I’m just getting into this whole HiFi thing, and I find the lack of (wireless) network connectivity of modern hardware (or the lack of even simple Wifi adapters) to be very frustrating.
For the most part, I find the market full of overstuffed audio networking equipment. I don’t want a DAC or an ARM processor or storage or yet another software package or a display or ANYTHING else other than a WiFi adapter.
It seems as if the only readily available, simple Wifi adapter for audio, that’s not stuffed full of crap I don’t want or need, is Chromcast Audio, but even it has superfluous components (like its own DAC).
If Google can produce a Wifi adapter with a built-in DAC and bit perfect TosLink output that you can cast to and sell it for $35, surely there should be something even simpler available. Unfortunately its TosLink output introduces tons of jitter into the signal.
For me, all I want is a dummy Wifi network adapter. Something that receives the signal and passes it along, unaltered, to the DAC. Something that is Chromecast compatible. A simple USB dongle (possibly even externally powered) would suffice. Hell, even if a more expensive wifi adapter device with jitter correction hardware included would be welcomed because those features serve a purpose with respect to quality audio.
For that matter, if Wifi hardware is so inexpensive, shouldn’t simple wireless connectivity be built into DACs/preamps at this point, again without all the fulff? I now some need the features, but some baseline connectivity wouldn’t be difficult.
Am I missing something here? Do I have unrealistic expectations? Any hardware you could recommend?
So maybe this can morph into a suggestion: How about PS Audio make a prouduct like this or integrate SIMPLE Wifi connectivity and casting into its future DACs/Preamps?