You can do this numerous ways.
1. use a laptop computer, going right to the USB input of your DAC, connected to your stereo. If you
don't have a DAC with a USB input, you can either use the headphone output from the laptop to a
regular line input (non-ideal) or get a USB-to-SPDIF adapter and go into a SPDIF input on your DAC.
2. you can use any of a number of devices that play files over the network. Alas, The Logitech
Squeezebox isn't made anymore. I have, use often, and very much like that device. It's analog output
is OK, but it works great via its SPDIF output to my DAC/preamp.
3. if you don't have a DAC but want a bit better quality than what comes out of the headphone jack
on your laptop, something like the Dragonfly USB DAC (less than $200) will do the job.
4. if you're Mac-based, the Apple TV device will do this.
5. there are much more costly and complex options, too. I like the laptop option best because
laptops can be had for less than $500 and then you get additional functionality in the bargain.
There are numerous resources online as to how to "tune" a Windows 7 or 8 laptop for audiophile
playback (mostly just turning off all the annoying background stuff). There are claims that laptops
sound best when running on battery power, but I find that to be BS in that I can't hear any
difference with my Lenovo laptop and also in that a laptop is ALWAYS running on battery power,
whether it's plugged in or not.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Hirsch" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New audio produict sort of like a Roku for sound systems
> My comment is not directly related to listening to music stored in the
> cloud, but I think is is closely related enough to insert it into this
> thread. I know that this question emphasizes how embarrassingly ignorant
> regarding tech matters I am, but I'll ask it anyway.
> Since a computer is not my preferred listening medium, I have always wanted
> to play music (ripped CDs, digitized tapes and black discs, assorted files
> from even more assorted sources) that I have stored on my computer or
> connected HDs on my audio (hi-fi, stereo, whatever you want to call it
> nowadays) setup using my wi-fi router. This must be really simple, no?
> Is there some device that that I could attach to the appropriate equipment
> that could transmit either directly from my computer or through my wi-fi to
> my audio? It seems that the direct method makes the most sense and would be
> preferable, but, as I said, I know so very little, so any suggestion would
> be received with interest and gratitude.
> Peter Hirsch
> On Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Links come thru better and clickable with brackets or carets:
>> Notice how they don't mention MP3 quality. Any laptop can do the same
>> Lou Judson
>> Intuitive Audio
>> On Jul 1, 2014, at 6:45 AM, Steve Ramm wrote:
>> _Gramofon Turns Stereo Equipment Into Cloud Music Player - Businessweek_
>> Steve Ramm