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September 8, 2012 1:15 PM Subscribe
Budget home audio: amplified speakers ← amplifier ← DAC ← ????
posted by Nomyte to technology (6 answers total)
I'm assembling a moderately priced home audio setup and can't figure out what my digital source should be.
I'm looking for a small, affordable device that can output digital to the USB input on my DAC. I avoid single-purpose devices and want to avoid gadget clutter. My ideal device would be something like a portable MP3 player. However, it's proven difficult to find a portable device that allows users to bypass its built-in DAC and just output the damn digital signal.
I'm very behind the curve on portable consumer devices, but, from what I can tell, my options include the following:
- some kind of ultralight laptop — this seems like overkill.
- a Squeezebox device, probably the Touch — again, costs as much as a current-generation video game console.
- a portable player with USB output — does one exist?
- some sort of cheap tablet that plays both MP3 and lossless formats and has USB output — I'm completely unfamiliar with my options here.
I welcome your suggestions.