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supernaut76 posted a topic in Networking, Networked Audio, and Streaming[TABLE=class: tborder postbit, width: 100%, align: center] [TR] [TD=class: alt1 postMessageArea, bgcolor: #FBFBFF]Apologise is this has already been addressed, I did see a post on here regarding this a while back but can't seem to find it anymore. I'm streaming from music from Spotify and iTunes to my Denon M39 using Airport Express. I stream from my iPad as well as my Mac Powerbook. Optical in. Seems that the sound quality using Airport Express is better than Air Foil. Also when I connect Airfoil to stream directly from System Audio - the sound seems to deteriorate massively! Can anyone confirm this and also any guesses why this may be? At the moment it seems to be better to stream Spotify from my iPad using the extreme 320 kbps Ogg Vorbis format > that way I can bypass the mildly cruddy Airfoil sound. I've heard iOS iPad streams to Airport at a lower bit-rate than OS X Mac. From what I can hear though despite this the iPad still sounds mildly cleaner minus the Air Foil. Am I just imagining this? I'll continue using iTunes directly with Airplay to play my MP3's and ALAC's [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
So I pulled the trigger on a NAD M2. I use iTunes for my music. Everything ripped to Apple Lossless. I use an Apple TV to stream to my Hifi. I have used this solution for 2 years without a problem. I was using a Benchmark DAC pre to convert D to A. Now I am using the M2 of course. The ATV has an optical digital output and that is what I am using into the M2. Well, the M2 loses the signal from the ATV intermittently. It will play fine for say an hour and then for no reason the sound will start to cut in and out quickly. I spoke to my dealer and NAD and they think it might be a compatibility problem which is hard to believe. I reconnected the ATV to my Benchmark and used the NADs analog input and had no problems. I also tried an iPod dock with digital coax output into the NAD and it also had no problems. I've tried both toslink inputs and they both experience the problem. I still have all my old gear and I could just go back to that setup, the problem is, the M2 sounds bloody awesome and I'm comparing it to over $10k worth of electronics in my old system. I love the sound of the M2 and want to keep it. But I really like iTunes and I really like my Apple TV. It's cheap and it sounds better than you might think. I'm willing to buy a different streamer, but there doesn't seem to be any alternative other than Airport Express. I've started looking at music servers like the Bryston BDP-1, but man that would be a major change and a ton of work not to mention over $2k in expense. Any suggestions very much appreciated.