I am constantly hearing on other forums how much better uber $$$ streamers feeding the same DAC over inexpensive ones sound and I was wondering what exactly does the streamer without a DAC do. I thought it simply took the stream over ethernet converted to a USB protocol or spdif and sent it on to the DAC. I assume the software does this? If the streamer works well enough that the DAC works and the measurements on the analog output is good what is it about the streamer that would make one sound a lot better than another? This my first question and if there's a link somewhere that explains this perhaps someone could point me in that direction. I haven't been able to find it.