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post #16 of 23

May I interrupt? For several years, I have enjoyed computer audio from my home theatre system via a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI HD used to convert USB to Toslink for output to pre/pro. I thought the sound was spectacular from all material sent to pre/pro at 24/96, which was up sampling some of my music in iTunes library. Thing is,  my wife did  not like the cable from computer to HT running across the floor. So, the other day, I plugged in an Airport Express to get Wi-Fi from computer to HT. I was not expecting better sound, just convenience. What surprised me, was the sound was more detailed. I perceive this as better from a system that I did not think could be improved upon.

At any rate, it seems the OP and me are both satisfied. And, while I am curious about why I am now hearing subtitles I had not heard from my music before. I'll remain content whether I do or do not conclude what component in my chain was earlier limiting my pleasure. Maybe the computer utilities, computer settings, USB cable, up sampling, who knows. But, if any here want to speculate on why I am perceiving better, I am indeed listening.


Edited by sterling1 - 1/28/14 at 4:50am
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by sperandeo View Post

I understand what bit perfect means and I'm afraid you are wrong in believing that every player putting out a bit perfect signal would sound the same. Keep your squeezebox and never try anything else. What would be the point, according to you it would sound the same.
We agree to disagree, that's fine with me.

As I pointed out, I "owned"--past tense--a Squeezebox for four years. I now use an HTPC because of the additional streaming capabilities, not because of the difference in audio quality.

Meanwhile, I noticed in your original post that you are using the USB connection with your DAC. That also might be the difference as others on Head-Fi have occasionally reported differences between using the same DAC with USB vs. optical, especially if you are using the original MiniMax DAC where perhaps the sampling and bit rate is set differently (the original MiniMax does not support higher than 16 bit/48 kHz via USB). Or perhaps you have equally misread the Squeeze server configurations, like you did my post, and have everything set transcode all files to mp3. After all, Stereophile found no difference in playback of media files between the Oppo BDP-83 and a Squeezebox. Why should we believe you over them?
post #18 of 23
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Are you kidding me? Do you seriously think I have the original MiniMax? You need to open your mind and start paying attention. Your arrogance actually believes that I might be running the original MiniMax that could only output 16//48 via USB and I would be saying that it sounds better than the squeezebox?
post #19 of 23
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Thanks Sterling1.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by sperandeo View Post

Are you kidding me? Do you seriously think I have the original MiniMax? You need to open your mind and start paying attention. Your arrogance actually believes that I might be running the original MiniMax that could only output 16//48 via USB and I would be saying that it sounds better than the squeezebox?

Arrogance is demonstrated when one posts that setup A sounds better than setup B with computer audio, and insists that everyone should take his word for it instead of discussing how this might be caused by other factors or at least relating what care he took to find out whether other factors might be causing the difference. Arrogance is being unwilling to doubt one's own fallibility in configuring a system when making recommendations like this which might lead someone else to spend their money on something that may or may not work for them. Arrogance is continually replying with "it sounds better" when someone else joining a thread offers possibilities as to why that might or might not be true.

Meanwhile, no one knows what equipment you have. In addition to being unwilling to discuss configuration of your setup, your description of your equipment is very vague. All we know is that you have an HP computer, some kind of Electric Avenue DAC, and an SB. There have been many different SB models: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squeezebox_(network_music_player)
Edited by cel4145 - 1/28/14 at 10:27am
post #21 of 23
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You really have a lot of nerve assuming that I did not how to setup my equipment. (There goes your arrogance shining through once again). Enough said.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by sperandeo View Post

You really have a lot of nerve assuming that I did not how to setup my equipment. (There goes your arrogance shining through once again). Enough said.

Not at all. My previous statement to you in this thread was clearly stated to apply to anyone, myself included. It's not arrogance to assume that we can all be fallible.

Did you figure out which model Squeezebox you have?
post #23 of 23
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The JRiver Media Center together with the JMedia app on my iPad are working beautifully on the HP laptop.
I have not enjoyed my audio room as much as I have over this past week. I am experiencing a massive improvement in sound and control.
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