YouTube video music


Listen/watch music stream and now they go through my avr and then onto a smart tv. I listen to these vids in stereo mode, and they sound good.

I have a analogue stereo preamp.  Any creative way to have the music flow thru this preamp to tak advantage of preamp benefits, or is this strictly a digital signal, although it becomes analogue before it leaves avr to reach speakers. 
I have a standalone dac but no hdmi port. Only usb.

thanks
emergingsoul
Seems what you need is method for separate inputs, then out to AVR amps.

For many years I have a separate PC in my small HT, you would be surprized how good it sounds.

I use a usb wireless chicklet remote control, same size as other remotes, small keyboard, 2 pairs of separate mouse buttons, small trackpad, on/off to save batteries. New Smart TV, I use it less, but for you a PC would give you multi-source,

before Smart TV’s got good. 2 Channel sound on the motherboard to avoid fan noise from a separate sound/video card (those only needed for demanding games).

Send PC Video and Audio Out (via RCA, or USB or HDMI) to AVR separate Input.

Newer PC’s receive/send via HDMI, like the one in my office.

It has several separate front and rear USB nputs into the PC, built in Blu-Ray DVD for Music Videos, Movies

Internal or External, or Networked Hard Drive(s).

I access Pandora, YouTube, Stream Videos with involving music.

btw, I often try 5.1 via DVR in 2 channel mode, and a lot sounds better I find. Music TV shows, Voice, x Factor, Songland; ,,,,, Donna watches Dancing with the Stars, ... sound important for it.


Youtube videos actually have quite excellent sound quality, especially if you configure the player to do higher resolution such as 720p or 1080p. However, if you are using a streaming device such as Roku or Amazon Firestick FireTV, etc, the Youtube app on these devices is absolute crap. The usability is very poor. The audio and video quality is absolutely horrid, even if you have an excellent internet connection. This is really weird because the streaming apps for other things (such as netflix, etc.) are really excellent. It’s just the Youtube app that is written poorly.

Using a computer web browser will give you superior results on this every single time for Youtube!!! You can manually set the resolution in the player within the web browser and searching/usability is obviously superior. You don’t need an expensive high performance computer for this either. A cheap low end computer will be just fine for Youtube streaming. There are a few ways to approach this:

1. Mac Mini - You can get an older generation Mac Mini for a couple hundred bucks and this will do just fine, or get something newer if you want. These generally have both HDMI and USB output, so you can use your external DAC if you want.

2. Mini PC running Windows 10. The "Mini PC" or Intel NUC devices are the PC version of Mac Mini. They generally have both HDMI and USB outputs. You can get one of these for as cheap as a hundred bucks if you look around (i.e. ebay).

3. Mini Tower PC running Windows 10. You will probably spend at least a couple hundred dollars or more for something like this. But it allows for a higher quality solution. Get a cheap video card with HDMI if the PC is missing an HDMI. You can add a high end sound card, such as Asus Xonar Essence or EVGA Nu Audio (sound card is essentially a DAC with RCA analog outputs). Alternative, you can even go as far as a JCAT USB card to produce a cleaner higher quality USB output for your external DAC.

If you decide to go with the PC Windows 10 route, install Firefox browser for Youtube. The Firefox browser actually gives the best audio quality from this platform (yes, there is a significant difference in audio quality between Firefox / Chrome / Microsoft Explorer / Edge). You can still route HDMI output of this to your AVR if you wish.
auxinput

thanks, I just downloaded Firefox, hopped about YouTube music videos

Firefox is definitely better than YouTube via Google

I'm going downstairs to download it onto my PC into my HT, and compare the Smart TV's YouTube to the PC's Firefox YouTube
@elliottbnewcombjr - are you running an Intel or AMD cpu? What video card are you using?
I use a PC with Intel Audio and Intel Video on the Motherboard to avoid the need for a separate video card and it’s heat which activates fan noise.

You simply do not know it is on.

https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05737506

Integrated audio
  • Audio Codec: ALC3863-CG
  • High Definition (Azalia) 5.1 channel audio support
    NOTE: The motherboard supports 5.1 surround sound. If the computer does not have the required audio jacks for a 5.1 configuration, additional hardware is required to use 5.1 surround sound.
  • Audio jack presence detection
    NOTE: An internal speaker is not included with integrated audio. External speakers or headphones are required to hear sound.
    NOTE: Integrated audio is not available if a sound card is installed.


You can use it horizontal as I do, smaller than a AVR. HDMI out to AVR ’game’ input.

I use a wireless mini keypad/touchpad/mouse buttons to control the pc from the sofa. Mine is batteries, this one is rechargeable. Size of a small thin remote.

https://www.amazon.com/Rii-Wireless-Keyboard-Lightweight-Controller/dp/B00I5SW8MC/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=...

I do keep a full size wired keyboard and wired mouse on top of the PC in it’s horizontal position, for the few times I might need them.

I have the identical PC for my office, also quiet, and it’s hard drive is extremely quiet, very important when sitting right next to it.

