Originally Posted by JimSatala777
I am trying to find a easy way to get as much high quality audio to stream to my processor... multi channel is preferred....I am just using ITunes right now through my apple tv and the quality is not great and only 2.0 stereo no .1 LFE signal
I have been hearing about several sites to download 24/96 and higher detailed
I was going to try this software but have been reading that it's very complex to set up properly
JRMC will work great with pretty much any audio files you can purchase and download. It functions very well as a DLNA server on the network if you have a DLNA player or renderer that you want to use for playing music. Its tagging features and customizability (especially the browsing structure) makes handling larger collections lots easier. Yes, all of this works with surround, as long as the player/renderer supports the files in question. My own setup is as follows:
1) PC Running JRMC and a 12TB RAID array for storing media, including about 500GB of 5.1 flac and DSF audio files and another 500GB of apples lossless files for audio.
2) An Oppo BDP-103 that functions as a renderer
3) A PS3 with custom firmware that lets me rip my SACDs to ISOs, along with some tools to extract tracks as DSF files from the ISOs. (I also have DSF files that were purchased on-line) Almost all of these DSFs/SACDs are multichannel.
4) A few other tools that let me rip 5.1 flacs from DVD-A, DVD-V, BD, and DTS-CD media
5) Gizmo (free - the android companion for JRMC)
6) JRemote (paid - the EXCELLENT iOS companion for JRMC)
My normal usage is to turn on the Oppo and the surround receiver, fire up jRemote on the iPad, and then use it to control JRMC, which then "pushes" media I select to play to the Oppo for playback on the surround system. It all works great.
This is NOT the only way you can use JRMC for 5.1 audio playback. Gizmo can be a good substitute for jRemote if you want to control things from your android phone or tablet. If your network unit has a built-in DLNA browser as well as a renderer, then you can just control things from there too.
Finally - you don't have to use the LAN at all. You can also connect the PC directly to the surround receiver via HDMI and then play the media directly in JRMC, with the audio going to your surround receiver for processing. I do this in my "remote" location (I commute about 250 miles for work every week - and have an apt. in the work location). I use JRMC installed on a Gigabyte BRIX unit with a 1TB mSATA drive installed with a wireless keyboard connected to my surround unit at the apt. I can also use Gizmo/jRemote to control this. This also works great, as long as you configure a few things properly.