I have my Nuc connected to my receiver with HDMI for one zone, an Elac Discovery Z3 for the Kitchen zone and using my desktop for the Bedroom zone.
Looking for suggestions on best or maybe just a better way to get good sound from the PC. Currently have a decent set of Bose desktop speakers connected to the speaker output included with the ASUS P7P55D-E motherboard.
I started out using a Dragonfly Cobalt plugged into my Dell XPS 15 laptop USB. It works great and sounds great. I’m now using the Dragonfly plugged into a Raspberry Pi 4 with RoPieeeXL I assembled for $74.
Thanks for the replies and the information. I haven’t had any experience with external Dac’s so this is all new to me. The desktop will be retired in the near future so internal Dac’s would be a short term solution. I like the idea of the small portable Dragonfly Red/Cobalt to start with. Will probably start out with one of those.
I’ve got the Dragonfly Cobalt connected on the PC. Sounds just a wee bit better than it did with the PC internal dac.
Have a question on the device setup for MQA. The device is Renderer only and the device setup in Roon for MQA Capabilities was preset to Renderer Only. Is this the correct setting?. Not sure if that Roon setting is what Roon is doing or what the device should be doing.
I’m pleasantly surprised at the difference this tiny Dac makes with the same speakers on my PC. I thought it sounded ok before, with the internal MB dac, but it was flat, bass heavy, and tiring. This is like having a whole new sound system in the bedroom zone. Signal Path indicator changed from a solid circle to a bright star.
We have 2 similar desktop setups with identical speakers, but my wife’s PC doesn’t have the DAC yet. I can literally do side by side comparisons.