Audiolab M-Dac - USB hard drive as source or streamer?
I'm getting an Audiolab M-Dac through which I'll be playing CDs via my Marantz CD6000 OSE; this is straight forward.
However I also want to play Flac/Losseless files so I have the ease of listening to many tracks without getting up an changing the media. I do not want to do this via ethernet (even though this is apparently better because of the lower jitter ethernet produces v USB) as its logistically difficult with cables etc. Also, I'm not interested in Wi-Fi.
So, I'm willing to have my music files on a portable hard drive or Nas and plug this straight into....what?
(a) Into a streamer like the Logitech Squeezebox Touch or Marantz NA7004 - then output to the Audiolab M-Dac?
(b) Can I just plug the hard drive directly into the Audiolab M-Dac? After all it has an Asynchronous USB input (and I don't think the Logitech Squeezebox Touch or Marantz NA7004 do).
Q1. Which method would sound better?
Q2. Can (b) be done and will I be able to see the name of the track on the Audiolab M-Dac screen?
Thanks everyone, I look forward to your expert opinions....