I have just purchased a Denon AVR-X2000 receiver as part of a new AV setup and it will also be used for playing my digital music collection which is currently stored in iTunes.
I'm looking to move the 10000+ tracks away from my laptop to some sort of network storage device that will serve files to the receiver without a PC. The files are currently in Apple Lossless format and, if possible I'd like to avoid ripping them again in to another losless codec.
I've looked at several NAS solutions from Synology, Qnap, Netgear, Seagate, Dlink, Western Digital and Buffalo, amongst others but none of them seem to 100% confirm that they will stream the ALAC files to the Denon using either the normal Denon remote or some sort of Android app using my Nexus 7 tablet with no issues. Some NAS providers suggest that they support streaming m4a files but then go on to say they don't support ALAC...
I have access to other music programs such as DBPowerAmp and Media Monkey and will rip the library into another lossless format, (FLAC maybe), if required. What is not clear is which NAS will offer the best feature set to the Denon amp without compromises, such as losing Album Art etc.
I work in the IT industry so the complexity of the storage device doesn't phase me, nor does the cost to a certain degree - I'm more interested in the user experience so if it takes a few weeks to re-rip my CD's and get the NAS configured so be it.
All advice is greatly appreciated as several hours of research has done nothing but give me a headache.