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In Reply to: RE: MQA streaming? posted by PAR on May 11, 2017 at 04:07:09
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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