I use most of the time a large collection of CD'S via a ‘Rokan K2 Amp’ & ‘Kandy CD player’ which will remain my main source for now? - However I have an awful lot of music (70,000 tracks) ripped both on my networked PC & or USB drives mainly MP3 but a fair bit of flac - I've ‘acquired’ a ‘WD TV Live’ & rigged this up to my shared drives on my desk PC via ethernet (500 Home-Plug) as this is on 24/7 & was setup in minutes - I also have a Cambridge DAC Magic (the model with several optical/Coax inputs) as I used to use this with my previous CD player - The TV is connected to my DAC Magic via a 3 metre Toslink cable as I’m yet the go other than two channel.
I actually get pretty good quality from the ‘WD TV Live Streaming Player’ running from HDMI to my TV & then Toslink from the TV Optical out to the DAC Magic.
Now my question at last:
Would I gain anything by running the Toslink cable direct from the ‘WD TV Live’ optical out to my 'Dac Magic' ommitiing the audio going through the TV?
I'm thinking this is a pass-through? & omits using the on-board DAC on the WD TV Live? - This does work as I have tried it but I'm a little confused as to the four alternative outputs on the WD which are ‘AAC’ - ‘Dolby Digital’ - ‘DTS’ - ‘WMA Pro’ - Which of these shall I select to run the optical out to my ‘DAC Magic’ via Toslink if any? - Any tips will be most helpful - I’m actually rather impressed with my first foray into streaming & at some point will upgrade but just testing the waters for now & ripping to flac every spare minute I have