Question I do not know what to do, don't understand

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  1. kcsun

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    I have always been into home cinema and music has always taken a back stage till now
    I have a collection of SACD's that I love (not everybody likes 5.1 music) which I play through my Oppo
    I have iTunes on my macbook pro with various files I have downloaded including now all lossless files, when I buy a CD we put it onto iTunes as a lossless file. We share the iTunes with our iPhones and a couple of bluetooth speakers

    I want to play music now on my cinema system as stereo and want advice as to the best way to play it.
    My amp is an Arcam AVR600
    I have an Oppo 103d and also an Apple TV mk3 connected to the amp
    The Oppo connects using HDMI for movies and SACD's and analogue RCA's for CD's

    Do I need a DAC - if so how do I connect it?
    My macbook pro has an HDMI output -- do I use it direct to the AVR?
    Should I connect my Macbook to my Oppo (it is meant to have excellent DAC's?)
    should I put my iTunes on a USB stick and plug it in the front of the Oppo?

    Do I need a NAS -- what is a NAS? how do I get my iTunes on it and many other beginner questions????

    any advice gratefully received

    kc
     
  2. Paul Solecki

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    You don't need a DAC, the Oppo should be very good as should the Arcam so you could use HDMI for everything if you use the Oppo for CDs.

    You could just connect your Mac to the AVR or through the Oppo. There's lots more about using a NAS if you search on Google, plenty of guides. Basically you'd just store your music there :)
     
  3. kcsun

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    Thanks Paul
    I am trying the Oppo and AVR and cannot hear any discernible differences so far. Mind you I am an old fart lol
    kc
     
  4. Paul Solecki

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    To be honest if you could hear a difference I'd say one of them was broken :)
     
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    OK Paul as a test
    I have a CD by Acoustic Alchemy track one is Reference Point
    I downloaded it 4 times into iTunes on my macbook pro
    1. AAC file 9.1Mb 256kbps
    2. Apple lossless 29.4Mb 904kbps
    3. Wav 45.8Mb 1411kbps
    4. MP3 4.2Mb 128kbps

    I output them from my Macbook using HDMI into my Arcam AVR600. That decoded the signal into digital PCM 7.1. The music however only came from the L,R and Sub

    Could I tell a difference -- not really, possibly slightly more bass on the AAC file

    My wife took a blind test and thought the MP3 sounded best!!!!!

    Tried it at two different volume levels (loud and louder) - still no difference

    Then tried using the spare HDMI input on the back of the Oppo 103d

    output the Oppo to the Arcam on the DVD input using HDMI

    still did not sound any different on any file type or between the Oppo and Arcam inputs

    Then tried Oppo into Arcam using RCA's into the CD input

    No sub this time so slightly different bass responses but still all file types sounded very similar

    Tried playing the original CD on the Oppo -- again no significant changes

    So at the age of 58 do I give up!!!
    Do I get hearing aids??
    is it all placebo effect?????????

    KC

    apologies if I have posted this in the incorrect forum
     
  6. spinaltap

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    My advice, buy a USB DAC for your MacBook. Currently, I recommend the Meridian Explorer2. Until the end of the month it's £129 - then it will rise by 30% (Meridian Winter Promotion).

    Meridian DAC Audio USB Explorer 2: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Once registered, it will give you 3 months free Tidal access. There, you can stream MQA encoded music tracks.
     
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    Sorry not been on for a while :)

    Different people have different thresholds. Lossless is identical to the WAV, anyone who says otherwise simply doesn't understand what lossless compression is and will probably tell you you can hear a difference between playing the same file from different memory cards ;)

    As for lossless, that's dependent on you. I tend to stick to a 160/192ish variable bit rate for MP3 and I'm good with that :)
     

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