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  1. Hi SNA Legends, I'm new here and unsure of the category best to post this in. I've guessed for General HIFI because I want HIFI questions answered, but there is an inherit technology aspect written in as well. Problem Definition I'm struggling to get the most convenient, highest quality audio at the moment in my home from technology. In Short - LossLess Digital Audio and Apple Devices = Pain. My ideal digital audio setup would be CD quality files stored in Plex on the network, and played without loss across the network into my receiver with access to a decent client app on iPhone/ios/appleTV/mac. HIFI Streaming service such as Tidal is ok, as I can Airplay that across to the AppleTV from IOS which is in fact taking FLAC > ALAC > Digital Audio (HDMI) > Receiver, not passing a DAC until it hits my Yamaha Receiver and presumably only passing a DAC and creating artefacts inside my receiver. It seems Apple refuses to include FLAC still in IOS/AppleTV devices, and client apps like Plex must under license presumably use the apple codecs only when writing apps for these devices. Apple has their ALAC (Apple Loss Less Cocec) which they seem to not use commercially on iTunes (yuck anyway) and the only mention I've seen them use it is in their AirPlay which for the most part works quite nicely as mentioned above. So - what are you using out there to get FLAC files out of Plex/DLNA over the air with convenience without losing quality? I don't really want a new receiver. I've just seen the Chromecast Audio device, which looks to have optical out - is anyone using this with iOS Plex APP with FLAC files streaming to the ChromeCast and outputting digital audio via the Optical and confirming that there is no weak link in the chain going all the way to the receiver's digital input? The ChromeCast should be undoing the FLAC and outputting PCM via Optical yes? Cheers, Luke
  2. I'm looking to play high quality streaming music from iphone on my stereo (without wanting to start a 320 kbps vs uncompressed argument!). Would this configuration work as a front end? ie. would the iphone's internal DAC get bypassed? If yes, is there any feature/spec of the DAC that needs to be taken in to account? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  3. This may seem old hat to most of you, but christmas saw santa bring us our very first digital flat screen TV. (40" special from Dick smith), and all because I wanted (needed) an Apple TV. The rest of the HT system is : (new) Apple TV with HDMI out AV - Cambridge Audio Azur 540 (lovely sound but only 1 HDMI input which is set to a single HDMI output ) PVR - Humax PVR Smart (SD only) DVD - Marantz 4200 The AV powers a Klipsch centre speaker, B&W DM330 fronts and Interaudio surround speakers Previously the AV put all the video output through s-video cable into a Philips CRT. All was easily controlled through the CA with a single remote. All was wonderful. Now we are waging war with an army of remotes, multiple independent sources, odd image sizing on the TV and a page long list of what to switch where, to watch what we want. The DVD and Humax come through the AV channel, (no s-video available) and apple TV through HDMI. The image is significantly framed through the AV input. After some research I think these are my options forward: 1 Replace the Humax and Marantz with a single BDP / PVR (with twin HD tuners). This unit should also have HDMI in so the apple tv can be incorporated into the mix. The unit then feeds into the CA AV's HDMI and through to the TV (HDMI input). Source selection is controlled via this unit not at the AV level. 2 replace the AV with an HDMI based AV unit which can then switch between any input - Humax, DVD, Apple TV and output it through HDMI (or whatever ) to the TV. Either option also needs to incorporate upscaling (ie. to make the picture fill most of the screen). I'm leaning towards # 1 - it will give us pause TV on all stations / access to Bluray discs / record HD TV. But it does seem a waste of otherwise good working components Gentlemen, et al. Are there any other options ? / thoughts ? / considerations ? Ralph :confused:
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