Noting Slim.a's (excellent) thread "USB to SPDIF converters shoot-out thread" in this forum;
Anyone know if a hybrid digital audio streamer exists, that is a sort of cross between the domestic video streamers such Western Digital Live TV and the audiophile M2Tech HiFace? Or if there are plans for one?
What I mean is something like a Western Digital "front end" with either a built-in display or a video output to enable browsing of audio tracks on an existing external hard drive without a PC/Apple intermediary, but with the ability to produce up to 24/192 digital audio stream (with accurately clocked digital output) ?
Given the popularity/reviews of both halves of the equation, it seems an obvious product to form the basis of the ultimate digital home jukebox source without bringing in the complications that go with a full-blown computer - such as expense, reliability, and interference from Direct Sound.
Presumably the Optical output of the existing Western Digital Live TV units is a lo-end version of what I'm thinking of, and is equivalent to using M2Tech's Kernel Stream drivers?