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  1. I am struggling with the exclusivity option for the audio device in the Tidal app. I like it when a music app can claim exclusivity of the audio device on my MAC. I use Tidal app on MAC with MacOS High Sierra and OPPO USB DAC. In the case of JRiver, the JRiver app claims exclusivity when playing something and if one stops the music, the exclusivity is given up and other apps can use the audio device / DAC (Youtube, Chrome, Spotify, etc.). In the case of the TIDAL App on MAC, the app gives up the exclusivity automatically when another app/browser uses the audio device when launching the app and the settings in Tidal is set back to not exclusive. I have to check this setting all the time, as this happens often. Moreover, if Tidal has exclusivity it only gives the exclusivity up with closing the app and not when stopping playing the music. That is annoying. Any help to have a "JRiver" like experience with Tidal in the field of exclusivity?
  2. i am tryng to test amarra with the object of install over it tidal app, and going to optimize with AO and fidelize , using windows 10 enterprise . is necesary to buy a licence to amarra for tidal to test it before purchase ?my intention is to set amarra app as shell and get the best sound possible from bothoptimizators. as a new be any comments should be very appreciated- wilfredo
  3. I went onto Tidal this evening and recordings listed as Master recordings were not loading that way. The Master indicator on the lower right of the file screen stayed on HiFi and the MQA blue light didn't come on upon my Mytek Brooklyn. I checked all my settings in the setup area of the program (which was working correctly 2 days ago) and they were correct. I also checked my other computer which has the app and MQA wasn't loading there either. I sent a note to Tidal about the problem. If you are having the same problem please do the same. Thanks.
  4. With my new AQ Dragonfly Red I finally have an MQA compatible DAC; so I signed up to the three month free trial for Tidal you get via Audirvana to get some actual MQA content. Are there any really well done MQA albums out there you´d recommend checking out? I don´t want to go into any discussions about vaporware or not here (note I´m personally skeptical about the user benefits of this technology), but rather have some examples I can use to make up my own mind.
  5. Alternative to lms with tidal??

    Can you stream Tidal with Jriver or similar? I use Logitec Media Server, piCorePlayer/LMS on a small synology NAS DiskStation DS115j (not enough processing power to hold Roon) at the moment with Ipeng as a controller. It's great and works and sounds wonderful..BUT...it will only show the first 500 items in your favourite Lp / Artist list from Tidal. It shows ALL the my stored local files but as I say only 500 items from Tidal.. Any thoughts to an alternative, without, at this point, setting up new hardware PC? or is there a work around for LMS? Can you stream Tidal with Jriver or similar or do I have to have a new stand alone server and have say Roon? Help Please
  6. Something I've noticed while streaming Tidal on my Windows 10 PC is clipping and distortion. I'm currently using Peter's Equalizer APO (Peace). With a flat EQ or with EQ turned off, I get clipping. I decided to test Spotify and levels never reach clipping. Current setup: Windows 10 vol 100% => Tidal app vol 100% => Schiit Jotunheim w/DAC module => Headphones Taking the software vol control in Tidal down a bit does stop the clipping, but I figured that should be maxed out given my setup. Spotify has it's vol control maxed with no issues. Any thoughts?
  7. Is there a way for me to switch Audirvana on and off while listening to Tidal? I'm running Audirvana's free trial right now and I'd like to know what I'm actually gaining by using it. If I can switch it out, I'd be able to do an A/B comparison before springing for the $75.
  8. Tidal Loses CEO

    Billboard Magazine reports today that Tidal has lost their CEO. A replacement will be named soon. http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7809477/tidal-ceo-jeff-toig-departure-jeffrey-new-executive
  9. Hello fellows on Computer Audiophile, I hope that you can help me, to chose the right hardware for me! Today I have a old pc laptop that runs Roon, Signalyst HQPlayer, TIDAL HiFi, (mostly MQA because I have felt in love with it's sound), a NAS with ripped CDs and DSD. But I need new hardware for this, because my laptop singing on it's last chorus! So I wrote to you on this forum, because I believe that here's a lot of experience and knowledge that I shall buy! That full files my needs and can be upgraded when it needs! I can handle a old pc laptop and little more, but I'm not a computer genius . I now how it shall sound! Because I'm a professional musician and studio producer, studio/live engineer so when it comes to sound well we're I'm not lost . But unfortunately for me today, so changed I my "tape boy" against a "computer boy" when the computer, started to be used in the studio . So please come with suggestions on hardware for me! I wish all fellow, well in my case (Computer) Audiophile's a great Sunday. Greetings from String in a sunny ☀️ Sweden.
