Sorry to revive an older thread, but I wanted to ask whether there could or should be a list of streamer devices known to work well with Audirvana 3.5. I am used to using RPi boxes with various hats and USB DACs in a Squeezebox environment, but now wanting something more professional, polished and “appliance like.”
I feel that I have two broad choices: (1) buy a Mac Mini and have it run headless in my HiFi rack with USB connection to my DAC, or (2) find a streamer with a robust implementation of UPnP with gapless playback and DSD over PCM. A new Mac Mini with will set me back about US $1000 with Core i5 and 256GB, whereas most pro-quality streamers are in the $500 - $700 range (Bluesound Node 2i, Cambridge Audio CXN V2 for example).
It is almost impossible to find our whether one of these hardware streamers will work reliably with Audirvana. I do know a Mac Mini will work well and sound amazing, but I don’t know how to make it survive a power cut or being powered up in the wrong order with my NAS and still work first time every time! It’s that robust, appliance-like behavior that is so challenging to achieve.
It would be nice to know which UPnP streamers Damian regularly tests with before making new releases. Having that commonality would be a good insurance policy against compatibility being Audirvana version-specific.
Does anyone out there have a hardware configuration that they’re really happy with and would recommend to others (preferably not ones that have me typing sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-alsa, etc.)