Verdict

There’s a clear answer to the question of whether wireless music systems can replace a dedicated CD transport in a high end audio system and that is almost, but not quite.



Yes, you can do it, and it will sound great, especially considering how far the signal has to travel before it hits the DAC circuitry. In fact in terms of value for money this kind of setup has the potential to sound utterly jaw-dropping when the right components are chosen and for anyone looking to go into wireless music in any kind of serious way, I’d say it’s well worth investing in a decent DAC. The DACs in these players, though good, can’t match the sound you get from a dedicated box.

Despite this, for whatever reason, the integrated CD player approach still holds the edge. Whether it's enough edge to persuade me that my next hi-fi upgrade is an even more expensive CD player, however, is another matter. I think I'll just bide my time and keep experimenting in the hope that wireless audio nirvana is out there, somewhere…

Links:
Slim Devices
Sonos
FLAC
Unison Research

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