I am so impressed with the difference in sound quality of Audirvana compared to other Windows music software. I have a small hi-fi system attached to this computer and the difference is obvious. I had no issues installing this on a Windows 10 machine and my iPhone app can see my music files. I was hoping that I could cast the music from my iPhone to my high-quality hi-fi system in another room (as I can do with Spotify or Amazon music) but it’s pretty clear I need more hardware or another set up.
I have a system with decent speakers, a new Samsung Smart TV and a 10-year-old Pioneer VSX-1020. Both the TV and the receiver have hardwired ethernet, USB, optical and HDMI ports. How can I get sound to this hi-fi system? Can I make use of the built in DAC in my Pioneer receiver? Will I need to get either a stand-alone DAC or one attached to a computer that is close enough to this hi-fi system that I can run a cable directly from the DAC to the system? If so, do I have to spend a lot of money or are inexpensive ones like the Focusrite 2i2 (about 150 euros) good enough?
I do have an old Macbook that I could dedicate to this task if it’s necessary to have a computer to really make this work well, i.e., play Audirvana-process music on my hifi system.
I’d appreciate any advice in helping me set up the hardware and software to play Audirvana to hi-fi systems that aren’t directly attached to my computer.