I have a new iMac (2022) connection to my network with WiFi. I was curious on how to get the High Resolution iTunes files to stream to my PS Audio DAC, a DirectStream with Bridge II. The computer is too far for laying cables, so I was hoping to stream from the computer over my network to the DAC. I can do it easily with Roon, playing Tidal, with the ethernet cable coming from the router.
In other words: How can I make my PS Audio Direcstream a “Airplay” device that can actually render High Resolution files?
My apologies if this has been reviewed in the past. Searching the forum data base has been unfruitful.
Apple Music doesn’t work the way audiophiles want it to. The only Apple-provided way to stream music at the highest-available lossless rate without doing any SRC is to plug an iPhone or iPad into your DAC via direct USB and do your music selection directly on that device’s screen. This is the crux of why even after 30+ years of using, advocating for and supporting Apple tech at a very deep level, my own stereo is based around Roon with Tidal and Qobuz.
The LosslessSwitcher software linked above could help you build something around your Mac but it’s also USB-centric. You’d need some extra software to provide a virtual audio interface and then stream the bits to your DAC using some protocol other than AirPlay if you wanted to use networking rather than USB.
Please do take a moment to send Apple some feedback about what you would prefer. I think it’d be great if AirPlay could support lossless with auto sample rate switching for high end gear that wants to implement it. But even just having Apple Music on Mac support USB exclusive mode for a selected device and just relay the bits out there would be nice.
I got the WiiM Pro. Now I can stream Loss Less from iTunes to the HIFI, in AAC. At least I can stream music from my server in the format and quality that is stored there via optical. All in all, Paul is right. A fun worthless exercise. I will be sticking with Roon with the Digital lens. Comparing Cameron Carpenter’s Toccata makes it easy to see what is what.