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Why RaspberryPi WiFi Digital Audio Server ???

So I am wondering why there is so much activity in products and posting for making a Raspberry Pi wifi digital audio server? Don't read me wrong the technical challenge and coolness of the project is awesome.

Looking into an alternative method people have been using a Chromcast wifi dongle plugged into a HDMI DAC. Here are some urls for followup [http://forums.androidcentral.com/google-chromecast/301973-can-i-hook-chromecast-my-stereo-adapter.html] and HDMI DAC's like at [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008LOIKX6?tag=androidcentral00-20].

Now it seems to me allot easier to go with the Chromcast/DAC solution and cheaper. Yes there is one advantage with the RaspberryPi wifi router with DLNA renderer sw solution in that with it you do not need a wifi router in place. Therefore in a car or small boat stereo application the RPi route make more sense. Or if you want to showup at a party and plug into an hifi amp and let everyone cast songs via their smart phones without asking or giving out WiFi SSIDs and WPA2 passwords.

But the Chromecast/DAC is cheaper, easier and bullet proof, ie no worries of improper shutdowns corrupting SD cards.

Please give me constructive feedback as to why a Chromcast+HDMI/DAC or Roku3+HDMI/DAC is not as good as the RaspberryPi method to cast your digital content from mp3/4's you have or via streaming from the internet to stereo analog into your analog amplifier hifi?

TIA

P.S. If anyone knows how to cast Pandora streams from an Android phone to a DLNA renderer let me know??

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