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iMac to amp help needed

davejones1988

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Hi guys, I'm looking to strream music from my iMac to my amp what is the best way to do this will I neerd a dac
 
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hi. i use an airport express and take the digital out straight from the airport express into my amp which has a dac already. it seems a very cost effective way to stream music when sat at my desk working. i guess a lot depends on what amp you have? As an example i have the cyrus amp with the qx onboard dac so works well. to be honest, its surprisingly good, even with pretty low rate audio files the gap between them and playing a cd is very small.

hope that helps.
 

davejones1988

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hi thanks for the reply I have a cambridge audio amp 350A no dac will the airport method work without a onboard dac thanks
 

professorhat

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Yup, the Airport Express does have an onboard DAC so you don't need an external one for it to work (though it will improve the sound so might be something you consider later). You can of course just run a wire straight from your iMac to the amp (how close are they)?
 

davejones1988

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Hi thanks for the reply I herd by runniing a cabe from the amp direct to the onboard sound card the quallity is very poor I dont think I have the colrreect input on my amp in order to connect the airport express
 

SpursGator

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You need to make sure that the iMac's output is a line-level out and not being used as a headphone jack. Check your settings Preferences > Sound.

Consider an inexpensive DAC that can accept the optical out It will sound better.
 

professorhat

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davejones1988 said:
I dont think I have the colrreect input on my amp in order to connect the airport express
You will, you'll just need this sort of cable



On the other hand, if you can afford to get a reasonable external DAC, you will benefit from it - again, you could just run a direct connection from the Mac into the DAC as well - all depends whether this is feasible or whether you need to stream it over the wireless because of where the Mac and Hifi are positioned.
 

MajorFubar

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davejones1988 said:
I herd by runniing a cabe from the amp direct to the onboard sound card the quallity is very poor
Don't believe all you hear. I spent nearly a year streaming a Mac Mini to my amp using its output jack and I never felt like it was critically letting the side down. Yes my current USB DAC is better but then it should be seeing that it was £300 on its own. Trust me the standard DAC in your Mac is not by any description 'poor'.
 

Rethep

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I agree with that. Also the Dac used in the Airport Express unit is not at all bad. I could not hear any substantial difference with a Cambridge Dac Magic.

Try connecting your Airport Express with the cable shown above, and listen for some timeperiod. Could be you might not change anything further.
 

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