  10. Hi, I have an old Sonos ZP80 (Connect it is now called I think) and also a uRendu+roon+MacMini setup. Im not sure why, but I have always found the Sonos so much more logical to use and accessible given its HW based, always on and 'just works'.. I am frustrated a little with the need for a Mac/PC to be on, cabling ok. Rendu on, PSUs on. App opened etc and then likely I will stream Tidal or Spotify (which I cannot with Roon). I'm now thinking that my 'high-end' chain isn't good enough, so bought a new PSU for the DAC, PSU for the Rendu, optical GbE cabling. Now looking at ROCK and potentially another machine (the Mac Mini is my office machine not dedicated for Hi-Fi. A bit of me is thinking this is madness given all the plumbing. I am wondering about whether the Bluesound/ Auralic etc and other platforms offer a simple streaming experience when I really own almost no music and like immediacy of access? My DAC is a Brooklyn and I did want to stream MQA and Hi-Res. I would love your opinions & experiences of different platforms for playing music. Best wishes Simon
  11. I would like a way to search for all of my albums on TIDAL and/or Spotify and make them favorites/add to my library on those platforms. Is there a way to do this? Thx.
  12. I upgraded Windows 10 last week, a major upgrade which neatly ring-fenced Bubble Server and Linn Kazoo, making them unavailable until I had uninstalled and reinstalled them. Part of the DNLA anti-FLAC campaign, I suppose. But since then, I've noticed that tracks frequently go silent for the last minute or so of play, then the following track begins OK. This happens maybe a couple of times in each hour of play. This seems unlikely to be a Bubble Server problem, but it did begin with the Win 10 upgrade and Win 10 only affects Bubble Server, hence my suspicions. Can anyone advise on possible problem, potential solution or how to begin tracking the problem down? Louise TIDAL. Win10 - Bubble Server. Android phone control points / Linn Kazoo. UPnP OpenHome. Marantz SR6009 AVR.
  13. I subscribe to Tidal Hifi and have access to Masters encoded with MQA. My computer is connected to my McIntosh MHA100 through USB and I am using eihter Amarra Symphony or Audirvana Plus (with Tidal) + Itunes. My understanding is that Tidal by itself connected through my McIntosh will not deliver the full MQA experience and need an MQA compatible DAC. So I was told Buesound Node 2 would happen to do just that. My issue with this set-up is that the Burr Brown Chip on this 599$ (CDN) is not at the level of the DAC built in my McIntosh. Would I, at the end of the day ended up with worse quality music than feeding it with the USB cable and using my McIntosh DAC while not having the full MQA experience. Second part of this: The Audirvana Plus has MQA capability, does this solve my issues and would I get the full MQA experience? I want to integrate Blusesound in order to remove Airplay from my system because it can't stream 24 bit while bluesound could. Hope I make sense here as this is my first post. Thanks Saby
  14. Hi I am using Picore player on my Rpi 3, Logitec Media Server with Tidal Plug in on my Synology NAS Everything plays great except in my Tidal Favourites Albums there is exactly only 1 - 500 No more Albums after 500. I have check all the settings in LMS and can't find any obvious settings for this... Any thoughts please. i am using Squeezebox app on the I pad and I phone and also Ipeng and it is the same on both. I have made another SD card with NEW Picore image and tried that but alas the same...Rebooted the NAS drive ...still the same.. Any thoughts please.
  15. For financing another project selling this incredible Network Player. You can find only great review about this gear, play like Lumin A1 but more cheaper (case). Both A1 and T1 share the same Hardware and PSU unit. The voltage is set to 220/230V. Original boxes and accessories. Can ship everywhere. My request id 2950€ + SS Please contact me in case you need more information.
