I have a Sonos, not entirely blissed about the quality. But I don't have an expensive DAC, I use a good Scott Nixon Tube DAC. Not as resolving as I would like. But clearly warmer and more musical then the Sonos DAC. What did you decide. I have just downloaded MARS to use to ripped cd's in FLAC. Better sizzle with the highs in FLAC compared to Apple Lossless maybe its the 24 Bit FLAC difference? Have you read the Transporter review in Sterephile magazine? http://www.stereophile.com/mediaservers/207slim/index2.html
I have a huge music library comprised of cds and vinyl. My listening system (in the living room) is comprised of a Musical Fidelity A308 integrated amp., a Marantz Professional CDR500 player/burner, a Parasound cdp-1000 player, a Sony DVP CX777ES 400 disc changer (used only for cds), a Linn Axis Turntable, and a pair of Dahlquist DQ10s (rebuilt). I am not using any of the internal DACs. All the digital signals are running from their coaxial outputs into an Audio Alchemy Digital Decoding Engine V2.0 (used only as a switcher) into a Bel Canto DAC II.
I want to be able to manage the music better than I can with the DVP cx777es and get the best sound possible (Flac I assume). My PC(Sony VAIO RA820G w/Windows XP Media ED)is far away in the bedroom. I'm sure I will need at least a 750gig - 1TB hard drive either located in the LR near the system or in the BR w/ the computer.
So,what is a purist audiophile to do?
Escient Fireball? Olive Musica w/an outboard HD? Slim Devices Transporter or Squeeze box? Or the Sonos Zp80 Bundle?? I'm lost.