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Eric Lyons
2003-12-29, 11:58
Simon:

My recommendation for the best possible sound is to use an outboard DAC
with the Squeezebox. Very high quality DACs are available used on eBay
all the time (look under Home Audio & Video / Home Audio and search for
DAC or D/A). These converters are generally much higher quality than
those built in to most home theater receivers. The newest slimserver
s/w also has the ability to bypass the volume matrix in the digital
outputs, thus assuring the bits going to the converter are exactly the
bits coming from the decoder.

I've got a bid on a $2000.00 DAC that will close for less than $200.00
in about two hours... unless you outbid me, I guess...

Eric.
--- Neil Davidson <lists (AT) backslash (DOT) co.uk> wrote:
> streaming will not affect the sound quality as all the server is
> doing is
> transmitting the raw digital stream to the decoder chip in the
> Squeezebox
> just as a flash based player would read the MP3 from the card and
> send it to
> the decoder chip.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Simon
> Turner
> Sent: 29 December 2003 17:34
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] Squeezebox analogue and digital-out sound
> qualitydifferences?
>
>
> Thanks for your reply Jason,
> I am well aware of the quality issues around the ripping of MP3s, and
> I also
> frequent the Hydrogen Audio web site. However, my main question is
> not
> answered there...
> which is still:
> Is the quality of Squeezebox's digital-out appreciably better than
> that of
> the analogue-out?
> Has anyone here done any testing?
>
> Just to make it clear. The sound reprodution of my MP3's (ripped
> using EAC,
> Lame and --alt-standard) is much better using the analogue-out of my
> iPod
> than it is via the analogue-out of the Squeezebox.
>
> I also can't find any info at Hydrogen about whether streaming can
> degrade
> the sound at all.. although an analysis must exist there somewhere.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Simon Turner
> Brighton UK
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Jason
> Holtzapple
> Sent: 29 December 2003 14:57
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] Squeezebox analogue and digital-out sound
> qualitydifferences?
>
>
> For the 'best' sound quality possible, use a
> secure ripper like Exact Audio Copy to rip your
> CDs, encode with a lossless encoder like FLAC,
> and use the digital outs of the Squeezebox.
>
> For more information and opinions that you can
> shake a stick at, visit
> http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/
>
> --Jason
>
> --- Simon Turner <simon (AT) brighton (DOT) co.uk> wrote:
> > Although I think my Squeezebox is truly great (it has already
> revolutionised
> > ny music-listening life), I am a little concerned about with sound
> quality
> > via the analogue-out. The sound is a little flaccid, less bright
> and lacks
> > detail when compared to the same files played through the same
> hi-fi by my
> > iPod.
>
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