I bought my Vortexbox earlier this year (which is not the latest version being sold now) and am delighted with the configuration I have hooked up with the various Squeezebox devices in various rooms and love the way everything just plugs-and-plays. And I enjoy how I can control everything with my iPad using the third-party SqueezePad software.
However, I am a bit of a loss as to the most simple thing of all: connecting the Vortexbox to an integrated amp directly. (I just ordered a Yamaha RX-V373 5.1-Channel AV Receiver for an additional room and am awaiting delivery.) The documentation with the Vortexbox was so sparse that I am a bit confused as to such a simple thing. I see a soundcard built into the back with some mini jack outputs, and I take that to mean that I can just wire that to my RCA input jacks on my amp. But is that really the best way to go? Is the DAC on the Vortexbox soundcard that good? My new amp is going to be right next to the Vortexbox, so I know I don't need a separate Squeezbox player, but I sure would like to know the best way to handle this. I have tried to understand some of the postings in this website regarding this, but when people start using all kinds of acronyms, I get lost in a hurry. I love quality sound, but am hardly a knowledgable audiophile, and am a bit lost in all the new technology. Can anyone help me with this little question and say it in a non-techie way for me? I simply want to know the best way to connect the Vortexbox to my new amp to get the best sound I can from it. I would be most grateful for your advice.