Here is what I did. I have an ASR Emitter II Exclusive amp and Quad 2905's. I bought a Mac Mini, connected it to a Mac flat screen display and run a higher end USB from the Mac Mini to an Ayre QB9 DAC which then connects to my amp via high quality interconnects. My Mac G5 is off line but will become my work station with its own display. The point I'm driving at is that the Mac Mini takes up no room, it looks nice and the QB9 DAC sounds better than the flagship AYRE CD player. If cost is of concern, independant stores sell refurbished Mac Mini's and ARCAM makes an excellent DAC at a more affordable cost but I have no regrets about how I put together my computer/high fidelity system. Now, I'm just waiting for the BBC3 to stream with CD quality resolution (being in the states, I'd even pay for it). Cheers!
Hi, I'm new to this computer-audio world. I've been downloading high-res (24/192) flac files and burning them to dvd-a to play on my cambridge audio 751bd player. Now I want to try to send the flac files from my computer directly to the player via wi-fi.
The 751 connects fine to my wireless lan (via the supplied usb 'dongle') but the trouble begins when its 'my network' screen only recognises my wife's windows machine and fails to 'see' my linux (ubuntu 12.04) laptop.
I've sent the query to CA but any other advice would be welcome. Maybe a different 'dongle' would do the trick. The 751bd player does not have any digital inputs (except 2 x usb) and neither does my preamp. I would rather do without using any additional 'box' (eg Squeezebox) since the 751bd has excellent dacs which I've paid good money for and don't see the point in bypassing unless absolutely necessary.
The 751BD needs a UPnP server to support streaming, its likely seeing the Windows Media Player share on Windows. For Linux, you'd need to look at installing Ps3MediaServer, MediaTomb or something similar.