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Hey guys, back for some more advice.

In simple, looking for the best way to play music from an iphone/ipad. I've tried doing my own research online, however seems to be a number of ways. So looking for some advise.

Up until just recently, I thought plugging a 3.5mm into the headphone jack and using the RCA connection to connect to the amplifier would do the trick. However, I've just purchased my first pair of decent floor speakers (Monitor Audio - Silver 6 Series) and I'm comparing amplifiers (Yamaha RS300 vs NAD 326 BEE).

I have a lot of music on both my iPhone and macbook, of varying quality (some less and others FLAC). And I'm also looking at doing a trial of the Premium TIDAL service (seems to have a good selection of music, and it would save me in having to upgrade my laptop library to higher quality).

I've seen you can get iPod/iPhone docks and there's a line out on the back of them and that this out be an upgrade to using the headphone jack. I guess the alternative would be the airport express would give me the capability to use airplay.

Then there's using an external DAC. Is this option I wonder worth it? or would this be overkill for someone just entering this audio world. I like the idea of using wireless to stream audio from my phone, however plugging my phone in is also not the end of the world. I've also been looking at the SONOS:Connect, but unsure about that as well...

If anyone has any experience with this, or can comment on quality between any of this it would be much appreciated. At the end of the day, if there's going to be minimal difference then the cheaper route would be desirable.
 

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I use an Airport Express and AirPlay into a DAC. You could start off using the built in DAC on the Airport Express to save some money. I like this combo for the convenience of a wireless connection.
 

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I use my laptop via HDMI.
Then I connect my phone to my laptop.

I would check out Outlaw Audio for amps as well. Highly regarded products.
 

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I use an Airport Express and AirPlay into a DAC. You could start off using the built in DAC on the Airport Express to save some money. I like this combo for the convenience of a wireless connection.
Do you know if there will be a noticeable difference in quality in using an external DAC vs. the Airport Express DAC? This route seems to be the easiest, and the cheapest, however not sure if it's the most ideal.

Also, are you aware if there is a noticable loss in quality when using airplay to play music? Vs. having something, like a macbook plugged into a DAC
 

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I believe AirPlay is lossless, so I don't think you'll notice any difference in quality. As far as using an external DAC is concerned, it depends on the bitrate of your music file, your ears, and budget. I'm using the DAC module on my NAD C375BEE and like what I hear, but admit I haven't tried the Airport's internal DAC. As far as integrated amps, I really like my NAD. I saved $450 on my C375 by buying factory refurbished via Spearit Sound on Audiogon. You can either buy direct from Spearit, or their listings on Audiogon. Nice thing about A-gon is that you'll have the ability to make an offer. You could get a refurbed C356 for about the same price as a new 326. Nice thing about the C357 and C375 is that they accept the MDC expansion modules (which are also available as refurbs). Refurbs carry a 1 year warrant from NAD. Good luck, and good listening.
 

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I believe AirPlay is lossless, so I don't think you'll notice any difference in quality. As far as using an external DAC is concerned, it depends on the bitrate of your music file, your ears, and budget. I'm using the DAC module on my NAD C375BEE and like what I hear, but admit I haven't tried the Airport's internal DAC. As far as integrated amps, I really like my NAD. I saved $450 on my C375 by buying factory refurbished via Spearit Sound on Audiogon. You can either buy direct from Spearit, or their listings on Audiogon. Nice thing about A-gon is that you'll have the ability to make an offer. You could get a refurbed C356 for about the same price as a new 326. Nice thing about the C357 and C375 is that they accept the MDC expansion modules (which are also available as refurbs). Refurbs carry a 1 year warrant from NAD. Good luck, and good listening.
Great.. Thanks for the advice!
I'm looking into the HRT iStreamer... may do the trick, seems to have decent reviews.. and its a bit cheaper, so for starting out may be the best route to go..
I really do enjoy the NAD 326 thus far... I'll look into Audiogon and the 356.. where I'm in Canada not sure if they will ship to me or not though
 
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