Guys, I think I've just hit on something that is gonna change my life. Maybe I'm over-exaggerating, but oh well. Anyone familiar with Tonido? I just used it to be able to carry around (have to access to, to be precise) my entire FLAC connection and with my Nexus 5 rocking USB Audio support via unofficial CM11, play any FLAC from my FLAC connection anywhere I have data via USB DAC.
Tonido is a free server you install to your PC, point it to your media folders, and there is a corresponding free app for android and iOS that streams media, including FLACS. It has its own player in the app. You can also use the service to download stuff to your phone too, but with limited storage, I'm looking for a way to have near instant access to all my FLACS and play them on demand and use a USB DAC too.
Today I installed the Tonido server to my HTPC, which is always on at home, has all my FLACs. I then installed the Tonido app to the Nexus 5. Went out and about, plugged in my USB DAC, fired up the Tonido app, logged in, and was able to access any FLAC in my collection and play them near-instantly. Most of the time, the song started as quickly as a google play song does for me out and about. Needless to say, I was giddy beyond belief!!
Where I need help is, I don't know exactly if Tonido is doing a pure stream or some kind of transcode. I don't believe it is a transcode, but I can't test for sure. I know others here have equipment/DACs that can test to see what the output is from Tonido app over USB Audio. (It sounded great to my ears, I will say that.)
Besides that, the caveats here are related to your setup. At home our internet has 35 megabits upload, no cap. My phone is on T-Mobile with their highest price unlimited data plan and I live in an area with good to great LTE coverage. If I don't have data, can't do this FLAC streaming BUT if I know I am going to be on a plane or something, I can always download a few albums to my device and listen locally. The player in Tonido is fairly basic too, but still, IMHO, is better than UARP. All in all, this could be it IF Tonido via USB Audio is not transcoding the FLAC down to an MP3 or something and you have no concerns about data. Check it out. (I should add Tonido 100% free for our purposes. It is technically freemium, but that is the sense that they have for-pay business accounts)
Edited by pappy97 - 11/30/13 at 2:01pm