I just ordered a Zenith MkIII because I’ve just been playing music off my MacBook and it seems to be the major bottleneck.
But now I wonder, should I have waited for the Octave Server so I wouldn’t need an ethernet cable, or so I could get rid of my Matrix X-SPDIF2? I reasoned that there is always a chance that the world economy could crash before Octave is out, and if I move to Europe (my dream) someday it might be better to have an Innuos for service reasons, and for compatibility with a future DAC like DCS. But then I got thinking, maybe I should have a DCS Network Bridge and a NAS. Maybe I would need a bunch of ethernet cleaning devices. Should I sell my DS and get a streaming DAC and NAS, and some fancy isolators? Do I need a USB re-clocker?
And stuff like Roon, I’m not even going there. The hardware stuff is crazy as it is without adding new layers of software.
It’s so confusing the different configurations now, and how many different units you need. I’m going for best sound quality, but also try to for relatively future proof. Every decision makes my head spin. I miss the simple player->DAC->Preamp->Amp->Speakers layout. That, I can handle. Even the idea that you would need a server, streamer, AND DAC is kind of insane. Or that you would need a server, re-clocker, network isolators, and DAC, and that the whole thing requires multiple kinds of digital cables. Argh.
Hopefully I did right today on my purchase decision. There is probably still time to reverse it, but man, I just want something that plays my files and sounds good.
Re: Octave, I also imagine I’m going to be stuck at home for months before it is available and it’s time to get passed laptop digital audio.