Need your assistance in choosing the right path: I'm replacing my trusty Toshiba laptop for a dedicated music server of some kind. I need to choose between a laptop and a desktop, based upon their inherent ability to stream music through USB into an external DAC.
I've being doing this with my do-it-all Toshiba laptop but it is getting older and needs replacement. My idea is to buy another computer solely to perform the music serving duty. Now, what would be best conceptually, why?
I can get plenty more bang for the bug with a desktop in terms of ports, memory, etc, plus it may be less noisy as it overheats less than a constrained laptop. But, since it will be used exclusively for music playing, what are the specs I need to choose from in order to optimize it for this purpose?
Would a laptop still be better at this? Any help would be much appreciated.