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

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    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

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    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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    twiiii Addicted Member

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    I like to use Apple TV.
     
  5. nbarber

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

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    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.
     
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  7. rwartner

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  8. robgmn

    robgmn Super Member

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    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.
     
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    59volvo Well-Known Member

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    chrome cast audio with android cell phone
     

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