  16. Hi was thinking to use on a Rpi 3 / HIFIBerry Digi + pro (with a nice Linear power supply) feeding into my (posh) USB/SPDIF converter and on to my (posh) DAC I want to play music from my NAS drive (synology) and TIDAL High Res Streaming... Which controller would anyone suggest? I am not a Techie! at all! and I would like to use the apple iPad and an iphone to use remotely.. Any suggestions please??
  17. MQA on Tidal

    Afternoon all, new member here, unsure if this is new info or not but my Mytek Brooklyn dac is showing MQA is running on Tidal (started today), green emblem showing on OLED. SHowing 16bit but no lock. PRior to this Tidal always showed 16bit 44.1k
  18. Peachtree Audio nova150 + ELAC Discovery Music Server - JUST ADD SPEAKERS In an effort to provide a complete system solution, we have put together some of our most popular and highest value lines into complete system packages. Not only is the Peachtree Audio nova150 an excellent integrated amplifier that is capable of driving all types of speakers, but it also features a world-class DAC for all your digital sources, a phono stage for a turntable, a discrete headphone amp and a home theater bypass to integrate into a home theater system. We selected the ELAC Discovery Music Server ($1099) as the perfect match with the Peachtree nova150 ($1599) because together they form a serious digital music system, offering playback of local and streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio, all with an interface that anyone can master in a few minutes. ELAC Discovery Music Server lets you discover the world of computer audio without the computer. Keeping in line with quality music, the lossless, high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal® has been tightly integrated into the Discovery’s software*. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface. It’s really very simple The Discovery Music Server lets users open their personal music vault from another computer, Apple iPad** or Android tablet. Whether your choice is a full ELAC system, powered by an ELAC integrated amplifier and running an ELAC loudspeaker system, or a pair of ear buds, you can listen in one room or around the house with other Discovery-compatible products. A wave of music Discovery delivers music based on relationships between performers and composers, starting from the tracks you choose. TIDAL* delivers no-compromise music streaming, with millions of tracks in lossless, audiophile quality—a bigger music landscape than ever before. * Separate Tidal Subscription required Your music, as you like it Between users and across devices, you can select from downloads, ripped CDs and streaming services. Your collection is supported by a rich library of images and information—an archive of material that adds depth, knowledge and excitement to your listening. Audiophile reproduction The artists and engineers who recorded your music took great care creating it. It’s no secret that Discovery takes the same care playing it back. One component, infinite sound. Adding the Discovery Series DS-S101-G Music Server to an existing system is simple. Connect the Discovery to the internet and one of the outputs to the upcoming ELAC Integrated Amplifier or your existing system. Adding your personal music collection is a snap. Connect either a hard drive to the rear mounted USB port or point the Discovery to your NAS (Networked Attached Storage) device and the Discovery will take care of the rest, organizing and gathering feature rich meta-data for your entire music collection. Expanding your Discovery system to other rooms is easy. Whether you want the full functionality of an integrated amplifier or a simple wireless speaker in the kids’ room, the Discovery eco-system is ready to grow when you are. * iOS (64-bit Devices), Android, Windows (7, 8, and 10) and Apple OSX the best sub $1,000 loudspeakers we've ever heard and the nova150 will help them reach their full potential and sound their very best. When combined with the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floorstanding speakers, this combination creates an incredible, high performance stereo system for under $2,450. The Peachtree Audio nova150 integrated amplifier + ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 speakers are truly a match made in musical heaven. Peachtree Audio nova150 - First of a New Generation The Integrated Amplifier… Reimagined The nova150 isa completely new generation of Peachtree integrated amplifiers that reimagines the original concept and takes it to an even higher level. I represents the culmination of everything Peachtree has learned as a leader in computer audio, plus a few new things they hadn't gotten to - until now. Highlights ESS Reference 9018K2M Sabre DAC 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and 5.6MHz DSD (double-DSD) compatibility New generation ICEPower amplification - 150 watts per channel Extensive internal grounding Designed by a world-class engineering team Asynchronous USB, Coax and (2) Optical inputs Asynchronous iOS input for direct digital input from Apple Lightning devices Phono (MM) input Home Theater Bypass Loop feature to add an external tube buffer, EQ or other processor into the signal path Discrete, custom-designed headphone amplifier Optional Wi-Fi module to be announced Available in Gloss Ebony Mocha and Piano Black High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1-844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  19. ELAC DISCOVERY MUSIC SERVER (DS-101-G) - $1099 Discover the world of computer audio without the computer. With their latest release, ELAC continues to set the bar for more affordable high-performance audio equipment. Their latest entry is the Discovery Music Server, which at $1099 offers a high-end music server solution at a much more accessible price than most of what's available on the market. With its Tidal and AirPlay integration, ability to be used as a Roon endpoint, as well as multi-room support with synchronized audio, the Discovery Music Server looks to be a great solution for music lovers of all types. The Discovery Music Server is designed to be the heart of a serious music system, offering playback of local and streaming music, rich multi-dimensional metadata and multi-room audio, all with an interface that anyone can master in a few minutes. Keeping in line with quality music, the lossless, high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal® has been tightly integrated into the Discovery’s software*. