I've high hopes for the Seagate GoFlex Satellite http://www.seagate.com/external-hard-drives/portable-hard-drives/wireless/seagate-satellite/ sice I've read carefully its manual, faq and other infos. The most intersting parts are:
In the manual it's clearly stated it does not transcode (convert) files but is able to stream any files the device supports or files supported by third-party apps.
In the FAQ it's stated it has some DLNA capability (but not fully certified), AirPlay it's not yet supported, but some third-party applications are capable of streaming files from the browser interface or DLNA connection and playing that via AirPlay.
If it doesn't transcode but decode files using the built in iPad palyer it should works at least with ALAC/AIFF, if it uses the player inside its dedicated app it'll probably downsample, it's still possible to use third-party apps but I'm uncertain which and how to do it.
However, even if it's not currently possible, for sure Seagate can do a simple software update to allow 24 bit streaming with in built player.
I'm very near to buy it just to find out if it's capable right now, and I'm experimentig with iPeng and DLNA servers to check if it's possible to bypass LMS.
Anyone has a Seagate GoFlex Satellite to experiment or know how to use third-party apps capable of 24 bit streaming?
^ Please note that a portable NAS, such as the Seagate Satellite, may have a speed limit for streaming as its CPU is limited (you should ask Seagate's tech support for such streaming speed limit).
24 bit play back may require over 2000 kbps, which a portable NAS may not be able to provide.
I know for sure that the Patriot Gauntlet Node that I bought can not stream over 2000 kbps (I have some 24 bit flac files that are 3000 kbps).
The 8Player app is known to work with the Seagate and perform better than Seagate's stock app (not sure it supports 24 bit though). There are also apps like OPlayer, GoodPlayer, AcePlayer, BuzzPlayer and PlugPlayer, which support streaming in various modes.
Edited by zzffnn - 9/5/12 at 8:28pm