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#350334 - 06/16/11 03:54 AM Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver?
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Guys: I have done extensive reading about NAD A/V Receivers and am pretty impressed. However I would like to stream music from my PC to a T765 A/V & the NAD doesn't do this, at least that is my conclusion. Does anyone know if there is a technology that can be used to do this? Thanks for your replies and assistance....Lee

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#350357 - 06/16/11 11:31 AM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Captain4105]
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I'd use a Squeezebox.
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#350358 - 06/16/11 01:38 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: tomtuttle]
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You could also use iTunes (Mac/PC) and Pandoar with an Airport Express and Airfoil. Or Sonos.

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#350359 - 06/16/11 01:46 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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T-minus 10 seconds until "I hate iTunes/Apple" screed posted.
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#350364 - 06/16/11 02:56 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Ken.C]
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I'm wondering about the same thing? I'm looking at either Apple TV or Western Digital Live plus. Any thoughts on either of these 2 units from my research they seem pretty good.
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#350365 - 06/16/11 03:07 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Stereoguy99]
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I use an Airport Express, which works pretty well, except when it crashes maybe once a month or so. Easy enough to restart, but kind of annoying. I would assume the ATV would be similar. I have heard good things about the WD Live, too.
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#350369 - 06/16/11 03:55 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Ken.C]
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Oooh. Apple TV is a good idea.
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#350399 - 06/16/11 11:25 PM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Captain4105]
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Lee, you're correct that the T765 doesn't have an input that connects directly to your computer's audio output. Since you're considering a new receiver, I'm a bit curious about what would be impressive enough about the 765 that you'd get it rather than a unit such as one of the Denons or Onkyos that has such an input. Although the 765 is typically excellent for amplification, it has been around for a few years and some of the features are somewhat dated.

Be that as it may, I assume that your main interest is the streaming classical stations, as is mine. What I've used for about nine years to connect the USB output of my laptop to one of my receivers is the Xitel Hifi Link(now called MP3 Streamer ). Another product with a similar purpose, but using a separately purchased optical cable to make the connection is this . For the use in question a simple device such as these, which allows a direct wired connection, is fine.
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#350423 - 06/17/11 03:56 AM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: JohnK]
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I will be streaming music from Rhapsody from my laptop, something I should have mentioned. But omission of these kinds of details become more apparent to me as I participate in and on this forum. I am very new to technology at this level.

It seems the Audio Advantage Micro II suggested by John will do the trick for me if and when I go with the NAD.

John, you've probably read that the 765v2 is a receiver that accepts modular upgrades as technology develops. These units allow retention of the main receiver. One can upgrade as needed or desired (if available of course). My interest however is audio with surround. I've investigated many options. I've also read your many posts and understand your thinking. Many out there agree with you (other than just on this particular forum). Many do not. I personally have experienced a noticeable difference in quality of sound from one receiver to another. The differences are not always very obvious, but some are, at least to me. I listen to consistently the same material and take into consideration power, tone (which must always be neutral) etc. I listen for specific sounds and instruments to assure the amplifier within the receiver is reproducing what I want, expect and have already heard that pleases me from the music. As humans, we too are instruments. We hear and interpret sound. Our brains may very well hear what other brains cannot or may dismiss as inconsequential or may not process at all. What is pleasing to one may not please another, you know I'm talking about the subjective nature of man. So I went through a lot of research and found the Axiom M80's. I like them very much. I am doing the same with receivers now. I claim no special abilities for hearing. I only know what I like and want. My profession includes assessment of human perception which cannot always be measured in a lab. Whether or not a receiver distorts slightly in favor of warmth or any other kind of distortion, if it is what I'm looking (listening) for I'll buy it. Of course I am not tugging the M80's around with me so there are some assumptions I must make as to performance with my speakers. That's a risk I am willing to take however. In any case I've dismissed the Denons, at least for now (you know that I am using one now, although an older model). Onkyo, HK, Arcam, Rotel, B&K and NAD are the front runners for me. I wanted opinions on streaming into a NAD to assure if that is the receiver I choose it will work with Rhapsody. A long explanation and justification? Yes, that is because I value your opinion and input and our tastes in music are similar. These interchanges are important and enjoyable to me. You apparently enjoy them as well given your tenure on this forum..Regards..Lee

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#350448 - 06/17/11 11:30 AM Re: Adaptation for PC Streaming to a NAD Receiver? [Re: Captain4105]
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Refreshing and fascinating post, Lee. Thank you.
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