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface. It’s really very simple The Discovery Music Server lets users open their personal music vault from another computer, Apple iPad or Android tablet. Whether your choice is a full ELAC system, powered by an ELAC integrated amplifier and running an ELAC loudspeaker system, or a pair of ear buds, you can listen in one room or around the house with other Discovery-compatible products. ELAC has slated the Discovery Music Server for an early July release. For more information or to reserve yours, please visit us here CONNECTIONS Analog outputs (independent zones): 2 Coaxial output (independent zone): 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) Optical output: 1 (192kHz 24-Bit Max) USB port (mass storage class): 1 USB 2.0 Ethernet port: 1 Gigabit Ethernet END POINT SUPPORT Discovery AirPlay Roon End Point CONTROL & USER INTERFACE ROON Essentials Control app: For iOS (64-bit Devices), Android (4.4 and higher), Windows (7, 8, and 10) and Apple OSX (10.8 and higher) FORMAT SUPPORT Supported Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, OGG, MP3, AAC 192kHz 24-Bit Audio Formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC Native Support for SPDIF/COAX: 24kHz – 192kHz INTEGRATED STREAMING SERVICES: Tidal Track Limit: 15,000 Tracks (Combination of Personal and Tidal Content) PLAYBACK MODES Gapless, Crossfade, Shuffle, and Repeat MULTI-ROOM SUPPORT Type: Wired and Wireless Synchronized Audio: Yes This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  20. U1 Network Music Transport ($5900) After years of requests from existing high-end DAC owners, the LUMIN team have taken the finest components from the flagship S1 model and developed them specifically for digital processing and output. Using a new dedicated LUMIN U1 processor adds upsampling and downsampling for every supported format – all the way from 44.1kHz to DSD128 and DXD – providing maximum DAC compatibility and optimization. As well as supporting DSD output over SPDIF (via DoP), LUMIN U1 also adds DSD128 digital output via 2 new USB ports. > The Lumin App (iOS and Android) > Typical Configuration LUMIN U1 - A LUMIN for DAC owners Transport-only unit based on the award-winning LUMIN S1 5 types of digital audio output including new USB DSD128 5.6MHz PCM 44.1–384kHz 16–32bit Native Tidal & Qobuz support UNIVERSAL Effortlessly plays everything from DSD 128 5.6Mhz through high-res PCM to mainstream formats FLAC, Apple Lossless, MP3 and Internet radio streams. SEAMLESS Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlists and robust music buffering provide a superior playback experience, free from distractions. BEAUTIFUL Precision-machined from a solid block of aluminium using the finest materials, LUMIN deserves a place at the top of any audiophile's hi-fi. NO COMPROMISE The highest-grade matching components, circuit design and spacious layout include true balanced audio outputs and an external toroidal power supply. INTUITIVE A superbly natural, attractive and uniquely designed iOS (Apple) and Android apps make music browsing and selection a pleasure for everyone. All LUMIN control is achieved through the LUMIN App. We've created it in harmony with the LUMIN hardware to deliver the most intuitive and visually rich way to browse, select and play your music collection. The recent transition from physical music to digital collections hasn't always retained everything we value in the tactile and stimulating process of music selection. we know how precious music is; that the artwork and album structure are important parts of the browsing and selection process; and we know that filenames, codecs and data can sometimes get in the way. The LUMIN App introduces the beginnings of our vision for music browsing and covers the basics. Many updates are planned, and will make music selection even easier. How to use: The LUMIN App is designed to be intuitive to use without any training. Most users just download the app and start playing. For those that want more information, click here WITH TIDAL SUPPORT TIDAL is the first music streaming service that connects artists with fans through the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Quality music videos and expertly Curated Editorial. NOTE: Products purchased from unauthorized grey market dealers or from outside the USA, are not covered by this warranty within the USA, and are not provided with USA installation support or USA customer service. Furthermore, any incoming customs or broker fees are the responsibility of the buyer. This product qualifies for Free Shipping and 5% back in points when you register for Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  21. If you haven't visited our Learning Center in awhile, we've recently added several guides and articles. Here is what's new A Guide to Roon Music Player Forget everything you know about music players. Music is an experience, and Roon reconnects you with it. A Guide to Streaming Music Services With a still-growing array of streaming services, it can be tough to decide which one to pick. Here are the key questions you should ponder before you decide. MQA, What is it and Why Should I Care? Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is the newest format to hit the market. MQA is an audio codec intended for high fidelity, digital audio, internet streaming and file download. MQA can be played on any audio device, whether that’s inside your home, your car, from your phone or anywhere else you might be – perfectly fitting into the way you listen to your music today. An Introduction to Computer Audio New to computer audio or having trouble deciding if a computer audio system is right for you? Fear not, we have put together this introduction to computer audio so that you can understand the basics of what goes into a computer-based audio system. An Introduction to Buying a Turntable Vinyl is back and better than ever. If you're thinking about getting back into the hobby or considering purchasing your first turntable, this guide will run you through the basics of what to look for in a turntable setup. Resonance Control - Controlling Unwanted Vibrations in an Audio Systems When listening to music, speakers are the main source of vibration traveling through the ground and back to your equipment, also termed floor-borne vibration. It’s the job any component isolation product (footers, shelves, stands) to protect the supported component from external ground and air vibration interference. Vibration is a variable which must be mastered through proper design and discreet material choices to achieve resonance control for your audio system.
  22. Altair Streaming/DAC/Headphone Amplifier We are pleased to announce that the Auralic Altair will begin shipping the week of 7/18. This is a perfect single-box music source for your modern HiFi system. It combines a High-End DAC with world class wireless streaming solution. The 15 input sources including stream from Network Shared Folder, USB drive, Internal music storage (optional), uPnP/DLNA media server, TIDAL and Qobuz streaming, Internet Radio, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Songcast and RoonReady. The rest of digital inputs are AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink, USB device to computer, 2 USB host for storage and external DAC. The ALTAIR Streaming DAC utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning technology. Launched in 2014, Lightning is the audio industry’s first streaming technology that supports DXD and Quad-Rate DSD playback through a WiFi network. It also offers several new and advanced features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist and Multiple-Room functions, as part of AURALiC’s ongoing program of offering regular upgrades that download in the background. Memory Playback, the latest feature added to to the Lightning streaming technology, allows the ALTAIR to fetch and cache the entire track in its memory or system storage in advance to improve the sound quality, and also play locally without the need of network data transfer. Using Lightning DS, you can also stream TIDAL, Qobuz and listen to Internet Radio at any time. ALTAIR’s AirPlay, Songcast and Bluetooth functions provide alternative ways to stream your favorite music from Apple Music, Spotify and other service providers through your smartphone or computer. ALTAIR’s streaming function, operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App, is available on iOS platforms right now, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other 3rd party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback. ALTAIR also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you a new way to discover and listen to music. The unit’s other inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial and Toslink, and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC. When purchasing an ALTAIR from a dealer or AURALiC, you can add an optional 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for internal music storage, turning the ALTAIR into a full function Music Server. Or, you can always buy an ALTAIR and install the storage yourself. Cosmetically, the new Altair shares the same size enclosure as the VEGA DAC, including a 512x64 pixels OLED Display (although the content is different from the VEGA). A headphone jack is located on the front panel. The Altair is available silver or black. To place your order and/or try one risk-free for up to 30 days please visit us here This order qualifies for free shipping and has the ability to earn 94 Reward Points when you register for our Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program. High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara1.844.242.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272)
  23. Total newbie here, so please excuse any ignorance in the post. I am using Tidal and Amarra SQ+ together on my late 2014 iMac Retina. Playback is great, but if I leave the system for a while with the music paused, I don't get any sound output. I can still see the gain meters moving in Amarra, however. The only solution I've been able to figure out is to quit Amarra while the music is playing, and open it back up. I don't recall having this issue when I was using a digital out, but just went to USB for a solution to a different issue. I know Amarra has a Tidal offering now, but I find it ridiculous to pay extra when SQ+ is supposed to help with streaming services in general. Thanks for any suggestions!
