Originally Posted by BigHat
Huh? Maybe I'm missing something (sorry in advance if I am have) but haven't I discussed at length above? Out of a MacBook Pro, playing music using iTunes for organization and Amarra decoding software. Works great as long as you don't push it to high res content because the card can't deal with it. It couldn't be easier to do and if Bryston ever does what they said they would do well over a year ago we'll have an updated card option. Until then I'll send audio (of all resolutions) to a USB DAC (Ayre QB9) that can handle it and then send it via 2-ch analog to the SP-3.
If you posted anything regarding using USB on the SP3, it would have been a post I would not have read. The reason is that I have never been interested in playing music using USB, but only recently got curious. I'll admit that I do no read every post, even on this thread, because I am in a discipline wherein I cannot absorb everything. Regardless, I did research the Amarra since your post, and I find it quite an expensive route costing in excess of $600.00 for the software.
For now, I will stick with Apple TV because while it is not the ultimate sonic experience, its an enjoyable sonic experience that I can live with for now, and its convenient in that I can stream music wherever I have an Apple TV.
Between Apple TV and my SACD players, I'm not missing too much.
I may re-visit USB in the future, but for now, I'm content. I am considering buying the Bryston phono pre-amp as soon as I hear from Bryston on whether or not I need to send the unit in for modications so it won't have that "popping" that was noted by a forum member when using a phono pre-amp.