Permanent Full Size Keyboard and Trackball in the office. I just overhauled my office for much improved audio, especially imaging, chair and monitor dead on the center of the speakers. Speakers and Monitor and seated Ear Height all perfectly aligned horizontally.

Headphone jack to RCA to Chase Remote Line Controller (remote switch/volume/balance), to Carver Amp to B&W bookshelf pair and Velodyne Sub. TT, R2R, perfect listening triangle, so I am in a great position to hear the benefit of Firefox better YouTube audio over Google Chrome’s audio which is pretty enjoyable itself.

I installed Firefox downstairs in the small HT, it also seems better than Google Chrome audio.

Downstairs, Smart TV, I haven’t been using the PC like I needed in the past, but now I will compare Firefox sound to Smart TV’s sound, always thru my AVR to 5.1 system.


Thanks for that link to the mini keypad/touchbad!  I've forwarded that on to a friend of mine who uses a Mac Mini to do youtube and streaming in his audio room.  It would be a great replacement for the normal mac keyboard/mouse.

There's another idea you can explore that may improve your audio/video from your HP slimline.  I have found that the upper end Nvidia video cards actually have a significantly better video quality.  I found this out when I upgraded my cheap little stock video card to a Palit Kalmx 1050 Ti video card (this won't work in your situation because of the size of the card and heatsink).

The best video card you can get in your HP Slimline is the Nvidia 1030 in a low profile card.  EVGA is an excellent video card company and offers a good solution which has a passive heat sink (no fans!):

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Passive-Graphics-02G-P4-6332-KR/dp/B073VPKV26

It also comes with a low profile "short" bracket that's easy to replace (just unscrew the two bolts on the DVI port to replace the bracket).  These cards really don't get hot at all when doing 2D graphics (i.e. youtube videos, DVD/Bluray/etc.).  It's only when you do 3D gaming that the GPU heats up. 

These higher end video cards are better because in addition to the GPU, they have a number of capacitors along side the GPU to give stronger/smoother power current.  Also, I think they have much better HDMI transmitter chips and power supply.  This is likely to improve the audio quality as well (for digital audio over HDMI line).  For $100 investment, it could be a big game changer.

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Second idea is have you every thought about switching out the hard drive for an SSD?  This would lower the power supply requirements and also remove that slight "whine" from the hard drive motor.  It would also be cooler inside the case and a LOT faster than the standard hard drive (which is a higher speed 7200 rpm).  The SSDs have gotten really cheap nowadays.  You can get a 1TB SSD for about $100, or a 500GB SSD for $50 (depending on your storage needs).
auxinput

just to clarify, that link was just to illustrate the type/size, mine is a different one. mine has two sets of mouse buttons which I find handy, don't really use the trackpad much, slightly bigger buttons would be better.
 
auxinput

last night, hopping about YouTube, favorite/familiar music videos, Google Chrome browser beat Firefox slightly, the reverse of the prior night’s slight advantage to Firefox.

Any clues?

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SSD.

Streaming, is the Hard Drive involved? This slimtop is so quiet I am simply not aware of the HD when working/streaming.

In my office, I have an external 2TB SSD, it is my primary HD, internal HD very quiet spinning drive is only programs, system, downloads, screenshots ... I have identical backup SSD in trunk of my car, parked in the street in case the house burns down.

Unplug the SSD, take it with me when I travel, hook to laptop, everything is there. Hook to friends PC, everything is there.

Initially, after rejecting a dedicated streamer (years ago, crap) I tried an earlier HP slimtop in HT first, wondering about processor speed, fanless motherboard AV performance, and HD noise. It impressed me so much I got a duplicate for my office, and gave my high end gaming tower to a friend. I am retired, but I designed office space, demanding CAD software. That little slimtop with 8GB memory performed as well, the spinning HD’s and fans in the tower with dedicated cards were hot and noisy.

One died, so I got this newer identical pair of HP slimtops, newer processor, also motherboard AV, and 12GB memory.

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Video Card, low profile. Nice pick, thanks. Certainly affordable. I’m good at modifying PC innards, I just want to know more before I bother.

Originally I expected to be disappointed by motherboard AV and expected to need to add low profile card. Surprisingly, first unit in HT gave acceptable results.

2nd unit, for office, doing CAD work and heavy photo editing, I thought that one would surely need dedicated video card. Nope. Earlier, CAD, Photo Editing, we would wait for the computer, since several years, the computer waits for me, especially if enough memory.
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Streaming Sources: (all HDMI to Sony AVR).

Where/What processor(s) involved?

1. Fios to Router to Cable Box for primary source
2. HDMI Cable Box to Smart TV, then use
Built in links to YouTube; Netflix; Amazon Prime; VIKI. HDMI to Sony AVR
3. HP Slimtop PC, (from Fios Router) Chrome or Firefox Browser, , HDMI to Sony AVR

Now, results essentially equal, the determining factor TV/PC is whether I will be searching much, if so, the PC and mini keyboard is easier/faster/less aggravating than the variety of on-screen toggle u/d/l/r methods
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Digital Music? (I know nothing)

My friend got into digital streaming, minimal compression, high end DAC. He uses a Macintosh Laptop to view his library, send to DAC.

