I read with interest the article in issue 185 on Chesky Records new HDtracks download website. At this point I'm still a "disc spinner" and don't use any computer audio. So, as a "newbie", I've got a few basic questions...
The thing that interests me is the high res 24/96 downloads. I'm wondering what the simplest way to utilize these would be. I have a DAC that will accept a 24/96 data stream (Monarchy Audio NM24). Could I load the 24/96 FLAC files into an iPod and use the new Wadia 170i dock to connect to my DAC? Will the iPod and Wadia handle 24/96?
Or, even easier, could I burn the 24/96 FLAC files onto a DVD-R and use a DVD player as a transport into my DAC? Are there any DVD players that read FLAC files and can send 24/96 out their digital outputs?
Is there any other easy way to use these downloads without hooking a computer up to my system or going wireless? I'm on a low budget, use an old desktop Mac, and will not be buying an iBook anytime soon.
Any other solutions?
Thanks for the help.