Computer audio - using coaxial cable to send FLAC files to DAC

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Computer audio - using coaxial cable to send FLAC files to DAC

G’day all. I have been looking for a solution to play music in FLAC files to my 20 years old stereo system. Files are send from an USB3.0 external hardrive to the Theta Gen V DAC using a copper wire coaxial cable. I tried it on my desktop with the DAC and an integrated amp and it worked to my satisfaction. The problem is that the PC does generate more noise than I would like for listening with my main system.

I have considered various options including this one using a HDMI or USB to coaxial converter.

HDMI audio extractor

I nearly bought a Cambridge Audio NP-30 until I read that it doesn’t support NTFS formatted drives. There are other music streamers available but those are going to cost a lot more than I wish to spend.

I have also considered micro PCs like this one but the S/PDIF socket doesn’t seem to be of the same type and they are not cheap after adding the cost of Win 7 Premium.

Giada D2308V

As a temporary solution, I have ordered a small PC in an ITX case with a quiet little fan and a custom-made coaxial output (motherboards with a coaxial output socket are quite difficult to find these days). It should fit into the hifi rack nicely, placed horizontally. I am going to use Winamp to play it and iPad app Monkeymote for the control.

I wonder if there are other computer audio enthusiasts who can offer a better solution. I would appreciate any advice you might have.

Edit:  I should have mentioned that my router is at the far end of the other side of a L-shape house.

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