Hi, I have the DirectStream Sr. with the Bridge II network card. I listen primarily to TIDAL HiFi using the Bubble UPnP Android app to drive the Bridge II. The sound is great and the convenience is first-rate. Here is my problem: I also have approximately three terabytes of FLAC and DSD files on an external hard drive that I listen to from time to time. My file playback set-up is less than ideal:
External HDD > USB > Windows 7 PC with JRiver and MinimServer > Ethernet > Cable Internet Router/Modem > WiFi > Squeezebox 2 as wireless bridge > Ethernet > Bridge II
There is no reasonable way for me to run an Ethernet cable from the router/modem to the Bridge II. I am considering an “Ethernet over Power” (EoP) system, but I have read mixed things about EoP. I am also not thrilled about the idea of having a hard-wired connection to the Bridge II coming out of an AC outlet.
I started thinking about a hard-disc music player from the likes of Aurender, Melco or Lumin. I have read great things about such devices but I am reluctant to abandon the Bridge II’s Ethernet input and go back to the DS’s USB input for file playback. (I noticed a Melco model that has an Ethernet input and output; I do not know if that output could be connected successfully to the Bridge II.)
The goal is to bring my FLAC and DSD files closer to the DirectStream with an excellent-sounding hard-wired device that does not cost a fortune ($4K is the outer limit of what I would spend on such a device, I think).
Any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks and happy holidays!