Originally Posted by k_lewis
Anything Windows-based is going to crash or require regular rebooting. Wrong platform for a 'utility' type of application. Plus you really don't need a power-hungry PC for simply running a music library application that's left on 24/7. Back when I was running a customized PC server (Win7) for home automation, media serving, etc, I had the best luck with JRiver for the music library- was pretty solid, sounded quite good, audio card was a Lynx AES-16.
I have since moved to a Vera 3 for home automation, QNAP 6tb RAID5 NAS for movie / music library (played back via Oppo95), and a G_Box Midnight Android box for music running XBMC for library access (whole home audio access via iphone / ipads running XBMC Remote application).
Vera 3 uses about 5 watts, G-Box Midnight uses 3 watts, QNAP uses about 45watts, goes into sleep mode when not in use. I would not use the G-Box for reference audio playback, but it is excellent for general purpose playback in a whole-home audio type of use scenario. Ref: http://www.boxtoptheater.com/products/g-box-midnight-android-tv-box-mini-pc
Oh, I see you are entirely correct. It seems the Bryston BDP-1 was created exactly because James Tanner grew tired of the crashes. "James Tanner, VP of marketing at Bryston Ltd., was frustrated. He'd borrowed a Music Vault 4000 music server to play high-resolution digital music files at Bryston's exhibit at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show. Most of the time, the server delivered some of the best sound at that event. The rest of the time, there were dropouts and crashes. Tanner later experienced similar dropouts and crashes when he streamed hi-rez digital files over his home network to a Bryston BDA-1 digital-to-analog converter (see my review in the February 2010 issue).
I found a more relaxed Tanner at the 2010 CES. This time, he'd borrowed an Auraliti L-1000 digital file server ($3000 at www.auraliti.com
), a box with no front-panel controls, no display, no hard drive, no fans, and no CD drive. Instead of a Windows operating system, the L-1000 ran a stripped-down version of the Linux open-source operating system. Its simplicity of design solved the reliability problems Tanner had encountered the year before.
Then and there, Tanner decided to ask Auraliti to help Bryston create a simple digital music file player. The result is the BDP-1." http://www.stereophile.com/content/bryston-bdp-1-digital-audio-player