I'm getting more and more convinced that a modern DAC need to have Roon endpoint RAAT implemented. Probably DSD as well. Upsamling to DSD seems to sound better. I have not tested. But I feed my Theta with HQPlayer upsamled 24/192.
Maybe USB interface is yesterday's technology. Although from a sales argument you may need it.
Actually so is SPDIF, but I don't expect many to agree.
The way KEF wireless, and Kii Three are heading is probably the future. Kii still miss network interface and RAAT. KEF soon will have. (Confirmed).
If I was a first time buyer today, I would look for speaker solution similar to Kii Three, and KEF wireless. I would expect many more to come.
Use of technology where your Theta has a Dante network or similar where you connect all your active speakers via a RJ45. Or even wireless. (Those speakers exist). This is where we are heading.
No DAC in your Theta. They are all inside your speakers. Or a combination your stereo is feed by Theta's DAC, and the rest by a distributed network.
This product may not be a Casablanca, but maybe a new product, or product line, that include Theta active speakers ?
So will the 4a be one of the last upgrades ?
When (or if) Theta support RAAT, are we at the end of an era ?
In near future, you can store your music in cloud, and stream it to Roon. This is on Roon roadmap. For less than $80 a year you get unlimited storage. No more NAS, or local file server, if you prefer.
You may even get the option to install Roon itself in the cloud. Why not. Your iDevices, droid, or laptop is the controller point, just like it is with Tidal and similar services.
You may start listen to that horrible radio in high end. How ? Roon recognize the music playing, and if music is available in Tidal, or similar, or in your local library, that radio switch to play your hi res version. Very likely to happen.
Yes, the future is interesting. Time to sell, or upgrade your existing equipment ?
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