So I ordered a 105 a couple of days ago and I need some recommendations on how to handle digital audio from my PC Laptop. I don't know much about networks and servers but I want to use a large (2 Terabit) external drive to keep my music library on. Currently I have a wireless router with 4 x 10/100Mbit ethernet ports. I'm not sure if upgrading my router to 1G Ethernet capability will be of any benefit since it seems the Oppo is limied to 10/100 BaseT.
What is the best way to connect the Oppo? There seem to be many options and, since I'm new to the digital audio game, I'm not sure what the best options are:
1. I could connect the external hard drive to the PC (or Mac Mini if I decide to dedicate something tobeing a music server) and output via USB to the Oppo and use JRiver's (PC) remote software to control playback.
2. I could connect the Oppo to the router via ethernet (hardwired or wirelessly?) and then the Oppo can locate the music on the hard drive. Does this mean the hard drive would have to be a NAS set up on the same network the Oppo is connected to or would I connect the hard drive to the Oppo using USB?? At this point I believe I would need to use the Oppo menu system (on my TV) to locate and play music until they release a remote app, right?
From what I have learned so far, my plan is to use dbPoweramp to rip my CDs into FLAC format and store them on a large hard drive, then use JRiver to manage the library and download high res files from HDTracks, etc.
If someone has some recommendations on what computer hardware I need to make the best use of the 105, I would appreciate it.
What is the best type of hard drive and best connection methodology to the PC/Network/Oppo (NAS, Firewire, 1G Ethernet, USB)? Would somehting like this work:
Does it need to be DNLA certified? Would having a DNLA wireless router like this be of any benefit?
It seems like there is a lot of talk about upgrading PCs/Macs so that they provide superior low noise/jitter USB outputs to connect to outboard DACs. Does this come into play when using the Oppo's DAC? Would the low noise PC/Mac USB matter if I was using an outboard DAC connected to the Oppo via HDMI (I2S) with the Oppo acting as the music server?
I would appreciate any guidance!