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Streaming Hi Res Audio files over LAN - possible?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have a lot of Hi Res audio files on my PC (Win7), which is in another room of the house.
Currently, I use a DLNA server on the PC (Mezzmo), stream via LAN over Powerline to my Sony BD player in the living room. The BD player's Component video cable goes to my AV receiver and from there to the TV (so I can operate the DLNA and the SONY GUI on the TV).

The BD player's audio goes via S/PDIF to my Dacmagic plus.

CHALLENGE: The BD player only accepts 16/44 LPCM files via LAN.

QUESTION: Is there a way to use a spare LAN port near the BD / DacMagic, for instance with a Cat5-to-USB converter and feed the audio stream directly to the DacMagic Plus USB input?

I could still navigate the music directories onscreen via the BD UI, but the files (including those with higher bit rates) would stream to the DacMagic Plus' USB input.

I'm hoping this question makes sense and that you can provide me with a definitive yes/no answer before I start buying hardware to test this out empirically smile.gif

Thanks.
post #2 of 7
Ethernet to USB adapters are readily available, but the good ones cost in the vicinity of $300. The lab where I work has found that the inexpensive ones are quite unreliable. To the PC, a DAC connected by way of USB (or ethernet-to-USB) looks like a local audio output device on the PC itself. The BD player would not know that it exists.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks Selden Ball.
I think that, if I run a dedicated line from PC to DAC (PC USB output -> cat 5 -> LAN -> downstairs hub -> cat5 -> USB -> dac), I should at least be able to test the output (even if it is flaky).

The PC - LAN - BD Player stays in place, but I switch the DAC to the USB input instead of the S/PDIF.

I'll try it out and post back. If I can get the cheap version to work, I'll invest in the expensive one.
post #4 of 7
USB to ethernet wont solve your problem.

you need a player than supports HD audio.

the obvious choice here is Squeezebox as it supports EVERYTHING up to 24 bit/192Khz

http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-930-000090-Squeezebox-Touch/dp/B002LARRDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346279113&sr=8-1&keywords=Squeezebox+Touch

or if you will allow up to 24/96 only then the sonos is a great choice too....

www.sonos.com


or as always you can build/buy a HTPC and run XBMC or something like that.

Lots of choices.
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by sean_w_smith View Post

USB to ethernet wont solve your problem.
you need a player than supports HD audio.
the obvious choice here is Squeezebox as it supports EVERYTHING up to 24 bit/192Khz
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-930-000090-Squeezebox-Touch/dp/B002LARRDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346279113&sr=8-1&keywords=Squeezebox+Touch
or if you will allow up to 24/96 only then the sonos is a great choice too....
www.sonos.com
or as always you can build/buy a HTPC and run XBMC or something like that.
Lots of choices.

I was always under the impression that the touch supports up to 96khz and the sonos supports up to 44.1khz.
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Also: in my solution (assuming for a second that my theory is correct, which is a big assumption), the PC / DLNA solution is the source and I establish a direct USB connection from the PC USB port via LAN to the Cambridge DacMagic Plus' USB input.

The (Sony BD) player is ONLY used to display the track information on the TV screen.

In other words: I browse to a track on the screen and press Play on the Sony remote. The DLNA on the PC starts playing the track and feeds both lines (USB output and Ethernet output). The sound goes via USB-LAN-USB to the DAC.
The visual info (track, elapsed time etc.) goes via ethernet to the BD player.

At least that's the theory. Stay tuned smile.gif
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by pvanosta View Post

Also: in my solution (assuming for a second that my theory is correct, which is a big assumption), the PC / DLNA solution is the source and I establish a direct USB connection from the PC USB port via LAN to the Cambridge DacMagic Plus' USB input.

The (Sony BD) player is ONLY used to display the track information on the TV screen.

In other words: I browse to a track on the screen and press Play on the Sony remote. The DLNA on the PC starts playing the track and feeds both lines (USB output and Ethernet output). The sound goes via USB-LAN-USB to the DAC.
The visual info (track, elapsed time etc.) goes via ethernet to the BD player.

At least that's the theory. Stay tuned smile.gif

Good luck. I doubt it will work but who knows.


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