I would also like to see this tested.
The last generation AirPort Express still receives firmware updates and even after discontinuation was updated to support AirPlay 2, too.I would also like to see this tested.
One can also buy a used airport express for less than half this money, at least in the US (I got mine for around $40).
This is also my understanding, but I’m sure more knowledgeable people will have more to say.I confess to being confused (nothing new these days lol). I thought when the digital output was used the device was simply a bridge and the output reflected whatever was put in, e.g. spotify premium at 380, Tidal at CD, etc. Thus when using the digital output one streamer was as good as another with regards to signal quality, and we would choose based on the interface, build quality etc. I'm using the digital output of the Node 2i in my systems and assuming that the SQ I get is not related to the Node2i but to the DAC and other components downstream. What am I missing here?
I know that the original incarnation of Airplay converted everything to 16/44.1 ALAC for transport over Wifi. Not sure what the spec is for Airplay 2, although you are correct, AppleTV units output 24bit/48kHz PCM through HDMI.There seems to have been alot of Apple created confusion by failing to give specifics on Airplay's capabilities and resolution. Some claim it maxes out at 16 bit/44.1khz, but others report it is capable of 24bit/48khz, just as the converters in most of Apple's devices max out at 24/48khz and TV OS maxes out at 24bit/48khz. https://darko.audio/2021/06/the-best-way-to-stream-hi-res-audio-from-apple-music/
You can connect it to your hi-fi system and stream to it using your phone or tablet as a remote. And don't need an ethernet cable. Like Chromecast Audio, but inferior performance. I guess that's all there's to it.Who needs a wireless audio streamer? What is the purpose of this device, can anyone explain?
I love that to be tested too. It’s very affordable. I bought one from Amazon for GBP75 a few weeks ago.
Ok, thanks, I get it. I don't believe these will provide any audible difference compared to regular bluetooth connections, but then again, why not?You can connect it to your hi-fi system and stream to it using your phone or tablet as a remote. And don't need an ethernet cable. Like Chromecast Audio, but inferior performance. I guess that's all there's to it.