I've been looking into using the N-50 as a USB DAC (it's very cheap compared to say a W4S DAC-2 and sounds better) but there's a big problem - it does not support 24/176 via USB digital input even though it supports 24/192. It supports 176 via the network input however. It's really a most annoying machine for so many reasons including this - especially if you have hundreds of ripped SACDs in 176!
How about we coin a phrase: "hapless gapless" for this half-baked gapless the manufactures pass off at their customers to make sales?.
We don't find out how bad it is until they have our money and we've suffered an ordeal!
An option around hapless gapless might be a tiny desktop PC connected to the N-50's USB digital in. WIth that tiny PC connected to the network cable (the one presently attached to the N-50 from the router) and JRiver installed on it for proper DLNA gapless like this...
(btw - I only blurred stuff because I don't understand it. However it looked specific to my network and I'm paranoid)
... it could read from the existing library over the network cable and be set to convert 176 flacs to 88 on the fly.
Big compromise attaching USB compared to networking jitter-wise though ??? And I don't particularly want to suffer "Windows updates" and antivirus bla bla bla just to get real gapless playback!
Why can't the manufacturers and software writers just play nicely instead of driving their customers bonkers? As far as Pioneer is concerned, the whole problem would be solved if they'd simply implemented gapless to the standard that they claim to be certified by.
All I want to do is use BubbleUPnP for everything and have gapless playback. JRiver's Gizmo keeps losing its track list button and is unfriendly after 10 minutes. Bubble UPnP cannot control the JRiver renderer gaplessly because of something JRiver isn't doing correctly in its library look-up when controlled by third party control points despite their "proper" gapless. Why should this all be so much trouble? AARRRRHGGG!
Anyway thanks for info on foobar etc... Your software combo might work with the N-50 too. I will look at that today, however I'm a bit reluctant to go over to a crude-looking foobar after using JRiver which is excellent apart from its unstable Gizmo app and its oddball behaviour under third-party control.