I have an ND5 XS streamer and NAIT XS 2 amplifier bought secondhand.
As the ND5 XS is a legacy machine I accept that the higher bitrates from some streaming services are not available to it. The ND5 XS supports TIDAL (16-bit/44kHz) and Spotify (320kbps) natively.
I currently have a Hi-Fi subscription to TIDAL at £19.99pm. The equivalent service from Qobuz costs £12.49pm (billed annually). Seemingly, Qobuz pays artists 4 times that of TIDAL per stream.
I recently bought an Audioengine B–Fi for streaming from my iPad. It can also stream from TIDAL and Qubuz at lossless CD quality (16-bit/44kHz).
I should appreciate any help you can give me with the following:
- If I were to use the Audioengine B–Fi to stream Qubuz digitally via a toslink to my ND5 XS (using their app on my iPad), would this be equivalent to using TIDAL natively?
- Can I take it that connecting the Audioengine B-Fi to the NAIT XS 2 directly (analogue) would give significantly inferior sound to connecting it as in 1. above?
- Is the reason that the ND5 XS cannot connect to other streaming services natively a technical and/or commercial one?
- Should I stick with TIDAL?