Originally Posted by wse
I was wondering if Classe SSP-800 owners have compared the iPod +wadia i170 vs Apple TV (digital out)
Which one sounds better, a friend of mine just bought the SSP-800 and is wondering if he should buy the wadia?
I use a Mac Mini as a music server, feeding the 800 with the digital out. I heavily researched using a computer/ mac as a music server before taking the plunge. The Apple TV (ATV) and the Wadia are capable of the same "bit perfect" output, but there are some conditions. There are some potential configuration issues with running iTunes on a PC (vs a Mac), that have been reported to degrade sound quality. So if your friend will be streaming from a PC to the ATV, he may have some research to do to optimize the signal being sent to the ATV. Search for "bit perfect audio itunes on Windows". I don't know all of the detail, but it involves getting around the "Kmixer" in Windows (the Windows audio mixing program).
If you are streaming iTunes from a Mac running OSX operating system to the ATV, getting bit perfect ouput is pretty much plug and play as the two have been optimized to work with one another.
* iTunes on Mac + ATV = bit perfect output
* iPod + Wadia dock = bit perfect output
* iTunes on Windows PC + ATV = work needed for bit perfect output