Author Topic: Finally have a digital streaming solution that sounds half decent  (Read 274 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:
When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take it!            [Yogi Berra]

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