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Jon T. Gale
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How 'bout this for cheap?

With a nod to Sam Tellig, I'm incorporating computer audio into my big system on the cheap. And it ain't that bad!

dbpower ripping in FLAC uncompressed to a Toshiba 750gig portable hard drive.
The drive is read by a little Western Digital WD-TV unit set for digital pass thru.

Optical out into an ageing Rotel 1068 processor into my BAT VK3i pre.
The WD TV video menu is sent to a cheap portable DVD player used for its screen.

Does it sound as good as my Sony XA9000 straight into the BAT? No, but silly, silly fun way to test the waters, cheaply!

Jon

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Try it with..

Jon,

May I suggest that you download the hi-rez sample tracks available from HDTracks and then compare the sound of your el cheapo setup with that of the Sony XA9000 playing an SACD. You might try using a more up to date DAC instead of the Rotel. I believe that with a modern DAC, i.e. less than say 5 years old, and high resolution files the WD-TV will sound very, very close to the Sony or any other SACD player.

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Oh, absolutely this is what I

Oh, absolutely this is what I am expecting! Plan on adding a 24/192 DAC ASAP. But this is a great cheap way to get started and begin archiving my existing collection.

Jon

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Jon T. Gale wrote:

Oh, absolutely this is what I am expecting! Plan on adding a 24/192 DAC ASAP. But this is a great cheap way to get started and begin archiving my existing collection.

Jon

Jon,

Before I made my prior post I checked whether or not the WD-TV Live could actually handle high resolution audio files. I own the slightly older WD-TV live Plus, which is basically the same the newer WD-TV Live except that the Live Plus does not have Wi-Fi, and I found that while it would play or pass through 24bit/96kHz flac files it would not play 24bit/88.2kHz flac files. I don't have any 24/192 files so I could not whether the WD-TV Live Plus can play these files.

So please check whether or not the WD-TV Live will play high resolution audio files before spending good money on a 24/192 DAC. A 24/96 DAC may be all that you will need.

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