Originally Posted by chefklc
I have a house full of Macs, iOS devices and run OS X, for me the best way to manage music is to completely avoid both DLNA and FLAC. (Just like SMB isn't the easiest choice for Mac users, either.) Historically very few Mac users here have reported decent, let alone seamless, DLNA experiences…so do share which DLNA servers on the Mac that have worked out well for you because there may be others here trying to mix and match non-Apple devices and platforms.
As far as managing FLAC files, as soon as I buy and download any the first thing I do is convert them to ALAC, so I'm afraid I can't be much help to you on that front. In our house we rely on iTunes and alternatively BitPerfect for those rare occasions when I want automatic sample rate switching or something else special that isn't built into iTunes. The good news for you is that there are a bunch of alternative OS X apps which support FLAC natively and that run the gamut of price ranges, features and bugginess. Look into Fidelia, Decibel, Audirvana Plus and Pure Music. Whether any of them offer an audible improvement is another issue, but you may find something that'll work for you, that has a user interface that you like and that will interoperate with the other stuff on your network. I'll be curious what you end up deciding...
Thanks for the perspective.
These days MOST of what I use is SONOS but sometimes, especially in my main listening setup, I use an OPPO renderer. Twonky seems to work pretty reliably. But I'll actually be putting a SONOS CONNET client into that setup in the near future -- because it's even more bulletproof and the UI is much better.
The other nice thing about SONOS: A simple network share, no computer or even server needed, gets the job done.
When I listen to FLAC at my Mac, I use Decibel. I like how it loads THE WHOLE song into memory, hogs the USB audio DAC 100%, etc.
But I have yet to find a library management app -- something that let's me edit tags, find meta data, manage file structure of the library, etc. Heck, it doesn't even need to PLAY music, just read/write tags and file structure.