It’s an interesting direction but one that we looked at and abandoned for a number of reasons. There’s not enough support for formats and sample rates, at least not when we looked at it. I don’t remember exactly, but Gordon had been suggesting it to us for some time. Engineering went through it some detail and we decided against it - didn’t want to get trapped.
I wish I remembered more details of why, but it was limiting.
It also requires a computer in the mix something we’re convinced fewer and fewer people are interested in - preferring instead for dedicated hardware. For example, there is a device I have been playing with that send USB over IP at any distance on CAT5 or WIFI - and it is flawless. Sounds better than just USB directly into the DAC. Same sort of thing as Ravenna really - but I abandoned work on turning it into a product because the only value it has, aside from sound quality, is the ability to remotely connect a PC to a DAC over CAT5. That’s interesting but not what people are looking for.
Our direction in product development is to continue working on the dedicated server/hardware box approach.