I’m sorry, but I’m having a hard time understanding the functionality provided by this product and the value.
If I understand correctly, this is hardened x86 PC with proprietary streaming software, but I still need audio distribution hardware and a music subscription to the Tidal service?
Most audio distribution/amplifier systems such as Sonos, C4, Savant, Crestron, etc. also include streaming servers, so this seems redundant and unnecessary.
Further, at the low to mid range, Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast, which are becoming “table stakes” for all smart speakers, amplifiers, and audio distribution systems enable this capability themselves.
Not trying to be snarky, but what am I missing here?
Wow! That sounds even worse - very pricy for only a meta-data processor. I would spin up Plex and let it do all the meta data matching. Seems like open source/freemium model is much more flexible in this case since you can run Plex on NAS, in Docker containers, or on any scale of hosted computer you choose and put all the ripped CD’s there also.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many reasons not to use a DIY style ‘server’ solution. Many of us have been through the HTC fiasco - but it is good to at least know the alternatives.
Robert E. Spivack
Smart Home Technology Specialist