First, I'm a newbie here, so go easy on me. I've been through a large portion of this incredibly useful and informative thread, yet suspect I'm about to ask a question to which there's an obvious answer that has been provided long ago -- in which case I hope someone can simply point me in the right direction.
Background: I've had my 205 for about a week, having upgraded from a 95. I'm using the 205 for 4K Blu-ray playback, CD/SACD playback, audio playback from USB drives, and audio playback on my home network, using JRiver as a DLNA server on a Windows 10 PC to push audio to the 205 via ethernet. I decided to upgrade from the 95 to accommodate a new, 4K TV. But my main use for the 95 was as an audio player and, as an audio professional, I chose the 205 due to its excellent analogue audio section and DACs. My main, 2-ch path is 205 to Parasound P7 to Parasound A21 to a pair of Thiel CS 3.7s, using the 205's balanced XLR outs. I know that's hardly a "be all to end all" system, but I'm fond of it and, with the addition of the 205, I seem to have hit some sort of audio sweet spot. That is, I'm quite pleased with the result
. (FWIW, I use the 205's audio HDMI out to a Marantz 7702 for movies, to make use of the 7702's room correction and Atmos decoding, with the 7702's m-ch speaker outs going through the P7's "Theater Bypass" inputs to the A21 and some other, cobbled together power amps. Works well enough.)
Now, finally, my question: One thing I haven't checked out yet is the SQ using the 205's USB DAC input for analogue stereo playback. What I'd like to do is convey the files archived on my computer drive to the USB DAC input on the 205, via my network. (The computer is 50 feet or so from my media room and that strikes me as a long way for a USB cable.) And, because this is my first foray into networked audio, I'm not sure how to proceed. Is there some device, or whatever, that I could put in my listening room and connect to the network, and then connect to the 205's USB DAC input?
As I said, there's probably an answer here somewhere that I haven't found, and I'd be grateful if someone could point me to it.