  24. This possibly ought to be in the music networking room, but that seems more hardware related and I wanted to get maximum exposure - I hope that's alright Mods? Internet radio stations based in the USA are about to be clobbered by a new Bill concerning royalties. It is an unjust situation which, it is reported, favors large corporations (Apple, Spotify, Tidal(?) and others) with a rate which is equal if not lower to previously, but could price almost all independent net radio stations out of existence. Given what we know about royalty payments to artists through such corporations, I doubt this will benefit musicians much... I know there is a lot of love for Radio Paradise among music lovers and audiogeeks like us, so if you can spare the time please visit the Change.org page here and sign a petition to get this re-examined. More information can be found on the Radio Paradise homepage, including a link to this open letter to David Byrne (who ought to know better IMO).
  25. I bought my first high end products - a NAD receiver, turntable and wonderful speakers from a company whose name I do not recall -- in 1980. I have owned good stuff ever since. I bought the good stuff to enjoy even more the passion of my life -- music. I bought my first computer, an Osborne 1, about the same time. Back then, computers were for spreadsheets and wordprocessing. The Osborne and its PC successors have been used a lot for that. I installed one of the first Novell networks in 1987 in my small CPA office betting the farm that the increased efficiency would justify the cost. My bet paid off big time. Finally, I built a music computer in the early nineties using the highest rated sound card at the time (and again its name has been forgotten). I ripped my CD collection to wav files and used iTunes to play them. (Unfortunately, a crash disconnected the files from the metadata in iTunes and the files were pretty much lost. But that's another story.) The point of the foregoing is to establish that I know a little bit about both high end audio and computers. I got a divorce a few years ago and pretty much lost all of my equipment. I am only now getting back on my proverbial feet. I am installing a TV system in my house that I will hopefully also be able to listen to music on. I want to be able to play ripped CDs from an NAS as well as stream music. I am currently using Spotify which is OK. I hope to try out Apple Music and Tidal in the near future. Based on what I have read, I see Tidal as my future streaming service. My new system will be centered around a Marantz AV8801 processor/preamp. My question is what additional hardware I need to play files and stream music. I have spent a fair amount of time on the Internet and particularly on this site to answer this question. But I must say that I am overwhelmed by all of the technologies discussed in this forum. I know that one way to go would be to buy a Mac Mini and a DAC and plug the analog outputs of the DAC into the Marantz unit. It also appears that I could plug the Mac Mini directly into the Marantz and use its internal DAC. Finally, the AV8801's documentation says that I can stream using the unit by using a router that supports audio streaming. But I have no idea what that means. My reading seems to say that while a computer and a DAC will work fine, an "appliance" might sound a lot better and would cost about the same. I wouldn't be using the Mac for anything other that serving as a music server. My budget for this project is $100k. Just kidding. Actually, if I could start off kind of inexpensively and then build more quality and capability into the system over the next year or two, that would be great. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Happy New Year! Tim
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