Originally Posted by J.Mike Ferrara
Although I love the Sooloos Control 15, it's made for the Meridian Digital environment, and would require an additional outboard unit to make it compatable with my current setup. Therefore, I got an Olive O4HD server, a sweet unit that has pretty much the same functionality as the 15 (minus the georgous screen) and very good sound quality. I love that it is standalone - dedicated - vs. a PC based music server.
Do you have a music server?
Various >$10K+ servers have been coming out of the high-end woodworks lately (e.g. Weiss, Audio Research, Boulder). Not a good investment if you ask me. In my estimation, price performance of these things is improving so fast, the sweetspot is to spend $2-$3K on a good server, live with it for a year or two and check back in with the current state of the art.
I personally just ordered the Red Wine Audio powersupply, and will use JRiver on a CAPS 3.0 as my server when the powersupply is ready (total outlay about $3K). This replaces my CAPS 2.0 with JRiver.