As badbeef noted, perhaps the upcoming Octave is that “external Bridge” we have bandied about in some of the other threads. I remember when I first saw the RJ45 slot in the pics of the DMP and I thought: “this could be Bridge III if it acts as a streamer.” No such luck yet.
Interestingly, my MSB UMT does act as a server transport as well. It’s not Roon-capable, but it can access my MinimServer, and it outputs the bits through its I2S link into the Select II DAC. The interface is essentially the Oppo interface (the UMT has a video output to allow you to interface with the device just as you would any Oppo if you want). That means its somewhat kludgy and slow. Very primitively compared to Roon. But the sound quality is superb. On some high quality discs, for example the AIX discs that have both audio and video, it makes for a nice experience.
David, it was you who gave me the idea for the fiber media converters. Thanks. I was more receptive to it after installing the Mivera Superstream, which is built for fiber. No RJ45 on that little box.
badbeef, I had a Sony (I think) mega changer years ago in my system. I thought about keeping it as a storage device but I bailed. I hate jewel cases, but I don’t love binders either.