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Review and Measurements of Chromecast Audio Digital Output

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I suggest you download and install Audacity, foobar2000 and the ABX plugin for foobar2000 (all free). Use Audacity to convert your favourite "hi-res" albums to 44.1/16, and do a double-blind ABX - it might prove to be an eye opener. No need to believe random people on the Internet.
No thanks.
FWIW, my thinking is FOR ME, lossless 16/44 is outstanding and I would grant you I likely cannot tell the difference above that in a test. A more interesting test to me would be Redbook vs 384 mp3.

My point was that it is perfectly reasonable to want to try out 24/192 on your system and hear it for yourself, especially since those numbers are being touted in marketing materials all over. Not everyone in our community has read the same articles and done the same research and they are at different points in their personal audio journey. I don't disagree with your conclusion, just the tone.

If your way to win a point is to degrade and call people names, then you haven't really convinced anyone of anything, other than their thoughts about you. This ASR community is better than that - I'd like it to stay that way for a little longer.
 

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If your way to win a point is to degrade and call people names, then you haven't really convinced anyone of anything, other than their thoughts about you. This ASR community is better than that - I'd like it to stay that way for a little longer.
Point taken.
 
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My configuration is: Chromecast Audio - Smsl Sanskrit 10th - Sansui AU9900.
I can't send 2v to Sansui. The question is what is the optimal way to adjust the volume? Decrease from Chromecast (digital) or from Sanskrit (analog)?
Thank you.
 

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.......The question is what is the optimal way to adjust the volume? Decrease from Chromecast (digital) or from Sanskrit (analog)?
There would be absolutely no audible difference in sound. Both components have superb measurements and digital volume controls. As long as you use a separate 5V power adapter when you are using the USB input on the Sanskrit it will sound great and any difference would be imaginary.

So, do the one that is more convenient for you. Control the volume with your phone on the Chromecast, or the included remote with the Sanskrit.
 
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There would be absolutely no audible difference in sound. Both components have superb measurements and digital volume controls. As long as you use a separate 5V power adapter when you are using the USB input on the Sanskrit it will sound great and any difference would be imaginary.

So, do the one that is more convenient for you. Control the volume with your phone on the Chromecast, or the included remote with the Sanskrit.
Hey. I want to ask by the way because I don't understand the measurements well.

Is the USB input in SMSL 10 good quality (connection to a laptop)?
Can the USB-SPDIF converter improve the sound quality?
Is CD transport (via SMSL) better than FLAC / WAV files via USB?
What is the sound quality of this device compared to other drivers?
What is the sound signature in practice?
Is it good value for money?

Greetings :)
 
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My configuration is: Chromecast Audio - Smsl Sanskrit 10th - Sansui AU9900.
I can't send 2v to Sansui. The question is what is the optimal way to adjust the volume? Decrease from Chromecast (digital) or from Sanskrit (analog)?
Thank you.
Are you satisfied with this DAC device? What is the audio characteristics of this device and the quality of the music?
 

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Hey. I want to ask by the way because I don't understand the measurements well.

Is the USB input in SMSL 10 good quality (connection to a laptop)?
Can the USB-SPDIF converter improve the sound quality?
Is CD transport (via SMSL) better than FLAC / WAV files via USB?
What is the sound quality of this device compared to other drivers?
What is the sound signature in practice?
Is it good value for money?

Greetings :)
Qvestions, qvestions. Subjective minutiae. ;)
 
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Are you satisfied with this DAC device? What is the audio characteristics of this device and the quality of the music?
More subjective qvestions. :facepalm:

Do a search on this forum or elsewhere first. Probably easier than members re-iterating old ground. Groundhog Day stuff.
 
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Need ansvers :)

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Hey. I want to ask by the way because I don't understand the measurements well.

Is the USB input in SMSL 10 good quality (connection to a laptop)?
Can the USB-SPDIF converter improve the sound quality?
Is CD transport (via SMSL) better than FLAC / WAV files via USB?
What is the sound quality of this device compared to other drivers?
What is the sound signature in practice?
Is it good value for money?

Greetings :)
 

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Ok, here for some answers:
1 the digital output of the Chromecast Audio is excellent, but it is optical and there is no point in converting this to usb (why would you do that?)
2 the digital output of a CD drive will sound the same as a lossless 16/44 FLAC file if played through the same DAC.
3 There are better budget usb/optical DACs than the smsl 10, such as the JDS Lab OL Dac, (the usb plus optical version) or the Topping D30.
4 As for general sound quality, much will depend on the rest of the system. The internal DAC of the CCA is pretty good, and the same applies to many CD players, so getting a separate DAC is only worthwhile if the rest of the chain is rather good.
 

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