You Still need a DAC somewhere - The chromcast is a DAC. You have to convert the digital information to analog and that is a DAC. I would prefer to have a DAC of decent quality compared to an all in one chip set, like the chromcast. it is not much better than UCA202. That is basically throw away junk (I have one BTW - I also had a UCA202). The streamer is just a dedicated computer. Most use dedicated linux systems, but they are just basic computers (unlike a regular linux system, they may not get security updates like a regular PC).