please help me find a simple hi fi solution for playing files from hard drive (with some special requirements)
I have been listening mostly to LPs lately, but have a great amount of music on my computer, and since LP buying budget is limited for all the music I would like to hear, even if quality suffers a bit, I would like to be able to play these files on my hi fi with as much quality as possible.
I am new to this digital audiophile scene, so I started searching and see that now there are quite a few options around, and basically I came upon the network streamers such as the Marantz NA7004 and the Pioneer N-50. After comparing options and reviews, I think they are good options and fit my budget, even if I am a bit unsure if the Pioneer's screen size is not too small for me.
However they actually have too many features that I won't use and these add to the price. So my reasoning is that if you eliminate all the extras I will probably get a much better machine for the price.
Basically these are my "conditions":
-I don't want to use wifi (in any part of the loop), I will be playing files from the hard drive. So it does not have to be a network player at all.
-I don't want tv, screen, or computer next to the wifi, so whatever the option, it will need to have a screen to select the music. Also I don't want wifi remotes with screens or iphones or otherwise. I know everyone loves them but No wifi!!
-Radio is optional, be it streaming or am/fm
-If I will be investing in hardware with a recent DAC, it would be nice to be able to connect my cd transport to it since I have a dated DAC, which means digital inputs, preferrably coaxial
-In a device like a network streamer or similar, where the transport is strong but the dac might have room for improvement in the future, digital outs would be nice
-It would be great to play high quality 24/192 files, which leaves room for the future
So basically I just want something like a cd player, but for reading hard drives!
Are there any DACs that accept usb memory? that would be the most simple solution. Or a high quality digital file reader with a good dac incorporated, with or without hard drive. Or a 2 box system in which a digital file transport that connects to a good dac.
Hope you guys can help me out. If I leave out the network players, I don't really know where to look. All I see as music servers are the quite expensive Olive range. From what I understand the transport on squeezebox is good but requires a PC or NAS. I wouldn't mind so much investing in a nas but that will lower my budget for the rest of the items, so this has to be taken into account. I am also one to invest in the best component I can get, one at a time, but would require the system to be usable from the beginning of the investment.
Thanks in advance!