Isn’t the AV on the Macintosh Motherboard involved?

If so, then no matter what streamer/lack of compression/___? isn’t the quality already set/converted/limited by the motherboard before a separate DAC?

Anything saved on HD is a certain digital quality. Any streaming service software is a certain quality. Still, going thru motherboard’s AV in/out?

I know it’s a big subject, but it seems to me, a laptop’s motherboard might not be best.


Lots of confusion herein. 
 Simply stated, sound quality from youtube music vids  is quite impressive when streamed thru Apple TV.  Very comparable to streaming thru a nucleus using qobuz with both being hooked into a high end hifi system.

speaks to value of a quality signal coming thru any system.

thankful to youtube efforts.


emergingsoul
... sound quality from youtube music vids is quite impressive when streamed thru Apple TV. Very comparable to streaming thru a nucleus using qobuz...
Really? I had no idea! Youtube has always sounded rather lossy to me. Does Apple TV somehow get a different stream than would otherwise be available?
Really? I had no idea! Youtube has always sounded rather lossy to me. Does Apple TV somehow get a different stream than would otherwise be available?
Are you streaming youtube from a device such as Roku or Amazon firestick?  Like I said before, the youtube app on these really sucks and you get all the "lossy" type of audio and video from this.  Computer web browser is superior, but if you're still getting "lossy" sound, then your computer audio system is not high enough level.



last night, hopping about YouTube, favorite/familiar music videos, Google Chrome browser beat Firefox slightly, the reverse of the prior night’s slight advantage to Firefox.

Sorry, no clues. Things may have changed in the last couple of years. When youtube stopped support for IE 6.0, I had to figure out a new browser. At that time, there was significant difference between the browsers. Maybe Chrome has improved?


SSD – this was just an idea to make the slimline quieter and reduce the computer’s power supply requirements. There may be a little improvement in sound quality because you are removing any electrical noise that hard drive motor, but that may not be noticeable.



CAD AND PHOTO EDITING really don’t require a powerful video card. They mostly depend on memory and cpu. It’s not until you get into stuff like 3D rendering or video editing / rendering or gaming that the video card becomes critical.



DIGITAL MUSIC – I’m not sure what you mean by “Isn’t the AV on the Macintosh motherboard involved?”. He’s just using the screen on the Macintosh to run media player software to “play” his music files or stream from a service such as Pandora. He’s likely doing a digital audio output using USB connection to a DAC.


If so, then no matter what streamer/lack of compression/___? isn’t the quality already set/converted/limited by the motherboard before a separate DAC?
Yes, if he’s streaming from Pandora or iHeartRadio or something, it is likely compressed. If he’s using Tidal, he may be streaming uncompressed and high-resolution audio.


Anything saved on HD is a certain digital quality. Any streaming service software is a certain quality. Still, going thru motherboard’s AV in/out?
You would think this and many still believe that data is data and there’s no difference in digital data between any platform. However, there is significant different in sound quality depending on what device is generating the digital pulses going to the DAC (or the digital pulses through HDMI to your Sony AVR). We get into a big discussion on getting a good clean power supply, circuits that clock the digital signal properly and the transmitter chips that generate the pulses onto the digital cable. There is a LOT of room to improve from a basic Macintosh laptop. Laptop is really not the best option here because it’s using a switching power supply adapter (unless you run it while on battery only). You cannot put in upgraded digital audio cards (such as JCAT USB card or a Pink Faun S/PDIF bridge card).

auxinput
Are you streaming youtube from a device such as Roku or Amazon firestick? Like I said before, the youtube app on these really sucks and you get all the "lossy" type of audio and video from this. Computer web browser is superior, but if you're still getting "lossy" sound, then your computer audio system is not high enough level.
YT sounds at least a bit lossy to me no matter how I stream it. Are you claiming your Apple TV yields lossless and hi-res from YT? Do you pay a premium to subscribe to that?
Ah, no.  The AppleTV youtube app suffers the same lossy / compressed / low quality audio just like the Roku / AmazonFire / Nvidia streamers.  The video quality on these is also crap.  Anything that uses the GooglePlay Youtube streaming app is very poor quality.

Just switching over to a Mac Mini (full computer OS with Safari web browser) is HUGELY better for youtube videos.
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cleeds - if you scroll back and read carefully, you will see that I never said anything good about "streaming from AppleTV".  That comment was from emergingsoul.

My statements have always indicated a computer with full operating system and web browser.  I actually have a friend who had bad youtube quality from his AppleTV which confused him because playing back normal iTunes burned from CD through the AppleTV was just fine.
auxinput
cleeds - if you scroll back and read carefully, you will see ... That comment was from emergingsoul.
Oops, you are correct! My mistake. Sorry! I’ve deleted the post, rather than create more confusion.