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Is anyone using DAC converters to get better audio quality from streaming music ?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have a mid level yamaha connected to my apple tv 3 via optical, and I have most of my music encoded in either apple lossless or 128kb mp3's, so some of the older recordings or lower bit rate songs sound a bit on the harsh side, something I was not getting with my sony es sacd player via the analog connections. So I'm wondering if I get a DAC that would perhaps solve my problem, or is it the old "garbage in garbage" out scenario
post #2 of 6
Hi Yankees,

You don't mention which Yamaha you have, but I would assume that it has a very respectable DAC, as I don't know of a Yamaha that doesn't. A separate DAC would likely be a step down. How do your apple-lossless tracks sound?

128 kbps is awfully lossy for MP3, so the only real solution might be to replace them.
post #3 of 6
Yeah, you can't make 128kbps sound good no matter what you do,. Go on a mission to replace with 320kbps .
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
The apple lossless files sound nice. I'm also able to convert the songs that were matched by the iTunes Match service. But some songs I simply just can't.
post #5 of 6
It's best to have HQ source media to take full advantage of a nice hifi setup.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Another question...would Apple TV play the native lossless format I ripped my music in, or will it convert it to AAC for playback thru Apple TV ?
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