raven wrote:So you need a good DAC to make your philips sound good.
Well if you want HIFI quality of sound, I am afraid the DAC in the Philips or the Squeezbox will not be able to compete with the high quality DAC's available on the market and that's why they provide digital link. I have seen the same remarks about the Squeezbox DAC in the French Squeezbox forum...
I have, BTW, even never
tried the analog output of the NP2500...so, I cannot comment about it (and I take it you never had a NP2500 in your hands, did you?)
I am convinced the Squeezbox is very good, I have seen enough users stating it, I don't need to be convinced or listen to it, but as I said, I know what happened to propriatory protocols / standards vs. open (or consortium related). There are enough examples (I did not need to look at HDDVD either).
So, I am ready to compromize on certain things on the basis that in 5 years time the standard and vendors will still be there with more and better.
BTW, I am also sure that in the UPnP world there is much better than the NP2500:
Sonos but also many providers of HIFI/UPNP 'integrated' solutions (HIFIdelio, Linn, Olive, etc.) which have developed true HIFI solutions with high quality components (at a price). All these vendors are DLNA/UPnP compliant. There are many more major HIFI names who have also announced DLNA/UPnP support, why would they go with propriatory solutions? So, in terms of quality and sound...I know where is the choice.
Finally, please note that the NP2500 and NP2900 are not provided with the Philips Media Manager but with TwonkyMedia manager. It would mean Philips is no longer maintaining the PMM.