Cost effective but hi-fi way to play flacs and aiffs from pc wirelessly to vintage receiver?

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by Jesse3enne77, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Jesse3enne77

    Jesse3enne77 New Member

    Wyalusing, WI
    Hi all,

    I'm a bit overwhelmed by this tech. I currently use a wired external soundcard to play lossless audio files from laptop on my home stereo system. I'd like to go wireless. As I understand it, Chromecast does this effectively for WAV and FLAC but won't play AIFF. What are my other options?

    Thanks in advance :)


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  2. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    A cheap DAC which can connect to you PC via USB and software you that can control via a phone or pad. Topping D50 and others are what to look for.

    Forget Chromcast - mediocre as mediocre does.
  3. Yamaki

    Yamaki Not For Hire Subscriber

    Hillsboro, Oregon
    Unless it is a really robust wireless system you'll experience some buffering and drop out issues with those large files.

    I'd go external DAC as suggested above with a USB connection to your PC and an analog connection from the DAC to the receiver input.
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  4. twiiii

    twiiii Addicted Member

    west Texas
    I like to use Apple TV.
  5. nbarber

    nbarber I was once told "That is a damn good stereo".

    Cost effective can be a subjective term...I use a Logitech Squeezebox Duet, it handles AIFF, PCM, FLAC, WAV as lossless and it's DAC sounds pretty good. Amazon still has them for a reasonable price.
  6. sberger

    sberger Hard Core Geezer Subscriber

    Squeezebox Touch here. Does everything asked for, sounds great, and while Logitech has given up on them there still is a robust group of supporters who, among other things, provide regular software updates.

    Nice on just went up on BT.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2018
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  7. rwartner

    rwartner Super Member

    Scottsdale, AZ
  8. robgmn

    robgmn Super Member

    Twin Ports, MN
    Got an extra Android phone that has a decent DAC? Try Muzecast.
    It's a free software-based streaming solution. I'm testing it with a 10,000 song playlist and it's working great.

    No phone? Try a Bluetooth transmitter hooked to the PC and a receiver hooked to the stereo.

    Too far for Bluetooth? Try a Blackbox FM transmitter connected the computer.
  9. 59volvo

    59volvo Well-Known Member

    chrome cast audio with android cell phone

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