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In Reply to: RE: MQA streaming? posted by PAR on May 11, 2017 at 02:00:34
I'm just using an old Macbook as the streaming device. Since the computer is connected to the system using a Dragonfly dac, I needed to find a way to remote control it, and I use VNC on my iPad to give me remote desktop capability. So basically desktop Tidal is running on the macbook, out via USB to the dragonfly and out via a headphone to RCA cable to my system. The wireless part is all over high-capacity wifi, no bluetooth. That would be the internet streaming connection and the remote desktop. Unfortunately my macbook goes to sleep when I shut it, so I have to keep it open. I'll have to see how to set this up so I don't have the screen within view.
With the desktop app, I let Tidal do the first unfold to 24/96, which goes out to the dragonfly. Audioquest is promising a firmware upgrade to the DAC to allow it to do MQA directly. Some say it will still only do the first unfold, which I get from the desktop anyway, and my iPhone is not capable of streaming MQA so I can't use it there either.
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Zac,can you set the screen to go to sleep while the rest of the Macbook is on?
With my laptop, I set the screen to go to sleep in 1 minute, and the PC to never.
That's an interesting setup. However the OP has a mac computer in one part of his house which he is unable to connect with a wire to his audio system situated elsewhere. Although he could indeed control his mac via his tablet using VNC he will still have his connectivity problem.
Incidentally I tried controlling my PC playing Qobuz via a VNC installation on my Android tablet. A complete shambles as the VNC control interface for an Android touch screen requires the use of a VNC cursor which is pulled on to the screen by swiping down from the top. Unfortunately that is the identical action as Android uses to display messages...you can imagine the result. Also if you wanted to use the cursor to play e.g. a track at the bottom of the screen then as it is dragged there it passes over all the other tracks and tries to open them too.
Yes the Dragonfly MQA update will only service the first fold. In fact the Dragonfly could handle nothing more as the DAC has a maximum data processing capability of 24/96.
This now seems to be the Network player for Qobuz
with Acram Solo being the other; I'm opting for the former unless advised against it. Hopefully I can make my purchase unless the Yamaha WXC-50 is not the best idea? The option for multi room also seems appealing.
The Arcam and the Yamaha are different types of product. The Yamaha is a streamer box only and connects to your existing amp. The Arcam is a full streamer/amplifier and would replace your existing Cambridge amp. The difference is reflected in price too, approx 300 v. 1000 gbp.
I can't vouch for the performance of either having experienced neither.
Alas I have my decision. One last thing how does the Yamaha compare to the Oppo Sonics in it's duties and capabilities? I'll be very shortly badgering audiophiles in the phono and vinyl section. I think this year's holiday will be on a tight budget but I'm trying not to go too silly with hi-fi but what pleasure it is listening to the finished product; sound.
The Oppo Sonica is another type of product again. It is a DAC with network playing attributes. It does not offer support for Qobuz, Tidal or other streaming services which therefore have to be acquired through another device connected to it ( hard wire or wifi, Apple airplay or Bluetooth although for hi-rez we have already discussed the limitation of the latter).
As you already have a well specified DAC in your amplifier you might consider what Sonica offers to be redundant in your system aside from its multi-room aspect ( though I am unsure if this is only available via the matching powered speaker) . However the Oppo also offers DSD capability which may or may not interest you. Purchased downloads only for this format of which the choice is comparatively limited especially if you disregard upsamples from lower resolution sources.
As The Oppo is an outboard DAC with its own power supply this is reflected in the cost of around 2.5 times that of the Yamaha.
You could well meet me again on Vinyl depending whether I can contribute to your query! Sorry :-)
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