Author Topic: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent  (Read 2524 times)

Offline Stu_Mack

For a while I have been unimpressed with my streaming solutions for home. From streaming directly to the AVR via Airplay, to streaming to the Chromecast via Spotify. Each time I was left disappointed when compared to other sources.

I recently split my system up by having a 2chl pre-amp (Aura) for the mains, which still allows surround sound playback, but pure stereo for the CD player and turn table is direct to the pre-amp, no AVR interfering. This gave a big boost to the CD (via my trusty Theta DAC) and the TT playback. But with no way to plug my HDMI output Chromecast into the RCA inputs of the pre-amp, left the streaming music path even further behind.

Then the other weak I found a Chromecast audio for sale cheaply, I snapped it up and via a 3.5mm to RCA converter I was finally able to stream in stereo to the pre-amp, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! So much more depth the music, finally a proper sound stage, high notes that are pure, powerful midrange and proper bass.

On the back of this I bought a mini-toslink to toslink cable, so that I could route the Chromecast via the Theta as well...………...Another big jump! The music now is wrapped in that lovely warmness the Theta brings. Streaming is now a viable option for high quality feedback.

The Chromecast was R450 and the cable was R150, best R600 I have spent on my system ever!

Offline HB

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2019, 02:12:02 PM »
And now they've been discontinued  :facepalm:
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Offline Stu_Mack

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2019, 05:29:30 PM »
Yep, what an own goal by Google if you ask me.

Offline Hilton

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2019, 09:02:36 AM »
Recently managed to nick up one of KromBoom as well.  A great buy.  Now i jyst need a DAC which can handle at least 24/192.  It playing into my old Audio Alchemy DTI/DAC combo.

One thing you can add though is an USB Mini/Ethernet with power, combo to go wired instead of wireless.  Couple of hundred bucks online and is a really good upgrade.

Here is one you can find.  UGreen Micro USB To Rj45 Adapter.
Ciao

Hilton

Offline tptb

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2019, 10:16:02 AM »
Must try a test and see if thats better than my method of feeding the DAC via USB from a MBP.  Streaming audio is just so easy compared to CD's etc, but any improvement on sound quality is always appreciated.
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Offline Stu_Mack

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2019, 11:12:15 AM »
Recently managed to nick up one of KromBoom as well.  A great buy.  Now i jyst need a DAC which can handle at least 24/192.  It playing into my old Audio Alchemy DTI/DAC combo.

One thing you can add though is an USB Mini/Ethernet with power, combo to go wired instead of wireless.  Couple of hundred bucks online and is a really good upgrade.

Here is one you can find.  UGreen Micro USB To Rj45 Adapter.

Would there be a benefit in doing this for a normal ChromeCast as well as the audio ChromeCast?

Offline Hilton

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2019, 02:42:33 PM »
Definitely...any 'wired' network connection is more stable than wireless. Will there be visible differences...well you would have to determine that.
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Hilton

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Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2019, 07:04:08 PM »
Pity the miracle puck is discontinued so I treasure mine as it’s so convenient.  If they were still replaceable I would be hacking it with a CO ax out at the bare minimum to see where it could go. 


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Offline Stu_Mack

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2019, 12:36:35 PM »
Definitely...any 'wired' network connection is more stable than wireless. Will there be visible differences...well you would have to determine that.

Ordered an Ethernet adapter for each ChromeCast so lets see/hear

Offline FJP

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2019, 05:21:46 PM »
Would an HDMI audio extractor such as below allow one to achieve the audio version function from the regular chomecast , i.e. chromecast>extractor>DAC + TV?



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Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2019, 07:07:21 PM »
Would an HDMI audio extractor such as below allow one to achieve the audio version function from the regular chomecast , i.e. chromecast>extractor>DAC + TV?



I think it should and am curious to know if anyone has tried it. 


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Offline Agaton Sax

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2019, 09:18:54 AM »
I think it should and am curious to know if anyone has tried it. 


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I have one. It was an absolute frustration. I had to physically switch it on and off everytime I switched on the television.  It managed to pass 5.1 through exactly once,for the rest of the time 2 channel as the 5.1 was deaf mute.Finally gave up and fed toslink from tv to avr dac-2 channel only.

Offline Carnajo

Re: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2019, 08:04:19 PM »
I love my CCA, it is really awesome, also the built in DAC is actually super decent. I recently tried switching from toslink (to a Marantz SR4003) to analogue out (3.5mm to dual RCA) and it sounded pretty good, maybe a little flat, till I discovered that I need to enable "full dynamic range" for the CCA and, purely subjectively, it sounds better to me than toslink to the Marantz (not that AVRs are known to have the most amazing DACs, just that I wouldn't have expected much from the built in DAC).