I currently use Airplay to a 4th gen AppleTV, from the Roon app on my iPhone. I use a HDMI audio extractor to connect the Apple TV to a DAC/Preamp (McIntosh C48).
I know that the Airplay protocol somehow doesn’t keep the integrity of the original audio file, but the convenience of just instantly pausing whatever apple TV is playing and listening to music while the album artwork appears on your TV is just great.
So my question is: is there any trick, hardware or software combination that would allow me to have both the artwork visualization and a lossless, untouched audio stream?
To add a more detailed description of my system, I’m currently storing lossless files in AIFF format (most of them at CD quality, but a few higher res files too) in an external LaCie RAID drive connected to a MacMini.
Thanks in advance for your replies.