Hi, I have my music stored on a 2015 Imac in FLAC and ALAC format ranging from 16/44 through to 24/192. This Imac has the Digital Out in the Headphone Jack. I have a Yamaha R-N602 Network Receiver (AMP, Streamer, DAC) and some Martin Logan Speakers (Motion 60 XT). This setup provides good quality sound at this price point and suits my budget vs expectations trade-off.
I was wondering which was the best way to connect the Imac to the Yamaha. I have tried the following options:
- Server Option (Wireless - UPnP?)
- Airplay Option (Wireless)
- Optical Digital Cable (Option)
The option that has the least or no problems is the Optical Cable connection. Absolutely no dropouts, freezes etc seems to work seemlessly.
The option that seems to sound the best is the Server Option UPnP, seems to be more natural and less harsh compared to the digital connection. Problem is that it is also less reliable, can be a bit flaky.
Just wondering if anyone has a view on which connection should provide the best sound quality?