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Airport Express and Tivoli w/ no Toslink

Hi,

I don't know if anybody out there uses the Airport Express much? I just read John Atkinson's review of it, and I have some questions, particularly if you don't have a thousands-of-dollars DAC...

Just bought a used Airport Express, and I'm not crazy about the *analogue* sound. I don't really understand all the technical audiophile stuff, but I do know the sound isn't as crisp, clear and resonant as I'd like. I have a Tivoli Radio Two - I love the sound, but it doesn't have a digital in, Toslink or anything like that.

Would an optical to analogue converter or some-such thing, between the airport express and the stereo aux-in do anything? I've read about the Pace-Car, but I'm not looking to spend that much money, and I just want a reasonable increase in quality, as if I had a Toslink digital-in on my stereo...

j

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Re: Airport Express and Tivoli w/ no Toslink

The Pace-Car is a clock, not a converter. You will need an external DAC to accomplish what you want. Thankfully, you can find used ones for not too much. I bought an Audio Alchemy DDE v1.2 for use with my Airport Express, and it's certainly CD quality, if it's fed lossless or uncompressed files. It cost me $125 (came with the upgraded power supply). Check around on Audiogon and eBay for DACs.

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Re: Airport Express and Tivoli w/ no Toslink

I use Airport express to take audio from my laptop to my stereo.

I use the Toslink option -- a Toslink mini-adapter plugs into the Airport, and from there to a DAC.
I have a Bel Canto II, which has a push button switch between Toslink and the other digital input (can't recall at the moment what that is called)
I have my CD player's digital out plugged into the other input, and simply switch between inputs to use the DAC for my laptop or CD player.

I have a Tivoli radio, which is a nice little unit, but it may be that you wouldn't notice much difference between Airport's analogue out and its digital out (via a fancier DAC).

This could be the start of the slippery slope toward a higher end system.

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Re: Airport Express and Tivoli w/ no Toslink

Hey, thanks for the tips!

If I can get the same quality over wireless that I can get by plugging in straight, then it might be worth it for me... I'll look around.

best, j

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