First off thanks for this amazing audio community. This is my first public posting on the forums but I have been reading so much of what has been said on here and I have learned a ton in the last 6 months. I love DIY audio. I also have an affinity for Pioneer products new and old. I have two stereo systems set-ups in my house. One dedicated for vinyl and one for HT/Stereo in digital.
I have a question about playing Hi-Rez Audio. I have an ability in my current set up to use a USB flash drive loaded with AIFF, WAV, FLAC and Apple Lossless files and my receivers built in ESS-DAC SABRE32 32-bit audio DAC will play any of those file types from the flash drive. My question is would it be worth while (SQ wise) to buy or build a dedicated music server and hook it up via USB or can I comfortably sleep at night knowing that I’m getting everything (SQ wise) from the files loaded on the USB flash drive.
Going into a dedicated music server would be costly for my means (server, audiophile quality USB cables, proper power cords, USB noise filters, etc…) but I’m like many here and my money goes towards music and gear. For me and the way I’m thinking about it I feel like this simple 128GB flash drive is doing everything a server is doing, (less the ease in interface) for a fraction of the cost.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?