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mandryka
2016-05-06, 02:25
I am convinced that music through my ChromeCast audio sounds better than music through my squeezebox classic. Better image, more lively, more real. Same DAC - both use the same external DAC, and same speakers and amp. Same music files.

Am I kidding myself? Can this possibly be?

Man in a van
2016-05-06, 02:49
I am convinced that music through my ChromeCast audio sounds better than music through my squeezebox classic. Better image, more lively, more real. Same DAC - both use the same external DAC, and same speakers and amp. Same music files.

Am I kidding myself? Can this possibly be?

a certain movie clip springs to mind


every thing is possible:p




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bsf2x-aeE

Julf
2016-05-06, 03:00
a certain movie clip springs to mind

Indeed. This one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFKT4jvN4OEhttp://). :)

bpa
2016-05-06, 06:33
Have you checked that no transcoding or resampling is happening ?

mandryka
2016-05-06, 10:42
Have you checked that no transcoding or resampling is happening ?

How do I check for that?

bpa
2016-05-06, 11:47
How do I check for that?
Depend ons on which OS.
When you are playing a stream - has LMS any subprocesses running somehting like faad, flac or sox. On windows socketwrapper.exe will be the controlling applications.

Giza2020
2016-05-06, 23:51
Can i ask a question...have you changed the setting in the chromecast to allow the full dynamic range?

Mnyb
2016-05-07, 01:27
Can i ask a question...have you changed the setting in the chromecast to allow the full dynamic range?

Wow its apearently on by default on the analog out :)

https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6290498?hl=en

So op may have got "louder" sound this way and confused that with better ? Or the hifi used is not suited for real dynamics .
This dynamic compression feuture can be useful with tiny speakers used outdoors on the beach or on your patio .

bpa
2016-05-07, 01:53
Wow its apearently on by default on the analog out :)

https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6290498?hl=en

So op may have got "louder" sound this way and confused that with better ? Or the hifi used is not suited for real dynamics .
This dynamic compression feuture can be useful with tiny speakers used outdoors on the beach or on your patio .

OP is using a DAC which I presume is using optical connection and so Full Dynamic Range is on by default and apparently stays on even if turned off (see https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6290498?hl=en ).

IIRC Originally Chromecast always output 48KHz/16 bit on optical - there was an update (1.17 a) which then enabled higher rates 96Khz etc. on the optical conenction so I presumed "Full Dynamic Range" means stream is passed through unmodified.