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    IIRC, WASAPI was added in Windows7. Matt at J. River added a WASAPI [Event] mode which makes some improvements over WASAPI; it was introduced when quite a few of us using varied, and more high-quality DACs reported issues with WASAPI.

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    Thanks doctorcilantro, I am a bit confused however, my preamp has a builtin DAC, it's a Mcintosh C50, will I get an improvement using Asio and is that a download or do I need to upgrade my computer? Sorry but I'm kind of new to the digital audio.

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    Downloaded Asio4all, completely reconfigured my laptop, I had to pay $75.00 to get back all my files. I'm thinking of a dedicated music server, any suggestions? I don't need a DAC as one is built in to my preamp. I looking for something without a fan so as to not introduce any noise. Perhaps all I need is something to get music from my computer which is in another room to my preamp., maybe wireless like a sonos. Anybody have any suggestions?
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    Downloaded Asio4all, completely reconfigured my laptop, I had to pay $75.00 to get back all my files. I'm thinking of a dedicated music server, any suggestions? I don't need a DAC as one is built in to my preamp. I looking for something without a fan so as to not introduce any noise. Perhaps all I need is something to get music from my computer which is in another room to my preamp., maybe wireless like a sonos. Anybody have any suggestions?
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    We've been seeing more and more questions from people wanting to get started in digital audio lately, so figured I'd bump this as a refresher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drgalexo View Post
    Downloaded Asio4all, completely reconfigured my laptop, I had to pay $75.00 to get back all my files. I'm thinking of a dedicated music server, any suggestions? I don't need a DAC as one is built in to my preamp. I looking for something without a fan so as to not introduce any noise. Perhaps all I need is something to get music from my computer which is in another room to my preamp., maybe wireless like a sonos. Anybody have any suggestions?
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    I understand this is a year ago but since this thread has been bumped up I thought I'd throw in this piece I came across lately when looking for the same thing. This NAD M50 Digital Music Player, NAD M52 Digital Music Vault seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. A little pricey though. HDMI right to your receiver.



    Support for 24/96 and 24/192 Studio Master audio
    Plays Digital Music from Both Network and Compact Disc
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    Automatic Ripping of CD to M52 Digital Music Vault
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    Processing Power to Support Years of Future Software Upgrades

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    Designed for Lowest Jitter for Best Audio Performance

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsSiMiLaTeD View Post
    That depends really on the card. I've found that the quality of the spdif output on sound cards varies greatly. Some still allow a great deal of jitter to get through while others perform fairly well. I found a good USB Dac or USB to spdif converter in front of a DAC both performed better when compared to the spdif output on even my expensive Asus Xonar card.
    True pearl of wisdom here. I've convinced myself that jitter is the silent killer of audio quality. I've done SPDIF (optical) out from my PC to a $1000 Benchmark DAC and had it sound muddy (whatever people say about the Benchmarks, they don't say muddy) compared to the same PC and source material connected via USB to a $150 HRT Music Streamer II. Even a good DAC can't undo what your computer has mucked up.

    When it comes to digital audio I think the wave of the future is DACs that work from asynchronous USB or HDMI instead of SPDIF. And one that does DSD will probably position you well on the cutting edge of audiophile geekery.

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    The wave of the future is streaming brother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    The wave of the future is streaming brother.
    How does that satisfy those who want/need to play their own source material? I for one have a huge media library that I either won't (or can't) duplicate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StantonZ View Post
    How does that satisfy those who want/need to play their own source material? I for one have a huge media library that I either won't (or can't) duplicate.
    He is including streaming from home media library
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    Thank you for reposting.

    I am in the learning phase of going all digital and have many questions that have been answered just by reading these posts. And big thanks to all the CP'ers who have taken the time to answer my pm's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    The wave of the future is streaming brother.
    LOL... you mean like the Squeezebox Touch? Funny how they already stopped selling the wave of the future a couple years ago.

    J/K. I don't disagree, and I assume you mean streaming over Ethernet/wifi. It's cool to see folks like Oppo playing with that. Someone will get it figured out soon enough in a package that sounds good and has decent usability. Until then I can stream from my media server to my laptop if I want, which plugs into my DAC with a good ol USB.

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    Okay, I feel like an idiot with this question :)

    I have it all setup (I think). I have a laptop. I have been ripping CD's using EAC to lossless wave audio. I have media monkey (The free version) to play it. Today, finally, I grabbed a cord that is one side a USB to go from my computer into the other side (more squarish and smaller) to go into my integrated - Musical Fidelity M6I with a built in DAC. I plugged it in, put it on the 'USB' input on the amp, went to media monkey, hit play, and it was SO SOFT. The volume was to 100% on the computer, and I had to jack it to 12:00 (As if on a clock) to even get a sound. If I put it there with my CD player, I'd make my wife cry it would be so loud.

    Is there something I'm missing?

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    Did you set the volume when you burned the cd's into the computer ?

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    OOPS....double post.

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    Tony,

    I got it working after a while. It seemed that I had the integrated amp on, then plugged the computer in, and it didn't work. Out of frustration I unplugged, turned the machine off and ripped some more. Then, with the amp off, I plugged the computer in, and then turned the amp on and it worked. I was told it may have taken some time for the computer to get the necessary drivers etc. that it needed to play. I only had a chance to listen for a few minutes befroe bed, but it sounded quite good. I haven't been able to do a direct comparison with the CD player yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSkip View Post
    The wave of the future is streaming brother.
    Depending out which country you live in...depending on Internet access. Unlimited Internet streaming does not exist. These Telecoms are so damn cheap, and are not meeting bandwidth needs. Where I live Unlimited means 2GB per day max.

    Also, look at MOG.

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