Excuse me if this has been discussed elswhere - but just developing some upgrade thoughts. I had decided to get a Brennan JB7 to convert my collection to hard drive and play back through existing system................ however:
Listening room has hifi, but poor radio reception. TV room has 5.1 cinema set up with good main speakers - listen to radio off the sat. dish in there, house is wifi'd. Goal is to have SIMPLE access to music and radio in both rooms. 2 JB7's would cost around £700 plus and still not get me any radio in the listening room.
New idea: Apple TV in the TV room with HDMI link to the cinema amp, cheap netbook in the listening room + dacmagic into existing amp. I would keep all the music on the Apple TV which would be left running. Then use the netbook to provide a streamed digital source (appleTV - wifi - netbook) via usb to the dac.
As I understand it the Apple tv/ itunes should give good enough quality for the cinema amp. Similarly the netbook should still be able to supply a "pure" digital signal to the dac - which then sorts out the analogue quality for the hifi amp. Am I right? This should cost £640 (depending on the netbook) plus cables and gives me bags of control and (internet) radio for the hifi! Any thoughts?............
(Don't laugh, but the main hifi is a NAD3020 driving Mission 763i's)