I realize that High End & HiRes aficionado’s find Internet radio a difficult topic. After all, the Roon signal path labels this as ‘Signal path: Low quality’.
However, listening to music up to 6 hours (since corona) a day while working in my home office (I am an independent consultant) I tried to translate my preferred stations into acceptable fodder using Roon.
- One of my office pc’s (old Win10 workstation) is used as the base unit
- By connection it (using a 5m basic Audioquest USB-cable) to an iFi ZenDac Signature
- Connected to (to enable more equipment) a passive pre (no power goes into that)
- Connected to little Ruark MR1 Mk2 speakers (indeed very musical ‘pc’ speakers)
You can beef these up with a Sub. They have a Sub-out socket.
Bottom line is that the ZenDac allows upscaling of the 24 bit MP3 signal to PCM 32 bit 384Khz.
Now it is very palatable!
Forget the Low quality stigma.