Yeah it'll work but the BluSound persistent queue is a PIA for playing local files.
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If I remember correctly, the Delta was a transport. The Alpha and sigma were the DAC units. I had a Delta and Alpha pair way back when. The Alpha was an good DAC back then. The Delta was a mediocre transport. The problem is that neither the Alpha or Sigma have a USB port. You would need to buy a converter to connect it to your computer. I would just buy a streamer or modern DAC.
I use modern DAC with USB input that is connected to a laptop computer. I simply use Fubar2000 to play files. If you decide to get a modern DAC, check to see if it needs USB drivers. A lot of the newer DACs don't need drivers. And driver availability for new versions of your operating system could be a problem.
Thank you, LostBear,
Thank you for writing. You are correct, it is the CAL Alpha that is its D/A. So, I COULD use the CAL Alpha, but I would need a converter. Is this simply a cable with USB at one end and RCA for the Alpha at the other end? So, I would plug the USB which has the music collection into the converter which would get the digital infor into the D/A of the CAL Alpha, but how will I be able to choose albums, artists, etc. since no screen will be available? Your assistance is much appreciated
You would need to use a computer to play the files. I use a free program called Fobar2000 on a windows computer. The USB cable from the computer goes to a little usb to S/PDIF converter box. You run a digital cable from the converter box to the Alpha.
I looked into all of this when I got a new laptop with windows 10. The USB DAC I had was older and there were no windows 10 drivers. So I needed a converter that did not need drivers. In the end I felt it was easier just replace the DAC.
The Alpha is a good 30 years old. I think I would just get some type of streamer or USB DAC. I doubt it would hold up that well against a modern DAC. I can't remember what I replaced mine with. I do remember that I replaced the Delta with a used Theta Jade. The difference was night and day. Originally I had a CAL Tempest 2se which I loved. I lost it and got the Delta and Alpha to replace it. But I never felt they were as good.