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USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?
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I am using a USB only DAC, which takes its power supply through the USB lead.  Am I stuck needing physical USB connection between PC and DAC, or is there an airport express-like product with USB connectivity?

If you have found a solution to this issue, I'd be very grateful to hear it.   :?

James

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

What is your end-game? You want to go wireless?

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

I want my laptop to be mobile whilst I'm listening to music, so either I find a wireless solution (without loss of sound quality) or buy a dedicated PC for hi fi use.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

Apple Airport Express/TV or Roku box.

Maybe consider a netbook for dedicated media streaming

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

I wanted to continue using the USB only DAC.  I don't think the USB on the Airport Express outputs audio.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

Then the dedicated computer streamer is about your only option.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

OK, thanks for the info.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

Jame5 wrote:

I am using a USB only DAC, which takes its power supply through the USB lead.  Am I stuck needing physical USB connection between PC and DAC, or is there an airport express-like product with USB connectivity?

If you have found a solution to this issue, I'd be very grateful to hear it.   :?

James

 

If I'm not mistaken, someone hacked the Squeezebox Touch to do just that: output a signal through its USB port. Other than that option, I believe you'd be stuck with using a PC directy connected to your DAC.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

James, regret I cannot help with your query but would value your views on the HRT as I'm contemplating their microStreamer.  It seems to do both headphones and line out (unlike the more costly Dragonfly) and is significantly cheaper than the new Meridian (though this does 192).

 

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

I think that you can play directly from a Synology NAS through the USB but you should confirm this.

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RE: USB only DAC - dedicated PC required?

Nopiano, all I can tell you is that I'm delighted with the HRT's sound quality and feel that it was very good value for money.  However, I've no idea how the microstreamer's sound compares to it, other than what I have read on here.  Good luck!

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Jame5 wrote:

Nopiano, all I can tell you is that I'm delighted with the HRT's sound quality and feel that it was very good value for money.  However, I've no idea how the microstreamer's sound compares to it, other than what I have read on here.  Good luck!

Thanks a lot. I've now realised the Dragonfly can be used as a fixed line level output too, though it has just one socket, unlike the HRT microStreamer's two.  Interesting that they are both from the USA!

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