The thing is I already have a decent general-purpose PC server with an Xonar Essence ST soundcard and SOtM fan and SATA filters with bit-perfect output going over SPDIF to the AVR. I still like to use the PC for things like web browsing while listening to music. The PC is located in an a adjacent room with an 8 meter coax cable back to the AVR. So physical computer noise isn't a problem, but I do have occasional dropouts when a light switch is flecked or the heater thermostat cycles.
Is the WD quiet enough to have in the the room with me? Will the sound quality be on par with what I have now?
I hope these aren't questions that get asked every second day in here, but I did try reading through this thread first but couldn't find an answer to my questions.
... PS... I would be using it with a USB portable drive attached directly to it.
Edited by kiwi2 - 8/14/12 at 4:52am