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It works best with iTunes, in that you can use their remote apps on an iDevice and manage your entire library seamlessly.  However it works fine with other programs, but you need a 3rd party program like Airfoil.
  Yeah, that's what I thought. I couldn't see how they could have any sort of universal two-way control.   I realize that the stick would use the CD player's DAC, but that is only part of the equation.  What happens between the source computer and the receiver matters far more than the DAC the does the final conversion.  Many cheap streaming solutions will use some sort of compression or other tricks or cheats that degrade the original file.  That's why the fact that the...
See, that's what I'm not sure that stick does.  I can see it being able to act as the bridge as you say where it presents the folder structure to the connected device, but I can't see how it can integrate control from a media player on a computer through that device.  Nothing in either of the reviews you just posted indicates that you can choose a song to play in WMP and it starts playing on the connected stereo.  You're looking at the wrong device if that's what you...
I can't see what that stick can do that an Airport Express can't (at least as regards your wants) - and the Airport Express is a tried and true system that we know passes bit-perfect data wirelessly between a computer and the connected device.  I have no idea what the specs are on that stick, but I would be very very surprised if it is anything close to audiophile grade.    The other question I would ask about this device is can you actually do any control from the...
The Airport Express uses Toslink digital out via the 3.5mm port.  The USB port is for print serving.
Why don't you instead get a CD player that also has digital inputs for your computer, and then play the files directly from the computer?   If you can't/don't want to run a cable from your computer, get an Apple Airport Express and plug that in next to the CD player, and use its digital output as the input to the cd player.  The AE carries a lossless signal, and there are third party programs that can access it, so you don't have to use iTunes.   If you do use...
    Simple, but are you certain you've adjusted the Speaker Volume to just below clipping?   I can't say that I've noticed any compression (and I'll note that I'm extremely sensitive to digital compression artifacts, and have taken the blind tests to determine at what level I can discern compression from the original); what I do notice that ultimately led me to largely stop using it was a sacrifice in the lack of detail for the gain in speaker effect.  On some recordings...
The point is, if you didn't do the test properly, you didn't prove anything to yourself.  What it sounds like you mean to say is 'I stopped when I was happy with the results' which is very different than 'I completed the test and was able to hear a difference.'
The Fiio is significantly cheaper, and considering it should be virtually neutral, it's hard to argue that it's not a better buy.  For that matter, unless you have a bunch of high-resolution files, or really want the coax/optical input, the e7 is an even better buy at well under $100.
The e7 or e17 are plenty of amplification to drive the d7000 on their own with no coloration to the sound.  There is no audible difference to my ears between my e7 and my Pico, although the Pico is a joy to look at and use, and still works like new at nearly 5 years old.
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