The input cable you use to connect your DAC to some signal source DOES have a HUGE effect!
@boomerbillone Big +1 there! I recently switched from a decent yet well-regarded budget digital cable to an Acoustic Zen MC2 (used), and WOW!!! Night and day difference — not even in the same ballpark-level performance.
All this fuss about streaming is just a way to get access to a huge music library. The sound isn't as good as a good CD.
Well, here we’re just gonna differ. First, having access to a virtually unlimited music library, and much of it in high res, is not a small thing. Second, it’s simply not true that CDs sound better. Too many variables to address there, but they both can sound incredibly good when implemented well.
If you have a computer, it can feed your Dac. You don't NEED a streamer unless you want the convenience it offers.
We’re gonna differ here too. In general computers are an awful source for streaming music, and a dedicated streamer is almost always significantly better sound wise because of its lower noise floor and parts that are dedicated solely to maximizing sound quality and nothing else. The prime reason for using a dedicated streamer is for far better sound quality, not convenience.