I should have pulled the image from the text perhaps?
It goes way beyond JRiver and Audiolense being a Dirac like solution. The Motu could replace a sound card and use the
USB 2.0/3.0 input. and there's lots of analog inputs leftover, for other sources.
Took me awhile to get my head around this, but my front end is now a Kaby Lake Win10 GTX 1060 and 4K netflix streaming is
apparently an option. Affordable 4K optical drives are hitting North America now too....
Now my Oppo 105 was looking for a reason to stay put, and it's ability to rip SACD and DVD-A to ISO might be that reason.
The 1248 can handles it's eight analog inputs, and maybe a Panasonic 9000's eight inputs too, if I want a 4K backup solution.
What I really find interesting is that htpc + MOTU 1248, might just cover every base I need, and then to input into powered speakers,
might be the dream "minimalist" system.