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In Reply to: RE: First foray into streaming posted by Paul Wilson on April 15, 2017 at 04:12:55
Thank you very informative. I like the idea of higher quality of tidal. With that and a dac do I still use the bluesound? Or another component?
My goal is to use my iPad with an online service wirelessly into my home separates that I do have 1 or 2 extra inputs available.
What's your recommendations for the 1000 maybe more if it's worth it.
Im wanting the service to supplement my vinyl and as you say if I hear something I like I would purchase the album.
You will need the Node 2 either way if you intend to play anything through your system. At least that is the easiest way to do so. The Node 2 can be connected directly to an open RCA jack on an existing preamp or integrated amplifier. The cables to make that connection come with the Node 2.
If you are using an integrated that does not have a DAC you really don't need one. An integrated will work fine to stream CD quality music from Tidal - again, provided you have an available RCA input on your integrated. In my case, I'm doing exactly that with my preamp.
The DAC would be used if you want to stream any of the hi resolution content from Tidal, which is not a huge amount, right now the catalog of MQA songs. Again, depending on your system, a DAC might improve the sonics some but that would be something you'd have to decide for yourself. As to which one, there are quite a few. The Audio Quest Dragonfly is less than $200.00 and it has been highly praised since its inception. If you have a dealer close by, I'd recommend checking with them so you can hear some various components which is always the best way to go.
Either the Red ($200) or the Black ($100) -- plus the Apple USB 3 Camera Adapter ($39) -- would form a great iPad-based solution, here.
The OP could come up with something if wireless is a necessity?
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