 

 

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Hi Steve, so you are saying a SBT is better than a Rega DAC?

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Hi Steve, so you are saying a SBT is better than a Rega DAC?

No it isnt better imo, but I hardly ever use it - so a SBT would suffice 

If CD was my main source then would deffo prefer the Rega DAC

 

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Bear in mind that with an SBT you need to Logitech software running. Not every NAS is capable of running it - you generally need the more expensive ones.

 

You should be able to pick up an SBT for about £160-ish. They're good but I found it too buggy for my intended use (with a USB drive).

 

I've done an A/B between my laptop via optical and CD player via coaxial and couldn't detect any difference. This did not surprise me as I'd expect both to be pretty much perfect at moving the data. It comes down to whether or not you want to use physical media.

 

 

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Auditioned the Rega, Naim, Bryston, and Musical Fidelity Dacs with Martin Logan EM ESL, using a Bryston amp, and laptop as source, flac lossless. All dacs sounded good, not much to choose from, though obviously there are differences in sound. The MF dac had a very bright sound, that made the acoustic guitar a bit aggressive, but was good for drums relative to the others. That was the only sound that would not be to everyone's taste. I also tried combining the dacs with a bel canto ulink, but didn't make a difference. I enjoyed them all. Bryston was a bit weak on the drums but rich on the acoustic guitar and vocals. Finally played a Bryston CD player, which used to cost 3k pounds to compare, and again could not make out the difference. In a separate setting tried the devialet amp and it's dac with a Wilson benesch expensive speaker, a speaker which I really don't like. The CD player was an expensive audio research CD9 which costs 12k pounds. Taking the CD player out did make a change to the sound but the devialet dac did very well. When we added the bel canto 3.5 dac there was a noticeable drop in quality, but note we are comparing it to a CD player almost 6 times the cost. The devialet did well though. Next weekend I hope to compare the devialet on Martin Logans with AR on an amp basis and naim on a dac basis, and with a CD player

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In a separate setting tried the devialet amp and it's dac with a Wilson benesch expensive speaker, a speaker which I really don't like. The CD player was an expensive audio research CD9 which costs 12k pounds. Taking the CD player out did make a change to the sound but the devialet dac did very well. When we added the bel canto 3.5 dac there was a noticeable drop in quality, but note we are comparing it to a CD player almost 6 times the cost. The devialet did well though. Next weekend I hope to compare the devialet on Martin Logans with AR on an amp basis and naim on a dac basis, and with a CD player

Glad to hear you liked the Devialet. Which model did you hear?

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