Forgot to mention that the Mytek Dealer doesn't stock any of my possible amp combos. Only stuff way out of my price range - Dartzeel, VAC, and BAT with the BAT being the cheapest option at $19.9K.
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I use Roon which enables playing MQA playback from Tidal. I believe PS is planning a new release that supports MQA in DAC but frankly it's sort of what led me to believe the Mytek is a bit of a Swiss Army knife incorporating headphone amp, DAC, Phono, etc all into a half sized box.
My McIntosh is their new small amp MC-152. I got it used from Audio Classics and couldn't be happier with the combo.
I too own a Mytek Brooklyn and it's really a spectacular unit. Throw in the fact the MSRP is $2k and it's a steal. Even the firmware that I updated yesterday went off without a hitch. It's a very powerful unit which sounds great both through a pre or direct (how I use it). I have a Sotm sMS-200 connected to it as well.
Do the Mytek DAC’s that support ROON require connectivity to a PC or a MAC computer?
Yes, even with the Roon ready network board the Mytek will require a computer to run Roon.
The advantage is you eliminate a digital cable in your system and dump the unaltered bits directly into the DAC....It is strictly for sonic benefit and does not eliminate a box in your system.
I've been considering the same thing myself and what I want to know is if you use this network interface, or one like it on another DAC, yet still have it connected to a generic computer like a MacMini, do you eliminate the negative affects the computer has in the chain, or are you still at a deficit by not having a purpose built computer?
What devices, if any, are available that support streaming using ROON and do not need computer access?
There are plenty of devices that don't require an off the shelf computer, but those devices are essentially just a purpose built audio computer. Some good options would be Aurender, Auralic, Antipodes, etc.