It keeps the computer out of the actual listening room, or at least it allows for that, assuming there are no other barriers. These renderer/endpoints run headless, so no monitor/keyboard/mouse to situate at all, and they are of a tiny "fits in the palm of your hand" form factor too (though as with most things audio some folks do use a large-ish power supply).
Maybe also peruse the 2nd hand listings for something a bit more capable than the DragonFly. That's a neat little unit but unfortunately tops out at 24-bit/96kHz, which is sorta 2012 type capability at this point. Of course if you have zero intention of ever using any hi-rez files then its probably moot.I might start with one of the DragonFly DACs.
1. Yes, and you'll find the 3.5mm analog output to sound surprisingly OK, but best results will come using an outboard DAC via that mini Toslink optical connection, or better yet, a well implemented USB DAC paired with the BitPerfect iTunes plug-in.I've read the posts/thread above and have a few questions:
1. Is this a reasonable server/streamer box, or am I wasting my time and need something more current?
2. Can I control it (computer? iTunes?) with my iPad 2 or iPhone 6? What do I need to download to make them communicate?
3. Can I "move" the current iTunes ripped CDs to an external drive if I choose to do that? Known complications?
And I see that now in looking closely at the photo you posted, the optical cable also has the correct termination too.Lol, yes, 1/8”!