USB DACs that outperforms OPPO 105D's internal DAC?

I have some music on an external USB drive.

I connect it to a USB input on OPPO, and it sounds good.

OPPO is connected to a TV and I select songs using OPPO's remote control.

The problem is, there are hundreds of albums and thousands of songs in the USB drive, and it takes time to scroll to the albums or songs I want to play.

I am thinking of two ways to solve the problem: Purchase a wifi USB dongle that will connect the USB drive to an iPad, and browse music using iPad. Another option is to connect the USB drive to a laptop and purchase an external DAC to sit between the laptop and a preamp. The laptop's video output will be connected to a TV and I can use a wireless mouse or keyboard to browse the music.

The second approach will be more expensive because I need to purchase a new DAC. Which DAC would you recommend that outperforms the OPPO's internal DAC at under $1000 used or new?

Would there be another option to play the music in the external USB drive?

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I use a PSAudio DSD Dac. I feed it with a macmini using Audirvana which removes all of Apples audio fuckery. I use macbook and ipad as a remote, and it works great. Since you’re using USB, I would remove the PSAudio’s bridge (everything sounds better without it in the system). Also Supra usb cables are worth the little bit of extra dough.


PS Audio sells the DSD dac for $3,000 presently.


Just my 8cents.

Good luck !


Thanks for your replay.

I'm leaning to Bluesound Node N130. It fits my budget and looks like I can use a tablet to browse the music, and also I can use Qobuz or Spotify.

Is it considered as a dedicated streamer? 

Most likely the best solution is to share your music using a protocol called UPnP. Here’s an overview of UPnP from Cambridge Audio - link. You also might read another term - DLNA - mentioned in the same sentence as UPnP. DLNA is a set of guidelines established by consumer electronics companies for interoperability between media devices. However, it uses UPnP to implement those guidelines. You can consider them interchangeable for streaming purposes.


The UPnP protocol is lossless and bit perfect. Virtually all the streamers on the market use this method for control and playback. Even if you don’t follow the approaches I outline below (for example, if you decide to add the Bluesound N130 to your system), I highly recommend reading the overview to understand how this type of setup works.


The good news is that you most likely don’t need to buy anything to try out streaming with UPnP.


You will need to connect the BDP-105D to your network. See p.44 in your manual for details. This will turn your Oppo into a UPnP renderer.

The easiest way to experiment with UPnP is to use a Windows PC and download an app called Stream What You Hear (SWYH) - link. Follow the getting started guide to set everything up for streaming playback - link. I also highly suggest turning off all your system sounds since they’ll play over your stereo. Then connect your external drive to the PC configured with SWYH and use your favorite player to browse the files on your external drive and play some music. If you selected the Oppo as your renderer, the music should stream from your PC over the network to the BDP-105D.


If you feel you need something more advanced than SWYH, then setting up a UPnP server to share your music with the Oppo would be the next step. This can also be done with a Windows PC. If it has enough capacity, I recommend copying the music off your external drive and into the ’Music’ folder on the PC. This will simplify setup.


To turn any Windows PC into a UPnP server, you need to enable ’Media Streaming’ from the Control Panel. Here’s a guide - link. This will share all the files in your Music, Pictures, and Video directories using UPnP.


Now you can download an app to your mobile device to turn it into a UPnP control point where you can browse your shared music as well as stream from services like Tidal and Qobuz. I use BubbleUPnP (link) on my Android phone and mConnect HD (link) on my iOS devices.

Thanks for technical details link.

I will read through and hope that I understand them thoroughly.