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I've had a Apple Airport Express(firmware 7.6) for Christmas. I have it plugged in via optical Sony STR-DH820 with B&W 601 S3 speakers with Apple lossless music on my MacBook Pro.

Im reading on here people buying dedicated DACs. Is there any point for me to do this? as I've connected it directly to amp via optical.

Also I have the express connected via wireless. Would I get better quality if I plug it in via Ethernet cable? My talk talk router is upstairs and the hi fi downstairs in the lounge. so I'd have to buy a Ethernet homeplug to have a wired connection.

Thanks Smile

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I use an Apple Airport express wirelessly and if you are not getting any drops outs of signal then in my opinion I would stay as you are.

Whether or not you need a DAC is up to you and how you find the sound quality and how much you are prepared to spend. I used an airport express into a different Sony receiver to yours and was happy with the quality. It was near to my fubar II usb dac. Obviously if you spend more then you get more improvements, perhaps demo a DAC and see. But if your happy with the sound as you are then you don't really need one as the DAC (s) in your Sony are doing the job.

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Thank you, that answers my questions Smile

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RE: Apple AirPort Express

Thanks again 

I think speaker cable is my first upgrade. At the moment Im using some cheap  Argos speaker cable (I brought it when I had a cheap system and have never upgraded).

So I've brought QED Silver Anniversary Bi-Wire cable.

This will improve my sound a lot I'm guessing?

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Hi speaker cables upgrades are often a hot topic for debate on the forums. If you do a search you will find a number of differing opinions.

I can't comment as I haven't changed my Van Damme speaker cable. I think you will find it improves the sound, thicker cable perhaps performs better.

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Thanks Smile

 

Ive posted in another section of the forum so we shall see.

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Hi Tristy

 

I have a similar set-up to you. It is actually the AE that is doing the DAC conversion.

 

I am about to by a seperate DAC convertor, and was going to get the Beresford Caimen until I heard Cambridge are about to bring out a new DAC Magic, so am waiting to see how good this is.

 

So, I can't yet comment on whether a DAC will improve the sound, but after spending my cash, I hope it will!

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...oh and ethernet connection won't improve quality, just improve stability if your wi-fi drops out at all. If it is stable then don't worry about it.

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MiddleMan wrote:

It is actually the AE that is doing the DAC conversion.

Not if it is connected via optical as the OP said it was.

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THanks for your replys both Smile

 

We'll ive upgraded the speaker cable to QED anniversary and Bi-Amp. And it sounds a whole lot better! Amazing difference infact. So I am more than happy Smile

 

Im sure Ive read that if you use Optical its the Amp that does the decoding and not the AE.

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Tristy wrote:

Im sure Ive read that if you use Optical its the Amp that does the decoding and not the AE.

Yes, in your case, when using the optical output into your Sony AV receiver, it's the DAC in the Sony doing the digital to analogue conversion.

 

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Take a look at this DAC / headphone amp -

http://www.firestone-audio.eu/shop/products/allproductslisted/fubar4-plus.php

There is a good DAC in this unit.  The volume knob only controls the phones, RCA's to your Sony are fixed output.

 

 

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