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  1. My spin on it is build the desired 2ch system, and then bolt the HT on to that by adding a pre-pro, surround amps and speakers. Not all that difficult.
  2. You can amalgamate a high end 2ch and HT system without compromise. I can't see any point in removing the 2ch aspect from the HT equation.
  3. I do understand the points he's making, however his experience is quite different to mine.
  4. The OP said " What is needed is properly designed and standard interfaces that are appropriate for listening to hifi music and watching movies without frills but doing it well. Few mainstream manufacturers are doing that and the same applies to the high end ones." To which I say, have a look at Kaleidescape.
  5. I hear what you are saying, but I don't have this problem. I have Kaleidescape. All problems solved.
  6. I'm salivating.... http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/magico-announces-the-m3/ Save your pennies, they are coming soon.
  7. ...the cheap and nasty power switch on the front totally spoils it for me.
  8. Try one of these and pocket $505 from your budget: http://magentaaudio.com.au/product/ps-audio-nuwave-dac/
  9. Can you play different content in different zones?
  10. What is your budget? What's wrong with your present DAC?
  11. My point was, you don't need to spend a whole lotta money to get something half decent, and extracting the nth degree from digital does need a whole lotta of money. Which for me I don't mind spending because it's my only hobby, and I have no desire to live in a bigger house by the beach, or own a better car, etc etc.
  12. Actually I am content with the old MacBook, it does what it needs to do. It was enjoying its lazy retirement sitting on the shelf doing nothing when I accidentally discovered a new use for it. My previous experience with computer audio was always problematic, but his new configuration seems to be OK. It just runs by itself in the background choosing to play whatever it finds on the internet. When I stumble across something I like I just add it to the growing YouTube playlist. I don't particularly need the DSJ DAC for this, I could just as well use my Ayon DAC, or my cheap FiiO DAC. They all sound OK for discovering new music.
  13. As I mentioned earlier, I'm content with the old MacBook connected to a DAC via USB....it doest really matter which DAC, the sound quality of all the free music on YouTube is excellent. Free is as cheap as it gets, I don't see myself buying many CD's any more. You don't need a $250k installation like mine to extract the nth degree from digital, $20k could get you something half respectable that you can enjoy for many years. I don't have a NAS, or any hardware renderer, or dedicated software to play music. The music plays in the web browser. About as uncomplicated as it gets. The USB interface can be improved if you want to tinker with that aspect. There is a new PS Audio device coming called LANRover which connects your USB audio device and USB DAC to an ethernet network, improving sound quality.
  14. From what I understand in the OP, his mobile telephone coverage is rubbish, but his data is OK.
  15. WiFi isn't going to help you with phone calls, unless you are using the Internet to make phone calls using a client-to-client App like Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp etc.
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