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Network streamer with high quality DACs?

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Hi all. Long time lurker, finally signed up to post.

 

I've got a small gap in my living room chain that I'd like to plug, namely the need for a high quality DAC that can stream up to 192/24 FLAC files over the local ethernet (wired or wireless, but prefer wired) either from a file share or DLNA, provides line out, and can be remotely controlled (preferably including writing custom software). The unit should be utterly silent (no fans).

 

The closest thing to this that I've come across is the Oppo BDP-105. I don't want to go down the road of a PC+DAC, even though that would likely be cheaper and more flexible.

 

Any additional ideas?

 

//Tomi B.

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The Primare NP30 does what you are looking for. More than double the price of the Oppo however. I can only attest to the quality of the DAC, which is fenomenal. It supports playback of sources over the network (wired and wireless), but I only tested it briefly.

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The closest thing to this that I've come across is the Oppo BDP-105. I don't want to go down the road of a PC+DAC, even though that would likely be cheaper and more flexible.

 

Any additional ideas?

 

Check out other music servers like the Aune S1 (which has a technically good enough DAC and output stage) and the Cocktail Audio X10 (good enough output stage, built-in speaker amp worked great even on Duevel Planets despite the 86db sensitivity).

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Check out other music servers like the Aune S1 (which has a technically good enough DAC and output stage) and the Cocktail Audio X10 (good enough output stage, built-in speaker amp worked great even on Duevel Planets despite the 86db sensitivity).

 

Thanks. On one hand the Aune S1 looks interesting, but I'm losing a little (trust) in the translation on their website. Here's one gem from the website, "... playing by Foobar2000, and decoded through network is much stronger than the digital signal from the traditional co-axial or optical." That's in addition to the 32-bit" hype. Anyway...

 

A quick look at the X10 reveals a fan in the back and a hard drive internally, both which will likely not meet my need to for a silent system.

 

However, I really appreciate the info! These two will give me more "hooks" to perform searches.

 

//Tomi B.

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Originally Posted by docBliny View Post
 

 

Thanks. On one hand the Aune S1 looks interesting, but I'm losing a little (trust) in the translation on their website. Here's one gem from the website, "... playing by Foobar2000, and decoded through network is much stronger than the digital signal from the traditional co-axial or optical." That's in addition to the 32-bit" hype. Anyway...

 

A quick look at the X10 reveals a fan in the back and a hard drive internally, both which will likely not meet my need to for a silent system.

 

However, I really appreciate the info! These two will give me more "hooks" to perform searches.

 

//Tomi B.

 

Yep, that's the problem with running a relatively small and obscure company from a country where English isn't as widely used. I'm planning to get one despite that, however I got a lot of other expenses lined up - new car audio system, new car, next gaming rig build, new camera - and it has to take a backseat considering my smartphone sends out a digital signal to my headphone amp (Android USB OTG to USB-B) anyway.

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