Ethernet streaming

Many high end dac’s now have built in streaming capability via Ethernet. Is this a better way to go than adding a separate streamer to feed the dac?  In my case, streaming Qobuz and using roon. Also have an Aurender dac/pre that wouldn’t be needed if dac only streaming was used. Wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches. I’m sure this has been discussed before, but I can’t find it.


If funds were available, I'd go with the dCS Lina and a separate streamer. 

Lots of good streamers now, lots. 

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@thyname no one has made idiotic claims about imaginary network performance improvements in this thread yet, so nothing to debunk.


I use a streamer / player (nad m50.2) and the DAC in my preamp (Classe delta Pre) and connect the two with AES/EBU.

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