: MBP/Spotify -> DAC -> Integrated Amp alternatives


blackbook
Jun 7th, 2018, 12:40 AM
I'm currently streaming Spotify from my MBP to a DAC connected to my integrated stereo amp. The problem is the cable from my MBP to DAC is 1.5 feet which means I cannot listen to music and work on my MBP simultaneously.

My solution is to buy an old, circa 2013 Macbook Air or older Windows laptop solely to stream Spotify from into my amp. Either way, I don't want to pay over $300 since it's only purpose is this.

Should I just buy something new and is it foolish to buy such an old MBAir (Spotify requires OSX 10.9 or above? Would buying a 2013 mean the performance will wane in any way (I don't see how since it's just Spotify, but I have to ask the question), or the OSX not be upgradeable to keep with Spotify requirements over the next years?

Or is there another device altogether that has a USB and Wifi to stream Spotify from through my DAC to amp?

SINC
Jun 7th, 2018, 05:33 AM
Wouldn't an Apple Express do the job far cheaper?

https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MC414AM/A/airport-express?fnode=eaee743ac66ffea761fd8b003d7d127c250a c1079b387b9e4f046aca3ae6ef9875c7101235783ebb5a8c67 d3e7df3a183bc646c90c5516b3b53772507d28efff624830d5 229a397e99c3de3d0d05afd95ab391d10189369eeab66bc79f f9fd31

polywog
Jun 7th, 2018, 08:18 AM
Or is there another device altogether that has a USB and Wifi to stream Spotify from through my DAC to amp?


Chromecast audio will do the job very nicely, for under $50. Then you can fire up whatever Spotify client you have, and tell it to play on the chromecast.


EDIT: If you prefer things non-Googley, Spotify has a page showcasing all Spotify Connect devices:


https://www.spotify.com/ca-en/connect/

SINC
Jun 7th, 2018, 09:45 AM
Chromecast audio will do the job very nicely, for under $50. Then you can fire up whatever Spotify client you have, and tell it to play on the chromecast.


EDIT: If you prefer things non-Googley, Spotify has a page showcasing all Spotify Connect devices:


https://www.spotify.com/ca-en/connect/

He did say he does need a device with a USB port. Do any of the things above have such a port?

polywog
Jun 7th, 2018, 03:16 PM
He did say he does need a device with a USB port. Do any of the things above have such a port?

Some, likely. It's not a very short list. Though I'm assuming he specified USB to connect to his external DAC; at which point Airport Express isn't going to fit the bill.

IIRC Chromecast doesn't stream Audio via USB. However it does have optical out up to 96khz/24bit which may or may not connect to the DAC (but may very well go directly to the receiver.) Apparently, the internal DAC is fairly decent as well.

SINC
Jun 8th, 2018, 07:57 AM
Some, likely. It's not a very short list. Though I'm assuming he specified USB to connect to his external DAC; at which point Airport Express isn't going to fit the bill.

IIRC Chromecast doesn't stream Audio via USB. However it does have optical out up to 96khz/24bit which may or may not connect to the DAC (but may very well go directly to the receiver.) Apparently, the internal DAC is fairly decent as well.

Learn something every day, thanks.

polywog
Jun 8th, 2018, 10:29 AM
Learn something every day, thanks.


No worries. I had a Chromecast for a while, and I preferred it to AirPlay in some ways. But I rarely use anything but Apple Music/iTunes so it just collects dust now.

Ants
Jun 10th, 2018, 05:23 PM
Have a look at this gizmo, Allo's USBRIDGE. It features a USB output, will stream up to 32bit/384Khz, D5D256 hi res audio files, is Airplay, Roon ready and offers a few more great features - https://allo.com/sparky/usbridge.html

I am just dipping my toes in these single board computers, add on boards and operating systems to fool around with Roon (https://roonlabs.com).

You can also buy the parts and assemble one yourself or fully assembled kits. This CDN site should have all the items - https://www.buyapi.ca.

Hope this helps.

polywog
Jun 11th, 2018, 08:30 AM
Have a look at this gizmo, Allo's USBRIDGE. It features a USB output, will stream up to 32bit/384Khz, D5D256 hi res audio files, is Airplay, Roon ready and offers a few more great features - https://allo.com/sparky/usbridge.html

I am just dipping my toes in these single board computers, add on boards and operating systems to fool around with Roon (https://roonlabs.com).

You can also buy the parts and assemble one yourself or fully assembled kits. This CDN site should have all the items - https://www.buyapi.ca.

Hope this helps.


Nice, thanks for the links.