Alternative to Network Audio Player for FLAC Files Only?
My goal is to get the best sonic performance from my collection of FLAC files ripped from my CD collection. I am currently playing these files off of a computer connected to my system via HDMI. Doesn't sound terrible, but I am considering an upgrade. I know there are tons of network players, but I don't really need the network functionality if it can be avoided. I am looking for a no frills box with excellent sound quality and a good UI to connect into my system (Denon X4200 with M2200s powering the front channels). Not sure if such a product exists without the networking/tidal stuff.
I also have an Oppo BD-103D, which sounds very good when playing back FLAC off of a USB (subjectively much better than the PC). Would a network player exceed this quality? My only issue with the Oppo is the slower UI, but perhaps I can live with it if the quality will be similar to a network player/other solution in the $500-$1000 range. I suppose I could also run the PC into an external DAC and connect that to the AVR. But again, my goal is sound quality better than I can get with the Oppo.