Enjoyed reading your articles in the latest TAS on USB connectivity, and converters. Coincidentally, I have just (last month) hooked up my MacBook Air to a musical fidelity v-dac. I run a couple of external hard drives, 1 terrabyte each. The whole thing is hooked up via USB and the sound, as you described, is 'lacking' at best.
I'm confused about something - in the article on USB you say that the airport express (which I just ordered on Amazon a few minutes ago, based on the article) is one way to get out of the USB issue if you are using a laptop. Then in the article on format converters you say that firewire is 'hardly a step up from USB.'
Am I going to get S PDIF quality sound from airport express connected to the VDAC SPDIF input from the airport express output (the digital audio out.)?
Since it only costs $100 to find out, and I can always use the AE to send music to another room anyway, while I await a reply I'm just going to give it a shot.
My next step is to build a server with a pro audio sound card that supports 24/96 files, and hook it straight to the VDAC. That's a $600 or so solution (by brother in law builds computers, so it's a lot less than buying a purpose built server, and I will already have the drives, etc....)
But will the AE through the SPDIF connection on the VDAC give me the same fidelity (should I save the six hundred in other words)?
Thanks to you and Steven Stone for your articles on music servers and related, I read them all a few times each....