Until today, I listened to iTunes from laptop through my HT using a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI HD interface to convert USB to optical S/PDIF, sending to Sony TA-E9000ES at 24/96 for Digital to analog conversion. I was impressed by the magnificent sound but my wife did not like the cable from computer to pre/pro running across our carpet. The solution was Wi-Fi via Airport Express, sampling all input to 16/44 and converting to analog for pick up at TA-E9000ES video 2 stereo RCA inputs. Now, although I was expecting some deterioration in sound quality I am gladly surprised that the sound is actually better; and , I am startled that this $99.00 device has improved upon sound which I thought was as good as it could get. Perhaps some others here have had similar impressions of the Airport Express.
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I do not know the model of digital to audio receiver in the TA-E9000ES but all digital input to it, from16/44 to24/96 has sounded awesome. In fact, distinguishing between digital and analog LP would be difficult if it was not for the occasional snap, crackle, and pop common to my LP's. I also have a pair of Sony professional PCM 7010F DAT recorders with what I understand are the best DACs on anything ever produced; yet, it appears Airplay off the Airport Express does indeed reveal more of the music.
Edited by sterling1 - 12/31/13 at 3:29am