For $2K-$3K, buy a McIntosh MS300 (used)
I'm very happy with the usability of this Escient-based unit.
Bigbucks5 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
If you don't have a network in place with almost any server you will have to type in the song information for each one you load to the server. All of the music servers I am aware of require an internet connection to retrieve this data. I currently use a Logitech Transporter which uses the music on my iMac and connects via my wireless network
Joey54 (Answers | This Thread)
I am very, very, very happy with my Apple TV (all iTunes songs using AppleLossless files) and an extrenal DAC. It's easily the best interface. If you have an iPod and therefore an iTunes account there is almost nothing to setting it up either. Since you have Linn equipment, I am guessing you have a UniDisc and therefore no external DAC. I would suggest the Apple TV ($250) or a MacMini($500) and an external DAC of your choice. The MacMini gets you a USB output, where the AppleTV has only TosLink, so that may work better for you. With the Linn's (speakers?) either the new PS Audio or Bel Canto DAC's would sound fantastic.
Macdadtexas (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Any music server with an internal hard drive is inherently inferior in my opinion because of the heat, noise, and vibrations it can create. Hard drives have short lifespans as well (3-5 years max in most cases) and will require eventual replacement.
A home network is cheap so long as the device can work wireless (most can). Wireless routers start as low as $35 at your local electronics store - $100 gets you a very good one. Ideally you have a solution that lets you put a network storage device or computer on the network that is in a separate room from your listening room. SlimDevices, Sonos, Sooloos, and many others do this.
If you are worried about the process of "ripping" your CDs, there are services out there that will do it for you. They send you spindles, you send them your CDs, and you get back DVDs of all your files (and your original CDs of course).
I love my Sonos for the easy, hand held user interface and fact I can have my music on a network Hard Drive instead of a computer. I had to mod the zone player to bring it up to snuff, but then I get to pair it with any DAC I want. SlimDevices units work similarly but their remote control isn't as nice and you need a computer on the network (not the worst thing). Apple TV works similar as well and uses your TV and a remote as the interface.
Next level is actually using a computer with a USB capable DAC. Some people really like this, but I don't like having a computer in the same room as my hi-fi. If this doesn't bother you, and/or you like using a computer for the interface, then a Mac Mini ($500) and a good USB DAC might fit the bill.
If you are willing to go up just a tad in price, the ModWright Transport (modified SlimDevices Transport) is getting rave reviews. There is even one for sale here on the 'Gon: http://cls.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?dgtltran&1222808130
Lastly, if you have the patience to wait just a bit, many high end electronics manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon. PS Audio for one will begin making products to compete with Sonos and Slim Devices for usability but with audiophile tonal ambitions.
The most important thing to consider with music servers is what do you like from a usability perspective. Once you have your must haves and can't stands, look for the solution that best meets those needs. For me, that was a modded Sonos. For you, who knows?
Shazam (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Did you guys see this?
Agiaccio (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
Shazam is smoking..wireless music doesn't sound as good music server. I have an ms300 and logitech duet to prove it.
Cnguyen777 (Answers | This Thread)