After upgrading my speakers I became interested in re-ripping my CD's in better quality. When I was testing/comparing/converting FLAC to ALAC I made a discovery that all music files played directly into the receiver via DLNA (Plex on iMac) sounded way better than the same files via iTunes/Airplay! Much more open sounding, better stereo imaging, more brilliant, tighter bass.
(The sound enhancer and EQ in iTunes are disabled)
While iTunes is a dream when it comes to managing, controlling and browsing the music, via DNLA to the Denon is an absolute horror.
Slow browsing, Tracks not in the right order, no support for double CD's, no pause, no fast-forward or rewind, not even a stop button on the remote control.
Can you recommend a (free) DLNA server software that allows the browsing/controlling on the Denon to be more convenient?
Would a dedicated NAS do that and if yes which one is recommend?
Would a Sonos Connect be a solution to keep the nice user interface and does it have a better sound quality than iTunes/Airplay?