Asking as a ‘certified’ computer dummy. Tried a Small Green Computer with Roon via ethernet to my DSJ but sounded no better than my MacBook Air with iTunes via a 10ft USB cable, so I returned it. Network connection was wireless from MacBook, HomePage to switch, and switch into server/DSJ. According to nearly every review a server should sound a couple of steps up from my MacBook, so what was I missing?. Note that I have JBL 708P active reference studio monitors (very detailed, accurate, dynamic speakers) in a well designed/built private listening room using mid-field setup.
My goals are: better sound, affordable (~$2500 USD), and super simple to setup/maintain. After 50 years at this my hearing is tuned to be primarily a “speaker guy”, and not a “cable guy”.
So my question is what attributes should I be looking for in a music server?
Which connection into DSJ would be ideal?
Is clean (linear) power a huge consideration?
Should I avoid multiple boxes/conversions (would think so)?
If ethernet is the best connection should I avoid using the switch (two ports on the server)?
Maybe I should just buy a Perfect Wave Transport and go back to spinning CDs?