What do you look at when streaming music? Vinyl gives us a big black spinning disc and cover art. CDs, a booklet. For streaming, front panel displays like those found on the AURALiC Aries G1 or the Naim Uniti Atom, as nice as they are, don’t impress as much as a $35 Google Chromecast’s HDMI output splashed six feet wide across the wall by a projector.
For Roon, we can already tap the Google Chromecast for a room-filling now playing screen but the requisite HDMI splitter’s TOSLINK output – needed to peel off digital audio for a DAC – probably isn’t the lowest in electrical noise or jitter.… Read the full article