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doifeellucky

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Alternatively, that could easily be addressed with a optical switch.



The OP hasn't stated how they intend to use the laptop and it may not be necessary
Indeed, I previously mentioned an optical switch, I have one myself, and I agree about the use of a laptop in this scenario.
 
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Gonepostal

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Ok, thanks for all the suggestions.

So, I got the Wiim today and have been playing with it and I'm pressed. Been using optical out into an amp playing Tidal. I'm now thinking I won't be using the laptop for music anymore, tidal offers me all that I need.



With that in mind I guess I just need a DAC with an optical input. I've put a bid in on a topping E30, currently at £45 so hopefully that comes off. I don't need two optical inputs as the TV only gets connected when I watch a film, I use a soundbar for normal listening. I can quite easily disconnect the Wiim from the DAC and connect my TV when needed.

Regards
 

suburbansky

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Cambridge Audio Dacmagic 200 has all the in- and outputs you require and to my ears it sounds great, definite improvement over the in-built DAC of my CDP and Node. Certainly above budget but maybe you could dig out a bargain somewhere.
 

Timbola

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Yes that’s true, although many people use it in static (as in non-portable) systems. I’ve had mine for probably 5 years or so in my main system now and isn’t really much of a big deal charging it and turning it on at line level. It can be a slight annoyance but the sound quality is very good at the price.
 

suburbansky

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Yes that’s true, although many people use it in static (as in non-portable) systems. I’ve had mine for probably 5 years or so in my main system now and isn’t really much of a big deal charging it and turning it on at line level. It can be a slight annoyance but the sound quality is very good at the price.
Sure - if have no personal experience with the Mojo, and no reason to doubt its qualities. When I was looking into DACs recently, said issues steered me away from the Mojo and towards the DACMagic 200, which I have zero regrets about. I find it a bit odd, though, that Chord doesn't have a kind of stationary version of the Mojo, especially as it's a massive price hike from the Mojo to the Qutest, the latter being the cheapest Chord DAC to be used with a fixed setup.
 

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