I had a Sonos Connect feeding a Musical Fidelity M1 DAC. I’ve ripped all my CDs to 44.1 to a NAS that was connected wirelessly to the Sonos; I also use Deezer which streams 44.1 audio. Control of the Sonos was via an app on my iPad–so no computer involved.
The Sonos stopped working and I’m now exploring alternatives. I still have all my CDs as well as 50-60 hybrid SACDs where the CD layer has been ripped also. I’d like to explore hi-res downloads and forego using a CD player altogether. I know there are ways to rip the SACDs so I’m trying to navigate my way through the hardware/software requirements needed in order to stream hi-res (either up to 192 Hz or DSD) files.
My computer is an older MAC running High Sierra. I can connect the the M1 DAC to the MAC via a USB or optical connection. The DAC will process signals as high as 192 Hz, however the MAC’s midi controls limit the output from the MAC to 96 Hz/24-bit. Interestingly, I have a 3rd part app called Boom which lists output resolution up to 176 Hz and 192 Hz–I believe, however, that the Boom app would be processing a hi-res file and sending it to the analog output.
So, I’m left trying to figure out the options between a computer-based approach vs. a combination of a streaming ‘transport’, so to speak, and outboard DAC that will stream hi-res PCM and possibly DSD. If possible this would mirror the NAS/Sonos/M1 DAC model. As and example, I believe the Bluesound Node 2i will stream hi-res PCM but not DSD. I could live without the DSD, but I’m thinking I might as well try to end up with a DSD capable system.
The first question, then, is whether there are hardware options that will stream hi-res PCM and DSD from a NAS to a DSD dac controllable with an iPad app. Teac, Bryston and some others seem to offer that kind of product but I don’t find their literature to be abundantly clear on those points.
In the event the above option is not available I’m assuming I would need to use a computer to stream from the NAS to a hi-res DSD dac. The second question then, is whether I can stream resolutions above 96 Hz (including DSD) from my MAC. I know their are software options such as Audivana, Roon and others, however I have not been able to locate information that specifically states that those products will stream above the apparent 96 Hz limitation imposed by my older MAC (I have come across some information suggesting newer MACs will output up to 192 Hz, but that doesn’t really answer whether software will accomplish the same thing where the apparent limit might be 96 Hz).
What is seem to boil down to is that I can’t find specific information confirming that a hardware solution exists, and excluding that option, what software/hardware combinations will guarantee the ability to stream DSD and/or resolutions above 96 Hz.
Any thoughts on this appreciated. Thanks in advance.