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    Default Help for getting hi-res audio from computer

    I'm looking for some input on a way to get Hi-res audio files from my computer to my two channel system. This isn't going to be a really high end system but something that works pretty well. Right now I am looking at the Musical Fidelity V-LINK192 USB/SPDIF Converter or the Sqeezebox Touch. Anyone with experiance with these chime in please. Thanks for your help.
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    First thing I'd ask is where are your files located relative to your stereo equipment?

    With the V-Link you'll need to use a USB cable to get files from your computer, while the Touch you can use it wirelessly.
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    With the V-Link, you will still need an interface like the Squeezebox Touch to play the files. The Touch is a fantastic player with good sound quality and very easy to use.

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    Yep, if your computer is in the other room then the SB is the way to go. If you computer is in the same room (or you can run a really long USB extension through the attic), you have a lot more options. I am using a HRT Music Streamer II and it sounds really good for a modest rig...
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    Quote Originally Posted by strider View Post
    First thing I'd ask is where are your files located relative to your stereo equipment?

    With the V-Link you'll need to use a USB cable to get files from your computer, while the Touch you can use it wirelessly.
    +1 on this

    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    With the V-Link, you will still need an interface like the Squeezebox Touch to play the files. The Touch is a fantastic player with good sound quality and very easy to use.
    If your trying to go cheapish and plan on the V-Link you will still need some way to control playback on your computer (unless your sitting at it). One suggestion is to use/run XBMC on your computer when you want to listen to music and there is an app for Android or the iPhone/iOS devices that will let you browse your library and control it all through your home network (exactly like the Squeezebox app works).

    XBMC plays FLAC and works just as well as MediaMonkey and other programs.

    Quote Originally Posted by rooftop59 View Post
    Yep, if your computer is in the other room then the SB is the way to go. If you computer is in the same room (or you can run a really long USB extension through the attic), you have a lot more options. I am using a HRT Music Streamer II and it sounds really good for a modest rig...
    HRT Music streamer is an option as I believe is the Musiland Monitor 03 which H9 used to use and loved until he got his Keces 131 or 151, cant remember which.
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    I have the luxury of placing my laptop in close proximity to my receiver so I did it an overly simplistic way:

    HDMI output from the laptop goes directly to the receiver.

    I also use the basic networking capability of my receiver, but haven't got around to converting my FLAC files to a format compatible with itunes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badchad View Post
    I have the luxury of placing my laptop in close proximity to my receiver so I did it an overly simplistic way:

    HDMI output from the laptop goes directly to the receiver.
    This is what I did, however the files are located on a the computer in my office rig

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    but haven't got around to converting my FLAC files to a format compatible with itunes.
    Dont do it, not worth it given recent articles on how itunes plays files on a Windows PC.

    I did it and now have to go back and reburn some of the CD's to FLAC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post

    Dont do it, not worth it given recent articles on how itunes plays files on a Windows PC.
    Is Apple lossless the best high quality format to use with itunes? (I assume it is).

    The only real reason I want to stick with itunes is because I run music directly off my iphone (which is networked to my receiver).
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    i used AIFF because everyone in the house uses Itunes, but that format can still be used by MediaMonkey-etc. and i am trying not to use Itunes.

    all of my listening is in front of my computer...

    my files are on a Western Digital Personal cloud, and i am using a Schiit Bifrost from computer ( toslink) to 2 channel. and its only getting better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badchad View Post
    Is Apple lossless the best high quality format to use with itunes? (I assume it is).

    The only real reason I want to stick with itunes is because I run music directly off my iphone (which is networked to my receiver).
    Quote Originally Posted by 11tsteve View Post
    i used AIFF because everyone in the house uses Itunes, but that format can still be used by MediaMonkey-etc. and i am trying not to use Itunes.

    all of my listening is in front of my computer...

    my files are on a Western Digital Personal cloud, and i am using a Schiit Bifrost from computer ( toslink) to 2 channel. and its only getting better.
    Read this article: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...ghlight=itunes

    It changed my thought process entirely about using iTunes for playback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EndersShadow View Post
    Read this article: http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...ghlight=itunes

    It changed my thought process entirely about using iTunes for playback.
    yes... i do not use Itunes. i want away from as much Apple as i can... but the people i live with need to be able to use Itunes, which is why AIFF for me. i personally use other software.
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    I use itunes from computer through DacMagic Plus to my reciever,and couldn't be happier! In some cases i think music sounds better this way then some of my cd's run through my oppo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by badchad View Post
    Is Apple lossless the best high quality format to use with itunes? (I assume it is). A
    Yes. I store files in Apple Lossless for the iPod. I use iTunes to rip the file, but not for playing music. I currently use a Bryston BDP-1 dedicated digital file player that accesses the files on a USB hard drive. It has no problem decoding Apple Lossless, and sounds awesome.

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    Blue, so the BDP-1 upsamples the 44.1kHz Apple Lossless file?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stretchl View Post
    Blue, so the BDP-1 upsamples the 44.1kHz Apple Lossless file?
    No, it just plays files. It can play files up to 192k 24 bit, but Apple Lossless is just CD quality.

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    Got it. Just wiki'd it.

    Learning a lot here.

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    I need to learn how this works also, wanna put my cd's on pc and airstream them.

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