Monday, June 17, 2024

Network Streamer vs Transport

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    • #197834
      Alan GreenAlan Green
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      Can anyone explain the difference to this neophyte? I swear that I cannot find it when I’m scanning a unit’s features or specifications. The latter always costs more so there must be something I’m missing. Thanks in advance.

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      SodejuuSodejuu
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      It’s quite simple. A Network Streamer has an analogue output, ergo it contains an internal DAC which is the connection to your audio system ((pre)amp).

      A Streaming Transport is only a “bridge” between your network and your audio system. It does not have any analogue outputs and ergo no internal DAC. So an external DAC is necessary to connect it to your (pre)amp to make it sing.

      If you already own a great DAC, then a “bridge” or transport will be sufficient. Else you will need a network streamer

    • #198022
      Alan GreenAlan Green
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      Sodejuu, I see the light at last! Essentially….Transport = Player – DAC. Aka a bridge. Got it. Finally. Thanks for a clear explanation.

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