Narrow down the search for what exactly? How is anyone on here supposed to know what audio equipment you're going to like the sound of anymore than they're going to know what food you're going to like the taste of?Perhaps I haven't looked hard enough, but I can't find much on the net regarding differences in streaming alone. DACs I understand.
Jitter I can believe. Would appreciate if you all could share your experience/opinions so I can narrow down the search.
Nope, dedicated music streamers have no need to integrate with HT and all that video circuitry wouldn't help SQ either.They all come with HDMI passthrough, so will integrate with HT better?
IMO If using an external DAC, the difference in sound quality between cheap and expensive will be minimal. BUT, there is more to a streamer than sound quality. The biggest and most important differences are with support and reliability. I'd happily suffer a drop in sound quality over a streamer that gets interrupted every half hour. Support for subscription services, FLAC, Internet radio, gapless playback are as important as overall sound quality. Which is the reason Sonos is so popular.Thought its a simple enough question.
Do more expensive streamers improve SQ, when used purely as a digital transport; or above a certain price point, there are diminishing returns as its the DAC in them which justifies their premium.
And as a secondary question, what are the technical reasons behind improved SQ.
More money doesn't necessarily more quality. That has been done to the death with speaker cables where the weight of the opinion is clearly one way; at least on this and a few other forums.
I am not asking for the absolute TRUTH. But what ppl's opinions are. I am opening up discussion and exchange of ideas.