CD Player...... With extras?

Going Grey Now

Active Member
If the sound quality from HAT dac is similar or almost as good as my external DAC then I would rather have HAT dac.

I think ill need to do some reading on what I need as I have no idea what parts, both hardware and software wise.
What I can say is that I previously had a DAC HAT made by ALLO; the BOSS DAC 1.2. It all fitted quite nicely in a case.
At the time, I thought the overall SQ was on a par with my Dragonfly Red.
Subsequently I’ve moved on to DACs from Schiit (Modi then Modius) and am very happy with my kit.
Since I purchased the external DACs, ALLO have released a version 2 of the BOSS. I’ve read encouraging reports but never used one. DAC HATs are also available from several other manufacturers. I think ALLO sell the BOSS 2 as both a HAT and a pre built streamer in a nice blue case!
Am I correct in saying that your Arcam r-DAC has a USB input?
If so, then I know what I would probably do if I were in your situation;
I’d buy a RPi version 4, 2 gigabyte. To start with I wouldn’t bother with a HAT, but I’d go USB out from the RPi and USB in on your DAC. I‘m not saying that this would be my long term solution, but it would least give you the opportunitynof seeing if you get on OK with a RPi streamer, before deciding whether you want to incur the extra expense of a DAC HAT.
I’m sure others will be along who have experience of the Arcam DAC to comment in the quality of its USB input.
For software, I’d start off with Moode or Volumio.
 

password1

Distinguished Member
I don't actually know or remember what the back of my Arcam rDac looks like...That sounds a good way forward without paying for a dac hat to begin with.

I used to build my own computers back in the early 2000s and late 90s when i was a kid..so hopefully a raspberry pi is as straight forward.
 

Going Grey Now

Active Member
I don't actually know or remember what the back of my Arcam rDac looks like...That sounds a good way forward without paying for a dac hat to begin with.

I used to build my own computers back in the early 2000s and late 90s when i was a kid..so hopefully a raspberry pi is as straight forward.
I’m not an expert on the Arcam but I’ve looked at a couple of photos on line and provided I’ve chosen the right model, it does look to have 3 inputs; Co-ax, Toslink and USB. Before going Co-ax (and after owning the BOSS DAC), I did try USB in on my Schiit Modi for a while and it was fine. I used a standard USB cable and didn’t get drawn in to discussions about expensive USB cables!

Like you, I’ve previously built PCs - I think my latest effort was about 10 years ago.

I found the whole RPi setup quite fun really. The trickiest bit is probably flashing whatever software you choose onto the micro SD card. I had no previous experience of Linux and think I’ve probably only had to look up a couple of Linux commands in 18 months. Most of the time I simply access everything through the Moode ‘front end’.

If I can be of my more help, please feel free to drop me a PM.
 

crashcris

Distinguished Member
@Big Simon . I think I'm mostly achieving what you want to do. I have a 1 TB SSD loaded up with music, plugged into the USB of my Sony Blu-ray player, which is Linked to my AVR (Yamaha ) Linked to TV . Using the BR remote, I can pull up the music and play. I only use this personally for 5.1 surround sound music otherwise I just Airplay stereo music from my phone or mac to the Yamaha. The Sony also plays SACDs, which was why I bought it. A more recent 4k Blu-Ray player that also seems to do all the stuff I'd need is pretty inexpensive £145 below. Amazon product
This doesn't display the artwork unless looking at the TV screen, which I prefer to switch off.

I hope this is the sort of reply you were looking for, if not, sorry for misunderstanding your original post. All the best.
 

Enigma6

Standard Member
I have a Yamaha CD-NT670D in the office. As a universal player it is vey nice. It can be controlled with a smartphone, very useful with internet radio and the various streaming options it offers, and of course phone apps can do all sorts of clever things.

I am happy with the purchase.
Mark,
Glad to see that you like your Yamaha CD-NT607. I would like to buy one as well and have it shipped from UK to the US as we do not have that model here. The only problem is the voltage and Hz difference. I can simply use a transformer to convert the voltage, but I'm more worried about the Hz.
Unfortunately, Yamaha doesn't print that info on the back of the UK models for me to see in photos.
I was hoping that you could do me a big favor and look on the bottom of the unit, there should be a sticker/label that shows the voltage and Hz. I need to know if it shows just 50Hz or both 50/60Hz.

Thank you, I would really appreciate it.
Bruce
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
The label at the back of my CD-NT670D says 220-240V 50/60Hz.

Please note that I live in Switzerland and have the CD-NT670D (meaning it has DAB+, as printed on the top right of the case and as needed in this country for radio reception).
 

Enigma6

Standard Member
The label at the back of my CD-NT670D says 220-240V 50/60Hz.

Please note that I live in Switzerland and have the CD-NT670D (meaning it has DAB+, as printed on the top right of the case and as needed in this country for radio reception).
I just read up on DAB+ and it is backwards compatible with the older version, just plain DAB which some radio stations still use. We don't have DAB here in the US so I will be limited to regular AM/FM broadcasting and internet radio, but that's okay.
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
The CD-NT670D does not have AM, only FM and DAB+ (which is backwards compatible to DAB). It also does not have Sirius XM, which I AFAIK is used in US.
 

Enigma6

Standard Member
The CD-NT670D does not have AM, only FM and DAB+ (which is backwards compatible to DAB). It also does not have Sirius XM, which I AFAIK is used in US.
Well, I just ordered one about an hour ago. FM works on a slightly different frequency. I was told that "FM radio won't work correctly as the UK and Europe use 50uS deemphasis whilst the USA and Canada use 75uS. That means that the higher frequencies will be accentuated. That may be OK, it'll be like turning the treble control up a few notches" Which is fine, I'll mostly be using internet radio, USB drive and the cd player. I may use the FM tuner once in a while to check the local weather if we're expecting a big snow storm.
We also don't have DAB in the US.
Have you tried connecting an external drive thru USB yet? If so, what size drive. I was hoping to use my WD MyBook 3TB external HDD, (already has all my WAW files on it) but according to the manual HDD's can't be used, only flash/ssd.

Bruce
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
Have you tried connecting an external drive thru USB yet? If so, what size drive. I was hoping to use my WD MyBook 3TB external HDD, (already has all my WAW files on it) but according to the manual HDD's can't be used, only flash/ssd.
No, nor will I be trying it. I have my drive on the network and this works as expected.
 

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