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No worries

If you're using a Squeezebox sound quality is NOT dependent on what computer or storage media you choose. The data will be buffered in, and clocked out from, the Squeezebox. As long as your computer can keep data in the buffer (very easy to do even with 10mb Ethernet) the only thing left to worry about is getting "secure rips" and using a lossless audio file format.

The problem with USB DACS right now is they are designed to match the USB audio transmission mode. USB DACS follow the data rate of the USB transmission. They do not have large buffers to isolate the DAC from the computer. To do that would require audio server software designed for the DAC, like Slimserver for the Squeezebox. This way the DAC is 100% isolated from the computer.


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