Is there such a thing.........?
What I have is working fine, a net book running Logitech media server, streamed to a modded duet, on to a dac, then amp.
I need to simplify the process - for other users.
The Duet is fine, but can be a nightmare to reset and hook up for folks with little aptitude for that sort of thing. Same goes for a NAS, we're talking people that have no idea about such things.
I need a player with at least a 500gb hdd, doesn't have to have a Dac, though that might be helpful, a coax/optical, balanced analogue outs ( if it has integral dac ), USB in to add files to the hard disc, gapless playback, capable of playing Flac files, recognising Mu3 playlists, has to be wireless with a decent GUI, iPad/iPhone controllable, and quiet.
SB touch nearly makes it as you can plug in a drive and use the integral server, but it's a much reduced interface and I have 3 years of playlists, some 250+ in some of them and creating that lot again is a slow process using the touch alone.
Linn DS, no hdd or wireless as are the Naim products, and they're a big leap in price.
There are plenty of cd rippers with storage but no wireless or dubious quality, limited connectivity, restricted file types and I don't need another cd player or ripper.
Is there such a product somewhere in between the £180 Touch and the 1k+ offerings from Olive, Linn and Naim??