Solid Air posted:Adam Zielinski posted:
Of course not.
Playing back compressed files directly on a streamer like your ND5XS increases processors computational load. This may lead to additional noise being introduced into the system as a reasult of that 'work'.
General consensus therfore is:
* Use uncompressed formats: WAV and AIFF
* If buying compressed: use FLAC, and set your UPnP server to transcode (to WAV)
I disagree with this 'general consensus'. I certainly wouldn't use an Apple format, and I wouldn't store in WAV. While I agree that mostly there are no problems with WAV metadata in general use, switching between UPNP servers can result in issues.
Better to store in FLAC and transcode. FWIW, in my tests I can't tell the difference.
And I certainly wouldn't use a WAV format if I have a choice, since I run a Mac ecostysem at home
As to FLAC: storage is cheap nowadays, so why bother with compressed files, if uncrompressed can be stored? (That's a rethorical question).
KACPER: I think you now have all the answers to your questions and then some more